I am acutely aware of the workload confronting our magistrate courts and I have attempted to ensure that Aiken County has its full complement of magisterial positions.
Since February of this year, senators representing Aiken County have been trying to come to a decision on a recommendation to fill the night magistrate position. Unable to reach a unanimous decision, Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, and I sent a recommendation to the governor at the end of May for the vacant judgeship. On May 31, the governor sent the appointment to the Senate for its confirmation, and it is still pending.
Under Senate procedure, all senators representing a county must "sign off" on local appointments before they can be taken up by the entire Senate for confirmation. This appointment is available for the Senate to act on as soon as Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, initials the paperwork.
I will try again Aug. 13 when the Senate reconvenes, to get this magistrate confirmed. Please know that the magistrate's court is doing its very best to keep up with the workload and provide the service you expect and deserve.
Thomas L. Moore, Clearwater, S.C.
(Editor's note: The writer is a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate for District 25.)