South Carolina General Assembly
114th Session, 2001-2002
Journal of the House of Representatives

Wednesday, February 27, 2002
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The House assembled at 10:00 a.m.
Deliberations were opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Whaley 'Bill' Barton, Jr. as follows:

You tell us, dear God, that You are "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Help us to understand that You are inviting us to turn to You with our troubles. Help us to acquire our strength from You. Forgive us, dear God, when we look for help and strength in all the wrong places. Wake us up Lord to the reality that You, the living God, are present and prepared to be our help, for we pray in Your name Lord. Amen.

Pursuant to Rule 6.3, the House of Representatives was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America by the SPEAKER.

After corrections to the Journal of the proceedings of yesterday, the SPEAKER ordered it confirmed.

MOTION ADOPTED

Rep. J. YOUNG moved that when the House adjourns, it adjourn in memory of Eunice Young Brown Holland of Sumter, which was agreed to.

INVITATIONS

On motion of Rep. FLEMING, with unanimous consent, the following were taken up for immediate consideration and accepted:

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at the Capitol City Club on March 5, 2002, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Dobson McJunkin
Director of Public Affairs

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a breakfast. This event will be held in Room 221 of the Blatt Building on March 6, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Sincerely,
Sheila McMillan
SC Connection Chairman

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Transportation Policy and Research Council the Members of the House of Representatives and staff are invited to a luncheon. This event will be held at the Summit Club on March 19, 2002, upon adjournment until 2:30 p.m.
Sincerely,
Norma U. Hamer
Executive Director

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of Home Builders Association of South Carolina the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at Seawell's on March 19, 2002, with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and dinner immediately following at 7:15 p.m.
Sincerely,
John C. Cone
Executive Director

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Prayer Fellowship the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a breakfast. This event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on March 20, 2002, beginning at 7:45 a.m.
Sincerely,
C. Tommy Young, Chairman
SC Prayer Breakfast Committee

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Association of Realtors the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to an afternoon reception. This event will be held at the Clarion Town House on March 20, 2002, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Sincerely,
Nell Postell
President

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Hospital Association the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at the Clarion Town House on March 20, 2002, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Sincerely,
Ken Shull
President

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes the Members of the House of Representatives and staff are invited to a breakfast. This event will be held in Room 221 of the Blatt Building on March 21, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Sincerely,
Sandra B. Linn
Executive Director

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of State Farm Insurance Company the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a luncheon. This event will be held on the State House Grounds on March 26, 2002, upon adjournment.
Sincerely,
Bruce White
Public Affairs Specialist

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina State University the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at Clarion Town House on March 26, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sincerely,
Leroy Davis, Sr.
President

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Registration and Elections Officials the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a mid-day reception. This event will be held at Seawell's on March 13, 2002, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Sincerely,
Marilyn W. Bowers, Chairperson
Legislative Reception Committee

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a breakfast. This event will be held in Room 221 of the Blatt Building on March 14, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Sincerely,
David Fuller
President

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of American Legislative Exchange Council the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at Clarion Town House on March 6, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sincerely,
Gary Barrett
Director of Membership

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina School Boards Association the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a luncheon. This event will be held at Adam's Mark Hotel on March 6, 2002, beginning at 1:00 p.m. or upon adjournment.
Sincerely,
Scott T. Price
General Counsel

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of National Association of Social Workers the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a breakfast. This event will be held at Adam's Mark Hotel on March 7, 2002, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Sincerely,
Janet Vogelsang
President

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina, Inc. the Members of the House of Representatives and staff are invited to a reception. This event will be held at Clarion Town House on March 12, 2002, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sincerely,
Scott Malyerek
Political Development Director

February 26, 2002
The Honorable Ron Fleming
Chairman, House Invitations Committee
503-A Blatt Building
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Rep. Fleming:

On behalf of South Carolina Association of Counties the Members of the House of Representatives are invited to a reception. This event will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel on March 13, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sincerely,
James H. Rozier, Jr.
President

H. 3141--COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE APPOINTED

The following was received from the Senate:

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

Columbia, S.C., February 27, 2002
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House:
The Senate respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it insists upon its amendments to H. 3141:

H. 3141 (Word version) -- Reps. Wilkins, Harrison, Delleney, Sandifer, Whatley, Simrill, Walker, Altman, Knotts and Thompson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CATEGORIZATION OF FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS, SO AS TO REVISE THE EXEMPT CATEGORY OF CRIMES; TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR THE VARIOUS CLASSES OF CRIMES, SO AS TO REVISE THE SET OF CRIMES THE MINIMUM TERM OF IMPRISONMENT APPLIES TO; TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL OFFENSES ARE AUTOMATICALLY CLASSIFIED; TO AMEND SECTION 24-3-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CONFINEMENT OF PRISONERS AND WORK RELEASE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN CLASSIFIED FELONIES AND EXEMPT OFFENSES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-125, RELATING TO CONDITIONS A PRISONER MUST MEET TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR WORK RELEASE, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN FELONIES AND EXEMPT OFFENSES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSES" AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-150, RELATING TO CONDITIONS A PRISONER MUST MEET TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR EARLY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, OR COMMUNITY SUPERVISION, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE "AN OFFENSE" FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE" AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-210, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR AND FORFEITURE OF GOOD CONDUCT CREDITS, SO AS TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF TIME A PRISONER CAN EARN FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR TO THREE DAYS A MONTH AND TO ELIMINATE THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-230, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR EDUCATION CREDITS, SO AS TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF TIME A PRISONER CAN EARN FOR PARTICIPATING IN AN EDUCATION PROGRAM TO SIX DAYS A MONTH AND TO ELIMINATE THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-430, RELATING TO RIOTING OR INCITING TO RIOT, SO AS TO REVISE THE PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-650, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE RELEASE OF AN OFFENDER INTO THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH HE COMMITTED THE CRIME, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN CLASSIFIED FELONIES AND EXEMPT OFFENSES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTIONS 24-13-710 AND 24-13-720, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SUPERVISED FURLOUGH PROGRAM, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN CLASSIFIED FELONIES AND EXEMPT OFFENSES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE" AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1310, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SHOCK INCARCERATION PROGRAM, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN CLASSIFIED FELONIES AND EXEMPT OFFENSES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PAROLE, SO AS TO ELIMINATE PAROLE FOR A CRIME AND TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN OFFENDERS MUST COMPLETE A COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAM BEFORE HIS DISCHARGE FROM HIS SENTENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-560, RELATING TO PRISONERS WHO MUST COMPLETE A COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAM OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION, PAROLE AND PARDON SERVICES BEFORE THEIR RELEASE FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, SO AS TO REVISE THE OFFENSES THAT REQUIRE AN OFFENDER TO COMPLETE A COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAM AND TO PROVIDE THAT A JUDGE MAY INCLUDE COMPLETION OF A COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAM AS A PART OF A SENTENCE FOR CERTAIN CRIMES AND TO SUBSTITUTE CERTAIN CLASSIFIED CRIMES FOR THE TERM "NO PAROLE OFFENSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 24-26-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE COMMISSION TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION, AND REVISE THE COMPOSITION OF THE COMMISSION; TO AMEND SECTION 24-26-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION, SO AS TO REVISE THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSION WHOSE NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION, AND THE CONTENTS OF ITS ANNUAL REPORT; TO AMEND SECTION 24-26-50, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GENERAL POLICIES AND APPROVAL OF ADVISORY GUIDELINES BY THE SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THAT THE COMMISSION'S ADVISORY GUIDELINES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY; TO REPEAL SECTIONS 2-13-66, 16-1-90, 16-1-100, AND 16-1-110 RELATING TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS; TO REPEAL SECTION 24-13-100 RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "NO PAROLE OFFENSE", TO AMEND TITLE 25, RELATING TO MILITARY, CIVIL DEFENSE, AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO ARE SENTENCED TO CONFINEMENT SHALL SERVE THE FULL TERM OF THE CONFINEMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AND TO PROVIDE A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, AND THAT ALL PROCEEDINGS PENDING AT THE TIME THIS ACT TAKES EFFECT ARE SAVED AND THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT APPLY PROSPECTIVELY.
and asks for a Committee of Conference and has appointed Senators Hutto, Waldrep and McConnell of the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate.

Very respectfully,
President

Whereupon, the Chair appointed Reps. HARRISON, F. N. SMITH and DELLENEY to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House and a message was ordered sent to the Senate accordingly.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 3823 (Word version) -- Reps. Altman and Hinson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-3-130, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ALIMONY AND SECTION 20-3-150, RELATING TO THE SEGREGATION OF CHILD SUPPORT AND ALIMONY IN A COURT ORDER, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALIMONY IS TERMINATED UPON THE CONTINUED COHABITATION OF THE SUPPORTED SPOUSE AND TO DEFINE "CONTINUED COHABITATION".
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 3328 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-765, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AN INVESTIGATION OF A TRAFFIC COLLISION INVOLVING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY MOTOR VEHICLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHICH HAS PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN INVESTIGATION, BUT LACKS EXPERTISE TO CONDUCT A PROPER INVESTIGATION INVOLVING AN EMPLOYEE OF ANOTHER DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY, MAY REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM ANOTHER AGENCY THAT HAS THE APPROPRIATE EXPERTISE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 826 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Elliott: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO AMEND JOINT RESOLUTION 420 OF 2000, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A LOCAL JAIL TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY AND STUDY THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING LOCAL JAILS, THE TASK FORCE MEMBERSHIP, AND THE ISSUANCE OF A REPORT BY THE TASK FORCE, SO AS TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE TASK FORCE TO FEBRUARY 1, 2003, BEFORE WHICH DATE IT MUST MAKE ITS REPORT.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 4615 (Word version) -- Rep. G. M. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-2952 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE FILING FEE FOR REQUESTING AN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING TO CHALLENGE A DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A BREATH TEST OR REGISTERING AN ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION GREATER THAN THE EXISTING LAWFUL LIMIT IS FIFTY DOLLARS.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 4629 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrison, McGee, Lucas and McLeod: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 44-53-190, 44-53-370, AND 44-53-520, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, ALL RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, CRIMINAL OFFENSES RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, AND PENALTIES AND FORFEITURE FOR VIOLATIONS, SO AS TO INCLUDE 3, 4-METHYLENEDIOXYMETHAMPHETAMINE (MDMA), ALSO KNOWN AS "ECSTASY", AS A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE,TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING OR TRAFFICKING IN THE DRUG, AND TO PROVIDE THAT CONVEYANCES USED IN TRANSPORTING THIS DRUG ARE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 4728 (Word version) -- Reps. Owens, Knotts, Whatley, G. M. Smith, W. D. Smith, Allison, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Coates, Coleman, Delleney, Frye, Gilham, Harrison, Huggins, Kelley, Koon, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lourie, Lucas, Martin, McGee, Quinn, McLeod, Rivers, Robinson, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Sinclair, D. C. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, Talley, Thompson, Walker, Weeks, White and A. Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-470, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL THROWING OF BODY FLUIDS ON AN EMPLOYEE OF A STATE OR LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY BY AN INMATE, AND THE PENALTIES IMPOSED UPON A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN ADDITION TO AN INMATE, THIS PROVISION ALSO APPLIES TO A DETAINEE, A PERSON TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, OR A PERSON UNDER ARREST WHO THROWS CERTAIN BODY FLUIDS ON AN EMPLOYEE OF A STATE OR LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, OR A STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report with amendments on:

H. 4654 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, G. M. Smith, Simrill, Easterday, Kirsh, Lucas, McCraw, Meacham-Richardson and Wilkins: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 3, TITLE 23, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION, BY ADDING SECTION 23-3-70 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TO COMPILE AND PUBLISH ANNUAL STATISTICS ON LOTTERY RELATED CRIMES.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The Senate sent to the House the following:

S. 1058 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander and Giese: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPON THE DEATH OF WAYNE ALAN PEACOCK OF MOUNTAIN REST ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2002, AND EXTEND DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to and ordered returned to the Senate with concurrence.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bills and Joint Resolutions were introduced, read the first time, and referred to appropriate committees:

H. 4805 (Word version) -- Reps. Vaughn, Allison, Cato, Hamilton, Leach, Littlejohn, Lourie, Mack, Rodgers, Sheheen, Tripp, Whatley and J. Young: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 10, TITLE 4, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX, BY ADDING ARTICLE 7 ENACTING THE "MUNICIPAL CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX ACT" SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMPOSITION OF A ONE CENT SALES AND USE TAX BY REFERENDUM IN A MUNICIPALITY FOR A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME AND FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS, AND TO PROVIDE THE METHOD FOR IMPOSITION, PAYMENT, AND COLLECTION OF THIS TAX.
Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

H. 4807 (Word version) -- Reps. Hamilton, Leach and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1700, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITIONS OF HARASSMENT AND STALKING, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT HARASSMENT INCLUDES UNLAWFULLY DIRECTING OR FOCUSING A DIGITAL, ELECTRONIC, LASER, HEAT-SEEKING, NOISE-MAKING, LISTENING, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL DEVICE ON ANOTHER PERSON, HIS DWELLING, OR ANY OTHER PLACE WHERE THE TARGETED PERSON SEEKS SECLUSION FROM PUBLIC VIEW OR HAS A REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY, AND THE DEFINE "VIDEO VOYEURISM", AND "ROUTINE IMAGING OR VIDEO MONITORING FOR SECURITY PURPOSES", "SURVEILLANCE", "PRIVACY", "PERSONAL SPACE", AND "INVADE"; AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-1735 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO ENGAGE IN VIDEO VOYEURISM, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS TO THE APPLICATION OF THIS SECTION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 16-3-1740 THROUGH 16-3-1840 ARE APPLICABLE IN SITUATIONS AND CASES INVOLVING VIDEO VOYEURISM IN LIKE MANNER AND TO THE SAME EXTENT THEY ARE APPLICABLE IN SITUATIONS AND CASES OF HARASSMENT, STALKING, OR AGGRAVATED STALKING, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary

H. 4808 (Word version) -- Reps. Wilkins and Harrison: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 13-1-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MONIES CONSTITUTING A FUND OF ANY KIND USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR SOURCE, ARE PUBLIC MONIES SUBJECT TO ALL ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING PUBLIC MONIES; TO AMEND SECTION 13-1-1720, RELATING TO THE PURPOSE AND DUTIES OF THE COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FUNDS FROM FOUNDATION GRANTS AND PRIVATE FUNDS USED BY THE COUNCIL TO ENHANCE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE PUBLIC MONIES SUBJECT TO ALL ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING PUBLIC MONIES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO INFORMATION EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A CONTRACT FOR THE SALE OR PURCHASE OF PROPERTY RELATED TO EFFORTS TO ATTRACT OR RETAIN BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY IS EXEMPT UNTIL THE BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY HAS PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED ITS PROJECT OR A FINAL CONTRACT HAS BEEN EXECUTED AND TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION RELATIVE TO EFFORTS OR ACTIVITIES OF A PUBLIC BODY TO ATTRACT BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY TO INVEST IN THIS STATE ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE ONCE AN OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED OR REJECTED OR HAS EXPIRED.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary

S. 237 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 40, CHAPTER 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS, SO AS TO CONFORM THIS CHAPTER TO THE STATUTORY ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK ESTABLISHED FOR PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL BOARDS UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION, TO PROVIDE CITATION PENALTIES, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS, RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS, AND HOME INSPECTORS.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

S. 1027 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION, RELATING TO RETAIL MANAGERS; FINANCE MANAGERS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2621, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

S. 1028 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, RELATING TO STAFF LEASING SERVICES, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2631, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4806 (Word version) -- Reps. Rice, Allen, Allison, Altman, Askins, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Campsen, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Easterday, Edge, Emory, Fleming, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kennedy, Kirsh, Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Quinn, Rhoad, Riser, Rivers, Rodgers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sharpe, Sheheen, Simrill, Sinclair, D. C. Smith, F. N. Smith, G. M. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, W. D. Smith, Snow, Stille, Stuart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper, White, Wilder, Wilkins, Witherspoon, A. Young and J. Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND APPRECIATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO REPRESENTATIVE ALFRED B. "AL" ROBINSON, JR., FOR HIS UNMATCHED DEDICATION AND DILIGENCE IN PURSUIT OF FAIRNESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE CITIZENS OF PICKENS COUNTY AND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA THROUGH HIS TIRELESS LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ON THEIR BEHALF.
Whereas, Representative Alfred B. "Al" Robinson, Jr., leaves the House of Representatives after more than nine years of dedicated legislative service to the citizens of Pickens County and the State; and

Whereas, Al began to earn the deepest respect of his constituents and his colleagues from the moment he first entered the House Chamber in 1993; and

Whereas, rarely has the State enjoyed intelligent and diligent service equal to that of this favorite son of Easley, who, from the beginning, stood willing and able to balance the hard legislative and budgetary mandates with compassion and concern for the people they touched; and

Whereas, this unassuming but brilliant legislator, lawyer, and businessman unfailingly bestows upon others the same sort of respect he has earned from others; and

Whereas, the serious pursuit of the state's business has never interfered with the constancy of his abiding love for his wife, the former Sarah Carolyn Duckett, and their children, A. Burgess III and Evelyn Frances; and

Whereas, this gentleman and statesman has represented both his constituents and his family with legislative integrity and personal honor. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly express their profound appreciation to Representative Alfred B. "Al" Robinson, Jr., for his unmatched dedication and diligence in pursuit of fairness and accountability for the citizens of Pickens County and the State of South Carolina through his tireless legislative efforts on their behalf.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Representative Robinson.

