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The bill would reform the appointments of heritage commissions

Representative JA Moore speaks to reporters after the 2019 Democratic debate in Charleston | Photo: Sam Spence.

Staff reports | If a pre-deposited invoice by State Representative JA Moore becomes law, the method of appointment to the SC African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) would mirror other state boards and commissions, according to a story in the Charleston City Paper.

Instead of the SC Commission on Archives and History having the power to decide who sits on SCAAHC, the presidents of the state’s seven historically black colleges and universities would recommend staggered-term appointments with governor’s approval.

Moore, a Democrat from Berkeley County, describes his bill as an administrative change to bring SCAAHC appointments in line with those of SCCAH. Presidents of predominantly white universities in the state recommend appointments to SCCAH. Change is sought after Michael Allen of Mount Pleasant and Jannie Harriot of Hartsville were abruptly withdrawn in October of the SCAAHC, which promotes the preservation of black history and culture.

This brief is written by senior SC reporter Herb Frazier, editor-in-chief of special projects for the Charleston City Paper.

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