SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 16, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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10 Republicans* joined by all 18 Democrats voted for Special Order for H.3189 April 14.

Thankfully, 28 was at least ONE vote short of the 29 required 2/3 super majority (29 of 44 Senators present and voting), because 16 Republicans voted against this surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189 by Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman (Darlington, Florence).

Thanks be to God !
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* The 10 Republican Senators who voted to give away the one open Special Order slo to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 were:

1) Thomas C. Alexndera – District 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

2) Paul G. Campbell, Jr. – District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

3) Raymond E. Cleary, III – District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

4) Ronnie W. Cromer – District 18 – Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties – Map
[ Senator Cromer is a co-sponsor of S.719 and has signed the S.719 pledge ]

5) Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – District 15 – York County – Map
[ Senator Hayes has signed the S.719 pledge ]

6) Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. – District 31 – Darlington & Florence Counties – Map

7) Larry A. Martin – District 2 – Pickens County – Map

8) Luke A. Rankin – District 33 – Horry County – Map

9) Paul Thurmond – District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

10) Tom Young, Jr. – District 24 – Aiken County – Map
[ Senator Young is a co-sponsor of S.719 ]

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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Strategy and Action going forward through this Tuesday, April 19:

1) Born-again Christians, PrayThank God for His sovereign intervention Thursday afternoon, April 14, defeating the surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189Thank God for using the 16 Republican Senators who voted against Senator Leatherman’s Motion.  Pray God would turn the hearts (Proverb 21:1, KJV) of especially the three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers (Cromer, Hayes, Young), but who voted to give away the open Special Order slot to H.3189.

2) The Senators supporting Special Order for H.3189 are planning to try again next week; it is possible another Special Order vote for H.3189 could be taken as early as Tues., April 19.

[ Notice at the end of the Senate Journal for April 14, right after the Special Order vote for H.3189, the record of remarks made by Senator Joel Lourie (D), Senator Hugh Leatherman (R), and Senator Larry Martin (R) noted in the Senate Journal as “Expression of Personal Interest”.  These were essentially pleas/challenges/reproofs for not setting H.3189 for Special Order in the 28 – 16 vote just taken, and exhortations to do so in the future.  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:15:10 ].  Note that embedded within these Senators’ remarks are also remarks by other Senators who also supported Special Order for H.3189 – Senator Paul Thurmond (R), Senator Luke Rankin (R)  [ Luke Rankin welcomed Larry Martin to the “Gang of 28” ], and Senator Vincent Sheheen (D).  Senator Larry Martin (R) is facing three Republican Primary opponents June 14, and he wishes to see the so-called  “dark money” bill H.3189 passed, to take effect in the future after 2016.  Senator Larry Martin (R) began his remarks ( begin at videotape time 1:23:00 ) with these words: “… I don’t think anybody in here has had a bigger target on their back regarding the expenditure of third party money, than I have.”  Realize therefore the significance of this “campaign funding/ethics” bill H.3189 in the mind of 23-year incumbent Senator Larry Martin, in the future after 2016.  During Larry Martin’s remarks, fellow H.3189 supporter, Democrat Senator Vincent Sheheen even “humorously” offered to come up to Pickens County to endorse Larry Martin’s opponent (the thinking being that endorsement of the opponent(s) by a Democrat would hurt the opponent in that opponent’s run as a Republican, thus helping incumbent Larry Martin).

3) Instead, we pray a Special Order vote for S.719 will be taken and will succeed on Tues., April 19. So please call and e-mail the Republican and Democrat Senators further below, as many as you are willing, by NLT Tuesday morning, April 19 when the Republican Senate Caucus meets at 11AM prior to the 12 noon Session in the Senate chamber, saying to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

[ Notice also at the very end of the Senate Journal for April 14, after the “Expression of Personal Interest” by Senator Larry Martin, is one more “Expression of Personal Interest” by Personhood Amendment supporter Senator Kevin Bryant (R).  Senator Bryant’s remarks included these welcome words: “… I did vote No on Special Order for a couple reasons.  One reason is …  Another reason is, we’ve got a bill, S719, called Personhood Bill, and if we can save lives of the unborn, I would much rather save lives of the unborn than some of our re-elections.”  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on  Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:34:15 ].

