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. 2020-29 

    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 ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-20 

    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: authorizing leave with pay for affected state employees due to hazardous weather conditions from ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-19 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-03)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: lodging and travel restrictions for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas, and ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-18 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-03)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: continued closure of non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities for ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-17 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-31)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: closure of non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities for public use, ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-16 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-30)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: directing all public beach access points be closed to the public, and authorizing law enforcement ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-15 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-28)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: extending emergency measures of the Emergency Operations Plan for the state of South Carolina, ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-14 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-27)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: required self-quarantine for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas for fourteen ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-13 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-23)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: authorizing law enforcement to maintain order, ensure public safety, and preserve public health ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-12 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-21)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster institutes several measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including: regulatory flexibility to facilitate social distancing, instituting practices of social distancing ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-10 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-17)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic including: continued execution of the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan, DHEC to utilize and exercise any and ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-09 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-13)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic including: closing public schools in two counties where there are identified instances of COVID-19 transmission, ...

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