SC H3145 | 2019-2020 | 123rd General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 36-16)
Status: Passed on June 5 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-06-05 - Act No. 56
Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [HTML]


Amend Section 33-49-50, Code Of Laws Of South Carolina, 1976, Relating To The Exemption Of Cooperatives And Foreign Corporations From The Jurisdiction And Control Of The Public Service Commission, So As To Modify This Exemption; By Adding Section 33-49-150 So As To Vest The Office Of Regulatory Staff With Authority And Jurisdiction To Make Inspections, Audits, And Examinations Of Specified Electric Cooperatives And To Provide Exceptions And A Process Resolving Disputed Issues; To Amend Section 33-49-255, Relating To Restrictions On The Interruption Of Electric Service To Residential Customers Of Electric Cooperatives And Complaints By Customers For Violation Of These Provisions, So As To Provide That These Complaints Must Be Made To The Office Of Regulatory Staff And Then, If Necessary, To Courts Of Appropriate Jurisdiction; To Amend Section 33-49-420, Relating To Annual Meetings Of Members Of An Electric Cooperative, So As To Revise The Notice Requirements For Certain Meetings; To Amend Section 33-49-430, Relating To A Quorum At Meetings Of Electric Cooperatives, So As To Allow Persons Casting Early Voting Ballots Where An Election Is To Be Held To Be Counted For Purposes Of Determining A Quorum At The Meeting, And To Prohibit Voting By Proxy; To Amend Section 33-49-440, Relating To Voting By Members And Section 33-49-620, Relating To Voting Districts From Which Some Members Of The Board Of Trustees May Be Elected, So As To Require Polling Locations To Be Open For A Minimum Of Four Hours And To Permit Early Voting For Meetings At Which Trustees Are To Be Elected And The Procedures For Early Voting; To Amend Section 33-49-610, Relating To The Board Of Trustees Of A Cooperative, So As To Provide That A Trustee's Principal Residence Must Be Served By The Cooperative And Revise The Manner In Which Vacancies Occurring For Any Reason Other Than Expiration Of A Term Are Filled; By Adding Section 33-49-615 So As To Require Disclosure Of Compensation And Benefits Of Members Of The Board Of Trustees And The Date When These Provisions Are Effective; By Adding Section 33-49-621 So As To Provide That Within Eighteen Months Of The Effective Date Of This Section, Each Distribution Cooperative Must Put The Question Of Single-member Voting Districts To Its Membership At An Annual Meeting; By Adding Section 33-49-625 So As To Require Specified Notice Of Certain Meetings To The Cooperative Membership, To Require Votes Of Trustees To Be Taken In Open Session With Certain Exceptions, To Require Votes Taken In Executive Session To Be Ratified In Open Session, And To Require Minutes Of All Meetings To Be Provided To Cooperative Members; To Amend Section 33-49-630, Relating To Compensation Or Employment Of Trustees, So As To Prohibit Certain Actions Or Conduct By Trustees With Specified Exceptions; To Amend Section 33-49-640, Relating To The Annual Election And Terms Of Trustees, So As To Provide That Incumbent Trustees Seeking Reelection Shall Not Directly Or Indirectly Influence The Nomination Or Credentials Process; By Adding Section 33-49-645 So As To Further Provide For The Manner In Which Trustee And Other Elections Must Be Conducted; To Amend Section 58-4-50, Relating To The Duties And Responsibilities Of The Office Of Regulatory Staff, So As To Provide That When Considered Necessary By The Executive Director Of The Office Of Regulatory Staff And In The Public Interest, The Office Of Regulatory Staff Shall Conduct Inspections And Audits Of, And Examinations Of Compliance By Electric Cooperatives; To Amend Section 58-4-55, Relating To The Production Of Records To The Office Of Regulatory Staff When Conducting Inspections, Audits, And Examinations, So As To Include Electric Cooperatives Within The Section, And To Provide For How The Expenses Of The Office Of Regulatory Staff Must Be Certified And Assessed To Audited Electric Cooperatives; To Amend Section 58-27-840, Relating To Preferences And Unreasonable Differences In Rates, So As To Provide For The Manner In Which This Prohibition Applies To Distribution Electric Cooperatives; By Adding Section 33-49-160 So As To Provide That An Association Formed By A Group Of Electric Cooperatives That Meets The Requirements Of Section 501(c)(6) Of The Internal Revenue Code, Is Organized Under The Laws Of This State And Has As Its Purpose The Representation Of The Interests Of Electric Cooperatives In This State, Is Subject To Certain Requirements, To Require Certain Disclosures By The Association, To Authorize The Association To Compensate Its Board Of Trustees And Provide For Specific Requirements In Regard To This Compensation, And To Provide For Specified Ethical And Other Rules Of Conduct, Including Prohibited Actions By Trustees And Officers Of The Association. - Ratified Title

