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. 2020-59 

    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.
  • Executive order no. 2020-54 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-17)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags flown over the State House be lowered to half-staff in tribute to Representative Floyd Breeland who died.
  • Executive order no. 2020-52 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-06)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags flown over the State House be lowered to half-staff in tribute to Beaufort Chief of Police, Matthew James Clancy who died.
  • Executive order no. 2020-51 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-05)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster appoints J. Ryan Thomas to serve as Treasurer of Cherokee County due to the retirement of Jackie W, Williams.
  • Executive order no. 2020-50 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-02)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster rescinds and replaces orders dealing with COVID-19 and directs that face masks be worn in government buildings.
  • Executive order no. 2020-49 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-01)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster declares that an emergency exists in the State of South Carolina and suspends the federal rules and regulations that establish certain registration, permitting, length, width, ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-48 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-26)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster orders emergency measures to take effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Executive order no. 2020-47 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-22)
    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 Thursday, July 23, 2020, in honor of the passing of Captain John Durham.
  • Executive order no. 2020-46 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-16)
    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 Friday, July 17, 2020, in honor of the passing of General Stanhope ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-45 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs several safety measures pertaining to the coronavirus health crisis comprising of temporary restrictions regarding alcoholic beverages at restaurants, bars, and other ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-44 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-11)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs several safety measures pertaining to the coronavirus health crisis comprising of emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers, enforcement ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-43 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-09)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster suspends David Taylor from the office of sheriff of Union County and appoints Samuel W. White as sheriff in his place.
  • Executive order no. 2020-42 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-26)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster directs several safety measures pertaining to the coronavirus health crisis comprising of emergency measures, protection of first responders, transportation waivers, enforcement ...
  • Executive order no. 2020-41 

    McMaster, Henry; South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-25)
    This executive order by Governor Henry McMaster grants leave with pay to state employees in Colleton and Oconee counties due to the closing of state offices caused by hazardous weather conditions.

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