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

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Please Call and E-mail as you are willing to the South Carolina Senators below.

Recommend you call each Senator’s Gressette Building phone number first; then if you are willing to send an e-mail, that can be done two different ways: 1) Go to the webpage of each individual Senator ( click on links below, or go to www.scstatehouse.gov, click on “Senators” and then on each individual Senator’s name ), and on the individual Senator’s webpage, click on, “Send message to Senator ________” ), fill out and “Send” the e-mail, or 2) use the e-mail addresses below.  If you want to go another step, call the other numbers which the Senator has listed in their biographical information on their Senate webpage, such as home and/or business number(s).  This last option is probably the best if you wish to try to speak personally with the Senator yourself.  If you have the opportunity to do so,
leave messages on any voicemail.

When you call / e-mail any of these Senators, please say to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

1) Please first contact these three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers, but who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Ronnie W. Cromer E-mail: RonnieCromer@scsenate.gov

Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – E-mail: RobertHayes@scsenate.gov

Tom Young, Jr. – E-mail: TomYoung@scsenate.gov

2) Please next contact your own Senator, Republican or Democrat:

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

3) Then next contact these other seven Republican Senators who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Thomas C. Alexander – E-mail: ThomasAlexander@scsenate.gov

Paul G. Campbell, Jr. – E-mail: PaulCampbell@scsenate.gov

Raymond E. Cleary, III – E-mail – RayCleary@scsenate.gov

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. – E-mail: HKL@scsenate.gov

Larry A. Martin – E-mail: LarryMartin@scsenate.gov

Luke A. Rankin – E-mail: LukeRankin@scsenate.gov

Paul Thurmond – E-mail: PaulThurmond@scsenate.gov

4) Then next contact these five Republican Senators who voted on the right side with the 16 Republicans who voted against giving H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14, but who are presently neither co-sponsors, nor pledgers in support of S.719:

Sean Bennett – E-mail: SeanBennett@scsenate.gov

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III – E-mail – ChipCampsen@scsenate.gov

John E. Courson – E-mail: JohnCourson@scsenate.gov

Greg Hembree – E-mail: GregHembree@scsenate.gov

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. – E-mail: HarveyPeeler@scsenate.gov

5) Then next contact these three Democrat Senators who have co-sponsored Personhood Bill in the past, and who once voted in support of a Personhood Bill Recall from Committee:

Darrell Jackson – E-mail: DarrellJackson@scsenate.gov

Glenn Reese – E-mail: GlennReese@scsenate.gov

Kent Williams – E-mail: KentWilliams@scsenate.gov

6) Then next contact this Democrat Senator who abstained from voting against S.71 in the full Judiicary Committee vote on April 12, 2016:

J. Thomas McElveen, III – E-mail: ThomasMcElveen@scsenate.gov

[ Note: A vote tally for the April 12, 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee vote on favorable passage of S .719 received  from the Senate Judiciary Committee staff is reporting Senator Karl Allen (D) and Senator Gerald Malloy (D) also voted against S.719.  If this is accurate, the April 12 vote would be 11 – 7, not 11 – 5. ]

7) Then next contact these 12 Republican Senators who are co-sponsors and/or pledgers in support of S719, and who were among the 16 Republican Senators who voted correctly against Special Order for H3189 on April 14 ( except Shane Martin who was on leave from the Senate), if you would like to thank and encourage them to stand in the battle which is expected next week:

Lee Bright – E-mail: LeeBright@scsenate.gov

Kevin L. Bryant – E-mail: KevinBryant@scsenate.gov

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin – E-mail: TomCorbin@scsenate.gov

