South Carolina Bills
The process of passing a law in South Carolina begins with the introduction of a bill. A bill typically becomes law in South Carolina when it is passed by both the South Carolina House and South Carolina Senate and signed by the Governor. The full text of South Carolina bills from 1980 forward are available to search (Legislation page) or browse (Archives page) online for free on the South Carolina Legislature website.
South Carolina Acts/Session Laws
Once a bill is passed by the South Carolina General Assembly, it is assigned an Act number and published in chronological order in the SC Acts and Joint Resolutions. The full text of South Carolina Acts from 1980 forward are accessible online for free through the Legislation and Archives pages of the South Carolina Legislature website.
South Carolina laws are then organized by subject and arranged by title, chapter and section as statutes in the South Carolina Code of Laws.
For example, in 1986, the South Carolina General Assembly passed South Carolina's Payment of Wages laws, which were published in the South Carolina Code Annotated as Title 41 (Labor & Employment), Chapter 10 (Payment of Wages), Sections 10 through 110.
Section 41-10-50 of the South Carolina Payment of Wages Laws requires South Carolina employers to pay all wages due a discharged employee within forty-eight hours or by the next regular payday.
SECTION 41‑10‑50. Payment of wages due discharged employees.
When an employer separates an employee from the payroll for any reason, the employer shall pay all wages due to the employee within forty‑eight hours of the time of separation or the next regular payday which may not exceed thirty days.
HISTORY: 1986 Act No. 380, Section 1, eff April 21, 1986; 1990 Act No. 463, Section 3, eff May 7, 1990.
Effect of Amendment
The legislative process for the passage of South Carolina’s Payment of Wages laws is shown in the diagram on the right.
1. During its 1986 session, the South Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2426.
2. House Bill 2426 was published in chronological order in the SC Acts and Joint Resolutions as 1986 Act No. 380.
3. Act No. 380 was organized by topic in the South Carolina Code Annotated as Title 41 (Labor & Employment), Chapter 10 (Payment of Wages), Sections 10 through 110 (§§ 41-1-10 to 110).
The official annotated South Carolina statutes are published in print in the South Carolina Code Annotated.
her research the issue addressed by that statute.
The page on the right shows the annotations provided for section 41-10-50 of the South Carolina Payment of Wages Laws in the print South Carolina Code Annotated. They include:
Annotated versions of the South Carolina Code are available through subscriptions to Westlaw or Lexis. Some public libraries in South Carolina provide access to Westlaw for their patrons, while some South Carolina colleges and universities, including the University of South Carolina, provide access to Nexis Uni (by Lexis).
The proper citation to a South Carolina statute includes that statute’s title (41), chapter (10), and section (50) and the year of the volume or supplement (Supp. 2019) where it is published in the South Carolina Code Annotated.
For example, South Carolina’s Payment of Wages statute referenced above would be cited as follows:
This citation indicates that the entire statute (§ 41-10-50) is currently published in a supplement to the bound volume that contains Title 41. The information in the parenthesis would be different if the statute appeared in the bound volume only [S.C. Code Ann. § 41-10-50 (1986).] or if portions of the statute appeared in both the bound volume and the supplement [S.C. Code Ann. § 41-10-50 (1986 & Supp. 2019).].
The blue bullets in the citation above represent spaces.