South Carolina Appointment of Adjutant General, Amendment 2 (2014)
The South Carolina Appointment of Adjutant General, Amendment 2 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in South Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would provide for the appointment of the South Carolina Adjutant General by the South Carolina Governor, upon consent from the state senate. The South Carolina General Assembly would provide by law for the qualifications for office, the office’s term, duties and compensation, the procedures for appointment and the procedures for removal from office. The measure would also classify the adjutant general as a “major general,” rather than the current “brigadier general.”
The South Carolina Adjutant General serves as head of the Military Department of the state, and is in charge of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, Youth Challenge and AmeriCorps. Currently, South Carolinians elect the adjutant general. South Carolina is the only state to elect someone to that office.
Text of the measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
|“|| Must Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of this State relating to state constitutional officers and Section 4, Article XIII relating to the Adjutant General and his staff officers be amended so as to update references to his title; to provide that the position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, as opposed to Brigadier General; to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate; to provide that the appointed Adjutant General serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause; and to require the General Assembly to provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office?
Yes [ ]
| [Article VI] Section 7. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected
Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointed Adjutant General shall serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office.
| [Article XIII] Section 4. There |
Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, in the manner provided in Section 7, Article VI.
- Sen. Larry Martin (R-2) said, "We've been pretty well served with the election process, but you might not be so fortunate down the road. It just makes good sense. You want a career person who has a very good working relationship with the U.S. military leading our National Guard."
Media editorial positions
- Spartanburg Herald Journal said, "In order to act quickly and properly in an emergency, the governor needs to be familiar with emergency plans and procedures. Making the adjutant general an appointed position will put emergency planning under the governor’s control and make the state’s chief executive better equipped for the next hurricane or disaster."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the South Carolina Constitution
The proposed amendment needed to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature to be placed on the ballot. If approved by voters, the amendment goes back to the legislature for a second approval before becoming law. HB 3541 was approved in the South Carolina Senate on May 20, 2014. The bill was approved for a final time in the South Carolina House on May 27, 2014.
May 20, 2014 Senate vote
|South Carolina HB 3541 Senate Vote|
May 27, 2014 House vote
|South Carolina HB 3541 House Vote|
- South Carolina General Assembly, "Bill 3541 Text," accessed May 28, 2014
- WLTX 19, "No More Electing the Adjutant General?," May 20, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The State, "SC adjutant general step closer to becoming appointed job," May 20, 2014
- Stars and Stripes, "Voters could decide if South Carolina's top military officer is appointed," May 21, 2014
- South Carolina Legislature, "H. 3541 Status Information," accessed May 21, 2014
- Spartanburg Herald Journal, "Both constitutional amendments on ballot would bring needed change," August 17, 2014
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