View Amendment Current Amendment: JUD1031.001.DOCX to Bill 1031     The COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY proposed the following amendment (JUD1031.001):
    Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/     SECTION     1.     Section 56-5-5660 of the 1976 Code is repealed.

SECTION     2.     Section 56-5-5670 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
    "Section 56-5-5670.     (A)(1)     Except as provided by subsection (D), a person, business, organization, or unit of government may not dispose of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler without:
            (a)     a valid title certificate for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name; or
            (b)     a valid auction sales receipt obtained pursuant to Section 56-5-5640 for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name.
        (2)     A person, business, organization, or unit of government who disposes of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall comply with the provisions of Section 56-19-480.
    (B)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle for purposes of wrecking, dismantling, or demolishing is not required to obtain a certificate of title for the vehicle in his the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's own name. After the vehicle has been demolished, processed, or changed so that it the vehicle physically is no longer a vehicle, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler must shall surrender for cancellation the certificate of title, or auction sales receipt, or disposal authority certificate. The Department of Motor Vehicles must shall issue forms, rules, and regulations governing the surrender of auction sales receipts, disposal authority certificates, and certificates of title as appropriate.
    (B)(C)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires nonferrous metals as defined by Section 16-17-680 must shall comply with and is subject to the provisions of Section 16-17-680.
    (D)(1)     A person, business, organization, or unit of government upon whose property or in whose possession is found an abandoned vehicle, or an owner of a vehicle whose title certificate is faulty, lost, or destroyed, may dispose of such vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler without the title certificate if the vehicle:
            (a)     is lawfully in the possession of the person, business, organization, unit of government, or owner;
            (b)     is twelve model years old or older;
            (c)     does not have a valid registration plate affixed to the vehicle; and
            (d)     has no engine or is otherwise totally inoperable.
        (2)     The person, business' agent, organization's agent, unit of government's agent, or owner shall complete and sign a form affirming that the vehicle complies with the requirements of Subsection (D)(1). The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop the form in a manner prescribed by the working group established pursuant to Subsection (F)(3). The form must, at a minimum, be in a format that will satisfy the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System's reporting requirements in accordance with federal law, regulations, and rules.
        (3)     The demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall physically deliver or electronically transfer the completed and signed form to the Department of Motor Vehicles at the time of the transaction or no later than the end of the business day. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop, in a manner prescribed by the working group established pursuant to Subsection (F)(3), a system to allow for the transmission of the form by electronic means, at no cost to the demolisher or secondary metals recycler, in lieu of physical delivery. If the form is transferred electronically, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall maintain the original form for a period of not less than two years.
        (4)     The information obtained by the Department of Motor Vehicles from the demolisher or secondary metals recycler must be reported to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System in a format that will satisfy the requirements for reporting such information in accordance with federal law, regulations, and rules.
    (E)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle from a person, business, organization, or unit of government who provides the demolisher or secondary metals recycler with a valid title certificate for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name or a valid auction sales receipt obtained pursuant to Section 56-5-5640 for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name may wreck, dismantle, demolish, or otherwise dispose of the vehicle after the transaction has taken place. A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle pursuant to Subsection (D) shall not wreck, dismantle, demolish, or otherwise dispose of the vehicle until at least three business days after the transaction has taken place and the form has been submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicle pursuant to Subsection (D).
        (F)(1)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop and administer a scrap vehicle database. The purpose of the database is to:
            (a)     hold information regarding scrap vehicles submitted by demolishers and secondary metals recyclers;
            (b)     hold information regarding stolen vehicles submitted by law enforcement agencies;
            (c)     allow demolishers and secondary metals recyclers to access the database in order to determine if a vehicle is stolen or is owned by a different person, business, organization, or unit of government; and
            (d)     allow law enforcement agencies to access the database to determine if information regarding a stolen vehicle has been submitted by a demolisher or secondary metals recycler.
        (2)     Pursuant to the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code, the Department of Motor Vehicles may contract with a private provider to develop the database and a system of transmitting information from demolishers, secondary metals recyclers, and law enforcement agencies to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall solicit and receive at least two bids on the contract before awarding the contract.
        (3)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall convene a working group chaired by the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles or the director's designee for the purpose of assisting in the development of a form to be used for the disposal of vehicles to demolishers or secondary metals recyclers pursuant to this section, assisting in the development of a system to allow for the transmission of the form by electronic means, facilitating the implementation of the database, assisting in development of regulations pursuant to this section, and issuing recommendations based on periodic review of the form and the database by the working group. The working group must consist of representatives from the demolisher industry, secondary metals recycling industry, law enforcement agencies, the insurance industry, and other relevant agencies, organizations, or industries as determined by the director. The working group shall issue a report to the Department of Motor Vehicles twelve months after the form and database are implemented to evaluate the form and database's effectiveness, and annually thereafter on or before October fifteenth of each year. The working group may issue recommendations for enhancements to the form and database.