Tom Davis – E-mail: TomDavis@scsenate.gov

Michael L. Fair – E-mail: MikeFair@scsenate.gov

Chauncey K. Gregory – E-mail: GregGregory@scsenate.gov

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms – E-mail: LarryGrooms@scsenate.gov

Shane R. Martin – E-mail: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov

A. Shane Massey – E-mail: ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov

Katrina Frye Shealy – E-mail: KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov

Ross Turner – E-mail: RossTurner@scsenate.gov

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III – E-mail: DanielVerdin@scsenate.gov

8) Finally contact the remaining 14 Democrat Senators:

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Now S.719 Needs ‘Special Order’ Status, which requires 2/3 Senate vote

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 14, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – Reported to full SC Senate April 13, 2016;

Placed on full Senate Calendar April 14, 2016 – but S.719 is the 57th bill listed under ‘Statewide Second Reading Bills’.

Now S.719 Needs ‘Special Order’ Status, which requires 2/3 Senate vote

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The good news is that for the first time, S.719 is on the Senate Calendar.  The bad news is that:

1) S.719 is contested by two pro-‘abortion’ Senators ( Hutto , Bright Matthews ), and;

2) S.719 is the 57th bill listed on the Senate Calendar under ‘Statewide Second Reading Bills’.

The remedy for this challenging situation is to lobby the SC Senators to give S.719 what is known as ‘Special Order’, which moves it up to the front of the calendar.  It takes a 2/3 vote of Senators present and voting to be given Special Order.  If all 45 Senators are present ( 27 R, 18 D ), that means 30 votes are required.  If one or more Senators are absent or decide to abstain, that would lower the number of votes needed to attain the 2/3 threshold.

Since the there are 27 members of the Republican Caucus in the SC Senate, they have great influence over what bills are given Special Order when they vote as a consensus block.  There are only three ‘Special Order’ slots available on the calendar, however at least one is known to be open right now at the present time.  We want the 27 Senate Republicans to first agree within the Republican Senate Caucus, and then quickly vote on the Senate floor, to give S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ‘Special Order’.

Next Tuesday,  April 19, at  11AM,  the  Republican Senate Caucus meets in Room 209, Gressette Senate Building, and will likely consider the matter of what bill to give the one known open ‘Special Order’ slot.  So we have between now and then to call and e-mail the 27 Senate Republicans urging them to agree to give S.719 ‘Special Order’ status when they meet April 19, and then to quickly actually move and vote to do so on the floor of the SC Senate.

There are in fact competing bills which various parties wish to obtain ‘Special Order’.

We need to bring a Christian witness of advocacy for giving S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ‘Special Order’ between now and next Tuesday to:

1) The new Senate Majority ( Republican ) Leader, Senator Shane Massey ( R – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda ) and;

2) The rest of the Republican Senators statewide in SC ( 27 Republicans total in SC Senate ).

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Contact information for all SC Senators is here: 
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

You may call BOTH the Republican Senators’ Gressette Building phone number and their home/business phone numbers, whatever numbers the Senator has listed in his/her contact information.

You may also e-mail them through the SC Legislature website.  E-mail pages are also available for each Senator individually here.

Please ask the Republican Senators words to this effect:

          “In the next Republican Senate Caucus meeting April 19, please advocate giving the open ‘Special Order’ slot to S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment , and then voting  ‘Special Order’ for S.719 quickly on the Senate floor.”

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Republican Members of the SC Senate
(Quick Find)

Thomas C. Alexander

Sean Bennett

Lee Bright

Kevin L. Bryant

Paul G. Campbell, Jr.

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III

Raymond E. Cleary, III

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin

John E. Courson

Ronnie W. Cromer

Tom Davis

Michael L. Fair

Chauncey K. Gregory

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms

Robert W. Hayes, Jr.

Greg Hembree

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

Larry A. Martin

Shane R. Martin

A. Shane Massey

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.

Luke A. Rankin

Katrina Frye Shealy

Paul Thurmond

Ross Turner

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III

Tom Young, Jr.

