Learn about the exact wording of each amendment and more - DatelineCarolina

Learn about the exact wording of each amendment and more

An overview of the four amendment questions

By Scott Waggoner

Amendment 1: Must Article 1 of the Constitution of this State, relating to the declaration of rights under the state's constitution, be amended by adding Section 25 so as to provide that hunting and fishing are valuable parts of the state's heritage, important for conservation, and a protected means of managing nonthreatened wildlife; to provide that the citizens of South Carolina shall have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife traditionally pursued, subject to laws and regulations promoting sound wildlife conservation and management as prescribed by the General Assembly; and to specify that this section must not be construed to abrogate any private property rights, existing state laws or regulations, or the state's sovereignty over its natural resources?

Explanation: A "yes" vote will make hunting and fishing a clearly stated right for South Carolina residents.

Links: More on Amendment 1 (Ballotpedia), PETA, South Carolina Wildlife Federation

Amendment 2: Must Article II of the Constitution of this State, relating to the right of suffrage, be amended by adding Section 12 so as to provide that the fundamental right of an individual to vote by secret ballot is guranteed for a designation, a selection, or an authorization for employee representation by a labor union?

Explanation: A "yes" vote will give employees the right to vote by secret ballot when voting on whether to be represented by a labor union.

Links: More on Amendment 2 (Ballotpedia), Employee Free Choice Act, AFL-CIO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Amendment 3: Must section 36(A), Article III of the Constitution of the State be amended so as to increase from three to five percent in increments of one-half of one percent over four fiscal years the amount of state general fund revenue in the latested completed fiscal year required to be held in the General Reserve Fund?

Explanation: A "yes" vote will increase the amount of money the state government must keep in the General Reserve Fund.

Amendment 4: Must Section 36(B), Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that monies from the Capital Reserve Fund first must be used, to the extent necessary, to fully replenish the applicable percentage amount in the general reserve fund?

Explanation: A "yes" vote will require the Capital Reserve Fund to first replenish the state's General Reserve Fund before being used to makeup midyear budget deficits at state agencies.

Links: More on Amendment 3 (Ballotpedia), More on Amendment 4 (Ballotpedia) South Carolina Budget and Control Board

Source: South Carolina Election Commission, ballotpedia.org (a wiki on state politics sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute)

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