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Doctor of The Day

The Doctor of the Day program began in the early 1970’s, and since then has ensured that a physician is made available each day that the General Assembly meets to attend to the health care needs, both large and small, of those participating in the day’s State House activities.

With a goal to increase the presence of the medical profession in the eyes of South Carolina lawmakers, the program was put into action by the South Carolina Medical Association and has proven to be a benefit to both professions.

 

Volunteer

Every physician is encouraged to get involved. If you would like to volunteer as a Doctor of the Day for the upcoming Legislative Session please contact the South Carolina Medical Association.

SCMEDPAC

SCMedPAC is the official Political Action Committee of the SCMA and is the single largest political voice representing South Carolina physicians and the patients they serve. As the bipartisan political arm of the SCMA, it exists to help elect physician-friendly candidates who are running for statewide office. By combing your contribution with thousands of other physicians, SCMedPAC can continue to represent the interests of all physicians in South Carolina while shaping the future of organized medicine in South Carolina.

 

Why Should I give to SCMedPAC?

  • To be a part of a team that speaks with a single, resonant voice to guide physician advocacy efforts.
  • To help protect your profession’s interests from outside attacks from trial lawyers, insurance companies and para-medical groups.
  • To not get left behind. The legislative process is ongoing and if medical interests are not being represented, they will be left out.
  • To make an investment in your profession and your patients’ access to quality medical care.

 

Medallion Member Levels:

Medallion level contributors are recognized on the SCMA website, at the SCMA Annual Meeting and are invited to participate in exclusive legislative events and conference calls throughout the year.

Gold Membership $1,000

Silver Membership $500

Sustaining Membership $200

Alliance (Spouse) Membership $150

Student/Resident Gold Membership $100

Student/Resident Silver Membership $50

Resident/Student Membership $20

 

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SCMEDPAC Board

Robert Ray Morgan Jr. MD, MBA
Chairman
Henry F. Butehorn III, MD
Vice Chairman
Alexander W. Ramsay, MD
ISC Chairman Member
DeAnn Walpole
SCMA Alliance Representative
Ettaleah C. Bluestein, MD
1st District Representative
Marta Toruno Hampton, MD
1st District Representative
Donald Patrick Hurley, DO
1st District Representative Alternate
Gary A. Delaney, MD
2nd District Representative
Dallas W. Lovelace III, MD
2nd District Representative
Gregory Tarasidis, MD
3rd District Representative
Boyce G. Tollison. MD
3rd District Representative
Henry F. Butehorn III MD
4th District Representative
Robert Ray Morgan Jr. MD, MBA
4th District Representative
Macdonald Mayes Dubose, MD
5th District Representative Alternate
Thomas Nimmer Joseph, MD
5th District Representative
Robert Harold Walker, MD
5th District Representative
Lawrence S. Kerr, MD
6th District Representative
Balbir Singh Minhas, MD
6th District Representative
Stephen Alan Imbeau, MD
7th District Representative Alternate
Patrick John Jebaily, MD
7th District Representative
John C. Ropp III, MD
7th District Representative
 

 


 

GOLD MEMBERS

Henry F. Butehorn III, MD
Macdonald Mayes Dubose, MD
Stephen Alan Imbeau, MD
Dallas W. Lovelace III, MD
Marshall LeRoy Meadors III, MD
Balbir Singh Minhas, MD
Robert Ray Morgan Jr. MD, MBA
Mark Allen O'Rourke, MD
Alexander W. Ramsay, MD
March E. Seabrook, MD
Bruce Allen Snyder, MD
Gregory Tarasidis, MD

 

SILVER MEMBERS

Gary A. Delaney, MD
Gerald E. Harmon, MD
Todd Eric Schlesinger, MD, FAAD
Ponce D. Bullard, MD
Todd K Atwater
Kimberly Mae Balogh, MD
Michelle B. Byrne, DO
John Brewer Eberly, MD
John P. Evans, MD
Michael Trezevant Finch Jr. MD
Allison Leigh Harvey, MD
James R. Ingram, MD
Thomas Lawman Lucas III, MD
James J. McCoy Jr. MD
Dean A. Page, MD
H Timberlake Pearce Jr. MD
John C. Ropp III, MD
John W. Schaberg, MD
Dean A. Smith, MD
Samuel R. Stone, MD
Boyce G. Tollison, MD
Horace E. Walpole Jr. MD
James D. Welsh, MD
Christopher Allen Yeakel, MD
Richard Charles Osman, MD
Stephen F. Lane, MD

Interspeciality Council

The Interspecialty Council is a valuable forum for debate on legislation that affects medicine in general, and also legislation that affects individual specialties. The Interspecialty Council is made up of a representative and an alternate from each of the specialties represented in the SCMA House of Delegates. These representatives are appointed to serve each year by the leadership of their respective specialties, and the chairman of this committee is the president-elect of the SCMA.