        (4)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall make the database available to demolishers, secondary metals recyclers, and law enforcement agencies at no cost.
        (5)     The database must include, at a minimum, the ability of:
            (a)     demolishers and secondary metals recyclers to determine if a vehicle has been stolen or is owned by a different person, business, organization, or unit of government prior to completing a transaction;
            (b)     demolishers or secondary metals recyclers to report to the Department of Motor Vehicles after a vehicle has been wrecked, dismantled, demolished, or otherwise disposed of;
            (c)     the Department of Motor Vehicles to check the information submitted by the demolishers and secondary metals recyclers against the Department of Motor Vehicles' records; and
            (d)     law enforcement agencies to check the information submitted by the demolishers and secondary metals recyclers for the purposes of investigating stolen vehicles.
        (6)     No demolisher, secondary metals recycler, or law enforcement agency is liable for performing its duties pursuant to this subsection unless the demolisher, secondary metals recycler, or law enforcement agency commits a wilful and wanton act or omission.
        (7)     A law enforcement officer who learns of the theft of a vehicle not since recovered or of the recovery of a vehicle whose theft or conversion the officer knows or has reason to believe has been reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles shall report the theft or recovery to the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Section 56-19-810. The information from such report must be entered into the database.
    (C)(G)(1)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler must shall keep an accurate and complete record of all abandoned vehicles and vehicle parts with a total weight of twenty-five pounds or more purchased or received by him the demolisher or secondary metals recycler in the course of his business. These records must contain:
            (a)     the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's name and address;
            (b)     the name of the person entering the information;            
            (c)     the name and address of the person, business, organization, or unit of government from whom the vehicle or vehicle parts were purchased or received,;
            (d)     a photo or copy of the person's driver's license or other government issued picture identification card that legibly shows the person's name and address,. If the vehicle or vehicle parts are being purchased or received from a business, organization, or unit of government, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall obtain a photo or copy of the business, organization, or unit of government's agent's driver's license or other government issued picture identification card. If the demolisher or secondary metals recycler has a photo or copy of the person or agent's identification on file, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler may reference the identification on file without making a photocopy for each transaction. If the person or agent has no identification, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall not complete the transaction;
            (e)     the date when the purchases or receipts occurred, and;
            (f)     the year, make, model, and identification number of the vehicle or vehicle parts, if ascertainable, along with any other identifying features;
            (g)     the amount paid for the vehicle or vehicle parts;
            (h)     a photo or video of the vehicle or motor vehicle parts;
            (i)     the tag number and a photo or video of the vehicle used to transport the vehicle or vehicle parts being purchased or received; and
            (j)     any forms required by this section.
        (2)     The records are must be open for inspection by any police law enforcement officer at any time during normal business hours. All vehicles on the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's property or otherwise in the possession of the demolisher or secondary metals recycler must be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer at any time during normal business hours.
        (3)     Any record required by this section must be kept by the demolisher or secondary metals recycler for at least one year two years after the transaction to which it applies.
    (D)(H)(1)     A person who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this section for a first offense is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense not to exceed five thousand dollars for the same set of transactions or occurrences, or imprisoned for not more than sixty days, or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense. For a second or subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars for each offense not to exceed ten thousand dollars for the same set of transactions or occurrences, or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense.
        (2)     A person who knowingly and willfully falsifies any information on a form required by this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than three years, or both.
        (3)     In lieu of criminal penalties for a violation of this section by a demolisher or secondary metals recycler that is not willfull, the Department of Motor Vehicle's director may issue an administrative fine not to exceed one thousand dollars for each violation, whenever the director, after a hearing, determines that a person has violated any provisions of this section. The hearing and any administrative review must be conducted in accordance with the procedure for contested cases under the Administrative Procedures Act. The proceeds from the fine must be deposited in a special account separate and distinct from the Department of Motor Vehicle's general funds to be used to offset the costs associated with implementing this section.
    (I)     A vehicle used to transport a vehicle or vehicle parts illegally disposed of in violation of this section may be seized by law enforcement and is subject to forfeiture; provided, however, that no vehicle is subject to forfeiture unless it appears that the owner or other person in charge of the vehicle is a consenting party or privy to the commission of the crime, and a forfeiture of the vehicle encumbered by a security interest is subject to the interest of the secured party who had no knowledge of or consented to the act. The seizure and forfeiture must be accomplished in accordance with the provisions of Section 56-29-50."

