SC Personhood Amendment passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 2Y-1N vote – March 17, 2016

Focus on the SC pro-personhood effort now shifts to the 22-man SC Senate Judiciary Committee. See list here of SC Judiciary Committee members ( 13 R, 9 D ) and the Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Please contact especially these eight Senators, below who are not presently listed as S.719 co-sponsors, asking for their support and their ‘Yea’ vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee, which could possibly vote on S.719 as early as Tuesday, March 22 in their next regular meeting:

See these Senators’ individual webpages and contact information posted here:

1) Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

2) Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

3) Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719but says will vote for S719

[ Note: This is seen as a pragmatic position of political survival; Larry Martin has two Republican opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary, BOTH of whom are personhood supporters.  Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin has been a judicial supremacist opponent of S719, and has delayed assigning S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommittee for over 10 months after S719 was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015 ! ]

4) Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) – non-supporter of S.719

5) Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719

6) J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter ) – non-supporter of S.719

7) Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719
[ occupies Senate seat previously held by Yancey McGill ( D ); McGill co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014 ]

8) George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ) anti-personhood judicial supremacist, professing Christian ( Baptist )

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Summary of Recent Events:

1) With the pressure building for a Recall vote on the floor of the Senate, which would have potentially put all 45 SC Senators on the record, one way or another, as to their stand on the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) agreed last Thursday ( March 10 ) to finally assign S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommitte ( over 10 months after S.719 was introduced on April 28, 2015 ). As requested, he assigned S.719 to a favorable subcommittee ( two S.719 co-sponsors and one opponent ), with Senator Lee Bright ( R-Gvl/Spart ), the primary bill sponsor, as the Subcommittee Chairman, and Senator Larry Martin also agreed to vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee [ He has also said since then that he intends to vote against S.719 on the floor of the full SC Senate. ]

2) On Wednesday, March 16, Personhood South Carolina conducted a Personhood Day in Columbia, urging personhood supporters to meet with SC Representatives and SC Senators, followed by an energizing rally in the First Floor Lobby of the SC State House at which several evangelical and protestant Christians pastors spoke strong messages of exhortation and challenge, well received by pro-personhood supporters, adults and children, present.

3) Also as of March 16, Senator Larry Martin’s agreement from the previous week to assign S.719 to a favorable Judiciary Subcommittee was posted on the www.scstatehouse.gov website here.

4) The Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing was held today, March 17, with several speakers for and against.  At the conclusion of the testimony, the vote of the subcommittee was taken, and S.719 passed favorably by a voice vote of 2 Yea ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay ( Bright Matthews ). Thank God for the righteous votes of Senators Lee Bright and Tom Corbin to establish justice !

5) The next step will hopefully be the full Judiciary Committee at its regular meeting next Tuesday, March 22 as should be posted here by Friday ( March 18 ) COB.

Contact members from 22-man Judiciary Committee listed posted here, especially these Senators:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch )

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter )

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams )

George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ).

* Edited March 18, 2016

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