The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to and ordered sent to the Senate.

ROLL CALL

The roll call of the House of Representatives was taken resulting as follows:

Allen                  Allison                Altman
Bales                  Barrett                Battle
Bingham                Breeland               Brown, G.
Brown, J.              Brown, R.              Campsen
Cato                   Chellis                Clyburn
Coates                 Cobb-Hunter            Cooper
Dantzler               Davenport              Delleney
Easterday              Edge                   Emory
Fleming                Freeman                Frye
Gilham                 Gourdine               Hamilton
Harrison               Harvin                 Haskins
Hayes                  Hines, J.              Hines, M.
Hinson                 Hosey                  Howard
Huggins                Keegan                 Kelley
Kennedy                Kirsh                  Knotts
Law                    Leach                  Lee
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Lloyd
Loftis                 Lourie                 Lucas
Mack                   McCraw                 McGee
McLeod                 Meacham-Richardson     Merrill
Miller                 Moody-Lawrence         Neal, J.H.
Neal, J.M.             Ott                    Owens
Perry                  Phillips               Quinn
Rhoad                  Rice                   Riser
Rivers                 Rodgers                Rutherford
Sandifer               Scarborough            Scott
Sharpe                 Sheheen                Simrill
Sinclair               Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.
Smith, J.R.            Smith, W.D.            Snow
Stille                 Stuart                 Taylor
Thompson               Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
Webb                   Weeks                  Whatley
Whipper                White                  Wilder
Wilkins                Witherspoon            Young, A.

STATEMENT OF ATTENDANCE

I came in after the roll call and was present for the Session on Wednesday, February 27.

Becky Martin                      Scott Talley
William Bowers                    Liston Barfield
Denny Neilson                     Larry Koon
Anne Parks                        Bill Cotty
Jerry Govan                       G. Murrell Smith
Robert Harrell                    Douglas Jennings
James E. Smith                    Jeff Young
Harry Askins                      Alfred Robinson
Creighton Coleman
Total Present--122

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

The SPEAKER granted Rep. CARNELL a leave of absence for the day.

DOCTOR OF THE DAY

Announcement was made that Dr. Tyrone McElveen of Ridgeland is the Doctor of the Day for the General Assembly.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Rep. J. R. SMITH and the Aiken Delegation presented to the House the Silver Bluff High School Football Team, the 2001 Class AA Champions, their coaches and other school officials.

CO-SPONSORS ADDED

In accordance with House Rule 5.2 below:
"5.2     Every bill before presentation shall have its title endorsed; every report, its title at length; every petition, memorial, or other paper, its prayer or substance; and, in every instance, the name of the member presenting any paper shall be endorsed and the papers shall be presented by the member to the Speaker at the desk. After a bill or resolution has been presented and given first reading, no further names of co-sponsors may be added. A member may add his name to a bill or resolution or a co-sponsor of a bill or resolution may remove his name at any time prior to the bill or resolution receiving passage on second reading. The member or co-sponsor shall notify the Clerk of the House in writing of his desire to have his name added or removed from the bill or resolution. The Clerk of the House shall print the member's or co-sponsor's written notification in the House Journal. The removal or addition of a name does not apply to a bill or resolution sponsored by a committee."

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4416 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     RISER

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4416 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     BALES

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4629 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     MCLEOD

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4728 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     MCLEOD

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4762 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     KNOTTS

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 3145 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     OWENS

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:     H. 4711 (Word version)
Date:     ADD:
02/27/02     RODGERS

SENT TO THE SENATE

The following Bills were taken up, read the third time, and ordered sent to the Senate:

H. 4013 (Word version) -- Rep. Cato: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 41-27-310, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "INSURED WORKER" UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS TERM IS DEPENDENT UPON PAYMENT OF WAGES IN AT LEAST TWO QUARTERS RATHER THAN UPON THE AMOUNT OF WAGES PAID IN A SPECIFIED PERIOD; TO AMEND SECTION 41-27-370, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "UNEMPLOYED", SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF AN INDIVIDUAL HAS MADE ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO A RETIREMENT OR OTHER TYPE PLAN THERE MUST NOT BE A REDUCTION IN THE WEEKLY BENEFIT AMOUNT PAYABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL; TO AMEND SECTION 41-35-130, RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PAYMENTS WHICH MAY NOT BE CHARGED TO A FORMER EMPLOYER, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT SUCH PAYMENTS MAY NOT BE CHARGED IF THE PERSON LEFT EMPLOYMENT FOR GOOD CAUSE NOT CONNECTED WITH THE EMPLOYMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 41-41-20, RELATING TO THE SUSPENSION OF BENEFITS TO A CLAIMANT WHO MADE A FALSE STATEMENT OR FAILED TO DISCLOSE A MATERIAL FACT WHEN FILING A CLAIM, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION TO PENALIZE THE CLAIMANT BY WITHHOLDING FUTURE BENEFITS HE MAY BECOME ENTITLED TO; AND TO AMEND SECTION 41-41-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO RECOVERY OF BENEFITS PAID TO A PERSON NOT ENTITLED TO RECEIVE THEM, SO AS TO ESTABLISH CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE COMMISSION MAY WAIVE REPAYMENT OF OVERPAID BENEFITS AND TO REQUIRE A PERSON WHO RECEIVED BENEFITS IN ANOTHER STATE TO WHICH HE WAS NOT ENTITLED TO PAY THE COMMISSION FOR THESE OVERPAYMENTS IF BOTH STATES HAVE ENTERED INTO AN INTERSTATE RECIPROCAL OVERPAYMENT RECOVERY AGREEMENT.

H. 4014 (Word version) -- Rep. Cato: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-120, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT STABILIZATION, SO AS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO MAKE CERTAIN EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION AND REPORTS AVAILABLE TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION AND TO RESTRICT THE INFORMATION AND REPORTS FOR CERTAIN USES; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-170, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO INFORMATION ALLOWED TO BE DISCLOSED IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW, SO AS TO REVISE PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO AGENCIES TO WHOM SUCH INFORMATION MAY BE DISCLOSED; TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-35-640, 41-35-660, AND 41-35-680, ALL RELATING TO APPEALS PROCEDURES FROM A DECISION OF THE COMMISSION, SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT DETERMINATIONS AND DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSION MUST BE MAILED TO THE PARTY, RATHER THAN MAILED OR DELIVERED TO THE PARTY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 41-35-750, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROCEDURES TO OBTAIN JUDICIAL REVIEW OF A DECISION OF THE COMMISSION, SO AS TO CONFORM THESE PROCEDURES TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE.

H. 4633 (Word version) -- Rep. Cato: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-90-175 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE CAPTIVE INSURANCE REGULATORY AND SUPERVISION FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF REGULATION OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR "SPECIAL PURPOSES CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY"; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-20, RELATING TO THE LICENSING OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MAY ONLY INSURE THE RISKS OF ITS PARENT; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-40, RELATING TO THE CAPITALIZATION REQUIREMENTS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO DETERMINE THE REQUISITE AMOUNT OF UNIMPAIRED CAPITAL THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MUST POSSESS IN ORDER TO BE LICENSED AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE REQUISITE CAPITAL MAY BE IN THE FORM OF CASH EQUIVALENT INVESTMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-50, RELATING TO THE FREE SURPLUS REQUIREMENTS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO DETERMINE THE REQUISITE AMOUNT OF FREE SURPLUS THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MUST POSSESS IN ORDER TO BE LICENSED; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-140, RELATING TO THE AGGREGATE TAXES PAID BY A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY, SO AS TO ALLOW A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY IN ITS FIRST OPERATING YEAR TO PAY THE MINIMUM PREMIUM TAX ON A PRORATED SCHEDULE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-160, RELATING TO THE APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 90, TITLE 38, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO EXEMPT SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, FROM THOSE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 90, TITLE 38 THAT HE DETERMINES TO BE INAPPROPRIATE GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE RISKS TO BE INSURED.

H. 4416--AMENDED AND REQUESTS FOR DEBATE

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4416 (Word version) -- Reps. Wilkins, Harrison, W. D. Smith, J. Brown, Leach, Bingham, Keegan, Whatley, Carnell, Vaughn, Lucas, Lourie, Limehouse, J. R. Smith, Wilder, Webb, Kirsh, Allison, A. Young, Sandifer, Walker, Talley, Littlejohn, Coates, Altman, Witherspoon, Campsen, Taylor, Law, Snow, Rice, Simrill, Freeman, Neilson, Clyburn, Gilham, Robinson, Hinson, Jennings, Meacham-Richardson, Tripp, Cotty, Rodgers, Loftis, Frye, Koon, Haskins, Hamilton, Cato, Easterday, Barfield, Scarborough, Chellis, Thompson, Edge, Merrill, Fleming, Stuart, Cooper, Dantzler, D. C. Smith, Sinclair, J. Young, Owens, White, Martin, Trotter, Harrell, Quinn, Huggins, Battle, Miller, Delleney, Harvin, Barrett, Emory, Knotts, Riser and Bales: A BILL TO ENACT THE SOUTH CAROLINA "OMNIBUS TERRORISM PROTECTION AND HOMELAND DEFENSE ACT OF 2002" INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-1100 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO PROVIDE MATERIALS OR RESOURCES IN SUPPORT OF TERRORIST, TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, OR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER, SO AS TO ADD VIOLATION OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS TO THE LIST OF STATUTORY AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 16-16-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO COMPUTER CRIMES AND PENALTIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INTRODUCING A COMPUTER VIRUS, COMPUTER WORM, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGING PROGRAM INTO A COMPUTER SYSTEM IS A COMPUTER CRIME; TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-750, RELATING TO COMMUNICATING THREATS RELATING TO USE OF EXPLOSIVE, INCENDIARY, OR DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN ADDITION TO THE PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION, THE PRESIDING JUDGE SHALL ORDER THE OFFENDER TO MAKE FULL RESTITUTION FOR THE COST OF RESPONDING TO OR DEALING WITH THE THREAT OR FALSELY CONVEYED INFORMATION REGARDING THE THREATENED USE OF SUCH DEVICES AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELEMENTS OF THIS RESTITUTION; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-23-780 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE MAXIMUM IMPRISONMENT FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING THE USE OF ANTHRAX OR A BIOLOGICAL ORGANISM SO AS TO CAUSE DEATH OR INJURY IN HUMANS, ANIMALS, OR PLANTS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-23-790 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY INFECT, HARM, OR DESTROY A FIELD OR TRACT OF LAND, A STREAM OR BODY OF WATER, CROPS, PLANTS, VEGETATION, LIVESTOCK, WILDLIFE, OR FISH BY MEANS OF THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT USE OF A BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR NUCLEAR WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, OR BY THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT USE OF A BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR NUCLEAR AGENT OR SUBSTANCE, WITH THE INTENT OF CAUSING ECONOMIC OR PHYSICAL HARM TO A PERSON, A FIELD OR TRACT OF LAND, A STREAM OR BODY OF WATER, CROPS, PLANTS, VEGETATION, LIVESTOCK, WILDLIFE, OR FISH, OR TO ANY OTHER REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES AND RESTITUTION FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED AND PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW, IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLE, POSSESS, STORE, TRANSPORT, SELL, PURCHASE, DELIVER, OR ACQUIRE NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, OR CHEMICAL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, OR BIOLOGICAL AGENTS OR TOXINS, OR TO USE, THREATEN TO USE, OR ATTEMPT TO USE THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY MAKE A FALSE REPORT CONCERNING THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO PERPETRATE A HOAX BY THE USE OF AN ARTIFACT, REPLICA, OR FALSE REPLICA OF THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNLAWFUL KILLING OF A PERSON BY MEANS OF THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS IS MURDER; TO REQUIRE PERSONS WHO KNOWINGLY OR INTENTIONALLY COMMIT ANY OFFENSE INVOLVING THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS BE PROSECUTED AND SENTENCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE; TO REQUIRE STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO MAKE CERTAIN REPORTS TO THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS RELATING TO BIOLOGICAL AGENTS, TOXINS, AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS ARTICLE; BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3545 SO AS TO ALLOW A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, FIREFIGHTER, OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN EMPLOYED BY THIS STATE OR A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE A CREDIT AGAINST THE STATE INCOME TAX IN CONNECTION WITH DUTY IN RESPONDING TO A TERRORIST ACT AND TO PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT AND ITS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; TO ALLOW A STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR MEMBERS OF A STATE NATIONAL GUARD UNIT FEDERALIZED OR A RESERVIST CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY FOR PARTICIPATION IN "OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM" OR "OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE", OR BOTH; TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 39, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT, BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-145 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE RENTAL AND SALE OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES AND RENTAL AND LEASE OF DWELLING UNITS, INCLUDING MOTEL OR HOTEL UNITS OR OTHER TEMPORARY LODGING, OR SELF-STORAGE FACILITIES AT AN UNCONSCIONABLE PRICE DURING AND WITHIN THE AREA OF A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY OR DISASTER, TO DEFINE "COMMODITY" AND "UNCONSCIONABLE PRICE", TO ESTABLISH EVIDENTIARY STANDARDS FOR ACTIONS BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THESE PROVISIONS OR LOCAL ORDINANCES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURRING OVER A TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR PERIOD AND FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOR A WILFUL VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS; BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-147 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF A MISLEADING PRACTICE OR DEVICE FOR THE SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS OR THE SALE OF GOODS OR SERVICES FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES IN CONNECTION WITH A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY OR DISASTER, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURRING OVER A TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR PERIOD AND FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOR A WILFUL VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 16-7-10, RELATING TO ILLEGAL ACTS DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND 33-56-120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROHIBITION OF MISREPRESENTATIONS IN CHARITABLE SOLICITATIONS, BOTH SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THESE PROVISIONS AND MAKE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS CUMULATIVE AND ADDITIONAL; BY ADDING SECTION 8-1-200 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR LEAVES OF ABSENCE FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TRAINED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE OR EMERGENCY AND TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RESPONSE OR EMERGENCY RELIEF AT DISASTER OR EMERGENCY SITES WITHIN, OR OUTSIDE THE STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 51-3-60, RELATING TO FREE ADMISSION TO STATE PARKS AND REDUCED RATES FOR USE OF PARK CAMPSITES, SO AS TO EXTEND THESE PRIVILEGES TO POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS AND PARAMEDICS; BY ADDING SECTION 59-149-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN-STATE RESIDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFE SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF MEETING ANY ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS EXCEPT FOR THE NECESSITY OF BEING ACCEPTED UNDER APPLICABLE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATE INSTITUTION THEY ARE TO ATTEND IF ONE OF THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS DIED AS A RESULT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND TO PROVIDE THE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES TO QUALIFY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS; BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-150 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE ELEVENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER OF EACH YEAR AS A STATE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS AND TO THE COURAGEOUS ACTIONS OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND RESCUE WORKERS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-1-443, RELATING TO SCHOOLS PROVIDING A MINUTE OF MANDATORY SILENCE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL DAY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SCHOOLS INSTEAD SHALL PROVIDE FOR A DAILY OBSERVANCE OF ONE MINUTE OF VOLUNTARY SILENT PRAYER, MEDITATION, OR OTHER SILENT ACTIVITY; BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-460 SO AS TO REQUIRE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS IN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO DISPLAY THE MOTTO OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN EACH CLASSROOM, SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, AND CAFETERIA.

The Judiciary Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21022SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/PART A
Citation

SECTION     1.     This act is known and may be cited as the South Carolina "Omnibus Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Defense Act of 2002".

PART B
Crimes, Offenses, Procedures, and Penalties

SECTION     2.     Title 17 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"CHAPTER 30
Interception Of Wire, Electronic, Or Oral Communications

Section 17-30-10.     The General Assembly has determined to enact the provisions of this chapter to permit the interception of wire, electronic, or oral communications in the manner permitted by this chapter.

Section 17-30-15.     As used in this chapter:

(1)     'Wire communication' means any aural transfer made in whole or in part through the use of facilities for the transmission of communications by the aid of wire, cable, or other like connection between the point of origin and the point of reception including the use of such connection in a switching station furnished or operated by any person engaged in providing or operating the facilities for the transmission of intrastate, interstate, or foreign communications or communications affecting intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce. The term includes any electronic storage of the communication.

(2)     'Oral communication' means any oral communication uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that the communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying the expectation and does not mean any public oral communication uttered at a public meeting or any electronic communication.

(3)     'Intercept' means the aural or other acquisition of the contents of any wire, electronic, or oral communication through the use of any electronic, mechanical, or other device.

(4)     'Electronic, mechanical, or other device' means any device or apparatus which can be used to intercept a wire, electronic, or oral communication other than:

(a)     Any telephone or telegraph instrument, equipment, or facility, or any component thereof:

( i)     furnished to the subscriber or user by a provider of wire or electronic communication service in the ordinary course of its business and being used by the subscriber or user in the ordinary course of its business or furnished by the subscriber or user for connection to the facilities of the service and used in the ordinary course of its business; or

(ii)     being used by a provider of wire or electronic communications service in the ordinary course of its business or by an investigative or law enforcement officer in the ordinary course of his duties; or

(b)     A hearing aid or similar device being used to correct subnormal hearing to not better than normal.