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Electric coops, audits


Roll Calls

2019-05-09 - House - House: Adopt Amendment Number 1a (Y: 109 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 11) [PASS]
2019-05-08 - Senate - Senate: 3rd Reading (Y: 42 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-03-20 - House - House: Table Amendment Number 6 (Y: 76 N: 23 NV: 5 Abs: 19) [PASS]
2019-03-20 - House - House: Passage Of Bill (Y: 104 N: 6 NV: 5 Abs: 8) [PASS]
2019-03-07 - House - House: Table Amendment Number 4 (Y: 44 N: 63 NV: 2 Abs: 14) [FAIL]
2019-03-07 - House - House: Table Amendment Number 2 (Y: 82 N: 20 NV: 2 Abs: 19) [PASS]


2019-06-05 Act No. 56
2019-05-31 Effective date See Act for Effective Date
2019-05-16 Signed By Governor
2019-05-13 Ratified R 76
2019-05-09SenateConcurred in House amendment and enrolled
2019-05-09HouseReturned to Senate with amendments
2019-05-09HouseSenate amendment amended
2019-05-08SenateRoll call Ayes-42 Nays-0
2019-05-08SenateRead third time and returned to House with amendments
2019-05-08 Scrivener's error corrected
2019-05-07SenateRead second time
2019-05-07SenateCommittee Amendment Adopted
2019-04-25 Scrivener's error corrected
2019-04-24SenateCommittee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary
2019-04-05SenateReferred to Subcommittee: Gambrell (ch), Hutto, Massey, Sabb, Climer
2019-03-26SenateReferred to Committee on Judiciary
2019-03-26SenateIntroduced and read first time
2019-03-26HouseRead third time and sent to Senate
2019-03-21 Scrivener's error corrected
2019-03-20HouseRoll call Yeas-104 Nays-6
2019-03-20HouseRead second time
2019-03-07HouseDebate adjourned
2019-03-07HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: Fry, Bannister, Calhoon, Huggins, Gilliard, Taylor
2019-03-06HouseRequests for debate-Rep
2019-03-06HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: Blackwell, Wheeler
2019-03-05HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: D.C.Moss, G.R.Smith, Elliott, Sandifer, Lucas, Ballentine, Caskey, Simrill, West, Murphy, McKnight, Mace, Kimmons, Davis, Magnuson, Sottile, Hewitt, Hiott, B.Newton, Pope, Forrest, Bales, Rutherford, R.Williams, Gilliam, Norrell, Funderburk, G.M.Smith, Weeks, Ridgeway, Yow, W.Newton, Bamberg, Stavrinakis, McCoy, Erickson
2019-03-04 Scrivener's error corrected
2019-02-28HouseCommittee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry
2019-02-28HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: Cogswell
2019-02-26HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: Jefferson, Kirby, Willis
2019-02-20HouseMember(s) request name added as sponsor: Collins
2019-01-08HouseReferred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
2019-01-08HouseIntroduced and read first time
2018-12-18HouseReferred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

Same As/Similar To

S0539 (Similar To) 2019-02-20 - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
S0760 (Similar To) 2019-04-10 - Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
3349150(n/a)See Bill Text
3349160(n/a)See Bill Text
3349255(n/a)See Bill Text
3349420(n/a)See Bill Text
3349430(n/a)See Bill Text
3349440(n/a)See Bill Text
334950(n/a)See Bill Text
3349610(n/a)See Bill Text
3349615(n/a)See Bill Text
3349620(n/a)See Bill Text
3349621(n/a)See Bill Text
3349625(n/a)See Bill Text
3349630(n/a)See Bill Text
3349640(n/a)See Bill Text
3349645(n/a)See Bill Text
5827840(n/a)See Bill Text
58450(n/a)See Bill Text
58455(n/a)See Bill Text

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