GLORY TO GOD ! SC Personhood Amendment passed favorably on 11 – 5 vote by SC Senate Judiciary Committee – April 12, 2016

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 12, 2016 / Edited April 13, 2016

GLORY TO GOD !

SC Personhood Amendment passed favorably on 11 – 5 vote by SC Senate Judiciary Committee – April 12, 2016 ( Audio )  

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

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The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 has favorably passed the SC Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) by a vote of 11 – 5 on April 12, 2016.

Praise the Lord“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37, KJV

S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment sponsor, Senator Lee Bright ( R-Greenville, Spartanburg ) did a commendable job explaining S.719, and defending S.719 in response to questions by one Republican Senator and several Democrat Senators ( audio posted here ).  Senator Bright’s diligence in his remarks to repeatedly
 return the focus of the discussion to the purpose of the constitutional amendment in establishing personhood and due process for unborn children was excellent, admirable, and vital.


Notes: 1) Archived video of entire April 12 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting including the S.719 debate and 11 – 5 vote is posted here on the SC Legislature website.

             2) Regarding Senator Bright’s explanations of the technical Amendment; the original version of S.719 as introduced on April 28, 2015 only addressed the right to life and not property rights. 
Likewise, the statutory bill ‘Personhood Act of South Carolina’ S.457 considered during two Senate Judiciary Subcommittee public hearings in 2014, also only addressed the right to life and not property rights.

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Photo below:  SC Senate Judiciary Committee Senators voting for favorable passage of S.719 ( 11 votes )



Voting Yes to favorable passage of S.719 ( 11 votes ) ( listing from front row to back, left to right )
Front row:  Senator Tom Young ( R )
Second row:  Senators Tom Corbin ( R ), Greg Gregory ( R ), Sean Bennett ( R ), Greg Hembree ( R ), Katrina Shealy ( R )
Back row:  Senators Lee Bright ( R ),  Luke Rankin ( R ), Larry Martin ( R ), Shane Massey ( R )
One proxy vote:  Senator Ross Turner ( R )

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Photo below:  SC Senate Judiciary Committee vote against favorable passage of S.719 ( 5 votes )

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Voting No to favorable passage of S.719 ( 5 votes ) ( listing from front row to back, left to right )
Front row:  Senators Ronnie Sabb ( D ), Margie Bright Matthews ( D )
Second row:  Senator Kevin Johnson ( D )
Back row:  Senators Creighton Coleman ( D ), Brad Hutto ( D )

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This is both the first time the SC Senate Judiciary Committee has ever taken up Personhood legislation for debate, and so of course also the first time that it has passed the full Judiciary Committee.  When S.719 passed a Judiciary Subcommmittee chaired by S.719 primary sponsor, Senator Lee Bright ( R-Greenville, Spartanburg ) on March 17, that was the first time Personhood legislation had been favorably passed by a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

Now S.719 will actually be placed on the Calendar of the full South Carolina Senate.

However because 1) the legislation is contested by some pro-“abortion” Senators, and 2) because there is a May 1st deadline under regular procedures for legislation to crossover from one chamber to another, time is of the essence.  S.719 will need to be voted by the SC Senate to be given “Special Order”.  It takes 2/3 of the Senators present and voting for a bill to be given Special Order.

This report is an initial report.  Lord willing, future reporting will have more information and detail, including archived video which should be posted here of today’s entire April 12 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting including the S.719 debate and 11 – 5 vote on the SC Legislature website.

However, the immediate main points going forward are that:

     1) May 1st is the deadline for passage of S.719 by the SC Senate under regular procedures, and;

     2) The next goal is to lobby all 45 SC Senators ( 27 Republican, 18 Democrat, 1 vacancy ) for their commitment to support “Special Order” for S.719.  We need a 2/3 vote of those Senators present and voting for S.719  to receive Special Order.

Contact information for all SC Senators is here: 
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 12 Agenda

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 8, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 12 Agenda     

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S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is #12 ( item “L)” ) on  the Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) Agenda for the April 12th, 3PM meeting in Room 308 in the Senate Gressette Office Bldg., State House grounds,
 Columbia, South Carolina, as posted here.