The committee's primary function and responsibility is to thoroughly review proposed legislation and recommend to the SCMA Board of Trustees a position of support or opposition, especially as it relates to and affects the medical specialties.

GET INVOLVED!

The committee meets every month during the legislative session of the General Assembly. Contact us to get involved on behalf of your medical specialty!

Politics 101


How does the legislative process work?

All laws in South Carolina begin as bills. Before a bill can become a law, it must be approved by the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate, and then it is presented to the Governor for signature, veto, or approval without signature.

 

STEP ONE: The Bill Begins

Laws begin as ideas. These ideas may come from a member of the South Carolina General

Assembly -- or from the general public. Citizens who have ideas for laws can contact their representatives in the South Carolina General Assembly to discuss their ideas. If the Representative/Senator agrees, they research the ideas and write them into bills.

 

STEP TWO: The Bill Is Proposed

When a Representative/Senator has written a bill, the bill needs a sponsor. The Representative/Senator talks with other members about the bill in hopes of getting their support. Once a bill has a sponsor and the support of at least one Representative/Senator, it is ready to be introduced.

 

STEP THREE: The Bill Is Introduced (First Reading)

In the South Carolina House of Representatives or in the South Carolina Senate, a bill is placed in the hopper -- special box on the side of the clerk’s desk. Only Representatives/Senators can introduce bills in the South Carolina House of Representatives/ South Carolina Senate. When a bill is introduced in the SC House of Representatives, a bill clerk assigns it a number that begins with H. A reading clerk then reads the bill to all the Representatives, and the Speaker of the House sends the bill to one of the House standing committees. When a bill is introduced in the South Carolina Senate, a bill clerk assigns it a number that beings with S. A reading clerk then reads the bill to all the Senators, and the President of the Senate sends the bill to one of the Senate standing committees. When the bill is sent to committee this is considered first reading.

 

STEP FOUR: The Bill Goes To Committee

When the bill reaches committee, the committee members (groups of Representatives/ Senators who are experts on topics such as business, agriculture or education) review, research, and revise the bill before voting on whether or not to send the bill back to the House/Senate floor. This is where a bulk of the work is done on a bill. If the committee members would like more information before deciding if the bill should be returned to the House/ Senate floor, the bill is sent to a subcommittee where the bill is closely reviewed and expert opinions are gathered before it is returned to the full committee for approval. In the South Carolina House of Representatives, this is typically the only time the public is allowed to provide testimony and input. However, the South Carolina Senate tends to be more flexible in taking testimony during the full committee process. Testimonies are typically offered by citizens, state agencies, lobbyists or any other group/individual interested in the bill.

 

STEP FIVE: The Bill Is Reported Out & Placed On The Calendar

When the committee has approved a bill, it is sent to the House or Senate floor. Once reported out, a bill is placed on the calendar and ready to be debated by the South Carolina House of Representatives/ South Carolina Senate.

 

STEP SIX: The Bill Is Debated (Second And Third Reading)

When a bill is debated, Representatives/ Senators discuss the bill and explain why they agree or disagree. This is the first opportunity for the entire body to recommend changes to the legislation. When all changes have been made and agreed upon, the bill is ready to be voted on. This step is considered second reading. If a majority of the Representatives/Senators who are present in the chamber vote yes, the bill moves to the final step in the body, third reading. Third reading in the South Carolina House is largely a formality, whereas third reading in the South Carolina Senate is still open for debate.

 

STEP SEVEN: The Bill Is Referred To The Non-originating Chamber

When a bill reaches the non-originating Chamber, it goes through many of the same steps it went through in the introductory body. The bill is discussed in committee and then reported to the body floor to be voted on.

 

STEP EIGHT: The Bill Is Sent To The Governor

When a bill reaches the Governor, s/he has three options to take place within a five day period. S/he can:

  1. Sign and pass the bill—the bill becomes a law.
  2. Veto the bill—the bill is sent back to the originating chamber, along with the Governor’s reasons for the veto. If the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate still believe the bill should become a law, they can hold another vote on the bill. If two thirds of the Representatives and Senators support the bill, the Governor’s veto is overridden and the bill becomes a law. Should either body sustain the veto, then the bill dies.
  3. Refuse to sign the bill -- Should the Governor fail to act within five days, the bill will become law without signature.

 

STEP NINE: The Bill Is A Law

If a bill passed both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate and has been approved by the Governor, or if a Governor’s veto has been overridden, the bill becomes a law and is enforced by the government. The bill then becomes an Act in the South Carolina Code of Laws.