(Statewide) December 7, 2005 - We've received a lot of email and phone calls from viewers wondering why the State House flag is not at half staff. The governor's office says simply state law does not allow it. According to state code 10-1-161, the State House flag will be lowered for former governors on the day of their funeral.
Since so many people have asked about the law we have posted it here:
SECTION 10-1-161 . State Capitol Building flags flown at half-staff. [SC ST SEC 10-1-161 ]
(A) On Memorial Day the flags which are flown atop the State Capitol Building shall be displayed at half-staff until noon , then raised to the top of the staff.
(B) To honor and pay tribute to the following public officials the flags which are flown atop the State Capitol Building shall be lowered to half-staff on the day on which funeral services are conducted for these public officials:
(1) current and past members of the United States Congress from the State of South Carolina;
(2) current constitutional officers of the State of South Carolina;
(3) former governors and lieutenant governors of the State of South Carolina;
(4) current members of the South Carolina General Assembly;
(5) current members of the South Carolina Supreme Court; and
(6) current and former presidents of the United States .
(C) As contained in this section, "half-staff" means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.
(D) In addition to the public officials enumerated in subsection (B), flags atop the State Capitol Building shall be lowered to half-staff on the day when funeral services are conducted for members of the United States military services who were residents of South Carolina and who lost their lives in the line of duty while in combat.