"S" is for South Carolina Budget and Control Board

Jul 4, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"S" is for South Carolina Budget and Control Board. South Carolina has historically been a “legislative state” with a tradition of a “commission” approach to government that goes back to the 1870s. Joining legislators with executive-branch decision makers challenges the doctrine of separation of powers expressed in Article I, section 8 of the modern state constitution. In 1919 the General Assembly created a three-member State Budget Commission (SBC) consisting of the governor, and the chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. In 1948, Act 621 expanded the SBC into a State Budget and Control Board (SCBC). The act added the treasurer and comptroller general to the new board and consolidated several other administrative units of state government. In 2014, the South Carolina Restructuring Act abolished the State Budget and Control Board.