SECTION     3.     Section 56-5-5945 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
    "Section 56-5-5945.     (A)(1)     Except as provided by Subsection (D), a person, business, organization, or unit of government may not dispose of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler without:
            (a)     a valid title certificate for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name; or                 (b)     a valid auction sales receipt obtained pursuant to Section 56-5-5640 for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name.
        (2)     A person, business, organization, or unit of government who disposes of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall comply with the provisions of Section 56-19-480.
    (B)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle for purposes of wrecking, dismantling, or demolition demolishing shall not be required to obtain a certificate of title for the vehicle in his the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's own name. After the vehicle has been demolished, processed, or changed so that it the vehicle physically is no longer a vehicle, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall surrender for cancellation the certificate of title or auction sales receipt issued under Section 56-5-5850. The Department of Motor Vehicles must issue forms and regulations governing the surrender of auction sales receipts and certificates of title as appropriate.
    (B)(C)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires nonferrous metals as defined by Section 16-17-680 must shall comply with and is subject to the provisions of Section 16-17-680.
    (D)(1)     A person, business, organization, or unit of government upon whose property or in whose possession is found an abandoned vehicle, or an owner of a vehicle whose title certificate is faulty, lost, or destroyed, may dispose of such vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler without the title certificate if the vehicle:
            (a)     is lawfully in the possession of the person, business, organization, unit of government, or owner;
            (b)     is twelve model years old or older;
            (c)     does not have a valid registration plate affixed to the vehicle; and
            (d)     has no engine or is otherwise totally inoperable.
        (2)     The person, business' agent, organization's agent, unit of government's agent, or owner shall complete and sign a form affirming that the vehicle complies with the requirements of Subsection (D)(1). The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop the form in a manner prescribed by the working group established pursuant to Subsection (F)(3). The form must, at a minimum, be in a format that will satisfy the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System's reporting requirements in accordance with federal law, regulations, and rules.
        (3)     The demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall physically deliver or electronically transfer the completed and signed form to the Department of Motor Vehicles at the time of the transaction or no later than the end of the business day. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop, in a manner prescribed by the working group established pursuant to Subsection (F)(3), a system to allow for the transmission of the form by electronic means, at no cost to the demolisher or secondary metals recycler, in lieu of physical delivery. If the form is transferred electronically, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall maintain the original form for a period of not less than two years.
        (4)     The information obtained by the Department of Motor Vehicles from the demolisher or secondary metals recycler must be reported to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System in a format that will satisfy the requirements for reporting such information in accordance with federal law, regulations, and rules.
    (E)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle from a person, business, organization, or unit of government who provides the demolisher or secondary metals recycler with a valid title certificate for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name or a valid auction sales receipt obtained pursuant to Section 56-5-5640 for the vehicle in the person, business, organization, or unit of government's name may wreck, dismantle, demolish, or otherwise dispose of the vehicle after the transaction has taken place. A demolisher or secondary metals recycler who purchases or otherwise acquires a vehicle pursuant to Subsection (D) shall not wreck, dismantle, demolish, or otherwise dispose of the vehicle until at least three business days after the transaction has taken place and the form has been submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicle pursuant to Subsection (D).
    (F)(1)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall develop and administer a scrap vehicle database. The purpose of the database is to:
            (a)     hold information regarding scrap vehicles submitted by demolishers and secondary metals recyclers;
            (b)     hold information regarding stolen vehicles submitted by law enforcement agencies;
            (c)     allow demolishers and secondary metals recyclers to access the database in order to determine if a vehicle is stolen or is owned by a different person, business, organization, or unit of government; and
            (d)     allow law enforcement agencies to access the database to determine if information regarding a stolen vehicle has been submitted by a demolisher or secondary metals recycler.
        (2)     Pursuant to the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code, the Department of Motor Vehicles may contract with a private provider to develop the database and a system of transmitting information from demolishers, secondary metals recyclers, and law enforcement agencies to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall solicit and receive at least two bids on the contract before awarding the contract.
        (3)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall convene a working group chaired by the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles or the director's designee for the purpose of assisting in the development of a form to be used for the disposal of vehicles to demolishers or secondary metals recyclers pursuant to this section, assisting in the development of a system to allow for the transmission of the form by electronic means, facilitating the implementation of the database, assisting in development of regulations pursuant to this section, and issuing recommendations based on periodic review of the form and the database by the working group. The working group must consist of representatives from the demolisher industry, secondary metals recycling industry, law enforcement agencies, the insurance industry, and other relevant agencies, organizations, or industries as determined by the director. The working group shall issue a report to the Department of Motor Vehicles twelve months after the form and database are implemented to evaluate the form and database's effectiveness, and annually thereafter on or before October fifteenth of each year. The working group may issue recommendations for enhancements to the form and database.
        (4)     The Department of Motor Vehicles shall make the database available to demolishers, secondary metals recyclers, and law enforcement agencies at no cost.
