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. 2020-73 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-25)
    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. 2020-72 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-23)
    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. 2020-71 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-09)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster authorizes leave with pay for those state employees of Oconee County who were absent from work due to the weather conditions of Tropical Storm Zeta.
  • Executive order no. 2020-70 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-08)
    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. 2020-69 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-06)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends Kerry Trent Kinard from the Bamberg City Council in Bamberg County.
  • Executive order no. 2020-68 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-27)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends Robert Anderson Strickland, Jr. from the office of sheriff of Colleton County and appoints Charles Lytle Ghent as sheriff in his place.
  • Executive order no. 2020-67 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-24)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders appropriate measures to deal with it.
  • Executive order no. 2020-66 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-22)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster requires that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on October 23, 2020 due to the death of Officer William Conley of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office who was ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-65 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-09)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency in South Carolina due to the Coronavirus pandemic and provide appropriate measures such as protection of first responders and transportation waivers.
  • Executive order no. 2020-64 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-07)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster requires that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on October 9, 2020 due to the death of Officer Jacob Hancer of the Myrtle Beach Police Department who was killed ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-63 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-02)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster rescinds Executive Order 2020-50 and issues directives regarding face coverings, restaurant operations, gatherings of crowds, social distancing and extension of unemployment claims.
  • Executive order no. 2020-62 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-24)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and orders emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers and enforcement of these measures.
  • Executive order no. 2020-61 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-24)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends Kenneth Shane Stuart from the office of Supervisor of Chester County and appoints Wylie Glenn Frederick to serve in his place.
  • Executive order no. 2020-59 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-09)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster extends the state of emergency due to COVID-19.
  • Executive order no. 2020-56 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-25)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster takes measures to mitigate the state of emergency due to COVID-19.
  • Executive order no. 2020-53 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-10)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster extends the state of emergency due to COVID-19.
  • Executive order no. 2020-58 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-29)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags flown over the State House be lowered to half-staff in tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman who died.
  • Executive order no. 2020-55 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-17)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster extends Order no. 2019-22 so as to extend the time allowed for South Carolinians to respond to the 2020 census.
  • Executive order no. 2020-57 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-26)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees in certain coastal counties due to the closing of state offices caused by hazardous weather conditions.
  • Executive order no. 2020-60 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags flown over the State House be lowered to half-staff in tribute to Judge Clyde Henry Hamilton who died.

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