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Senate Meeting Schedule

As posted here:
http://scstatehouse.gov/meetings.php?chamber=S

Tuesday, April 12

3:00 pm — Gressette Room 308 — Judiciary Committee
Agenda Available
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only
REVISIONS:
Meeting added on 04/08/2016 at 09:39 am
Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 04/08/2016 at 09:43 am

NOTE: The meeting is in Room 308 with only a +/- 90 audience seating capacity, instead of the usual Room 105 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting room with a +/- 100 audience seating capacity ]

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The April 12th agenda is available here:  http://scstatehouse.gov/agendas/121s1705.pdf

S.719 is item #12 on the agenda.

This is because in the last ( April 5 ) meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, S719 was item #13 on the Agenda, and the meeting stopped after finishing with two Statewide Appointments and agenda item #1.  So that left S719 as 12 items further down on the agenda.

So S.719 is 12th on the list for April 12th.

S.719 History Summary (2015-2016):

It should be noted for the record that S.719 was introduced into the SC Senate over 11 months ago, on April 28, 2015but that SC Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) refused to assign S.719 to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee until March 16, 2016, over 10 months laterHe did this as Senators co-sponsoring and/or pledged to support and vote for S.719 were being polled to support a Recall Motion on the floor of the Senate.

In March 2016, with more than one dozen polled Senators already supporting a Recall Motion, S.719 personhood bill opponent Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin agreed to assign S.719, posted March 16, 2016That three-man Judiciary Subcommittee ( Bright (ch), Corbin, M.B.Matthews ) met the next day, March 17, 2016, and favorably passed S.719 out of subcommittee to the full Senate Judiciary Committee. S.719 first appeared on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda for the March 22, 2016 meeting, where it appeared #24 out of 24 items.

Although 19 agenda items were reached in the March 22 Meeting, as item #24, S.719 was not reached.  The entire Senate was in Recess the following week, and no Senate Judiciary Committee meeting was held.  S.719 next appeared on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda for the April 5, 2016 meeting, where it appeared as item #13.  However, there were also two Statewide Appointments placed at the very beginning of the Agenda, and the second, contested appointment consumed most of the meeting, before the Judiciary Committee took up and voted upon only the first agenda item, before Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin called an end to the approx. two-hour meeting.

Now S.719 is item #12 on the Agenda for the April 12, 2016 meeting.  It remains to be seen whether or not the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by ***Senator Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) will actually reach S.719 on April 12, and if so, will S.719 receive an up or down vote on April 12, or will it be “carried over” to the next Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, likely April 19, 2016 ?

[ ***Note: According to the SC Elections Commission Candidate Listing for 2016 Primaries and the General Election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) has three Republican opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary for SC Senate District #2.  Of these three Republican Primary opponents, at least two of the opposing candidates ( Rex Rice, Don Joslyn ) reportedly support S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, as they face judicial supremacist, S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment opponent, and selectively pro-‘abortion’ for certain ‘exceptions’, 23-year incumbent Senator Larry Martin. ]

Finally, repeating and expanding upon what was noted in the April 6 e-mail report below:

One last point, under normal procedures, legislation from one chamber must be passed and sent to the other chamber by May 1 in any particular year for the legislation to be taken up on the floor of the receiving body.

For example, S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment needs to be passed by the SC Senate and sent to the SC House by May 1, 2016 to be considered on the floor of the SC House in the 2016 Session.  We are in the second year of the 2015-2016 Session.  Any legislation that is not passed in 2016 is dead, and would need to be re-filed for the 2017-2018 Session.

THIS MEANS THAT INSTEAD OF GIVING THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON S.719 SC PERSONHOOD CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE BALLOT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, THAT IT WOULD BE AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS, ON THE NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WOULD POSSIBLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT TO OUR CONSTITUTION. TELL THE SENATORS ON THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:  “LET THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA VOTE !”

