SC Governor McMaster to extend State of Emergency

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks at a news conference introducing state Rep. Bobby Cox as his pick to lead the state’s veterans’ affairs agency, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at a news conference in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) – Governor McMaster declared a new state of emergency Monday.

Governor McMaster released the following statement,

“South Carolina continues to fight this deadly virus with every asset and resource available, While we are making progress, we must remain vigilant with expanding prevention and testing efforts. Our state is also facing an economic disruption and emergency the likes of which we’ve never seen, and we are working tirelessly to get our businesses back up and running and our people back to work as soon and as safely as possible.”

Gov. Henry McMaster

This is the third extension of executive powers of the South Carolina Governor due to the ongoing health crisis caused by the infectious spread of COVID-19. Each state of emergency declaration lasts 15 days per South Carolina constitutional law.

This increasingly controversial action, which allows the standing South Carolina Governor sweeping powers in regard to deployment of the National Guard and the suspension of South Carolina businesses, as well as limiting partially or completely normal constitutionally allowed activities.

It is anticipated that Gov. McMaster will address his decision, despite protests that culminated in a demonstration that snarled traffic outside the South Carolina Capitol building last Friday.

Governor McMaster and Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette will also take part in the first meeting of the “Governance” component of Accelerate SC Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. For more information, visit governor.sc.gov/acceleratesc-team

You can watch the livestream HERE.

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