(5)     'Person' means an employee or agent of the State of South Carolina or political subdivision of the State, of the United States, or of any other state or political subdivision of the State, and any individual, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, or corporation.

(6)     'Investigative or law enforcement officer' means an officer of the State of South Carolina or political subdivision of the State, of the United States, or of any other state or political subdivision of the State, who is empowered by law to conduct on behalf of the government investigations of, or to make arrests for, offenses enumerated in this chapter or similar federal offenses, and any attorney authorized by law to prosecute or participate in the prosecution of these offenses.

(7)     'Contents', when used with respect to any wire, oral, or electronic communication, includes any information concerning the substance, purport, or meaning of that communication.

(8)     'Judge of competent jurisdiction' means a Justice of the Supreme Court, a judge of the court of appeals, or a circuit court judge of the State of South Carolina.

(9)     'Aggrieved person' means a person who was a party to any intercepted wire, oral, or electronic communication or a person against whom the interception was directed.

(10)     'Law enforcement agency' means an agency of the State of South Carolina or a political subdivision of the State or of the United States if the primary responsibility of the agency is the prevention and detection of crime and if its agents and officers are empowered by law to conduct criminal investigations and to make arrests.

(11)     'Communication common carrier' shall have the same meaning which is given the term 'common carrier' in 47 U.S.C. Section 153(h).

(12)     'Electronic communication' means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic, photooptical system, or any other device that affects intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce, but does not include:

(a)     any wire or oral communication;

(b)     any communication made through a tone-only paging device;

(c)     any communication from an electronic or mechanical device which permits the tracking of the movement of a person or an object; or

(d)     electronic funds transfer information stored by a financial institution in a communications system used for the electronic storage and transfer of funds.

(13)     'User' means any person or entity who:

(a)     uses an electronic communication service, and

(b)     is duly authorized by the provider of the service to engage in its use.

(14)     'Electronic communications system' means any wire, radio, electromagnetic, photooptical, or photoelectronic facilities for the transmission of wire or electronic communications, and any computer facilities or related electronic equipment for the electronic storage of these communications.

(15)     'Electronic communication service' means any service which provides to users of the service the ability to send or receive wire or electronic communications.

(16)     'Readily accessible to the general public' means, with respect to a radio communication, that the communication is not:

(a)     scrambled or encrypted;

(b)     transmitted using modulation techniques whose essential parameters have been withheld from the public with the intention of preserving the privacy of the communication;

(c)     carried on a subcarrier or other signal subsidiary to a radio transmission;

(d)     transmitted over a communications system provided by a common carrier, unless the communication is a tone-only paging system communication; or

(e)     transmitted on frequencies allocated under Part 25; Subpart D, Subpart E, or Subpart F of Part 74; or Part 94 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission, unless, in the case of a communication transmitted on a frequency allocated under Part 74 that is not exclusively allocated to broadcast auxiliary services, the communication is a two-way voice communication by radio.

(17)     'Electronic storage' means:

(a)     any temporary intermediate storage of a wire or electronic communication incidental to the electronic transmission of the communication;

(b)     any storage of a wire or electronic communication by an electronic communication service for purposes of backup protection of such communication.

(18)     'Aural transfer' means a transfer containing the human voice at any point between and including the point of origin and the point of reception.

(19)     'Remote computing service' means the provision to the public of computer storage or processing services by means of an electronic communications system.

(20)     'Pen register' means a device which records or decodes electronic or other impulses which identify the numbers dialed or otherwise transmitted on the telephone line to which the device is attached, but the term does not include any device used by a provider or customer of a wire or electronic communication service for billing or recording as an incident to billing, for communication services provided by the provider, or any device used by a provider or customer of a wire communication service for cost accounting or other like purposes in the ordinary course of its business.

(21)     'Trap and trace device' means a device which captures the incoming electronic or other impulses which identify the originating number of an instrument or a device from which a wire or electronic communication was transmitted.

(22)     'State' means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any other possession or territory of the United States.

Section 17-30-20.     Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, any person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished as provided in Section 17-30-50 of this chapter who:

(1)     intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication;

(2)     intentionally uses, endeavors to use, or procures any other person to use or endeavor to use any electronic, mechanical, or other device to intercept any oral communication when:

(a)     the device is affixed to, or otherwise transmits a signal through, a wire, cable, or other like connection used in wire communication; or

(b)     the device transmits communications by radio or interferes with the transmission of the communication;

(3)     intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection;

(4)     intentionally uses, or endeavors to use, the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection; or

(5)     intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepted by means authorized by Section 17-30-70 or Section 17-30-95 when that person knows or has reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of such a communication in connection with a criminal investigation, has obtained or received the information in connection with a criminal investigation, and intends to improperly obstruct, impede, or interfere with a duly authorized criminal investigation.

Section 17-30-25.     (A)     It is lawful under this chapter for an operator of a switchboard, or an officer, employee, or agent of a provider of wire or electronic communication service whose facilities are used in the transmission of a wire or electronic communication, to intercept, disclose, or use that communication in the normal course of his employment while engaged in any activity which is a necessary incident to the rendition of his service or to the protection of the rights or property of the provider of that service, except that a provider of wire communication service to the public shall not utilize service observing or random monitoring except for mechanical or service quality control checks.

(B)     Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a provider of wire, oral, or electronic communication service, or an officer, employee, or agent thereof, or landlord, custodian, or other person, may provide information, facilities, or technical assistance to a person authorized by law to intercept wire, oral, or electronic communications if the provider, or an officer, employee, or agent thereof, or landlord, custodian, or other person, has been provided with:

(1)     a court order directing such assistance signed by the authorizing judge; or

(2)     a certification in writing by a person specified in Section 17-30-95 that no warrant or court order is required by law, that all statutory requirements have been met, and that the specified assistance is required, setting forth the period of time during which the provision of the information, facilities, or technical assistance is authorized and specifying the information, facilities, or technical assistance required.

(C)     A provider of wire, oral, or electronic communication service, or an officer, employee, or agent thereof, or landlord, custodian, or other person may not disclose the existence of any interception or the device used to accomplish the interception with respect to which the person has been furnished an order under this chapter, except as may otherwise be required by legal process and then only after prior notice to the Attorney General, or his designee, or the solicitor or his designee. Any such disclosure renders the person liable for the civil damages provided under Section 17-30-135, and the person may be prosecuted. An action may not be brought against a provider of wire, oral, or electronic communication service, or an officer, employee, or agent thereof, or landlord, custodian, or other person for providing information, facilities, or assistance in accordance with the terms of a court order under this chapter.

Section 17-30-30.     (A)     It is lawful under this chapter for an officer, employee, or agent of the Federal Communications Commission, in the normal course of his employment and in discharge of the monitoring responsibilities exercised by the Commission in the enforcement of 47 U.S.C. Chapter 5, to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication transmitted by radio or to disclose or use the information thereby obtained.

(B)     It is not unlawful under this chapter for a person acting under color of law to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication, where the person is a party to the communication or one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to the interception.

(C)     It is not unlawful under this chapter for a person not acting under color of law to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication where the person is a party to the communication or where one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to the interception.

Section 17-30-35.     (A)     It is not unlawful under this chapter for a person to:

(1)     intercept or access an electronic communication made through an electronic communication system that is configured so that the electronic communication is readily accessible to the general public;

(2)     intercept any radio communication which is transmitted by:

(a)     any station for the use of the general public, or that relates to ships, aircraft, vehicles, or persons in distress;

(b)     any governmental, law enforcement, civil defense, private land mobile, or public safety communications system, including any police or fire communications system, readily accessible to the general public;

(c)     a station operating on an authorized frequency within the bands allocated to the amateur, citizens band, or general mobile radio services; or

(d)     any marine or aeronautical communications system;

(3)     engage in any conduct which is:

(a)     prohibited by Section 633 of the Communications Act of 1934; or

(b)     excepted from the application of Section 705(a) of the Communications Act of 1934 and by Section 705(b) of that act;

(4)     intercept any wire or electronic communication the transmission of which is causing harmful interference to any lawfully operating station of consumer electronic equipment to the extent necessary to identify the source of the interference;

(5)     intercept, if the person is another user of the same frequency, any radio communication that is not scrambled or encrypted made through a system that utilizes frequencies monitored by individuals engaged in the provision or the use of the system;

(6)     intercept a satellite transmission that is not scrambled or encrypted and that is transmitted:

(a)     to a broadcasting station for purposes of retransmission to the general public; or

(b)     as an audio subcarrier intended for redistribution to facilities open to the public, but not including data transmissions or telephone calls, when the interception is not for the purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private financial gain;

(7)     intercept and privately view a private satellite video communication that is not scrambled or encrypted or to intercept a radio communication that is transmitted on frequencies allocated under Subpart D of Part 74 of the rules of the Federal Communications Commission that is not scrambled or encrypted, if the interception is not for a tortuous or illegal purpose or for purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private commercial gain; or

(8)     retrieve or view emails or information from a personal computer or disk.

(B)     It is not unlawful under this chapter for a provider of electronic communication service to record the fact that a wire or electronic communication was initiated or completed in order to protect the provider, another provider furnishing service toward the completion of the wire or electronic communication, or a user of that service, from fraudulent, unlawful, or abusive use of such service.

Section 17-30-40.     (A)     Except as provided in subsection (B), a person or entity providing an electronic communication service to the public shall not intentionally divulge the contents of any communication while in transmission on that service to any person or entity other than an addressee or intended recipient of the communication or an agent of the addressee or intended recipient.

(B)     A person or entity providing electronic communication service to the public may divulge the contents of any such communication:

(1)     as otherwise authorized by this chapter;

(2)     with the lawful consent of the originator or any addressee or intended recipient of the communication;

(3)     to a person employed or authorized, or whose facilities are used, to forward the communication to its destination; or

(4)     which were inadvertently obtained by the service provider and which appeared to pertain to the commission of a crime, if the divulgence is made to a law enforcement agency.

Section 17-30-45.     It is not unlawful under this chapter to use a pen register or a trap and trace device as authorized under South Carolina law or under federal law.

Section 17-30-50.     (A)     Except as provided in subsection (B), whoever violates the provisions of Sections 17-30-20 through 17-30-45, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

(B)     If the offense is a first offense under this chapter and is not for any tortuous or illegal purpose or for purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private commercial gain, and the wire or electronic communication with respect to which the offense under this chapter was committed is a radio communication that is not scrambled, encrypted, or transmitted using modulation techniques the essential parameters of which have been withheld from the public with the intention of preserving the privacy of the communication, then:

(1)     if the communication is not the radio portion of a cellular telephone communication, a cordless telephone communication that is transmitted between the cordless telephone handset and the base unit, a public land mobile radio service communication, or a paging service communication, and the conduct is not that described in Section 17-30-35(7), the person committing the offense is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both;

(2)     if the communication is the radio portion of a cellular telephone communication, a cordless telephone communication that is transmitted between the cordless telephone handset and the base unit, a public land mobile radio service communication, or a paging service communication, the person committing the offense, upon conviction, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and must be fined not more than one thousand dollars for each violation.

Section 17-30-55.     (A)     Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, any person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, who intentionally:

(1)     sends through the mail or otherwise sends or carries any electronic, mechanical, or other device, knowing or having reason to know that the design of the device renders it primarily useful for the purpose of the illegal interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications as specifically defined by this chapter; or

(2)     manufactures, assembles, possesses, or sells any electronic, mechanical, or other device, knowing or having reason to know that the design of the device renders it primarily useful for the purpose of the illegal interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications as specifically defined by this chapter.

(B)     It is not unlawful under this section for the persons listed in items (1) and (2) of this subsection to send through the mail, send or carry in intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce; or manufacture, assemble, possess, or sell any electronic, mechanical, or other device, knowing or having reason to know that the design of the device renders it primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications.

The persons to whom this subsection applies are:

(1)     a provider of wire or electronic communication service or an officer, agent, or employee of, or a person under contract with, such a provider, in the normal course of the business of providing that wire or electronic communication service; or

(2)     an officer, agent, or employee of, or a person under contract with, bidding upon contracts with, or in the course of doing business with, the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of the State, in the normal course of the activities of the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of the State.

Section 17-30-60.     Any electronic, mechanical, or other device used, sent, carried, manufactured, assembled, possessed, or sold in violation of this chapter may be seized and forfeited to the State.

Section 17-30-65.     Whenever any wire, oral, or electronic communication has been intercepted, no part of the contents of the communication and no evidence derived therefrom may be received in evidence in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding in or before any court, grand jury, department, officer, agency, regulatory body, legislative committee, or other authority of the State, or a political subdivision thereof, if the disclosure of that information would be in violation of this chapter. The prohibition of use as evidence provided in this section does not apply in cases of prosecution for criminal interception in violation of the provisions of this chapter.

Section 17-30-70.     (A)     The Attorney General or solicitor may authorize an application to a judge of competent jurisdiction for, and the judge may grant in conformity with this chapter, an order authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications by:

(1)     the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for the investigation of the offense as to which the application is made when the interception may provide or has provided evidence of the commission of the offenses of murder (Section 16-3-10); criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degree (Sections 16-3-652 and 16-3-653); criminal sexual conduct with minors, first and second degree (Section 16-3-655); assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, first and second degree (Section 16-3-656); assault and battery with intent to kill (Section 16-3-620); kidnapping (Section 16-3-910); voluntary manslaughter (Section 16-3-50); armed robbery (Section 16-11-330(A)); attempted armed robbery (Section 16-11-330(B)); carjacking (Section 16-3-1075); drug trafficking as defined in Sections 44-53-370(e) and 44-53-375(C); arson in the first degree (Section 16-11-110(A)); arson in the second degree (Section 16-11-110 (B)); burglary in the first degree (Section 16-11-311); burglary in the second degree (Section 16-11-312 (B)); engaging a child for a sexual performance (Section 16-3-810); homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(1)); aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(2)); inflicting great bodily injury upon a child (Section 16-3-95(A)); allowing great bodily injury to be inflicted upon a child (Section 16-3-95(B)); accessory before the fact to commit any of the above offenses (Section 16-1-40); attempt to commit any of the above offenses (Section 16-1-80); and taking of a hostage by an inmate (Section 24-13-450);or evidence of any conspiracy or solicitation to commit any violation of the laws of this State relating to the offenses specified in this subsection;

(2)     the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for the investigation of the offense as to which the application is made when the interception may provide or has provided evidence of the commission of any offense related to terrorism or the commission of a terroristic act as provided for in Article 8, Chapter 23, Title 16, any offense related to bombs, destructive devices, bacteriological and biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as provided for in Article 7, Chapter 23, Title 16, or evidence of any conspiracy or solicitation to commit any crime specifically enumerated in this subsection; or

(3)     investigative or law enforcement officers of local law enforcement agencies, government personnel, or by an individual operating under a contract with the government for the investigation of an offense listed in subsection (1) or (2). Any interception conducted under this chapter by persons authorized by this subsection must conduct the interception under the direct supervision of an agent or officer of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

(B)     Any person authorized to intercept wire, oral, or electronic communications pursuant to this section must have completed training provided by SLED pursuant to Section 17-30-145.

Section 17-30-75.     (A)     Any SLED agent, investigative or law enforcement officer who, by any means authorized by this chapter, has obtained knowledge of the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication or evidence derived from it may disclose the contents to an attorney authorized by law to investigate and institute any action on behalf of the State of South Carolina or political subdivision of the State, or to another SLED agent, investigative or law enforcement officer to the extent that the disclosure is appropriate to the proper performance of the official duties of the officer or person making or receiving the disclosure.

(B)     Any SLED agent, investigative or law enforcement officer who, by any means authorized by this chapter, has obtained knowledge of the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication or evidence derived from it may use the contents to the extent the use is appropriate to the proper performance of his official duties.

(C)     Any person who has received, by any means authorized by this chapter, or by the laws of any other state or the United States, any information concerning a wire, oral, or electronic communication or evidence derived from it, intercepted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, may disclose the contents of that communication or the derivative evidence while giving testimony under oath or affirmation in any criminal proceeding in any court of the State or of the United States or in any grand jury proceedings.

(D)     No otherwise privileged wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepted in accordance with, or in violation of, the provisions of this chapter shall lose its privileged character.

(E)     When a SLED agent, an investigative or law enforcement officer, while engaged in intercepting wire, oral, or electronic communications in the manner authorized by this chapter, intercepts wire, oral, or electronic communications relating to offenses other than those specified in the order of authorization or approval, the contents thereof and evidence derived from it may be disclosed or used as provided in subsections (A) and (B). The contents and any evidence derived from it may be used under subsection (C) when authorized or approved by a judge of competent jurisdiction when the judge finds on subsequent application that the contents were otherwise intercepted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The application must be made as soon as practicable.

