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Column: Did anybody even read the constitutional amendment?

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Omission of the effective date has brought S.C. to precipice

The constitutional conundrum that South Carolina will face if Nikki Haley is confirmed as United Nations ambassador is evidence of at least one thing: Our legislators take a casual approach to the rule of law.
How did we get to this point? The  amendment to the state constitution that voters approved in 2012 specified that it would take effect in 2018. But when the bill to ratify the amendment was filed in the Senate in 2013, it left out a key portion – which changed the effective date. Here is what happened:


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