House Chamber | The SC State House
There are 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, each serving a two-year term. Every year, the House convenes on the second Tuesday of January and adjourns on the first Thursday of June. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are legislative days, totaling 100 lawmaking days per year.
Items of interest in the South Carolina House include the House rostrum, the desks of the representatives, the mace, and the House seal, which is also woven into the wall coverings. The House Chamber is open to visitation by individuals and tour groups, and tour guides are available. Also, members of the public may attend when the House is in session and view the proceedings from the visitor’s balcony.
Rostrum: The House rostrum is extremely valuable and was skillfully crafted by artisans of the Columbia Lumber Company. It is made of hand-carved British Mahogany.
Representative's Desks: Members of the House are seated by delegation. This allows them to discuss the effects that pending legislation will have on their districts. During the renovations, state-of-the-art laptop computers were added to the House and Senate chambers. Members of the House vote electronically with the buttons on the left side of their desk.
Seal: The House seal was created by combining the mace, the symbol of the authority of the House, with the state seal of South Carolina.
Wall Covering: The seal of the South Carolina House is woven into the wall coverings of the House Chamber.