Section 17-30-80.     (A)     Each application for an order authorizing or approving the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication under this chapter must be made in writing upon oath or affirmation to a judge of competent jurisdiction and shall state the applicant's authority to make the application. Each application shall include the following information:

(1)     the identity of the sled agent, investigative or law enforcement officer making the application and the person authorizing the application;

(2)     a full and complete statement of the facts and circumstances relied upon by the applicant to justify his belief that an order should be issued, including:

(a)     details as to the particular offense that has been, is being, or is about to be committed;

(b)     except as otherwise provided, a particular description of the nature and location of the facilities from which, or the place where, the communications are to be intercepted;

(c)     a particular description of the type of communications sought to be intercepted;

(d)     the identity of the person, if known, committing the offense and whose communications are to be intercepted;

(3)     a full and complete statement as to whether or not other investigative procedures have been tried and failed or why they reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed if tried or to be too dangerous;

(4)     a statement of the period of time for which the interception is required to be maintained and, if the nature of the investigation is such that the authorization for interception should not automatically terminate when the described type of communication has been first obtained, a particular description of facts establishing probable cause to believe that additional communications of the same type will occur thereafter;

(5)     a full and complete statement of the facts concerning all previous applications known to the individual authorizing and making the application, made to a judge for authorization to intercept, or for approval of interceptions of, wire, oral, or electronic communications involving any of the same persons, facilities, or places specified in the application, and the action taken by the judge on each of the applications; and

(6)     when the application is for the extension of an order, a statement setting forth the results thus far obtained from the interception or a reasonable explanation of the failure to obtain the results.

(B)     The judge may require the applicant to furnish additional testimony or documentary evidence in support of the application. Any hearing ordered by the judge regarding the application must be tape recorded.

(C)     Upon application, the judge may enter an ex parte order, as requested or as modified, authorizing, or approving interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications within the territorial jurisdiction of the court in which the judge is sitting, and outside the jurisdiction but within the State of South Carolina in the case of a mobile interception device authorized by the judge within the jurisdiction, if the judge determines on the basis of the facts submitted by the applicant that:

(1)     there is probable cause for belief that an individual is committing, has committed, or is about to commit an offense as provided in Section 17-30-70;

(2)     there is probable cause for belief that particular communications concerning that offense will be obtained through the interception;

(3)     normal investigative procedures have been tried and have failed or reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed if tried or to be too dangerous; and

(4)     Except as otherwise provided, there is probable cause for belief that the facilities from which, or the place where, the wire, oral, or electronic communications are to be intercepted are being used, or are about to be used, in connection with the commission of the offense, or are leased to, listed in the name of, or commonly used by that person.

Section 17-30-85.     Each order authorizing or approving the interception of any wire, oral, or electronic communication shall specify:

(1)     the identity of the person, if known, whose communications are to be intercepted;

(2)     the nature and location of the communications facilities as to which, or the place where, authority to intercept is granted;

(3)     a particular description of the type of communication sought to be intercepted and a statement of the particular offense to which it relates;

(4)     the identity of the agency authorized to intercept the communications and of the person authorizing the application;

(5)     the period of time during which the interception is authorized, including a statement as to whether or not the interception shall automatically terminate when the described communication has been first obtained. An order authorizing the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication, upon the request of the applicant, shall direct that a provider of wire or electronic communication service, landlord, custodian, or other person shall furnish the applicant at once all information, facilities, and technical assistance necessary to accomplish the interception unobtrusively and with a minimum of interference with the services that the service provider, landlord, custodian, or person is according the person whose communications are to be intercepted. The obligation of a provider of wire, oral, or electronic communication service under such an order may include, but is not limited to, conducting an in-progress trace during an interception, or providing other assistance to support the investigation as may be specified in the order.

Section 17-30-90.     (A)     No order entered may authorize or approve the interception of any wire, oral, or electronic communication for any period longer than is necessary to achieve the objective of the authorization or in any event longer than thirty days. The thirty-day period begins on the day on which the agent or officer of the law enforcement agency first begins to conduct an interception under the order or ten days after the order is entered, whichever occurs earlier. Extensions of an order may be granted but only upon application for an extension made in accordance with Section 17-30-80(A) and upon the court making the findings required by Section 17-30-80(C). The period of extension must be no longer than the authorizing judge deems necessary to achieve the purposes for which it was granted and in no event for longer than thirty days. Every order and extension of the order shall contain a provision that the authorization to intercept must be executed as soon as practicable, must be conducted in such a way as to minimize the interception of communications not otherwise subject to interception under this chapter, and shall terminate upon attainment of the authorized objective or in any event in thirty days. If the intercepted communication is in code or foreign language and an expert in that foreign language or code is not reasonably available during the interception period, minimization may be accomplished as soon as practicable after the interception. An interception under this chapter may be conducted, under the direct supervision of an agent or officer of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, by an investigative or law enforcement officer, by government personnel, or by an individual operating under a contract with the government.

(B)     Whenever an order authorizing interception is entered pursuant to this chapter, the order must require reports to be made to the judge who issued the order showing what progress has been made toward achievement of the authorized objective and the need for continued interception. The reports must be made at such intervals as the judge may require.

Section 17-30-95.     (A)     Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any agent of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division specifically designated by the Attorney General, his designee, or the solicitor, or his designee, may intercept the wire, oral, or electronic communication if an application for an order approving the interception is made within forty-eight hours after the interception begins to occur, and he determines that more likely than not:

(1)     an emergency exists that involves an offense provided for in Section 17-30-70 and an immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person or the danger of escape of a prisoner; and requires that a wire, oral, or electronic communication be intercepted before an order authorizing the interception can, with due diligence, be obtained; and

(2)     there are grounds upon which an order could be entered under this chapter to authorize the interception.

(B)     In the absence of an order, the interception shall immediately terminate when the communication sought is obtained or when the application for the order is denied, whichever is earlier. If the application for approval is denied, or in any other case in which the interception is terminated without an order having been issued, the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepted shall be treated as having been obtained in violation of Section 17-30-20, and an inventory must be served as provided for in Section 17-30-100(E) on the person named in the application.

(C)     Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division designated to intercept wire, oral, or electronic communications pursuant to this section must have completed training provided by SLED pursuant to Section 17-30-145.

(D)     The judge of competent jurisdiction sitting in the territorial jurisdiction where the wire, oral, or electronic communication will be intercepted must be notified orally of the intent to begin the interception of any wire, oral, or electronic communication when an emergency exists pursuant to the provisions of this section before any interception is conducted. The judge must make a written record of this notification.

Section 17-30-100.     (A)     The contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepted by any means authorized by this chapter, if possible, must be recorded on tape or wire or other comparable device. The recording of the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication under this subsection must be kept in such a way as will protect the recording from editing or other alterations. Immediately upon the expiration of the period of the order, or extensions of the order, the recordings must be made available to the judge issuing the order and sealed under his directions. Custody of the recordings must be wherever the judge orders. They must not be destroyed except upon an order of the issuing or denying judge, or that judge's successor in office, and in any event must be kept for ten years. Duplicate recordings may be made for use or disclosure.

(B)     The presence of the seal provided for by this section, or a satisfactory explanation for the absence thereof, must be a prerequisite for the use or disclosure of the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication or evidence derived therefrom as required by federal law.

(C)     Applications made and orders granted under this chapter must be sealed by the judge. Custody of the applications and orders must be wherever the judge directs. As required by federal law, the applications and orders must be disclosed only upon a showing of good cause before a judge of competent jurisdiction and may not be destroyed except on order of the issuing or denying judge, or that judge's successor in office, and in any event must be kept for ten years.

(D)     Any violation of the provisions of this section may be punished as contempt of the issuing or denying judge.

(E)     Within a reasonable time but not later than ninety days after the termination of the period of an order or extensions of the order, the issuing or denying judge shall cause to be served on the persons named in the order or the application, and those other parties to intercepted communications as the judge may determine in his discretion to be in the interest of justice, an inventory which shall include notice of the:

(1)     fact of the entry of the order or the application;

(2)     date of the entry and the period of authorized, approved, or disapproved interception, or the denial of the application;

(3)     the fact that during the period wire, oral, or electronic communications were or were not intercepted.

The judge, upon the filing of a motion, must make available to the person or the person's counsel for inspection the portions of the intercepted communications, applications, testimony, recordings, and orders. On an ex parte showing of good cause to a judge of competent jurisdiction, the serving of the inventory required by this paragraph may be postponed.

Section 17-30-105.     As required by federal law, the contents of any intercepted wire, oral, or electronic communication or evidence derived therefrom shall not be received in evidence or otherwise disclosed in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding unless each party, not less than ten days before the hearing, or proceeding and not less than thirty days prior to trial, has been furnished with a copy of the court order and accompanying application under which the interception was authorized or approved. These time periods may be waived by the judge if he finds that it was not possible to furnish the party with the above information within the specified time periods before the trial, hearing, or proceeding and that the party will not be prejudiced by the delay in receiving the information.

Section 17-30-110.     (A)     Any aggrieved person in any trial, hearing, or proceeding in or before any court, department, officer, agency, regulatory body, or other authority may move to suppress the contents of any intercepted wire, oral, or electronic communication, or evidence derived therefrom, on the grounds that the:

(1)     communication was unlawfully intercepted;

(2)     order of authorization or approval under which it was intercepted is insufficient on its face; or

(3)     interception was not made in conformity with the order of authorization or approval.

The motion must be made before the trial, hearing, or proceeding unless there was no opportunity to make the motion or the person was not aware of the grounds of the motion. If the motion is granted, the contents of the intercepted wire or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, must be treated as having been obtained in violation of this chapter. The judge, upon the filing of the motion by the aggrieved person, may make available to the aggrieved person or his counsel for inspection the portions of the intercepted communication or evidence derived therefrom as the judge determines to be in the interest of justice.

(B)     In addition to any other right to appeal, the State shall have the right to appeal from an order granting a motion to suppress made under subsection (A) or the denial of an application for an order of approval if the attorney shall certify to the judge or other official granting the motion or denying the application that the appeal is not taken for purposes of delay. The appeal must be taken within thirty days after the date the order was entered and must be diligently prosecuted.

(C)     The remedies and sanctions described in this chapter with respect to the interception of electronic communications are the only judicial remedies and sanctions for violations of those sections involving the communications.

Section 17-30-115.     The requirements relating to the specification of the facilities from which, or the place where, the communication is to be intercepted do not apply if:

(1)     in the case of an application with respect to the interception of an oral communication the:

(a)     application is by an agent or officer of a law enforcement agency and is approved by the Attorney General or the solicitor;

(b)     application contains a full and complete statement as to why the specification is not practical and identifies the person committing the offense and whose communications are to be intercepted; and

(c)     judge finds that the specification is not practical; and

(2)     in the case of an application with respect to a wire or electronic communication the:

(a)     application is by a SLED agent, investigative or law enforcement officer and is approved by the Attorney General or the solicitor;

(b)     application identifies the person believed to be committing the offense and whose communications are to be intercepted and the applicant makes a showing that there is probable cause to believe that the person's actions could have the effect of thwarting interception from a specified facility;

(c)     judge finds that such showing has been adequately made; and

(d)     order authorizing or approving the interception is limited to interception only for such time as it is reasonable to presume that the person identified in the application is or was reasonably proximate to the instrument through which the communication will be or was transmitted.

Section 17-30-120.     If an interception of a communication is to be carried out pursuant to Section 17-30-115, the interception may not begin until the facilities from which, or the place where, the communication is to be intercepted is ascertained by the person implementing the interception order. A provider of wire or electronic communications service that has received an order as provided under Section 17-30-115 may petition the court to modify or quash the order on the ground that the interception cannot be performed in a timely or reasonable fashion. The court, upon notice to the state, shall decide such a petition expeditiously.

Section 17-30-125.     (A)     The supervising law enforcement officer at the scene of an incident where there is reasonable cause to believe:

(1)     involves immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person or the danger of escape of a prisoner;

(2)     that a person is holding one or more hostages;

(3)     that there is the probability that a subject about to be arrested will resist with the use of weapons; or

(4)     that a person has barricaded himself and is armed and is threatening suicide;
may order law enforcement or telephone company personnel to cut, reroute, or divert telephone lines soley for the purpose of preventing telephone communications between the suspect and any person other than a law enforcement officer or the law enforcement officer's designee, if the cutting, rerouting, or diverting of telephone lines is technically feasible and can be performed without endangering the lives of telephone company or other utility personnel. An agent of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division may intercept telephone lines pursuant to Section 17-30-95 solely for the purpose of preventing telephone communications between the suspect and any person other than a law enforcement officer or the law enforcement officer's designee.

(B)     The good faith reliance by a telephone company on an oral or written order to cut, reroute, divert, or intercept telephone lines given by a supervising law enforcement officer under subsection (A) constitutes a complete defense to any civil, criminal, or administrative action arising out of the order.

Section 17-30-130.     Any intercepted wire, oral, or electronic communication must be reported to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as outlined in 18 U.S.C. Section 2519.

Section 17-30-135.     (A)     Any person whose wire, oral, or electronic communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation of this chapter shall have a civil cause of action against any person or entity who intercepts, discloses, or uses, or procures any other person or entity to intercept, disclose, or use, the communications and must be entitled to recover from the person or entity which engaged in that violation such relief as may be appropriate, including:

(1)     preliminary or equitable or declaratory relief as may be appropriate;

(2)     actual damages, but not less than liquidated damages computed at the rate of five hundred dollars a day for each day of violation or twenty-five thousand dollars, whichever is greater;

(3)     punitive damages; and

(4)     a reasonable attorney's fee and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.

(B)     A good faith reliance on a court order, subpoena, or a request of an agent of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division under Section 17-30-95 shall constitute a complete defense to any civil or criminal or administrative action arising out of the conduct under the laws of this state.

(C)     A civil action under this section may not be commenced later than two years after the date upon which the claimant first has a reasonable opportunity to discover the violation.

(D)     Any person whose wire, oral, or electronic communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation of this chapter shall be entitled to a jury trial.

Section 17-30-140.     (A)     The Attorney General or Solicitor may make application to a judge of competent jurisdiction for an order authorizing or approving the installation and use of a mobile tracking device by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

(B)     An application under subsection (A) of this section shall include:

(1)     a statement of the identity of the applicant;

(2)     a certification by the applicant that probable cause exists to believe that the information likely to be obtained is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division which may provide evidence relating to any offense provided for in Section 17-30-70, or any evidence of any conspiracy or solicitation to commit any violation of the laws of this state relating to the crimes specifically enumerated in Section 17-30-70;

(3)     a statement of the offense to which the information likely to be obtained relates;

(4)     a statement whether it may be necessary to use and monitor the mobile tracking device outside the jurisdiction of the court from which the authorization is being sought.

(C)     Upon application made as provided under subsection (B), the court, if it finds that the certification and statements required by subsection (B) have been made in the application and probable cause exists, shall enter an ex parte order authorizing the installation and use of a mobile tracking device. The order may authorize the use of the device within the jurisdiction of the court and outside that jurisdiction but within the State of South Carolina if the device is installed within the jurisdiction of the court.

(D)     A court may require greater specificity or additional information beyond that which is required by this section as a requisite for issuing an order.

(E)     The standards established by the United States Supreme Court for the installation and monitoring of mobile tracking devices shall apply to the installation and use of any device as authorized by this section.

(F)     As used in this section, a 'tracking device' means an electronic or mechanical device which permits the tracking of the movement of a person or object.

Section 17-30-145.     Any SLED agent, investigative or law enforcement officer, government personnel, or an individual operating under a contract with the government authorized under the provisions of this chapter to intercept wire, oral, or electronic communications must undergo training by SLED in conducting such surveillance with emphasis on techniques for minimizing the interception of communications that fall outside of the communications subject to interception pursuant to the provisions of this chapter."
SECTION     3.     Chapter 23, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 8
Terrorism Identification and Prevention

Section 16-23-800.     (A)     For purposes of this section:

(1)     'Material support or resources' means currency or other financial securities, financial services, fundraising, lodging, training, safe houses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel, transportation, and other physical assets, except medicine or religious materials.

(2)     'Anti-terrorist law' means:

(a)     Section 32, 37, 81, 175, 351, 831, 842(m) or (n), 844(f) or (i), 930(c), 956, 1114, 1116, 1203, 1361, 1362, 1363, 1366, 1751, 1992, 2155, 2156, 2280, 2281, 2331, 2332, 2332a, 2332b, 2332c, or 2340A of Title 18 of the United States Code in force on the effective date of this section;

(b)     Section 46502 of Title 49 of U.S.C., in force on the effective date of this section; and

(c)     a law of this State relating to the prevention, suppression, and punishment of terrorists or terrorists activities.

(3)     'Terrorist organization' means an organization designated as a terrorist organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

(B)     It is unlawful for a person to provide material support or resources or to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, or ownership of material support or resources, knowing or intending that they are to be used:

(1)     in preparation for, or in carrying out, a violation of an anti-terrorist law;

(2)     in preparation for, or in carrying out, the concealment or an escape from the commission of a violation of an anti-terrorist law;

(3)     in support of a foreign terrorist organization or a member of a foreign terrorist organization, and which is known by the person to be a foreign terrorist organization or a member of a foreign terrorist organization; or

(4)     in support of a person who aids, abets, or supports a foreign terrorist organization and which is known by both persons that such support is to be used in support of a foreign terrorist organization which is known to be a foreign terrorist organization by both persons.

(C)     A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than ten thousand dollars nor more than one hundred thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Section 16-23-810.     (A)     All property, real or personal, knowingly used or intended for use in a violation of this section, all material support or resources and proceeds derived from, realized from or traced back to the property used or intended for use in violation of Section 16-23-800 is contraband and subject to forfeiture.

