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Greatest Hits Vol II Legislative 102. The SC General Assembly…. operates on a 2 year legislative term legislation not passed within the 2 year term is not carried forward House and Senate meet in session 3 days a week Tuesday (12:00 noon) Wednesday (10:00 am and 2:00 pm)

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Greatest Hits Vol II

Legislative 102

the sc general assembly
The SC General Assembly…
  • operates on a 2 year legislative term
  • legislation not passed within the 2 year term is not carried forward
  • House and Senate meet in session 3 days a week
        • Tuesday (12:00 noon)
        • Wednesday (10:00 am and 2:00 pm)
        • Thursday (10:00 am and 11:00 am)
  • session begins the second Tuesday in January and ends the first Thursday in June
  • Sine Die – ‘without day’
about the sc general assembly
about the SC General Assembly.….


  • elected for 4 year terms
  • 46 members

27 Republicans (2011)

19 Democrats (2011)

1 Vacancy

House of Representatives:

  • elected for 2 year terms
  • 124 members

76 Republicans (2011)

47 Democrats (2011)


  • Republican Majority
  • Democrat Minority
  • SC Legislative Black Caucus
    • SC General Assembly Women’s Legislative Caucus
      • SC Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus
      • SC Democrat Women’s Legislative Caucus
about the sc general assembly1
about the SC General Assembly.….

other key players (2011)

Governor – Nikki Haley (Republican)

Chairman of Senate Finance - Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence)

HHS Subcommittee Chair – Brian White (R-Anderson)

Chairman of House Ways and Means – Dan Cooper (R-Anderson)

HHS Subcommittee Chair – Tracy Edge (R-Horry)

Other Committee and Subcommittee Chairpersons

Senate Majority Leader – Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee)

Senate Minority Leader – John Land (D-Clarendon)

House Majority Leader – Jim Merrill (R-Charleston)

House Minority Leader – Harry Ott (D-Calhoun)

about the sc general assembly2
about the SC General Assembly.….


Speaker Bobby Harrell presides over the House (R-Charleston)

Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas (R- Darlington)


Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston)

Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, Senate President, presides over the Senate (elected statewide)

about the sc general assembly3
about the SC General Assembly.….

Key Committees for Healthcare Issues:

  • Senate (15 standing committees)
    • Finance Committee
    • Medical Affairs Committee
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Banking and Insurance Committee
  • House (11 standing committees)
  • Ways and Means Committee
  • Medical, Military, Public & Municipal Affairs Committee (3M)
  • Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee (LCI)
  • Judiciary Committee
key state agencies
key state agencies…
  • Department of Mental Health (DMH)
    • Director: John Magill
    • Supports the recovery of people with mental illnesses through providing treatment and other support services
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    • Commissioner: Tony Keck
    • Administers Medicaid, MIAP
  • Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
    • Commissioner: Earl Hunter
    • Administers CON, facility safety

requirements, public health initiatives,

health licensing, State Health Plan

the role of lobbying
the role of lobbying …

Lobbyist - any person who is employed, appointed, or retained, with or without compensation, by another person to influence by direct communication with public officials or public employee. SC State Ethics Commission

Qualities of a good lobbyist - credible, knowledgeable, respectful, honest, able to exercise good judgment, willing to compromise

South Carolina has very strict ethics laws to which both lobbyists and elected officials must adhere.

gateway to the general assembly
Gateway to the General Assembly

  • Watch live House and Senate sessions
  • Look up bills
  • Track legislation
  • Search Statutes and Regulations
  • Find your legislators
  • And more….
about the sc congressional delegation
about the sc congressional delegation.….

U.S. Senate (6 year term)

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Jim DeMint

U.S. House of Representatives (2 year term)

District 1: Congressman Tim Scott

District 2: Congressman Joe Wilson

District 3: Congressman Jeff Duncan

District 4: Congressman Trey Gowdy

District 5: Congressman Mick Mulvaney

District 6: Congressman Jim Clyburn

activity 2

Activity 2

Name That Committee