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3699Ratification Number: 310Act Number: 406Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990311Primary Sponsor: Ways and Means Committee HWM 30All Sponsors: Ways and Means CommitteeDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\20350htc99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000509Date of Last Amendment: 20000322Governor's Action: VDate of Governor's Action: 20000519Action on Governor's Veto: Continued Veto's 1 & 2Subject: Supplemental Appropriations, Acts Cited By Popular Name, Surplus Revenue Funds, general, 1998-99History Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20001017 Act No. A406 ------ 20001017 See note at end of Act House 20000530 Vetoes 1 and 2 continued House 20000525 Debate adjourned on Governor's veto until Tuesday, 20000530 House 20000524 Debate adjourned on Governor's veto until Thursday, 20000525 ------ 20000519 Vetoed by Governor ------ 20000516 Ratified R310 House 20000509 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification House 20000330 Debate adjourned upon Senate amendments until Tuesday, 20000509 House 20000330 Reconsidered vote whereby debate was adjourned on the Senate Amendments until Wednesday, 20000405 House 20000329 Debate adjourned upon Senate amendments until Wednesday, 20000405 Senate 20000322 Amended, read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 20000322 Made Special Order ------ 20000306 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20000302 Amended, read second time, with notice of general amendments, carrying over all amendments to third reading Senate 20000302 Recalled from Committee 06 SF Senate 20000112 Recommitted to Committee 06 SF Senate 19990601 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19990601 Recalled from Committee 06 SF Senate 19990324 Introduced, read first time, 06 SF referred to Committee House 19990324 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19990323 Amended, read second time House 19990315 Made Special Order House 19990311 Introduced, read first time Versions of This Bill Revised on March 11, 1999 - Word format Revised on March 23, 1999 - Word format Revised on June 1, 1999 - Word format Revised on March 2, 2000 - Word format Revised on March 6, 2000 - Word format Revised on March 22, 2000 - Word format
(A406, R310, H3699)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF STATE GOVERNMENT OF SURPLUS FISCAL YEAR 1998-99 GENERAL FUND REVENUES, TO INCREASE THE HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE ATTAINED THE AGE OF SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OR WHO ARE BLIND OR PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED, FROM TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF THE HOMESTEAD, AND PROVIDE THE SOURCE OF THE FUNDS TO REIMBURSE LOCAL PROPERTY TAXING ENTITIES FOR THE REVENUES NOT COLLECTED BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED EXEMPTION, TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-640, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE PURPOSE OF MONIES GRANTED TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF PILOTAGE AND PROVIDE THAT THESE GRANT FUNDS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INCOME TAX; BY ADDING CHAPTER 130 IN TITLE 44, RELATING TO HEALTH, ENACTING THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENIORS' PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACT, SO AS TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE OF INSURANCE SERVICES OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN PURCHASING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE WHO HAVE ATTAINED AGE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS WHO ARE INELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS AND WHOSE ANNUAL INCOME DOES NOT EXCEED TWO HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL, TO DEFINE "PRESCRIPTION DRUG" FOR PURPOSES OF THE PROGRAM, AND TO REQUIRE SEMIANNUAL REPORTS TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Appropriations, Homestead Exemption
SECTION 1. (A) The following sums are appropriated from 1998-99 surplus general fund revenues for the purpose stated:
(1) Adjutant General-Emergency
FEMA Match for Hurricane Floyd $11,467,088
FEMA Match for Winter Storm 3,589,969
(2) Department of Health and Human Services
Medicaid (deficit) 25,849,000
(3) Budget and Control Board
800 Mhz Communication System 3,000,000
(4) Department of Transportation
Message Boards and Advisory Radios 2,000,000
(5) Trust Fund for Tax Relief 37,520,531
(6) Department of Health and Human Services
Reimbursements Shortage to Rural
Health Clinics 1,200,000
(B) The exemption amount of the homestead exemption allowed pursuant to Section 12-37-250 of the 1976 Code is raised from twenty to fifty thousand dollars for property tax year 2000 and thereafter, to be funded as provided herein. The amount appropriated to the Trust Fund for Tax Relief must be used to reimburse counties, municipalities, school districts, and special purpose districts, as applicable, for this increased exemption amount in the manner provided in Section 12-37-270 of the 1976 Code. *For tax years after 2000, an amount sufficient to fund the exemption provided herein must be appropriated from the Tobacco Settlement Fund, before any reductions or withdrawals as may be provided by law, to the Trust Fund for Tax Relief and must be used to reimburse counties, municipalities, school districts, and special purpose districts, as applicable, for this increased exemption amount in the manner provided in Section 12-37-270 of the 1976 Code.