 NOTE:  This May 1st rule could be waived by a 2/3 vote of those present and voting in the House ( or vice versa if a bill ( e.g., H.4093 ) was being sent from the House to the Senate.

Senate Rule 47 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 251 ), House Rule 5.12 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 299)

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As explained in the previous April 6 e-mail below:

Please contact one or all of these seven ( 7 ) Senators, asking them:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Charleston, Dorchester )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) [ incumbent Senator 1993 – 2016 ]

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton ) [ incumbent Senator 2005 – 2016 ]

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

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg )

1) To please vote to pass S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment next Tuesday, April 5th in the Senate Judiciary Committee, to move forward  the effort to put S.719 on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 General Election and let the people of South Carolina have the opportunity to vote on what is
in our own State Constitution !

2) And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to pass S.719, then ask them to at least not vote against S.719, and to please abstain.

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If you are a Bible-believing, born again Christian, please pray for the Lord to turn the hearts of these seven ( 7 ) SC State Senators above, as well as each of the other eight ( 8 ) Senate members of the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) who are not yet signed on as  co-sponsors, or who have not yet pledged to support S.719
[ SC Senators Larry A. Martin, Chairman, Brad Hutto, Gerald Malloy, Creighton B. Coleman, Karl B. Allen, Kevin L. Johnson, Marlon E. Kimpson, and Margie Bright Matthews ].

“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – For 2nd Time Senate Judiciary Committee Fails to Reach S.719 on Meeting Agenda – April 5, 2016

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 6, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – For 2nd Time Senate Judiciary Committee Fails to Reach S.719 on Meeting Agenda – April 5, 2016

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1) S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment was #13 ( item “M.” ) on  the Agenda for the Tuesday, April 5th, 3PM  meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ).

2) However, there were also two Statewide Appointment  nominations for appointed positions which were scheduled for consideration by the Judiciary Committee and which were placed at the beginning of the meeting.

3) The meeting lasted just over two hours, however nearly all the time was taken up with the second of the two appointments, which was contested and took over 1 hour and 50 minutes.
[ For the record, there were eight abstentions by Senators on the final vote for the second appointee. ]
Then, in the last three minutes of the meeting, only the first item on the Agenda ( item “A.” ), was explained and voted upon before the Judiciary Committee meeting was ended by the Chairman, Senator Larry A. Martin ( R-Pickens ).

Note: Video of the entire April 5 meeting is posted here: http://scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php

Video Archives by meeting time
Video – 2:04:47
Tuesday, April 5, 2016  3:00 pm
Senate Judiciary Committee — Judiciary Committee

4) The next regular Tuesday meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be Tuesday, April 12  at 3pm.  Once  again,  it  is  expected  that  S.719 will be taken up at that meeting.  S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment should be #12 ( item “L.” ) on the agenda for that April 12th, 3PM  meeting, unless the Chairman, Senator Larry A. Martin either: a) places something else at the beginning of the meeting, or b) places something at
the top of the agenda, both of which circumstances occurred on April 5th.

5) The meeting will likely be in Room 105 in the Senate Gressette Office Bldg., State House grounds, Columbia, South Carolina, however it is advised to check the meeting details as posted here.

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Considerations moving forward to likely April 12th Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting:

Contact made directly with Senator Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry ), and with Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester ) prior to the April 5th Judiciary Committee meeting indicated each is generally favorable to S.719, however neither would commit to vote for S.719, apparently positing themselves as wishing to see what is said in the Senate Judiciary Committee when the bill is finally taken up.  It should be noted that while
both Senator Greg Hembree and Senator Sean Bennett were co-sponsors of a Personhood statutory bill ( S.457) in the 2013-2014 Session of the SC Legislature, that neither Greg Hembree nor Sean Bennett are co-sponsors of S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment now.  In the opinion of this writer neither Greg Hembree nor Sean Bennett can be confidently counted upon to cast their vote for S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment,
at this time.

