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LLR Celebrates 80 Years of Progress

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The state Department of Labor began operations on June 1, 1936; its successor, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, started up on February 1, 1994.

Governors Olin Johnston and Carroll Campbell are credited for the Agency’s establishment. In his inaugural address on January 15, 1935, Governor Johnston called for the creation of a state labor department to arbitrate labor troubles and avert strikes and promote a fair and harmonious relationship between capital and labor. Fifty-eight years later, Governor Campbell championed restructuring legislation in 1993 to make state government more responsive to its citizens and to bring about greater efficiencies. On June 18, 1993, he signed the “state government accountability and reform act”. As a result, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation was formed, merging the state Department of Labor, Office of State Fire Marshal, South Carolina Fire Academy, and 40 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions into one agency.

The Agency has had 12 different men and women at its helm since 1936. Great progress has been made in improving working conditions for employees, including payment of wages, child labor, and workplace safety. The public’s safety has been enhanced, whether requiring annual inspections of elevators and amusement rides or providing training for firefighters in fire departments across the state. Doctors, nurses, real estate agents, builders, funeral directors, etc., are held to a high standard assuring the protection of the general public.

To mark the Agency’s 80th birthday, a new logo was created, and an exhibit telling the Agency’s history in words and pictures is on display at the headquarters’ building at 110 Centerview Drive in Columbia.

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