(B)     Any property subject to forfeiture under Section 16-23-800 may be seized by the department having authority upon warrant issued by any court having jurisdiction over the property. Seizure without process may be made if:

(1)     the seizure is incident to an arrest or a search under a search warrant or an inspection under an administrative inspection warrant;

(2)     the property subject to seizure has been the subject of a prior judgment in favor of the State in a criminal injunction or forfeiture proceeding based upon Section 16-23-800;

(3)     the department has probable cause to believe that the property is directly or indirectly dangerous to health or safety; or

(4)     the department has probable cause to believe that the property was used or is intended to be used in violation of Section 16-23-800.

(C)     In the event of seizure pursuant to subsection (B), proceedings under Section 16-23-820 regarding forfeiture and disposition must be instituted within a reasonable time.

(D)     Any property taken or detained under this section is not subject to replevin but is considered to be in the custody of the department making the seizure subject only to the orders of the court having jurisdiction over the forfeiture proceedings. Property described in Section 16-23-810(A) is forfeited and transferred to the government at the moment of illegal use. Seizure and forfeiture proceedings confirm the transfer.

(E)     For the purposes of this section, whenever the seizure of any property subject to seizure is accomplished as a result of a joint effort by more than one law enforcement agency, the law enforcement agency initiating the investigation is considered to be the agency making the seizure.

(F)     Law enforcement agencies seizing property under this section shall take reasonable steps to maintain the property. Equipment and conveyances seized must be removed to an appropriate place for storage. Any monies seized must be deposited in an interest bearing account pending final disposition by the court unless the seizing agency determines the monies to be of an evidential nature and provides for security in another manner.

(G)     When property and monies of any value as defined in this section or anything else of any value is seized, the law enforcement agency making the seizure, within ten days or a reasonable period of time after the seizure, shall submit a report to the appropriate prosecuting agency.

(1)     the report shall provide the following information with respect to the property seized:

(a)     description;

(b)     circumstances of seizure;

(c)     present custodian and where the property is being stored or its location;

(d)     name of owner;

(e)     name of lienholder, if any;

(f)     seizing agency; and

(2)     if the property is a conveyance, the report shall include the:

(a)     make, model, serial number, and year of the conveyance;

(b)     person in whose name the conveyance is registered; and

(c)     name of any lienholders.

(3)     In addition to the report provided for in items (1) and (2), the law enforcement agency shall prepare for dissemination to the public upon request a report providing the following information:

(a)     a description of the quantity and nature of the property and money seized;

(b)     the seizing agency;

(c)     the make, model, and year of a conveyance; and

(d)     the law enforcement agency responsible for the property or conveyance seized.

(H)     Property or conveyances seized by a law enforcement agency or department must not be used by officers for personal purposes.

Section 16-23-820.     (A)     Forfeiture of property defined in Section 16-23-810 must be accomplished by petition of the Attorney General or his designee or the circuit solicitor or his designee to the court of common pleas for the jurisdiction where the items were seized. The petition must be submitted to the court within a reasonable time period following seizure and shall set forth the facts upon which the seizure was made. The petition shall describe the property and include the names of all owners of record and lienholders of record. The petition shall identify any other persons known to the petitioner to have interests in the property. Petitions for the forfeiture of conveyances shall also include: the make, model, and year of the conveyance, the person in whose name the conveyance is registered, and the person who holds the title to the conveyance. A copy of the petition must be sent to each law enforcement agency which has notified the petitioner of its involvement in effecting the seizure. Notice of hearing or rule to show cause must be directed to all persons with interests in the property listed in the petition, including law enforcement agencies which have notified the petitioner of their involvement in effecting the seizure. Owners of record and lienholders of record may be served by certified mail, to the last known address as appears in the records of the governmental agency which records the title or lien.

The judge shall determine whether the property is subject to forfeiture and order the forfeiture confirmed. If the judge finds a forfeiture, he shall then determine the lienholder's interest as provided in Section 16-23-830.

If there is a dispute as to the division of the proceeds of forfeited property among participating law enforcement agencies, this issue must be determined by the judge. The proceeds from a sale of property, conveyances, and equipment must be disposed of pursuant to subsection (E) of this section.

All property, conveyances, and equipment which will not be reduced to proceeds may be transferred to the law enforcement agency or agencies or to the prosecuting agency. Upon agreement of the law enforcement agency or agencies and the prosecuting agency, conveyances and equipment may be transferred to any other appropriate agency. Property transferred must not be used to supplant operating funds within the current or future budgets. If the property seized and forfeited is an aircraft or watercraft and is transferred to a state law enforcement agency or other state agency pursuant to the provisions of this subsection, its use and retainage by that agency shall be at the discretion and approval of the Budget and Control Board.

(B)     If the property is seized by a state law enforcement agency and is not transferred by the court to the seizing agency, the judge shall order it transferred to the Division of General Services for sale. Proceeds may be used by the division for payment of all proper expenses of the proceedings for the forfeiture and sale of the property, including the expenses of seizure, maintenance, and custody, and other costs incurred by the implementation of this section. The net proceeds from any sale must be remitted to the State Treasurer as provided in subsection (G) of this section. The Division of General Services may authorize payment of like expenses in cases where monies, negotiable instruments, or securities are seized and forfeited.

(C)     If the property is seized by a local law enforcement agency and is not transferred by the court to the agency, the judge shall order it sold at public auction by the seizing agency as provided by law. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, proceeds from the sale may be used by the agency for payment of all proper expenses of the proceeding for the forfeiture and sale of the property, including the expenses of the seizure, maintenance, and custody and other costs incurred by the implementation of this section. The net proceeds from the sale must be disposed of as provided by this section.

(D)     Any forfeiture may be effected by consent order approved by the court without filing or serving pleadings or notices provided that all owners and other persons with interests in the property, including participating law enforcement agencies, entitled to notice under this section, except lienholders and agencies, consent to the forfeiture. Disposition of the property may be accomplished by consent of the petitioner and those agencies involved. Persons entitled to notice under this section may consent to some issues and have the judge determine the remaining issues.
All proceeds of property and cash forfeited by consent order must be disposed of as provided in subsection (E) of this section.

(E)     All real or personal property, when reduced to proceeds, any cash more than one thousand dollars, any negotiable instruments, and any securities which are seized and forfeited must be disposed of as follows:

(1)     seventy-five percent to the law enforcement agency or agencies;

(2)     twenty percent to the prosecuting agency; and

(3)     five percent must be remitted to the State Treasurer and deposited to the credit of the general fund of the State.

(F)     The first one thousand dollars of any cash seized and forfeited pursuant to this article remains with and is the property of the law enforcement agency which effected the seizure unless otherwise agreed to by the law enforcement agency and prosecuting agency.

(G)     All forfeited monies and proceeds from the sale of forfeited property as defined in Section 16-23-810 must be retained by the governing body of the local law enforcement agency or prosecution agency and deposited in a separate, special account in the name of each appropriate agency. These accounts may be drawn on and used only by the law enforcement agency or prosecuting agency for which the account was established.

These accounts must not be used to supplant operating funds in the current or future budgets. Expenditures from these accounts for an item that would be a recurring expense must be approved by the governing body before purchase or, in the case of a state law enforcement agency or prosecuting agency, approved as provided by law.

In the case of a state law enforcement agency or state prosecuting agency, monies and proceeds must be remitted to the State Treasurer who shall establish separate, special accounts as provided in this section for local agencies.

All expenditures from these accounts must be documented, and the documentation made available for audit purposes and upon request by a person under the provisions of Chapter 4 of Title 30, the Freedom of Information Act.

(H)     The use of all property forfeited pursuant to Section 16-23-810 and retained by the law enforcement agency must be documented and the documentation available upon request by a person subject to the provisions of Chapter 4 of Title 30.

(I)     An expenditure from these accounts must be made in accordance with the established procurement procedures of the jurisdiction where the account is established.

(J)     A law enforcement agency may draw from the account an amount necessary to maintain a confidential financial account to be used in the purchase of information or evidence relating to an investigation, to purchase services, or to provide compensation in matters which are confidential and in support of law enforcement activity. The disbursement of funds from the confidential financial account must be made in accordance with procedures approved by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. All records of disbursement must be maintained and made available for audit purposes as provided in this section.

All expenditures from these accounts must be fully documented and audited annually with the general fund of the appropriate jurisdiction.

(K)     In all cases where the criminal offense giving rise to the forfeiture of property described in Section 16-23-810 is prosecuted in a state court, the forfeiture proceeding must be accomplished in the court of common pleas for the jurisdiction where the items were seized.

Section 16-23-830.     (A)     An innocent owner or a manager or owner of a licensed rental agency or a common carrier or carrier of goods for hire may apply to the court of common pleas for the return of any item seized under the provisions of     Section 16-23-810.     Notice of hearing or rule to show cause accompanied by copy of the application must be directed to all persons and agencies entitled to notice under Section 16-23-820. If the judge denies the application, the hearing may proceed as a forfeiture hearing held pursuant to Section 16-23-820.

(B)     The court may return any seized item to the owner if the owner demonstrates to the court by a preponderance of the evidence:

(1)     in the case of an innocent owner, that the person or entity was not a consenting party to, or privy to, or did not have knowledge of, the use of the property which made it subject to seizure and forfeiture;

(2)     in the case of a manager or an owner of a licensed rental agency, a common carrier, or a carrier of goods for hire, that an agent, servant, or employee of the rental agency or of the common carrier or carrier of goods for hire was not a party to, or privy to, or did not have knowledge of, the use of the property which made it subject to seizure and forfeiture.

If the licensed rental agency demonstrates to the court that it has rented the seized property in the ordinary course of its business and that the tenant or tenants were not related within the third degree of kinship to the manager or owner, or any agents, servants, or employees of the rental agency, then it is presumed that the licensed rental agency was not a party to, or privy to, or did not have knowledge of, the use of the property which made it subject to seizure and forfeiture.

(C)     The lien of any innocent person or other legal entity, recorded in public records, shall continue in force upon transfer of title of any forfeited item, and any transfer of title is subject to the lien, if the lienholder demonstrates to the court by a preponderance of the evidence that he was not a consenting party to, or privy to, or did not have knowledge of, the involvement of the property which made it subject to seizure and forfeiture.

Section 16-23-840.     (A)     It is unlawful for a terrorist organization as defined by Section 16-23-800(A)(3) or a person, in furtherance of terrorism or international terrorism as defined in Section 16-23-780(A)(3) and (4), to knowingly damage, disrupt, destroy or otherwise interfere or attempt to interfere with a component of public infrastructure including, but not limited to, dams, bridges, highways, railways, power lines, power facilities or distribution networks, natural gas storage facilities, distribution facilities, or pipelines, petroleum or petroleum distillate storage facilities, distribution facilities, or pipelines, reservoirs, seaports and associated facilities, communications systems and resources, and nuclear facilities, or any facility affecting interstate or intrastate commerce, by:

(1)     placing or causing to be placed any weapon of mass destruction, destructive device, bacteriological or biological weapon or incendiary device in, upon, or near a component of public infrastructure;

(2)     intentionally setting fire to, damaging, or otherwise disabling a component of public infrastructure;

(3)     removing appurtenances from, damaging or otherwise impairing the operation of a component of public infrastructure;

(4)     interfering with, disabling, or incapacitating any person, or operator while they are employed in operating or maintaining a component of public infrastructure with the intent to endanger the safety of any person or operator of a component of public infrastructure with reckless disregard for the safety of human life; or

(5)     committing an act including the use of a dangerous weapon with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury to any person, or operator while they are employed in operating or maintaining a component of public infrastructure or any other person while making use of this component of infrastructure.

(B)     A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than thirty years or for life without parole.

Section 16-23-850.     (A)     As used in this section 'conveyance' means the operation of any 'for hire' or 'not for hire' mass or public transportation that transports individuals or groups of individuals to include vehicles, water vessels, aircraft, trains, buses, or any other mode of mass or public transportation.

(B)     A person commits the offense of interference with a conveyance when he:

(1)     intentionally and knowingly interferes with the operation of the conveyance or the operator or dispatcher of the conveyance and lessens the ability of the operator or dispatcher to provide transportation to individuals or groups of individuals with the intent to cause bodily injury to the operator, dispatcher, or passenger of a conveyance; or

(2)     knowingly and wilfully delivers or conveys a letter, paper, writing, print, missive, document, electronic or verbal communication, or exhibits conduct which threatens to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the operator, dispatcher or a passenger of a conveyance with the intent to interfere with the conveyance.

(C)     A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than ten years."
SECTION     4.     Section 16-3-20(C)(a)(1) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 317 of 1996, is further amended to read:

"(1)     The murder was committed while in the commission of the following crimes or acts:

(a)     criminal sexual conduct in any degree;

(b)     kidnapping;

(c)     burglary in any degree;

(d)     robbery while armed with a deadly weapon;

(e)     larceny with use of a deadly weapon;

(f)     killing by poison;

(g)     drug trafficking as defined in Section 44-53-370(e), 44-53-375(B), 44-53-440, or 44-53-445;

(h)     physical torture; or

(i)         dismemberment of a person.; or

(j)         violations of an anti-terrorism law as defined in Section 16-23-800(A)(2), any offense related to terrorism or the commission of a terrorist act as provided for in Article 8, Chapter 23, Title 16, any offense related to bombs, destructive devices, bacteriological and biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as provided for in Article 7, Chapter 23, Title 16."
SECTION     5.     Article 7, Chapter 23, Title 16 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 237 of 2000, is further amended to read:

"Article 7
Bombs, Destructive Devices, and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Section 16-23-710.     For purposes of this article:

(1)     'Bacteriological weapon' and 'biological weapon' mean devices which are designed in a manner as to permit the intentional release into the population or environment of microbiological or other biological materials, toxins, or agents, whatever their origin or method of production, in a manner not authorized by law, or any device, the development, production, or stockpiling of which is prohibited pursuant to the 'Convention of the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and their Destruction', 26 U.S.T. 583, TIAS 8063.

(2)     'Bomb' includes a destructive device capable of being detonated, triggered, or set off to release any substance or material that is destructive, irritating, odoriferous, or otherwise harmful to one or more organisms including, but not limited to, human beings, livestock, animals, crops or vegetation, or to earth, air, water, or any other material or substance necessary or required to sustain human or any other individual form of life, or to real or personal property.

(3)     'Bomb technician', 'explosive ordnance technician', or 'EOD technician' means either:

(a)     a law enforcement officer, fire official, emergency management official, or an employee of the State, its political subdivisions, or an authority of the State or a political subdivision, whose job title includes the designation of bomb technician, explosive ordnance disposal technician, or EOD technician and whose assigned duties include the rendering-safe of improvised explosive devices, destructive devices, old or abandoned explosives, war relics, or souvenirs while acting in the performance of his official duties; or

(b)     an official or employee of the United States including, but not limited to, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is qualified as an explosive ordnance disposal technician under the federal, state, or local laws or regulations while acting in the performance of his duty.

(4)     'Building' means any structure, vehicle, watercraft, or aircraft:

(a)     where any person lodges or lives; or

(b)     where people assemble for purposes of business, government, education, religion, entertainment, public transportation, or public use or where goods are stored. Where a building consists of two or more units separately occupied or secured, each unit is considered both a separate building in itself and a part of the main building.

(5)     'Device' means an object, contrivance, instrument, technique, or any thing that is designed, manufactured, assembled, or capable of serving any purpose in a bomb, destructive device, explosive, incendiary, or weapon of mass destruction.

(6)     'Detonate' means to explode or cause to explode.

(7)     'Destructive device' means:

(a)     a bomb, incendiary device, or anything that can detonate, explode, or burn by mechanical, chemical, or nuclear means, or that contains an explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, or toxic substance (chemical, biological, or nuclear materials) including, but not limited to, an incendiary or over-pressure device, or any other device capable of causing damage, injury, sickness, disease, or death;

(b)     a weapon of mass destruction;

(c)     a bacteriological weapon or biological weapon; or

(d)     a combination of any parts, components, chemical compounds, or other substances, either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device which has been or can be assembled to cause damage, injury, sickness, disease, or death.

(8)     'Detonator' means a device containing a detonating charge used to initiate detonation in an explosive or any device capable of triggering or setting off an explosion or explosive charge including, but not limited to, impact or an impact device, a timing mechanism, electricity, a primer, primer or detonating cord, a detonating cap or device of any kind, detonating waves, electric blasting caps, blasting caps for use with safety fuses, shock tube initiator, and detonating cord delay connectors, or any other device capable of detonating or exploding a bomb, weapon of mass destruction, or destructive device.

(9)     'Distribute' means the actual or constructive delivery or the attempted transfer from one person to another.

(10)     'Explosive' means a chemical compound or other substance or a mechanical system intended for the purpose of producing an explosion capable of causing injury, sickness, disease, death, or damage to property or one containing oxidizing and combustible units or other ingredients in such proportions or quantities that ignition, fire, friction, concussion, percussion, or detonation may produce an explosion capable of causing injury, death, or damage to property. Explosives include, but are not limited to, the list of explosive materials published and periodically updated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

(11)     'Hoax device' or 'replica' means a device or object which has the appearance of a destructive device.