The filing period for candidates for election in South Carolina ended March 30, 2016.  Several Senators who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have not co-sponsored and/or pledged to support S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment have Primary and/or General Election opposition, according to information and candidate filings posted here on the SC Election Commission website ( www.scvotes.org ), including:

1.  Rex Rice, Don Joslyn, and Allan Quinn have all filed to run as Republicans for SC Senate District #2, the seat currently occupied by 23-year incumbent Senator Larry A. Martin ( R – Pickens ).  [ June 14 Primary opponents (3) ]

Notes:  a) Rex Rice is reported to have pledged his support and vote for S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment. b) Don Joslyn is reported to be a Personhood legislation supporter also.

2.  Scott Pyle has filed to run as a Republican for SC Senate District #33, the seat currently occupied by 23-year incumbent Senator Rankin ( R – Horry ).  [ June 14 Primary opponent ]

3.  Evan Guthrie has filed to run as a Republican for SC Senate District #38, the seat currently occupied by freshman incumbent Senator Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester ).  [ June 14 Primary opponent ]

Note:  Evan Guthrie has said he would support and vote for S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

4.  Glen Robinson has filed to run as a Republican for SC Senate District #7, the seat currently occupied by freshman incumbent Senator Karl Allen ( D – Greenville ).  [ November 8 General Election opponent ]

5.  Mark Palmer has filed to run as a Republican for SC Senate District #17, the seat currently occupied by two-term incumbent Senator Creighton Coleman ( D – Chester, Fairfield, York ).  [ November 8 General Election opponent ]

Note:  Mark Palmer has said he would supports S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

6.  Leon Winn has filed to run as a Republican for SC Senate District #36, the seat currently occupied by freshman incumbent Senator Kevin L. Johnson ( D – Chester, Fairfield, York ).  [ November 8 General Election opponent ]

One last point, under normal procedures, legislation from one chamber must be passed and sent to the other chamber by May 1 in any particular year for the legislation to be taken up on the floor of the receiving body.

For example, S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment needs to be passed by the SC Senate and sent to the SC House by May 1, 2016 to be considered on the floor of the SC House in the 2016 Session.  We are in the second year of the 2015-2016 Session.  Any legislation that is not passed in 2016 is dead, and would need to be re-filed for the 2017-2018 Session.

NOTE:  This May 1st rule could be waived by a 2/3 vote of those present and voting in the House ( or vice versa if a bill ( e.g., H.4093 ) was being sent from the House to the Senate.

Senate Rule 47 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 251 ), House Rule 5.12 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 299)

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As explained in the previous April 3 e-mail below:

Please continue to contact or re-contact one or all of these seven ( 7 ) Senators, asking them:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester )  [ freshman Senator 2013 – 2016 ]

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry ) [ freshman Senator 2013 – 2016 ]

Paul Thurmond ( R – Charleston, Dorchester ) [ freshman Senator 2013 – 2016, not running for re-election ]

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) [ 23-year incumbent Senator 1993 – 2016 ]

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton ) [ 11-year incumbent Senator 2005 – 2016 ]

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Sumter )  [ freshman Senator 2013 – 2016 ]

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg )  [ freshman Senator 2013 – 2016 ]

 

1) To please vote to pass S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment next Tuesday, April 12th in the Senate Judiciary Committee, to move forward the effort to put S.719 on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 General Election and let the people of South Carolina have the opportunity to vote on what is in our own State Constitution!

2) And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to pass S.719, then ask them to at least not vote against S.719, and to please abstain.

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If you are a Bible-believing, born again Christian, please pray for the Lord to turn the hearts of these seven ( 7 ) SC State Senators above, as well as each of the other eight ( 8 ) Senate members of the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) who are not signed on as  co-sponsors, or who have not pledged to support S.719 [ SC Senators Larry A. Martin, Chairman, Brad Hutto, Gerald Malloy, Creighton B. ColemanKarl B. Allen, Kevin L. Johnson, Marlon E. Kimpson, and Margie Bright Matthews ].

“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211