        (5)     The database must include, at a minimum, the ability of:
            (a)     demolishers and secondary metals recyclers to determine if a vehicle has been stolen or is owned by a different person, business, organization, or unit of government prior to completing a transaction;
            (b)     demolishers or secondary metals recyclers to report to the Department of Motor Vehicles after a vehicle has been wrecked, dismantled, demolished, or otherwise disposed of;
            (c)     the Department of Motor Vehicles to check the information submitted by the demolishers and secondary metals recyclers against the Department of Motor Vehicles' records; and
            (d)     law enforcement agencies to check the information submitted by the demolishers and secondary metals recyclers for the purposes of investigating stolen vehicles.
        (6)     No demolisher, secondary metals recycler, or law enforcement agency is liable for performing its duties pursuant to this subsection unless the demolisher, secondary metals recycler, or law enforcement agency commits a wilful and wanton act or omission.
        (7)     A law enforcement officer who learns of the theft of a vehicle not since recovered or of the recovery of a vehicle whose theft or conversion the officer knows or has reason to believe has been reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles shall report the theft or recovery to the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Section 56-19-810. The information from such report must be entered into the database.
    (C)(G)(1)     A demolisher or secondary metals recycler must shall keep an accurate and complete record of all abandoned vehicles and vehicle parts with a total weight of twenty-five pounds or more purchased or received by him the demolisher or secondary metals recycler in the course of his business. These records must contain:
            (a)     the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's name and address;
            (b)     the name of the person entering the information;            
            (c)     the name and address of the person, business, organization, or unit of government from whom the vehicle or vehicle parts were purchased or received,;
            (d)     a photo or copy of the person's driver's license or other government issued picture identification card that legibly shows the person's name and address,. If the vehicle or vehicle parts are being purchased or received from a business, organization, or unit of government, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall obtain a photo or copy of the business, organization, or unit of government's agent's driver's license or other government issued picture identification card. If the demolisher or secondary metals recycler has a photo or copy of the person or agent's identification on file, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler may reference the identification on file without making a photocopy for each transaction. If the person or agent has no identification, the demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall not complete the transaction;
            (e)     the date when the purchases or receipts occurred, and;
            (f)     the year, make, model, and identification number of the vehicle or vehicle parts, if ascertainable, along with any other identifying features;
            (g)     the amount paid for the vehicle or vehicle parts;
            (h)     a photo or video of the vehicle or motor vehicle parts;
            (i)     the tag number and a photo or video of the vehicle used to transport the vehicle or vehicle parts being purchased or received; and
            (j)     any forms required by this section.
        (2)     The records are must be open for inspection by any police law enforcement officer at any time during normal business hours. All vehicles on the demolisher or secondary metals recycler's property or otherwise in the possession of the demolisher or secondary metals recycler must be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer at any time during normal business hours.
        (3)     Any record required by this section must be kept by the demolisher or secondary metals recycler for at least one year two years after the transaction to which it applies.
    (D)(H)(1)     A person who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this section for a first offense is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense not to exceed five thousand dollars for the same set of transactions or occurrences, or imprisoned for not more than sixty days, or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense. For a second or subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars for each offense not to exceed ten thousand dollars for the same set of transactions or occurrences, or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense.
        (2)     A person who knowingly and willfully falsifies any information on a form required by this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than three years, or both.
        (3)     In lieu of criminal penalties for a violation of this section by a demolisher or secondary metals recycler that is not willfull, the Department of Motor Vehicles' director may issue an administrative fine not to exceed one thousand dollars for each violation, whenever the director, after a hearing, determines that a person has violated any provisions of this section. The hearing and any administrative review must be conducted in accordance with the procedure for contested cases under the Administrative Procedures Act. The proceeds from the fine must be deposited in a special account separate and distinct from the Department of Motor Vehicles' general funds to be used to offset the costs associated with implementing this section.
    (I)     A vehicle used to transport a vehicle or vehicle parts illegally disposed of in violation of this section may be seized by law enforcement and is subject to forfeiture; provided, however, that no vehicle is subject to forfeiture unless it appears that the owner or other person in charge of the vehicle is a consenting party or privy to the commission of the crime, and a forfeiture of the vehicle encumbered by a security interest is subject to the interest of the secured party who had no knowledge of or consented to the act. The seizure and forfeiture must be accomplished in accordance with the provisions of Section 56-29-50."

SECTION     4.     The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.

SECTION     5.     Subsection (F)(3) of Section 56-5-5670 of the 1976 Code as contained in SECTION 2 and Subsection (F)(3) of Section 56-5-5945 of the 1976 Code as contained in SECTION 3 take effect upon approval by the Governor. All other provisions of this act take effect ninety days after approval by the Governor.         /

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