(12)     'Incendiary' means any material that:

(a)     causes, or is capable of causing, fire when it is lit or ignited; and

(b)     is used to ignite a flammable liquid or compound in an unlawful manner.

(13)     'Incendiary device' means a destructive device, however possessed or delivered, and by whatever name called, containing or holding a flammable liquid or compound, which is capable of being ignited by any means possible. Incendiary device includes, but is not limited to, any form of explosive, explosive bomb, grenade, missile, or similar device, whether capable of being carried or thrown by a person acting alone or with one or more persons, but does not include a device manufactured or produced for the primary purpose of illumination or for marking detours, obstructions, defective paving, or other hazards on streets, roads, highways, or bridges, when used in a lawful manner.

(14)     'Over-pressure device' means a container filled with an explosive gas or expanding gas or liquid which is designed or constructed so as to cause the container to break, fracture, or rupture in a manner capable of causing death, bodily harm injury, sickness, disease, or property damage, and includes, but is not limited to, a chemical reaction bomb, an acid bomb, a caustic bomb, or a dry ice bomb.

(15)     'Parts' means a combination of parts, components, chemical compounds, or other substances, designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device.

(16)     'Poisonous gases' means a toxic chemical or its precursors that through its chemical action or properties on life processes, causes death, sickness, disease, or injury to human beings or other living organisms. However, the term does not include:

(a)     riot control agents, smoke and obscuration materials, or medical products which are manufactured, possessed, transported, or used in accordance with the laws of this State or the United States;

(b)     tear gas devices designed to be carried on or about the person which contain not more than fifty cubic centimeters of the chemical; or

(c)     pesticides, as used in agriculture and household products.

(17)     'Property' means real or personal property of any kind including money, choses in action, and other similar interest in property.

(18)     'Weapon of mass destruction' means any device designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level that will result in internal or external bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death to a person.

Section 16-23-720.     (A)     It is unlawful for a person intentionally to detonate a destructive device or cause an explosion, or intentionally to aid, counsel, solicit another, or procure an explosion by means of detonation of a destructive device. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction:

(1)     in cases resulting in the death of another person where there was malice aforethought, must be punished by death, by imprisonment for life, or by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for thirty years;

(2)     in cases resulting in the death of another person where there was not malice aforethought, must be imprisoned not less than two ten years nor more than thirty years;

(3)     in cases resulting in injury to a person, must be imprisoned for not less than ten years nor more than twenty-five years.

(B)     A person who intentionally causes an explosion by means of a destructive device or aids, counsels, solicits another, or procures an explosion by means of a destructive device, which results in damage to a building or other real or personal property, or a person who attempts to injure another or damage or destroy a building or other real or personal property by means of a destructive device, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not less than two ten years nor more than twenty-five years.

(C)     A person who knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, distributes, possesses with the intent to distribute a destructive device or any explosive, incendiary device, or over-pressure device or toxic substance or material which has been configured to cause damage, injury, sickness, disease, or death, or a person who possesses parts, components, or materials which when assembled constitute a destructive device is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not less than two years nor more than fifteen years.

(D)     A person who threatens, attempts to threaten, solicits another to threaten, or conspires to threaten to cause damage, injury, sickness, disease, or death or to cause damage to or destroy a building or other real or personal property by means of destructive device, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than fifteen years.

(E)     A person who knowingly protects, harbors, or conceals another who plans, executes, or commits any violation of the provisions of this article, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than fifteen years."

Section 16-23-730.     A person who knowingly manufactures, possesses, transports, distributes, uses or aids, or counsels, solicits another, or conspires with another in the use of a hoax device or replica of a destructive device or detonator which causes any person reasonably to believe that the hoax device or replica is a destructive device or detonator is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than one year or fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.     A person who communicates or transmits to another person that a hoax device or replica is a destructive device or detonator with the intent to intimidate or threaten injury, to obtain property of another, or to interfere with the ability of another person to conduct or carry on his life, business, trade, education, religious worship, or to interfere with the operations and functions of any government entity is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not less than two years nor more than fifteen years.

Section 16-23-740.     A person who knowingly and wilfully hinders or obstructs an explosive ordnance technician, bomb technician, law enforcement officer, fire official, emergency management official, public safety officer, animal trained to detect destructive devices, or any robot or mechanical device designed for or utilized by a law enforcement officer, fire official, emergency management official, public safety officer, or bomb technician of this State or of the United States while in the detection, disarming, or destruction of a destructive device is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than five years.

Section 16-23-750.     A person who communicates a threat or conveys or causes to be conveyed false information, knowing the information to be false, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to kill, injure, or intimidate any person or to damage or destroy any building or other real or personal property by means of an explosive, incendiary, or destructive device or who aids, agrees with, employs, or conspires with any person to do or cause to be done any of the acts in this section, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, for a first offense must be imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than ten years. For a second or subsequent offense, the person must be imprisoned for not less than five years nor more than fifteen years. A sentence imposed for a violation of this section must not be suspended and probation must not be granted.

Section 16-23-760.     (A)     Unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, photographs, electronic imaging, video tapes, or other identification or analysis of a destructive device, explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, toxic substance, whether chemical, biological, or nuclear, or detonator identified by a qualified bomb technician or person qualified as a forensic expert in the field of destructive devices is admissible in any civil or criminal trial in lieu of production of the actual destructive device or detonator. Evidence transferred to the clerk of court by a qualified bomb technician for safekeeping must not be destroyed except pursuant to a court order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(B)     If a destructive device, explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, toxic substance whether chemical, biological, or nuclear material, or detonator that has been rendered inert and safe is introduced into evidence in any criminal or civil trial, the clerk of court may retain custody or transfer custody of the destructive device or detonator to a qualified bomb technician for safekeeping only after the destructive device has been preserved as evidence by photograph, video tape, or other suitable means of identification.

Section 16-23-770.     (A)     All property used or intended for use in violation of this article and all proceeds derived from, realized from, or traced back to property used or intended for use in violation of this article is contraband and subject to forfeiture. Property subject to forfeiture must be seized by a law enforcement agency and forfeited to the State, a political subdivision of the State, or the seizing law enforcement agency.

(B)     On application of a seizing law enforcement agency, the circuit court may order the agency to destroy or transfer the seized device to any agency of this State or of the United States that can safely store or render harmless a destructive device, explosive, poisonous gas, or detonator if the court finds that it is impractical or unsafe for the seizing law enforcement agency to store the destructive device, explosive, poisonous gas, or detonator. Notwithstanding Section 16-23-760, the application for destruction of a destructive device may be made at anytime after seizure. Any destruction ordered pursuant to this subsection must be done in the presence of at least one credible witness or recorded on film, videotape, or other electronic imaging method. The court also may order the seizing agency or the agency to which the device, explosive, poisonous gas, or detonator is transferred to make a report of the destruction, take samples before the destruction, or both.

(C)     Nothing in subsection (A) or (B) prohibits a bomb technician, law enforcement officer, or fire official from taking action that will render an explosive, destructive device, poisonous gas, or detonator, or other object which is suspected of being an explosive, destructive device, poisonous gas, or detonator safe without prior approval of a court when the action is in the performance of his duties and is intended to protect lives or property which are in imminent danger.

(D)     The provisions of this article do not apply to the lawful use of:

(1)     fertilizers, propellant activated devices, or propellant activated industrial tools manufactured, imported, distributed, or used for their intended purposes;

(2)     pesticides which are manufactured, stored, transported, distributed, possessed, or used in accordance with Chapter 7, Title 2, the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Environmental Pesticide Control Act of 1972;

(3)     explosives, blasting agents, detonators, and other objects regulated and controlled by the South Carolina Explosives Control Act;

(4)     ammunition for small arms and firearms;

(5)     components of ammunition for small arms and firearms;

(6)     ammunition reloading equipment;

(7)     the use of small arms propellant when used in war reenactments;

(8)     firearms, as defined in Section 16-8-10; or

(9)     fireworks and explosives which are permitted to be sold, possessed, or used under Chapter 35 of Title 23.

(E)     The provisions of this article do not apply to the military or naval forces of the United States, to the duly organized military force of a state or territory, or to police or fire departments in this State when they are acting within their official capacities and in performance of their duties.

Section 16-23-775.     (A)     It is unlawful for a person to knowingly infect, damage, contaminate, harm, or destroy a plot, field, or tract of land, a stream, pond, lake, or body of water, a crop, plant, or vegetation, livestock, wildlife, or fish, by means of the direct or indirect use of a biological, chemical, or nuclear weapon of mass destruction with the intent of causing economic or physical harm to a person, or damage to a field, tract or plot of land, crop, stream, body of water, or to any other real or personal property or the environment.

(B)     A person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand nor more than one hundred thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not less than five years nor more than thirty years, or both.

Section 16-23-780.     (A)     For purposes of this section:

(1)     'Additional imprisonment' means imprisonment in addition to the maximum period of imprisonment that may be imposed for a specific offense under this article.

(2)     'Biological attack' means the use of disease producing microorganisms, toxic biological products, or organic biocides to cause death or injury to humans, animals, or plants.

(3)     'International terrorism' means 'international terrorism' as defined in 18 U.S. Code, Section 2331, that:

(a)     involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or this State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or this State;

(b)     appear to be intended:

( i)     to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

( ii)     to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii)     to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping; and

(c)     occur primarily in this State or outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States with a significant contact in or with this State, or transcend the boundaries of this State or national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.

(4)     'Terrorism' means a violation of an anti-terrorist law as defined in Section 16-23-800(A)(2).

(B)     It is unlawful for any person to commit an offense involving a biological attack or the use of a destructive device, weapon of mass destruction, biological weapon or bacteriological weapon if committed incident to or to facilitate an act of terrorism or international terrorism.

(C)     A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the maximum term of additional imprisonment that may be imposed for a violation of this section is a maximum term of imprisonment of thirty years or by imprisonment for life without parole, in addition to the maximum imprisonment that may be imposed for the specific offense.

Section 16-23-785.     The prohibitions of this article do not apply to:

(1)     officers and enlisted personnel of the armed forces of the United States with respect to any lawful activity while under orders or engaged in the performance of their duties;

(2)     officers and enlisted personnel of the militia or national guard with respect to any lawful activity while under orders or engaged in the performance of their duties;

(3)     civil and law enforcement officers of the United States while in the discharge of their official duties;

(4)     civil and law enforcement officers of the State, its agencies and instrumentalities, or of a county or municipality while in the discharge of their official duties;

(5)     a person under contract with, or working under the direction of, the United States, the State of South Carolina, or an agency of either government, with respect to an activity lawfully engaged in under contract or pursuant to lawful direction;

(6)     a person lawfully engaged in research or another activity related to development, production, manufacture, assembly, possession, transport, sale, purchase, delivery or acquisition of a biological agent, disease organism, toxic or poisonous chemical, radioactive substance, or their immediate precursors, for preventive, protective, medical, or another lawful purpose;

(7)     a person lawfully engaged in an accepted agricultural, aquacultural, horticultural, wildlife and habitat management practice or forestry practice, aquatic weed control, or structural pest and rodent control, in a manner approved by the federal, state, county, or local agency charged with regulatory authority and control over the activity.

Section 16-23-790.     All state, county, and municipal law enforcement officers who encounter a known or suspected destructive device, biological or bacteriological weapon or a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon of mass destruction in the course of their employment must immediately report the existence and location of the device or weapon to the State Law Enforcement Division for purposes of disseminating the information to law enforcement agencies, and to the appropriate state and local public health officials for purposes of enabling public health officials to assess the nature and extent of the threat of the device or weapon to public health.

Section 16-23-795.     In addition to the penalties provided for a violation of this article, the presiding judge shall order a person convicted of violating a provision of this article to make full restitution for damages caused to another person, to a person's real or personal property, choses in action, and other interests, and for the cost of responding to or dealing with the use, threatened use of, or falsely conveyed information relating to the use or threatened use of a destructive device, biological or bacteriological weapon or a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon of mass destruction. This restitution shall include, but not be limited to, the cost of law enforcement officials or other public officials responding to the incident at a particular location, the cost of removing people or property from the location, and the cost of any physical damage to the buildings or property at the location. The court in an appropriate order shall specify the cause or items and the amounts for which restitution must be made and shall specify the person or entity who is to make restitution and the public or private person or entity to whom restitution is to be made. Nothing in this section precludes a person injured or whose property is damaged from instituting and maintaining a civil action for damages against a person or entity whose violation of this article resulted in damage to a person, his real or personal property, or to another legally protected interest."
SECTION     6.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 25-1-445.     (A)     Upon declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, persons engaged in volunteer, paid, public or commercial employment related to the emergency may be required, as determined by the Chief of SLED, to undergo a state fingerprint review to be conducted by SLED to determine any state criminal history. SLED is authorized to check Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records and screen such records of persons indicating an intent to provide services or products related to the emergency in South Carolina pursuant to United States Public Law 92-544 and may continue through the response period for that emergency or disaster. The fingerprints of background check subjects must be submitted through SLED to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a technical search of fingerprint supported criminal history records. No criminal history record may be furnished to a private entity.

(B)     SLED may obtain the assistance of a cooperating governmental agency in carrying out the provisions of this statute. Such assistance may include, but is not limited to, the issuance of a credential indicating screening was performed or maintenance of an emergency worker registry by an appropriate agency, or other assistance to facilitate the rapid processing of checks.

(C)     SLED is authorized to promulgate regulations consistent with this section and necessary to carry out the provisions of this section regarding the operation of state of emergency criminal history checks."

PART C
Fees, Taxes, Records, Prices, and Scholarships

SECTION     7.     (A)     Article 25, Chapter 6, Title 12 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 12-6-3545.     A taxpayer employed as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician by this State or a political subdivision of this State who, as a result of a terrorist act committed within the territory of the United States and in his official capacity is assigned by his superior officer away from his normal duty station for more than five consecutive days is allowed a credit against the tax imposed pursuant to Section 12-6-510 in an amount equal to twenty-five dollars for each day after the first day the taxpayer is so assigned. The maximum credit allowed for any taxable year is one thousand dollars.

A claim for the credit allowed under this section must be accompanied by a certificate of the taxpayer's superior officer detailing the facts of the terrorist incident and documentation of the taxpayer's assignment away from his normal duty station resulting therefrom.

(B)     This section applies for taxable years beginning after 2001."
SECTION     8.     The 1976 is amended by adding:

"Section 12-6-1125.     (A)     In addition to the state income tax deduction allowed for the compensation received from the United States or any state for service in a state National Guard or a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to Section 12-6-1120(7) of the 1976 Code, all compensation and benefits otherwise subject to the tax imposed pursuant to Section 12-6-510 of the 1976 Code are excluded from the South Carolina gross income of reservists and members of the National Guard if:

(1)     in the case of members of the National Guard, the taxpayer serves in a unit federalized for duty in "Operation Enduring Freedom" or "Operation Noble Eagle", or both, and performs such duty; and

(2)     in the case of a reservist, the taxpayer is called to active duty pursuant to 'Operation Enduring Freedom' or 'Operation 'Noble Eagle', or both, and performs such duty.

(B)     The tax exclusion provided by this section applies only to income and benefits earned and received from a state National Guard or a reserve component of the Armed Forces while the taxpayer is mobilized for active duty in the operations specified by this section. This section applies for taxable years beginning after 2000.
SECTION     9.     (1)     Section 30-4-40(A)(3) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(3)     Records of law enforcement and public safety agencies not otherwise available by state or federal law that were compiled in the process of detecting and investigating crime if the disclosure of the information would harm the agency by:

(A)     disclosing identity of informants not otherwise known;

(B)     the premature release of information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action;

(C)     disclosing investigatory techniques not otherwise known outside the government;

(D)     by endangering the life, health, or property of any person."
(2)     Section 30-4-40(a) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"(17)     Information relating to security plans and devices proposed, adopted, installed, or utilized by a public body; provided, however, amounts expended for adoption, implementation, or installation of security plans and devices must be disclosed in accordance with this chapter."
(3)     Section 30-4-40 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"(c)     Information identified in accordance with the provisions of Section 30-4-45 shall be exempt from disclosure except as provided therein and pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with this chapter. Sections 30-4-30, 30-4-50, and 30-4-100 notwithstanding, no custodian of information subject to the provisions of Section 30-4-45 shall release the information except as provided therein and pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with this chapter."
(4)     Chapter 4, Title 30 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 30-4-45.     (A)     The director of each agency that is the custodian of information subject to the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)(7)(H), 40 CFR 1400 'Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information,' or 10 CFR 73.21 'Requirements for the protection of safeguards information', shall establish procedures to ensure that the information is released only in accordance with the applicable federal provisions.

(B)     The director of each agency that is the custodian of information, the unrestricted release of which could increase the risk of acts of terrorism, may identify the information or compilations of information by notifying the Attorney General in writing, and shall promulgate regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Sections 1-23-110 through 1-23-120(a) and Section 1-23-130, to regulate access to the information in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(C)     Regulations to govern access to information subject to subsections (A) and (B) shall at a minimum provide for:

(1)     disclosure of information to state, federal, and local authorities as required to carry out governmental functions;

(2)     disclosure of information to persons who live or work within a vulnerable zone.

For purposes of this section, 'vulnerable zone' is defined as a circle, the center of which is within the boundaries of a facility possessing hazardous, toxic, flammable, radioactive, or infectious materials subject to this section, and the radius of which is that distance a hazardous, toxic, flammable, radioactive, or infectious cloud, overpressure, radiation, or radiant heat would travel before dissipating to the point it no longer threatens serious short-term harm to people or the environment.

