It’s a great day in South Carolina!

I laughed, and then scratched my head in confusion, last November when someone forwarded me this bill that was introduced to the legislature:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Article 27
State Agency and Department Telephone Greeting
Section 1-1-1710.    No state agency, department, institution, or entity may be required to use a telephone greeting of ‘it’s a great day in South Carolina’ or another similar greeting connoting the advantages of or a general pleasant demeanor in this State so long as any of the following conditions apply:

(1)    the state’s unemployment rate equals or exceeds five percent;

(2)    all citizens of this State do not have health insurance;

(3)    state school funding for grades K-12 and for higher education is not sufficient to ensure that all students are prepared for the twenty-first century; or

(4)    the rural infrastructure of this State is not adequate to allow rural areas to compete for new business and industry on an equal basis with urban areas of this State.”

Honestly, I didn’t know that any state agency had been required by law to say “It’s a great day in South Carolina” when they answered the phones.  Sounds like a pretty stupid law.  And, we were all wondering if our legislatures had nothing better to do than come up with witty, snarky, meaningless and useless bills.

But, last week I called the Horry County Probation Department and was greeted with “It’s a great day in South Carolina!  How can I help you?”  I started to laugh, then I paused for an awkward moment of silence before asking to speak with my client’s probation officer.  I’m guessing the above amendment never passed.

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