South Carolina General Assembly
114th Session, 2001-2002

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Bill 4018

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                      4018
Ratification Number:              93
Act Number:                       48
Type of Legislation:              General Bill GB
Introducing Body:                 House
Introduced Date:                  20010425
Primary Sponsor:                  Stille
All Sponsors:                     Stille, Carnell, Townsend, Klauber
Drafted Document Number:          l:\council\bills\pt\1433dw01.doc
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:     20010522
Date of Last Amendment:           20010515
Governor's Action:                S
Date of Governor's Action:        20010529
Subject:                          Abbeville Opera House, designated 
                                  official rural drama theater of State; State 
                                  Opera House, State Symbols and Emblems


Body    Date      Action Description                     Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  ______________________________________ _______ ____________
------  20010611  Act No. A48
------  20010529  Signed by Governor
------  20010523  Ratified R93
House   20010522  Concurred in Senate amendment, 
                  enrolled for ratification
Senate  20010516  Read third time, returned to House
                  with amendment
------  20010516  Scrivener's error corrected
Senate  20010515  Amended, read second time, 
                  unanimous consent for third 
                  reading on Wednesday, 20010516
Senate  20010515  Recalled from Committee                11 SJ
Senate  20010508  Introduced, read first time,           11 SJ
                  referred to Committee
House   20010503  Read third time, sent to Senate
House   20010502  Read second time
House   20010501  Debate adjourned until
                  Wednesday, 20010502
------  20010426  Scrivener's error corrected
House   20010426  Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep.            Klauber
House   20010425  Introduced, read first time,
                  placed on Calendar without reference

              Versions of This Bill
Revised on April 25, 2001 - Word format
Revised on April 26, 2001 - Word format
Revised on May 15, 2001 - Word format
Revised on May 16, 2001 - Word format

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(A48, R93, H4018)


Whereas, the Abbeville Opera House, built in 1908, was the center of culture and entertainment in upstate South Carolina during the early part of the last century; and

Whereas, the Abbeville Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and

Whereas, the restoration of the Opera House in 1968 was a major effort of the citizenry of Abbeville; and

Whereas, the restoration and the subsequent efforts of the Abbeville Opera House have resulted in once again returning Abbeville to its former status as a center for culture and entertainment; and

Whereas, the theater has been the stimulus for the complete restoration of the Town Square including the historic Belmont Inn, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the historic Burt Stark Mansion, site of the last meeting of the Confederate Council of War; and

Whereas, this activity has resulted in the economic revitalization of the Abbeville business and historic districts; and

Whereas, the Opera House Players have distinguished themselves as a performing group of great artistic merit; and

Whereas, this recognition has allowed them to establish the only privately operated summer repertory theater in South Carolina in addition to the regular season resulting in a year-round theater season operating forty weekends per year; and

Whereas, the Abbeville Opera House now attracts theatergoers from a wide regional area and many states; and

Whereas, this activity has stimulated another viable tourist industry for South Carolina of great economic benefit to an area of the State not heretofore considering tourism as a major industry; and

Whereas, the entire endeavor has been effective economically, artistically, and historically and has brought much fine publicity for South Carolina outside the borders of the State; and

Whereas, the Abbeville Opera House continues to reflect favorably upon the cultural and historic interest, the ingenuity, the energy, and the character of the people of South Carolina. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Abbeville Opera House designated official state rural drama theater

SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 1-1-709. (A) The Abbeville Opera House is designated as the official state rural drama theater of the State. The designation of the Abbeville Opera House as the official state rural drama theater of the State is an honorary designation and does not bind the State in any way.

(B) The official designation does not create a new state agency or educational institution or qualify the Abbeville Opera House for state funds.

(C) The official designation does not confer any liability of the State.

(D) The official designation does not sanction by the State any activity, philosophy, or course of action conducted, published, or undertaken by the Abbeville Opera House."

Time effective

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 23rd day of May, 2001.

Approved the 29th day of May, 2001.


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