Current Status Bill Number:
44Ratification Number: 92Act Number: 53Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: CoursonAll Sponsors: Courson, Gregory, WilsonDrafted Document Number: PT\1447CM.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19950524Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19950612Subject: Citizen's arrest
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19950612 Act No. A53 ------ 19950612 Signed by Governor ------ 19950606 Ratified R92 House 19950524 Read third time, enrolled for ratification House 19950523 Read second time House 19950518 Committee report: Favorable 25 HJ House 19950301 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to Committee Senate 19950228 Read third time, sent to House Senate 19950223 Read second time Senate 19950222 Committee report: Favorable 11 SJ Senate 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Senate 19940919 Prefiled, referred to Committee 11 SJView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A53, R92, S44)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 17-13-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CITIZEN ARREST, BY DELETING LANGUAGE RELATING TO EVIL INTENT SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A CITIZEN'S ARREST MAY BE MADE WHEN A PERSON ENTERS A DWELLING HOUSE ILLEGALLY WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED PERMISSION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 17-13-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 17-13-20. A citizen may arrest a person in the nighttime by efficient means as the darkness and the probability of escape render necessary, even if the life of the person should be taken, when the person:
(a) has committed a felony;
(b) has entered a dwelling house without express or implied permission;
(c) has broken or is breaking into an outhouse with a view to plunder;
(d) has in his possession stolen property; or
(e) being under circumstances which raise just suspicion of his design to steal or to commit some felony, flees when he is hailed."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 12th day of June, 1995.