South Carolina Appointment of Adjutant General, Amendment 2 (2014)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:South Carolina Constitution
Referred by:South Carolina Legislature
Topic:Elections and campaigns on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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June 10
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November 4
Amendment 1
Amendment 2
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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.”[1]

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.[2]

Text of the measure

Ballot title

The official ballot text reads as follows:[1]

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 [ ]
No [ ][3]

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would amend Section 7 of Article VI and Section 4 of Article XIII of the Constitution of South Carolina:[1]

[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.[3]


[Article XIII] Section 4. There shall must be an Adjutant and Inspector General elected by the qualified electors of the State at the same time and in the same manner as other state officers, who shall rank as Brigadier. The position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, and whose the Adjutant General's duties and compensation shall must be prescribed by law. The Governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint such other staff officers as the General Assembly may direct.

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.[3]


Support

Supporters

Arguments

  • 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."[5]

Opposition

Rep. Liston Barfield (R-58) was the sole legislator to vote against the amendment.[6]

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of South Carolina ballot measures, 2014

Support

  • 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."[7]

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.[6]

Senate vote

May 20, 2014 Senate vote

South Carolina HB 3541 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 39 100.00%
No00.00%

House vote

May 27, 2014 House vote

South Carolina HB 3541 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 100 99.01%
No10.99%

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