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. 2021-22 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; McMaster, Henry (South Carolina State Library, 2021-05-07)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a state emergency still exists and emergency measures are still in effect.
  • Executive order no. 2021-21 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; McMaster, Henry (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-30)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders a run-off election for the office of Mayor for the Town of Estill.
  • Executive order no. 2021-20 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; McMaster, Henry (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-22)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs emergency measurers, transportation waivers and enforcement measures be continued during the OCVID 19 pandemic.
  • Executive order no. 2021-19 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; McMaster, Henry (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-12)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders the Department of Social Services to prevent placements of unaccompanied migrant children into residential group care facilities or other foster care facilities in ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-18 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; McMaster, Henry (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-07)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a state of emergency still exists due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directs measures to taken to mitigate the pandemic including emergency measures, transportation ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-17 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-01)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs pharmaceutical and medical supply industries to maximize their involvement in procuring and manufacturing medical supplies.
  • Executive order no. 2021-16 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-26)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees in certain counties due to the closing of state offices caused by hazardous weather conditions.
  • Executive order no. 2021-15 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-23)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a state of emergency still exists due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directs measures to taken to mitigate the pandemic including emergency measures, transportation ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-14 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-12)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that flags be flown at half-staff on March 13, 2021 in honor of Fire Chief William Edward McNeill, Jr, who died in the line of duty.
  • Executive order no. 2021-13 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that a state of emergency still exists due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directs measures to taken to mitigate the pandemic including emergency measures, transportation ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-12 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-05)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster concerns modification, consolidation, and continuation of previous emergency measures, emergency requirements regarding face coverings, emergency restrictions regarding ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-11 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-01)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster concerns modification, consolidation, and continuation of previous emergency measures, emergency requirements regarding face coverings, emergency restrictions regarding ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-10 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-02-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directs certain actions be taken such as transportation waivers and protection of first responders.
  • Executive order no. 2021-09 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-02-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster removes Amy V. Cofield from the office of Director of the State Accident Fund.
  • Executive order no. 2021-08 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-02-06)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders appropriate emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers, ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-07 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-22)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders appropriate emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers, ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-06 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-19)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster reinstates Edward James McIver as a member of the Florence School District 1 Board of Trustees.
  • Executive order no. 2021-05 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-19)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster requires that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on January 20, 2021 due to the death of Lance Corporal Melton Gore of the Horry County Police Department who ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-04 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-12)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster requires that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on January 13, 2021 due to the death of Deputy Jonathan David Price of the Marion County Sheriff's Office who ...
  • Executive order no. 2021-03 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-07)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders appropriate emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers, ...

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