Disclosure of information pursuant to this subsection shall be by means that will prevent its removal or mechanical reproduction. Disclosure of information pursuant to this subsection shall be made only after the custodian has ascertained the person's identity by viewing photo identification issued by a federal, state, or local government agency to the person and after the person has signed a register kept for the purpose."
(5)     Section 30-4-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 30-4-110.     (A)     Any person or group of persons who willfully wilfully violates the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days for the first offense, shall must be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than sixty days for the second offense, and shall must be fined three hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than ninety days for the third or subsequent offense.

(B)     A person who wilfully discloses information exempt from disclosure pursuant to Section 30-4-40(c), except as in accordance with the procedures established by Section 30-4-45, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than thirty days or fined not more than two hundred dollars, or both."
SECTION     10.     (1)     Article 1, Chapter 5, Title 39 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 39-5-145.     (A)     As used in this section:

(1)     'Commodity' means goods, services, materials, merchandise, supplies, equipment, resources, or other articles of commerce, and includes, without limitation, food, water, ice, chemicals, petroleum products, and lumber essential for consumption or use as a direct result of a declared state of emergency.

(2)(a)     'Unconscionable price' means an amount charged, which:

(i) represents a gross disparity between the price of the commodity or rental or lease of a dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility that is the subject of the offer or transaction and the average price at which that commodity or dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility was rented, leased, sold, or offered for rent or sale in the usual course of business during the thirty days immediately before a declaration of a state of emergency, and the increase in the amount charged is not attributable to additional costs incurred in connection with the rental or sale of the commodity or rental or lease of the dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility, or national or international market trends; or

(ii)     grossly exceeds the average price at which the same or similar commodity, dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility was readily obtainable in the trade area during the thirty days immediately before a declaration of a state of emergency, and the increase in the amount charged is not attributable to additional costs incurred in connection with the rental or sale of the commodity or rental or lease of the dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility, or national or international market trends.

(b)     It is prima facie evidence that a price is unconscionable if it meets the definition of item (i) or (ii).

(B)(1)     Upon a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, it is unlawful and a violation of this article for a person or his agent or employee to:

(a)     rent or sell or offer to rent or sell a commodity at an unconscionable price within the area for which the state of emergency is declared; or

(b)     impose unconscionable prices for the rental or lease of a dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility within the area for which the state of emergency is declared.

(2)     This prohibition remains in effect until the declaration expires or is terminated.

(C)(1)     Upon a declaration of a state of disaster by the President, in which the disaster area includes all or a portion of the State of South Carolina, it is unlawful and a violation of this article for a person or his agent or employee in this State to:

(a)     rent or sell or offer to rent or sell a commodity at an unconscionable price within the area for which the state of disaster is declared; or

(b)     impose unconscionable prices for the rental or lease of a dwelling unit, including a motel or hotel unit or other temporary lodging, or self-storage facility within the area for which the state of disaster is declared.

(2)     This prohibition remains in effect until the declaration expires or is terminated.

(D)     A price increase approved by an appropriate government agency is not a violation of this section.

(E)     This section does not apply to sales by growers, producers, or processors of raw or processed food products, except for retail sales of those products to the ultimate consumer within the area of the declared state of emergency or disaster.

(F)     This section does not preempt the powers of local government, except that the evidentiary standards contained in this section are the sole evidentiary standards to be adopted by ordinance of a local government to restrict price gouging during a declared state of emergency or disaster. In the event a local government declares a state of emergency or disaster, in which the disaster area includes all or a portion of the area under the local government's jurisdiction, and restricts price gouging during that emergency or disaster, the governmental entity must notify the Governor's Office of such declaration. The Governor's Office must notify registered agents simultaneous to the declaration and cessation of the state of emergency.

(G)     In addition to all other remedies provided in this article, a person who wilfully violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days."
(2)     Article 1, Chapter 5, Title 39 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 39-5-147.     (A)     Upon a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, it is unlawful and a violation of this article for a person or his agent or employee to solicit the contribution or sale of goods or services for charitable purposes by any manner, means, practice, or device that is knowingly and wilfully misleading.

(B)     Upon a declaration of a state of disaster by the President, in which the disaster areas includes all or a portion of the State of South Carolina, it is unlawful and a violation of this article for a person or his agent or employee to solicit in this State the contribution or sale of goods or services for charitable purposes by any manner, means, practice, or device that is knowingly and wilfully misleading.

(C)     These prohibitions remain in effect until the declaration of emergency or disaster expires or is terminated.

(D)     In addition to all other remedies provided in this article, a person who wilfully violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days."
(3)     Article 1, Chapter 5, Title 39 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 39-5-149.         A trade association, corporation, or partnership may register an agent for the purposes of being notified when the Governor declares and ceases a state of emergency. A trade association may designate up to three persons to be notified on behalf of the organization's members. The trade association, corporation, or partnership is responsible for maintaining current information for the designated agent or agents. The Governor's Office is responsible for notifying the registered agents simultaneous to the declaration and cessation of the state of emergency."
(4)     Section 16-7-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 16-7-10.     (A)     In any area designated by the Governor in his proclamation that a state of emergency exists, and during the duration of such the proclamation, it shall be is unlawful for a person to:

(1)(a)     For any person to violate a provision set forth in the proclamation;

(b)     for any person to violate the provisions of any a curfew established by the proclamation;

(c)     for any unauthorized persons to congregate, except unless authorized or in their homes, in groups of three or more and to refuse to disperse upon order of any law-enforcement a law enforcement officer; or

(D)     for any person to willfully wilfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any law-enforcement law enforcement officer.

Any A person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days.

(b)(2)(a)     For any person to enter into the property of another, without lawful authority and with criminal intent;

(b)     to damage the property of another; or

(c)     to take possession or otherwise disturb the property of another in any manner.

Any of such acts shall constitute the offense A person violating a provision of this item is guilty of looting, and any person convicted thereof shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall must be punished by a fine or imprisonment fined or imprisoned, or both, in the discretion of the court.

(3)     Charge unconscionable prices during a declared state of emergency or disaster, as described in Section 39-5-145, or knowingly and wilfully use a misleading practice or device to solicit the contribution or sale of goods or services for charitable purposes in connection with a declared state of emergency or disaster, as described in Section 39-5-147.

(B)     Penalties provided in this article are cumulative of and in addition to those provided in Sections 39-5-145 and 39-5-147."
(5)     Section 33-56-120 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 336 of 2000, is further amended by adding:

"(G)     A person may not knowingly or wilfully use a misleading practice or device to solicit the contribution or sale of goods or services for a charitable purpose in connection with a declared state of emergency or disaster as described in Section 39-5-147. Penalties provided in this chapter are cumulative of and in addition to those provided in Section 39-5-147."
SECTION     11.     Section 51-3-60 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 51-3-60.     (A)     Any A South Carolina resident who is over sixty-five years of age or disabled or legally blind as defined in Section 43-25-20 of the 1976 Code may use any facility of a state park except campsites, overnight lodging, and recreation buildings without charge. Such These residents also may also use campsite facilities at one-half of the prescribed fee. A person exercising this privilege on the basis of age shall present his medicare card or other card approved by the South Carolina Commission on Aging to the employee of the State Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism who is in charge of the particular state park, and a person who is disabled or legally blind shall present to such the person in charge of the park a certificate to that effect from a licensed doctor of medicine or an official of an agency authorized by law to make determinations of disability or blindness.

(B)     The authorization for use of the facilities as provided by this section shall is not be effective if it conflicts with any federal law, rule or regulation.

(C)     The term For purposes of this section, 'disabled' as used herein shall mean means the inability to perform substantial gainful employment by reason of a medically-determinable impairment, either physical or mental, which has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of twelve months or more.

(D)     Any (A) South Carolina resident who is a veteran and who has been classified by the Veterans Administration as permanently and totally disabled also may also enter any a state park without charge upon presentation to the person in charge of the park of an identification card from the county veterans affairs officer stating the veteran's permanent and total disability. A statement of age or disability may not be made for any a person whose age and disability records are not maintained in the veterans affairs office at which the request is made.

(E)     The privileges provided for in this section are also extended to South Carolina residents who are police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics on September eleventh of each year. To exercise this privilege:

(1)     a police officer must present his or her law enforcement badge, certification card or other valid credentials;

(2)     a firefighter must present his or her firefighter's badge, certification card or other valid credentials;

(3)     an emergency medical technician or paramedic must present his or her emergency medical technician or paramedic certificate."
SECTION     12.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-101-365.     (A)     Beginning with the 2002-03 academic year from funds appropriated by the General Assembly, there is created the South Carolina 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Program. This program is designed to provide scholarships to South Carolina residents whose parent or legal guardian was a South Carolina resident and died as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City, the Pentagon, or in Pennsylvania. The South Carolina 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Program shall pay cost-of-tuition at any state public institution of higher learning or an amount equal to the average cost-of-tuition at a state public institution of higher learning to students wishing to attend independent institutions in this State. The Commission on Higher Education shall determine the average cost-of-tuition for the independent institutions annually. Students qualifying for this program shall be eligible to receive scholarship funding for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress according to federal Title IV regulations. Students must establish eligibility by submitting appropriate verification to the Commission on Higher Education. The Commission on Higher Education shall promulgate regulations for the administration of the South Carolina 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Program.

(B)     For purposes of this section, 'South Carolina resident' means a person who was a legal resident of the State of South Carolina on September 11, 2001."

PART D
Leaves of Absence, Moment of Silence, National Motto, and Day of Remembrance

SECTION     13.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 8-1-200.     (A)     As used in this section, 'in any one year' means either a calendar year or, in the case of members required to attend required disaster response training or perform disaster response, emergency, or other duties within or on a fiscal year basis, the fiscal year of the agency or political subdivision employing the officer or employee.

(B)     All officers and employees of this State or a political subdivision of this State who are either trained for disaster response or emergency relief by the American Red Cross or whose services are volunteered to, accepted by, and utilized by the American Red Cross for disaster response or relief at a disaster or emergency site within or without this State, are entitled to leaves of absence from their respective duties without loss of pay, time, or efficiency rating for one or more periods not exceeding an aggregate of fifteen regularly scheduled work days in any one year during which they may engage in training or any other duties ordered, required, or requested by the Governor, the American Red Cross, or any other department or agency of the government of this State or of the United States having authority to issue requests or lawful orders requiring disaster response or emergency relief services. Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays may not be included in the fifteen-day aggregate unless the particular Saturday, Sunday, or holiday to be included is a regularly scheduled work day for the officer or employee involved. If a person is called upon to serve during an emergency, he is entitled to a leave of absence not exceeding thirty additional days. All officers and employees of this State and political subdivisions of this State who are entitled to leaves of absence, as provided for in this section, must first obtain approval of their supervisor before taking such leave.

(C)     The provisions of this section must be construed liberally to encourage and allow full participation in all aspects of the American Red Cross training programs and to allow state officers and employees to excel in disaster and emergency preparedness and service by taking full advantage of all disaster response and emergency relief assignments and training opportunities."
SECTION     14.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 53-3-150.     The eleventh day of September of each year is designated as a State Day of Remembrance to the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and to the selfless and courageous actions of firefighters, police, and other rescue workers who heed the call every day to rescue those in harm's way."
SECTION     15.     Section 59-1-443 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 145 of 1995, is amended to read:

"Section 59-1-443.     All schools shall provide for a minute of mandatory silence at the beginning of each school day. In order that the right of every pupil to the free exercise of religion be guaranteed within the schools and that the freedom of each individual pupil be subject to the least possible pressure from the State either to engage in, or to refrain from, religious observation on school grounds, the school board of each school district shall establish in every school under its jurisdiction the daily observance of one minute of silence for voluntary prayer, meditation, or other silent activity.

During the one-minute period of silence, the teacher responsible for each classroom shall ensure that all pupils remain seated and silent and make no distracting display to the end that each pupil, in the exercise of his individual choice, may pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity which does not interfere with, distract, or impede other pupils in the like exercise of individual choice."
SECTION     16.     (A)     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-1-460.         The principal in each public elementary and secondary school in this State shall display on an appropriately framed background with minimum dimensions of eleven inches by fourteen inches, the following national mottos of the United States of America in a prominent place inside the school under his supervision: 'In God We Trust' and 'E Pluribus Unum'.

(B)     The provisions of this section apply with respect to school year 2002-2003 and thereafter."

PART E
Severability and Savings Clauses

SECTION     17.     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     18.     If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, the holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.

PART F
Time Effective

SECTION     19.     This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. CAMPSEN explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Reps. WILKINS, HARRISON and CAMPSEN proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\ 21054SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 17-30-70(A)(1) of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 2, by striking the item and inserting:

/(1)     the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for the investigation of the offense as to which the application is made when the interception may provide or has provided evidence of the commission of the offenses of murder (Section 16-3-10); assault and battery with intent to kill (Section 16-3-620); kidnapping (Section 16-3-910); voluntary manslaughter (Section 16-3-50); armed robbery (Section 16-11-330(A)); attempted armed robbery (Section 16-11-330(B)); drug trafficking as defined in Sections 44-53-370(e) and 44-53-375(C); arson in the first degree (Section 16-11-110(A)); arson in the second degree (Section 16-11-110(B)); accessory before the fact to commit any of the above offenses (Section 16-1-40); attempt to commit any of the above offenses (Section 16-1-80). Such interception may also be authorized when it may provide or has provided evidence of any conspiracy or solicitation to commit any violation of the laws of this State relating to the offenses specified in this subsection; /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. HARRISON explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. SHEHEEN proposed the following Amendment No. 3 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21053SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 17-30-15(8) of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 2 by striking item (8) and inserting:
/     (8)     'Judge of competent jurisdiction' means a judge of the circuit court of general sessions of the State of South Carolina. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. SHEHEEN explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. DELLENEY proposed the following Amendment No. 5 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21056SD02):
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 59-1-460 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 16, by adding a new subsection immediately after subsection (A) to read:

/( )     In addition, the principal of each public elementary and secondary school in this State shall display the national motto of 'In God We Trust' in each classroom in his or her school. The display must be large enough to be read from the rear of the classroom. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. DELLENEY explained the amendment.

Reps. HOWARD, RUTHERFORD, J. E. SMITH, COBB-HUNTER, WEEKS, R. BROWN, MACK, BREELAND, MCGEE, WALKER, DELLENEY, CLYBURN, EASTERDAY, HARRISON and CAMPSEN requested debate on the Bill.

H. 4402--REQUESTS FOR DEBATE

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4402 (Word version) -- Reps. Vaughn, Merrill, Altman, Rodgers, Walker and Leach: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 43-3-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COUNTY BOARDS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, WHICH SERVE IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TERMINATE A COUNTY BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

Rep. HAYES explained the Bill.

Reps. WHIPPER, RUTHERFORD, MACK, COATES, HOWARD, COBB-HUNTER, BREELAND and BALES requested debate on the Bill.

H. 3957--DEBATE ADJOURNED

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3957 (Word version) -- Reps. J. E. Smith and Allison: A BILL TO REPEAL ARTICLE 21, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE STATE COUNCIL ON MATERNAL, INFANT, AND CHILD HEALTH ACT, THE CREATION OF THE COUNCIL AND PROVIDING FOR ITS POWERS AND DUTIES.

The Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\NBD\AMEND\11271AC02):
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting SECTION 2 of the bill and inserting:
/SECTION     2.     This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. HAYES explained the amendment.

Rep. HAYES moved to adjourn debate on the Bill until Thursday, February 28, which was agreed to.

H. 4571--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. BINGHAM moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Thursday, March 14, which was adopted:

H. 4571 (Word version) -- Reps. Moody-Lawrence, Sharpe, R. Brown, Kirsh, Meacham-Richardson, Harvin, Weeks, G. Brown, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Harrell, McCraw, Neilson, Perry, Riser, Rutherford and Wilder: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-13-255 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY SHALL ISSUE A LIMITED LICENSE TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE LICENSE HAS LAPSED WITHOUT REEXAMINATION IF THE PERSON IS OVER SIXTY YEARS OF AGE, AND HAS PRACTICED FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE IS LIMITED TO THAT WHICH THE PERSON COULD PRACTICE UNDER THE FORMER LICENSE.

H. 3145--POINT OF ORDER

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3145 (Word version) -- Reps. Lourie, J. E. Smith, Howard, Wilder, Cobb-Hunter, Bales, Barfield, Keegan, Snow, Ott, Sinclair, Walker, Riser, Parks, McLeod, Allison, Koon, Frye, McGee, Martin, Hosey, Clyburn, Gilham, Altman, Meacham-Richardson, Kirsh, J. Hines, Mack, Miller, Cotty, Hamilton, Law, Hinson, Chellis, Harrison, Neilson, Weeks and Owens: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 7, TITLE 44, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO HOSPITALS, TUBERCULOSIS CAMPS, AND HEALTH SERVICES DISTRICTS, BY ADDING ARTICLE 23 SO AS TO REQUIRE STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS OF DIRECT CAREGIVERS EMPLOYED BY NURSING HOMES AND HOME HEALTH AGENCIES, TO PROVIDE FOR TRANSFER OF INFORMATION AMONG FACILITIES AND AGENCIES, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT STATE CHECKS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR DIRECT CAREGIVERS EMPLOYED ON JULY 1, 2001, UNLESS THEY SUBSEQUENTLY ARE UNEMPLOYED FOR ONE YEAR OR LONGER.

