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Glory to God ! – SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S.217) passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 3Y-2N vote – April 26, 2017

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 27, 2017 / Revised April 28, 2017

Glory to God !SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S .217) passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 3Y-2N vote – April 26, 2017

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– The SC Personhood Act ( S .217) passed favorably out of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday shortly before 11am, April 26, by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice , Gambrell, Talley) to 2 Nays (Bright Matthews, McLeod).

– The bill now goes to the full Judiciary Committee, which presently has 22 members (1 vacancy), of which 13 are Republicans and 9 are Democrats; however only nine Republican members of the Judiciary Committee are co-sponsors of S .217 [ Climer, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Rice , Shealy, Talley, Turner, Timmons, Young ].  There are four Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who are not co-sponsors of S .217 [ Massey (Senate Majority ( Republican ) Leader; Chairman Senate Rules Committee), Rankin (Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman), Senn , and the only presently openly, repeatedly, long-term, declared opponent of S.217, Campsen (Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee Chairman) ].  None of the 9 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are presently co-sponsoring S .217.

– The April 26 meeting was scheduled to convene at 9am, but was started about 15 minutes late.  The full Senate was scheduled to go into session in the Senate chamber over at the State House at 11am, which placed a specific time limit on the length of the S .217 Subcommittee hearing.

– The hearing room was changed only the day before ( 4/25 ) to Room 209, which is the same size as the prior Room 207, with an audience seating capacity of just 50 ( The March 30 S .217 hearing was held in Room 308 with an audience seating capacity of 90, and there were people standing along two walls and overflowing out into the hallway at the March 30 S .217 hearing. ).  On Wednesday, Room 209 was filled including a few spots for standing room, and then there were many other people still out in the hallway.

Senate Gressette Building Room 209 filled for SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing  

– The Subcommittee chairwoman Senator Bright Matthews [ D – appointed by “Republican” Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) ] explained at the beginning of the meeting that time would have to be allowed at the end of the meeting for the Subcommittee to vote on the bill, and so speakers would not be called beyond a certain time ahead of the end of the meeting to allow that vote to take place.

– Four of those who were allowed to speak in support of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) were Eva Edl, Johnny Gardner, Rolf Baghdady, and Richard Cash.  The videos of their testimonies are available below:

Eva Edl –  82 years old, survivor of a Communist starvation camp in Yugoslavia at end of WW2

Eva Edl Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/_nV3PMlewEc
Video – 5:51

Eva Edl testifies before SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee:  Members present at the time from Left to Right: Senator Scott Talley (R), Judiciary Committee Senior Staff Attorney Paula Benson, Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D), Senator Mike Gambrell (R), Senator Rex Rice (R).  [ Not present yet, Senator Mia McLeod (D), seat empty between Senator Talley and Benson, Esq. ].    

Also:

Johnny Gardner – director of Voice of the Unborn

Johnny Gardner Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/WxFJmZ_iREM
Video – 6:28

Rolf Baghdady, attorney – addressed legal issues, including importance of personhood as identified in Roe Opinion

Rolf Baghdady Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/_iJ8j5mpii8
Video – 6:24

Richard Cash – executive director of Personhood SC; Winner of Republican SC Senate District #3 Anderson Primary Runoff on April 25

Richard Cash Personhood bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/IunEZWKaWzs
Video – 5:50

Richard Cash testifies before SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee:  Members present at the time from Left to Right: Senator Scott Talley (R), Senator Mia McLeod (D), Judiciary Committee Senior Staff Attorney Paula Benson, Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D), Senator Mike Gambrell (R), Senator Rex Rice (R).

