Executive orders as issued by the governor are not laws but do have the same binding nature. Executive orders are usually based on existing constitutional or statutory powers of the Governor and do not require any action by the state legislature to take effect. Executive orders are numbered sequentially for a calendar year and may address agency closings due to inclement weather, may call the legislature into special session, may address county or city officials who have violated their elected positions.

  • Executive Orders, 1965-2010
    The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has made available digitized executive orders between 1965 and 2010.

Recent Submissions

  • Executive order no. 2018-62 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster constitutes the South Carolina Floodwater Commission for the purpose of creating a state-wide flood accommodation, response and mitigation effort.
  • Executive order no. 2018-61 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends the federal rules and regulations that restrict certain registration, permitting, length, width, weight, load, and hours of service requirements for vehicles responding ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-60 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-04)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags atop the State Capitol Building and on all state buildings shall be lowered to half-staff until December 30, 2018 in respect to the death of former ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-59 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-04)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs the transfer of the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office, a temporary grant entity, along with its personnel and operating functions, to Admin.
  • Executive order no. 2018-58 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-11-19)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares vacant the office and seat previously held by Nicole H. Holland on the South Carolina Educational Television Commission.
  • Executive order no. 2018-56 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-11-14)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags atop the State Capitol Building be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, November 18, 2018, in honor of Elizabeth Johnston Patterson, daughter of former ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-55 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-11-14)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that all flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in tribute to Assistant Chief Dennis Straight of ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-54 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-30)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares vacant the office and seat previously held by James H. Harrison on the Board of Visitors of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.
  • Executive order no. 2018-53 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-26)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees in several counties for work missed on October 11, 2018, because the state offices were closed due to Hurricane Michael.
  • Executive order no. 2018-52 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-23)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that all flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Investigator Farrah B. Turner of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, who died in the line of duty.
  • Executive order no. 2018-51 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-17)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster reinstates Mohsen A. Baddourah as a member of the City Council of the City of Columbia.
  • Executive order no. 2018-50 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-15)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster constitutes the South Carolina Floodwater Commission (“Commission”) for the purpose of creating a state-wide flood accommodation, response and mitigation effort.
  • Executive order no. 2018-49 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the State Transport Police, as needed, to suspend application and ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-48 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-09)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a State of Emergency exists in South Carolina due to the current flood waters, saturated ground, and potential for heavy rain and further impact that may occur ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-47 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-10-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends the federal rules and regulations that establish certain registration, permitting, length, width, weight, and load requirements, as fully set forth below, for ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-42 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-24)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a State of Emergency exists in South Carolina and directs that the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan be placed into effect. He also directs that all ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-41 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that Nicole H. Holland shall be suspended from her office as a member of the South Carolina Educational Television Commission.
  • Executive order no. 2018-39 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees absent from work in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Kershaw, Marion, Marlboro, and Richland Counties on Monday, September 17, 2018, ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-38 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees absent from work on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, through the end of Sunday, September 16th, 2018, due to the State of Emergency and ...
  • Executive order no. 2018-37 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2018-09-19)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that Daniel Edward Johnson shall be and hereby is suspended from his office as Solicitor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

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