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. 2020-40 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders emergency measures to take effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Executive order no. 2020-39 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-05)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags atop the State Capitol Building be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, June 6 2020, in honor of the passing of Lieutenant ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-38 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-27)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders various measures to protect South Carolinians during the Coronavirus crisis.
  • Executive order no. 2020-37 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders and directs additional incremental modification of non-essential business closures.
  • Executive order no. 2020-36 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-15)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs the incremental modification of non-essential business closures.
  • Executive order no. 2020-35 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-12)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis and directs emergency measures, school closures, protection of first responders and transportation waivers to take effect..
  • Executive order no. 2020-34 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster modifies and amends the previous orders limiting outdoor dining services and boating restrictions.
  • Executive order no. 2020-33 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-08)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that any election postponed due to the pandemic be held on July 14, 2020.
  • Executive order no. 2020-32 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-04)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster appoints Sandra M. Cochran as Treasurer of Barnwell County.
  • Executive order no. 2020-31 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-03)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster amends and modifies Executive Order No. 2020-21 (Home or work order) and Executive Order No. 2020-10 (Authorization of outdoor dining services).
  • Executive order no. 2020-30 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-01)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster the rescission of mandatory self-Quarantine and lodging and travel restrictions for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas due to COVID-19.
  • Executive order no. 2020-29 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-27)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: continued declaration of the state of emergency in South Carolina, continued emergency measures to ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-28 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-20)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: modification of emergency restrictions for public beaches and waters to account for home or work ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-27 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-17)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders all flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff in tribute to Deputy Jeremy C. LaDue of Charleston County who died in the line of duty.
  • Executive order no. 2020-26 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-16)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster authorizes F. Pickens Williams, Jr. to fill the vacancy of Treasurer of Barnwell County effective April 16, 2020.
  • Executive order no. 2020-25 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-16)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: modification of emergency restrictions for public waters to account for home or work order, and ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-24 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-13)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: declaring a state of emergency in South Carolina due to COVID-19 related actions and a severe storm ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-23 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-12)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: extending emergency measures across all platforms, restricting visitation to nursing homes and ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-22 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-07)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: authorization for COVID-19 support payments by employers.
  • Executive order no. 2020-21 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-06)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: ordering any and all residents and visitors of South Carolina to limit social interaction by social ...

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