 

( Several other supporters of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) were present who were also signed up to speak, but who were not afforded that opportunity by the Subcommittee chairwoman Senator Bright Matthews [ D – appointed by “Republican” Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) ]. )

After the conclusion of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee, and the vote to pass S .217 favorably: From Left to Right, Pat Hunter, wife of Dr. Johnny Hunter, and  Eva Edl.  Dr. Johnny Hunter is the national director of the Life Education and Resource Netwlork (L.E.A.R.N.), a Christian, pro-life organization which focuses on reaching Christian black pastors to become involved in pro-life efforts ( Dr. Hunter was signed up to speak and had a short, one-page statement prepared, but was not afforded the opportunity to address the S .217 Subcommitee during the hearing.)
[ See  http://BlackGenocide.org ]

 

‘For the Murdered Unborn, Incrementalism is Not Justice’
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/11/for-the-murdered-unborn-incrementalism-is-not-justice/
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-04-10-Incrementalism-is-Not-Justice-Incrementalism-is-Evil.pdf

‘GOD Has Shown US Great MERCY…What Will We Do with the OPPORTUNITY?
Letter to the Editor / Opinion Editorial
Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
exec. dir. Christians for Personhood
November 12, 2016 / Edited, Revised November 14, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-GOD-Has-Shown-US-Great-MERCY-Letter-to-the-Editor.pdf

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION
IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
 – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
– Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
   April 5, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

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Senator Luke Rankin (R – Horry) has still not signed on as a co-sponsor of S .217 SC Personhood Act.

Senator Luke Rankin (R – Horry) has still not committed to vote for S .217 SC Personhood Act with no amendments in full Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs.

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– Please continue to call and request Senator Luke Rankin, Chairman Judiciary Committee:

1) Sign on to co-sponsor S.217 as soon as possible.

2) Commit to vote in support of S.217 without any amendments in the full Judiciary Committee.

Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry)
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
District 33 – Horry County – Map

Contact Information:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1511363455

(Columbia ) Senator Rankin Senate office Phone (803) 212-6610

(Conway ) Senator Rankin Law office Phone (843) 248-2405

( Myrtle Beach ) Senator Rankin Home Phone (843) 626-6269


Send webmail message to Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry)

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=1511363455


When calling/leaving messages/e-mailing, remind Senator Luke Rankin he voted in 2016 for the S.719 SC Personhood Amendment on April 12, 2016 ( Minutes p.5 ) in the full Senate Judiciary Committee; and remind Senator Rankin he also voted in 2016 for Special Order for the S.719 SC Personhood Amendment on the floor of the full SC Senate on May 11, 2016[ At the time 23-year incumbent Senator Rankin was facing Republican opposition from a Myrtle Beach Republican in the June 2016 Primary ]. 

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

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 5 Agenda

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 3, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 5 Agenda    

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S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is #13 ( item “M.” ) on  the Senate Judiciary Committee (13 R, 9 D) Agenda for the April 5th, 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
Week of April 4, 2016

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

Tuesday, April 5

3:00 pm — Gressette Room 308 — Judiciary Committee
Agenda Available
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only
REVISIONS:
Meeting added on 04/01/2016 at 10:04 am
Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 04/01/2016 at 10:33 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 ]

( A Finance Subcommittee will be meeting in Room 105 )

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The April 5th agenda is available here:  http://scstatehouse.gov/agendas/121s1689.htm

S.719 is item #13 on the agenda.

This is because in the last ( March 22 ) meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, S719 was item #24 out of 24 items on the Agenda, and the meeting stopped after finishing with item #19.  So that left five items ( items #19 thru #24 ) which had not been taken up at all in the March 22 meeting.

Then there were also seven bills in the March 22 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting which were taken up, but then were at some point “carried over”.

In addition, there is one new bill ( S.1191 only introduced into the SC Senate on March 24th ) that is very short, that has been placed at the very top of the list ( Agenda item #1 ) dealing with South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure
[It appears this is an example of how the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman is able to give special priority to a bill on the agenda if he chooses to.]

So S.719 is 13th on the list for April 5th.

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For those who decide to come to the Judiciary Committee meeting on April 5th (public interest and accountability are important), it is recommended you arrive in the committee meeting room at 2:00 pm (especially with the slightly smaller audience seating size of Room 308 as compared to the usual Room 105).

Pink lapel tags have been prepared that can be pinned on to identify S719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment supporters, and it is requested that S719 supporters please sit as close to the front rows as possible.

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As explained in the previous March 30 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