* See note at end of act.
Funds carried forward
SECTION 2. Unexpended funds appropriated pursuant to this joint resolution may be carried forward to succeeding fiscal years and used for the same purposes.
Funds to Commissioners of Pilotage
SECTION 3. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 12-6-640. Monies appropriated to the Commissioners of Pilotage must be used as a grant to the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston for the purpose of supporting the establishment of a maritime exchange system to provide vessel information services and is not taxable income for purposes of this chapter."
Seniors' Prescription Drug Program
SECTION 4. Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 44-130-10. This chapter may be cited as the 'South Carolina Seniors' Prescription Drug Program Act'.
Section 44-130-20. There is created within the Office of Insurance Services of the State Budget and Control Board the South Carolina Seniors' Prescription Drug Program. Beginning January 1, 2001, this program must provide financial assistance to senior citizens in purchasing prescription drugs who are ineligible for or do not have insurance coverage or other assistance through federal, state, or private programs for these purchases. Prescription drugs are defined as outpatient prescription drugs, including insulin syringes and insulin needles, and insulin. Only prescription drugs that have been approved as safe and effective by the United States Food and Drug Administration are covered under this program. Experimental drugs and over the counter pharmaceutical products are specifically not covered under this program.
The Office of Insurance Services shall maintain data to allow evaluation of the cost effectiveness of the program and submit semiannual reports to the Governor and General Assembly summarizing beneficiary demographics, utilization, provider dispensing experience, and any other information needed to evaluate the costs and benefits of the prescription drug program.
Section 44-130-30. This program must be administered by the State Budget and Control Board through its Office of Insurance Services. The office may designate or enter into contracts with other entities to assist in this administration. The program may include:
(1) co-payments and deductibles based on income;
(2) incentives for the use of generic drugs; and
(3) prospective and retrospective utilization review, clinical management, and other administrative techniques used in the management of the State Health Insurance Plan in order to reduce drug interactions, overutilizations, therapeutic duplications, or early refills.
When requested by the office, other state agencies shall provide assistance or information necessary in the administration of this program.
Section 44-130-40. A person eligible to participate for this program must:
(1) be a South Carolina resident who has attained the age of sixty-five years;
(2) have resided in South Carolina at least six consecutive months before participation in the program;
(3) be ineligible for Medicaid prescription benefits;
(4) not have any pharmacy benefits or coverage from any governmental or private insurance program providing such benefits;
(5) have an annual income that does not exceed two hundred percent of the federal poverty level.
Priority must be given to applicants without Medicare supplements or other third party benefits or coverage during the six months before application. If federal programs provide significant similar benefits to seniors eligible under this program, the office may reassess the program and provide similar or other pharmacy benefits to seniors if the program's costs remain substantially similar."
*SECTION 5. Sections 1 through 3 take effect upon approval by the Governor and Section 4 takes effect June 1, 2001.
* See note at end of act.
Ratified the 16th day of May, 2000.
*Text printed in italic, boldface mark sections vetoed by the Governor May 19, 2000.
Provisions not vetoed by the Governor took effect pursuant to Section 2-7-10 of the 1976 Code of Laws.
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