POINT OF ORDER

Rep. BINGHAM made the Point of Order that the Bill was improperly before the House for consideration since its number and title have not been printed in the House Calendar at least one statewide legislative day prior to second reading.
The SPEAKER sustained the Point of Order.

ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bills and Joint Resolution were taken up, read the second time, and ordered to a third reading:

S. 520 (Word version) -- Senator Patterson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-465, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN RICHLAND COUNTY, SO AS TO REDESIGNATE CERTAIN PRECINCTS AND CHANGE THE MAP DESIGNATION ON WHICH THE LINES OF THOSE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED.

H. 4794 (Word version) -- Reps. Howard, J. E. Smith, J. H. Neal and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-465, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN RICHLAND COUNTY, SO AS TO REDESIGNATE CERTAIN PRECINCTS AND CHANGE THE MAP DESIGNATION ON WHICH THE LINES OF THOSE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED.

H. 4804 (Word version) -- Reps. Harvin and J. Young: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001-2002 TO TRANSFER AS MUCH AS FIFTY PERCENT OF REVENUE BETWEEN PROGRAMS TO ANY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM WITH THE SAME FUNDING SOURCE; TO AUTHORIZE THE CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE FOR FISCAL YEARS 2001-2002 AND 2002-2003 TO EXPEND FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES AND FIXED EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE INSTEAD FOR ANY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM; TO AUTHORIZE THE CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001-2002 TO FURLOUGH DISTRICT STAFF AS WARRANTED DUE TO ITS FISCAL EMERGENCY; AND TO EXEMPT THE CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE FROM THE STATEWIDE MINIMUM SALARY SCHEDULE REQUIREMENT UNDER THE EDUCATION FINANCE ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001-2002; AND TO AUTHORIZE THE CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003 TO TRANSFER AS MUCH AS FIFTY PERCENT OF REVENUE BETWEEN PROGRAMS TO ANY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM WITH THE SAME FUNDING SOURCE, TO FURLOUGH DISTRICT STAFF AS WARRANTED DUE TO FISCAL EMERGENCY, AND TO EXEMPT THE DISTRICT FROM THE STATEWIDE MINIMUM SALARY SCHEDULE REQUIREMENT AND THE EDUCATION FINANCE ACT.

Rep. HARVIN explained the Joint Resolution.

H. 4795--POINT OF ORDER

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4795 (Word version) -- Rep. Klauber: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 35-1-430, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DURATION OF VARIOUS SECURITIES REGISTRATIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INVESTMENT ADVISERS, INVESTMENT ADVISER REPRESENTATIVES, AND FEDERAL COVERED ADVISERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS AS BROKER-DEALERS AND BROKER-DEALER AGENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 35-1-480, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO VARIOUS SECURITIES FILING FEES, SO AS TO INCREASE THE FILING FEE FOR INVESTMENT ADVISERS AND FEDERAL COVERED ADVISERS FROM FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS BIENNIALLY TO THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ANNUALLY, AND TO INCREASE THE FILING FEE FOR INVESTMENT ADVISER REPRESENTATIVES FROM ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS BIENNIALLY TO ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ANNUALLY.

POINT OF ORDER

Rep. HARRISON made the Point of Order that the Bill was improperly before the House for consideration since its number and title have not been printed in the House Calendar at least one statewide legislative day prior to second reading.
The SPEAKER sustained the Point of Order.

H. 3481--REQUESTS FOR DEBATE

Rep. FLEMING withdrew his request for debate on the following Bill, whereupon requests for debate were raised by Reps. FLEMING, RISER, OTT, SHARPE, WITHERSPOON, STUART and J. R. SMITH:

H. 3481 (Word version) -- Reps. Riser, Quinn, Barfield, Barrett, Bingham, Campsen, Chellis, Dantzler, Edge, Gilham, Gourdine, Harrell, Haskins, Huggins, Keegan, Kelley, Knotts, Law, Limehouse, McCraw, McGee, Miller, J. M. Neal, Ott, Phillips, Rhoad, Rodgers, Sandifer, Scarborough, Sharpe, Sheheen, D. C. Smith, Snow, Talley, Webb, Whatley, White, Witherspoon, A. Young and Bowers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-236, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS ON STRIPED BASS AND BLACK BASS FROM LAKE MURRAY, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THE SIZE LIMIT ON STRIPED BASS TAKEN FROM LAKE MURRAY IS NOT IN EFFECT DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST.

H. 3481--REQUEST FOR DEBATE WITHDRAWN

Rep. DAVENPORT withdrew his request for debate on H. 3481; however, other requests for debate remained on the Bill.

S. 965--RECALLED FROM COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

On motion of Rep. CATO, with unanimous consent, the following Bill was ordered recalled from the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry:

S. 965 (Word version) -- Senator Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-90-175 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE CAPTIVE INSURANCE REGULATORY AND SUPERVISION FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF REGULATION OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR "SPECIAL PURPOSES CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY"; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-20, RELATING TO THE LICENSING OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MAY ONLY INSURE THE RISKS OF ITS PARENT; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-40, RELATING TO THE CAPITALIZATION REQUIREMENTS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO DETERMINE THE REQUISITE AMOUNT OF UNIMPAIRED CAPITAL THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MUST POSSESS IN ORDER TO BE LICENSED AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE REQUISITE CAPITAL MAY BE IN THE FORM OF CASH EQUIVALENT INVESTMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-50, RELATING TO THE FREE SURPLUS REQUIREMENTS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO DETERMINE THE REQUISITE AMOUNT OF FREE SURPLUS THAT A SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MUST POSSESS IN ORDER TO BE LICENSED; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-140, RELATING TO THE AGGREGATE TAXES PAID BY A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY, SO AS TO ALLOW A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY IN ITS FIRST OPERATING YEAR TO PAY THE MINIMUM PREMIUM TAX ON A PRORATED SCHEDULE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-160, RELATING TO THE APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 90, TITLE 38, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO EXEMPT SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, FROM THOSE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 90, TITLE 38 THAT HE DETERMINES TO BE INAPPROPRIATE GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE RISKS TO BE INSURED.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. SCOTT asked unanimous consent to recall H. 4501 from the Committee on Judiciary.
Rep. COATES objected.

S. 987--RECALLED FROM COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

On motion of Rep. HARRISON, with unanimous consent, the following Bill was ordered recalled from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs:

S. 987 (Word version) -- Senator Reese: A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSION OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE CITY OF SPARTANBURG TO ESTABLISH A SAFETY AND SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND EMPLOY LAKE WARDENS WHO MUST BE COMMISSIONED AS CONSTABLES; TO ESTABLISH THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT AS A LAKE WARDEN; TO PROVIDE FOR THE POWERS, DUTIES, AND JURISDICTION OF LAKE WARDENS; TO REQUIRE THE POSTING OF A BOND AS A PREREQUISITE TO EMPLOYMENT; TO EXEMPT LAKE WARDENS FROM CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF CONSTABLES; TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES BY LAKE WARDENS; AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR FALSELY REPRESENTING OR CONDUCTING ONESELF AS A LAKE WARDEN.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. SCOTT asked unanimous consent to recall H. 4501 from the Committee on Judiciary.
Rep. COATES objected.

R. 466, H. 4775--GOVERNOR'S VETO --DEBATE ADJOURNED

The Veto on the following Act was taken up:

H. 4775 (R. 466)-WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING, JULY 1, 2000. (Abbreviated title)

Rep. W. D. SMITH moved to adjourn debate on the veto, which was agreed to.

H. 3403--DEBATE ADJOURNED

The Senate amendments to the following Bill were taken up for consideration:

H. 3403 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrison and Rodgers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SALE OF CERTAIN ABANDONED VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SHERIFF'S OR CHIEF OF POLICE'S DESIGNEE MAY SELL AN ABANDONED VEHICLE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION.

Rep. HARRISON moved to adjourn debate on the Senate Amendments, which was agreed to.

H. 3447--SENATE AMENDMENTS CONCURRED IN AND BILL ENROLLED

The Senate amendments to the following Bill were taken up for consideration:

H. 3447 (Word version) -- Reps. Cato, Cobb-Hunter, Jennings, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, G. Brown, J. Brown, Carnell, Davenport, Delleney, Edge, Harrison, Hayes, Hinson, Howard, Kelley, Knotts, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lourie, McCraw, Meacham-Richardson, J. H. Neal, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scott, F. N. Smith, J. E. Smith, Talley, Taylor, Walker, Webb, Whatley, Whipper, Wilkins, White, Miller and Simrill: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 63, TITLE 40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, SO AS TO CONFORM THIS CHAPTER TO THE STATUTORY ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE 40 FOR BOARDS UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION; TO REVISE SOCIAL WORK LICENSURE CLASSIFICATIONS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS AND SCOPE OF PRACTICE; TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS; AND TO PROVIDE A ONE-YEAR PERIOD WITHIN WHICH TO CONVERT A CURRENT LICENSE TO A LICENSE WITHIN THE REVISED CLASSIFICATIONS.

Rep. BINGHAM explained the Senate Amendments.

The Senate amendments were agreed to, and the Bill having received three readings in both Houses, it was ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and that it be enrolled for ratification.

MOTION PERIOD

The motion period was dispensed with on motion of Rep. FLEMING.

RECURRENCE TO THE MORNING HOUR

Rep. FLEMING moved that the House recur to the Morning Hour, which was agreed to.

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

The following was received:

Columbia, S.C., February 27, 2002
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House:

The Senate respectfully invites your Honorable Body to attend in the Senate Chamber at 12:30 p.m. today for the purpose of Ratifying Acts.

Very respectfully,
President

On motion of Rep. W. D. SMITH the invitation was accepted.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE

Rep. HARVIN, from the Clarendon Delegation, submitted a favorable report on:

H. 4736 (Word version) -- Reps. Harvin and J. Young: A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 OF CLARENDON COUNTY TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATIONS BONDS OF THE DISTRICT UP TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMIT TO FUND AN OPERATING DEFICIT AND CURRENT OPERATING EXPENDITURES; TO PRESCRIBE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AND THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE PROCEEDS MAY BE EXPENDED; AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. HARVIN, from the Clarendon Delegation, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 877 (Word version) -- Senator Land: A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 3 OF CLARENDON COUNTY TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATIONS BONDS OF THE DISTRICT UP TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMIT TO FUND AN OPERATING DEFICIT AND CURRENT OPERATING EXPENDITURES; TO PRESCRIBE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AND THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE PROCEEDS MAY BE EXPENDED; AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4809 (Word version) -- Reps. Govan, Ott, Cobb-Hunter, Rhoad, Sharpe, Stuart, Allen, Allison, Altman, Askins, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Campsen, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Coates, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Easterday, Edge, Emory, Fleming, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kennedy, Kirsh, Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Quinn, Rice, Riser, Rivers, Robinson, Rodgers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sheheen, Simrill, Sinclair, D. C. Smith, F. N. Smith, G. M. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, W. D. Smith, Snow, Stille, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper, White, Wilder, Wilkins, Witherspoon, A. Young and J. Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE SORROW OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPON THE DEATH OF JAMES ELMORE, SR., OF ORANGEBURG COUNTY AND TO CELEBRATE HIS VARIED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS STATE.

The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to and ordered sent to the Senate.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4810 (Word version) -- Reps. Townsend, Cooper, Martin, Stille, Thompson and White: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO THANK DR. LEE ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN, AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO, HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA AS PRESIDENT OF ANDERSON COLLEGE, AND WISHING HIM SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN HIS NEW POSITION AS PRESIDENT OF MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE.

The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to and ordered sent to the Senate.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

On motion of Rep. LOURIE, with unanimous consent, the following was taken up for immediate consideration:

H. 4811 (Word version) -- Reps. Lourie, Neilson and J. E. Smith: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVERHAIRED LEGISLATURE TO USE THE CHAMBER OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12, 2002, PROVIDED THE HOUSE IS NOT IN SESSION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF THE HOUSE CHAMBER ON ALTERNATE DATES AND TIMES AS MAY BE SELECTED BY THE SPEAKER.

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the South Carolina Silverhaired Legislature is authorized to use the Chamber of the South Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday through Thursday, September 10 through September 12, 2002, provided the House of Representatives is not in session on that date. If the House of Representatives is in statewide session, the House Chamber may not be used on those dates but may be used by the South Carolina Silverhaired Legislature on alternate dates and times as may be selected by the Speaker.

Be it further resolved that the use of the Chamber of the South Carolina House of Representatives by the South Carolina Silverhaired Legislature must be in accordance with the policies and rules of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The Resolution was adopted.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4812 (Word version) -- Rep. Webb: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO COMMEND MRS. JACQUELINE LANDIS HAYMOND FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND REMARKABLE APPROACH TO LIFE AND TO CONGRATULATE HER ON HER REIGN AS MS. SOUTH CAROLINA SENIOR 2001.

The Resolution was adopted.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bills and Joint Resolution were introduced, read the first time, and referred to appropriate committees:

H. 4813 (Word version) -- Reps. Allison, Carnell, Lourie, Quinn, Littlejohn, Haskins, J. Brown, Cobb-Hunter, Howard, Ott and J. E. Smith: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A BIRTH DEFECTS SURVEILLANCE STUDY COMMITTEE, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND ITS PURPOSE, TO REQUIRE THE COMMITTEE TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2003, AND TO ABOLISH THE COMMITTEE UPON SUBMISSION OF ITS REPORT.
Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs

H. 4814 (Word version) -- Rep. Bowers: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-29-745 SO AS TO PROVIDE A FACILITY TO INCINERATE MEDICAL WASTE MAY NOT BE LOCATED IN ANY AREA ZONED RESIDENTIAL OR IN AN AREA ZONED OTHERWISE WHICH IS CONTIGUOUS TO AN AREA ZONED RESIDENTIAL, TO PROVIDE THAT LOCAL ZONING BOARDS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO GRANT SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS OR VARIANCES TO THE ABOVE PROVISIONS OR PERMIT NONCONFORMING USES IN VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE PROVISIONS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT EXISTING FACILITIES VIOLATING THESE PROVISIONS ARE PERMITTED TO REMAIN AT THEIR PRESENT LOCATION.
Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

H. 4815 (Word version) -- Rep. Cato: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO INSURANCE, BY ADDING CHAPTER 14 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SPECIAL PURPOSE REINSURANCE VEHICLE MODEL ACT" TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR ACHIEVING GREATER EFFICIENCY IN CONDUCTING INSURANCE SECURITIZATIONS, TO DIVERSIFY AND BROADEN INSURERS' ACCESS TO SOURCES OF RISK-BEARING CAPITAL, TO MAKE INSURANCE SECURITIZATION AS GENERALLY AVAILABLE TO AS MANY INSURERS AS POSSIBLE, AND TO CREATE SPECIAL PURPOSE REINSURANCE VEHICLES IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE SECURITIZATION OF ONE OR MORE CEDING INSURERS' RISK AS A MEANS OF ACCESSING ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF CAPITAL.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

R. 466, H. 4775--GOVERNOR'S VETO --DEBATE ADJOURNED

The Veto on the following Act was taken up:

H. 4775 (R. 466)-WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING, JULY 1, 2000. (Abbreviated title)

Rep. W. D. SMITH moved to adjourn debate on the veto, which was agreed to.

H. 3403--DEBATE ADJOURNED

The Senate amendments to the following Bill were taken up for consideration:

H. 3403 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrison and Rodgers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SALE OF CERTAIN ABANDONED VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SHERIFF'S OR CHIEF OF POLICE'S DESIGNEE MAY SELL AN ABANDONED VEHICLE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION.

Rep. HARRISON moved to adjourn debate on the Senate Amendments, which was agreed to.

MOTION PERIOD

The motion period was dispensed with on motion of Rep. HARRISON.

S. 933--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. ALTMAN moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Tuesday, March 5, which was adopted:

S. 933 (Word version) -- Senators Ravenel, McConnell and Grooms: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 340 OF 1967, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF THE CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES IN PARTISAN INSTEAD OF NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS BEGINNING IN 2002 AND FOR THE NOMINATION, TERMS, AND ELECTION PROCEDURES OF CANDIDATES FOR THESE OFFICES.

H. 3102--RECOMMITTED

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3102 (Word version) -- Reps. Simrill, Altman and Merrill: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-1-230 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DRIVER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE MAY NOT EXCEED THE SPEED LIMIT TO ENTICE THE DRIVER OF A PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLE TO FOLLOW HIM AT A SPEED THAT EXCEEDS THE SPEED LIMIT IN AN EFFORT TO HAVE THE DRIVER OF THE PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLE CHARGED WITH SPEEDING BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TRAVELING IN ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE.

Rep. SIMRILL moved to recommit the Bill to the Committee on Judiciary, which was agreed to.

H. 4476--ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4476 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrison, Wilkins, Campsen, Lucas, McLeod and Edge: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-19-45 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO GAMBLE MONEY, PROPERTY, OR ANYTHING OF VALUE UPON CERTAIN CONTESTS, GAMES, OR FUTURE EVENTS IN THIS STATE OR AT ANY LOCATION WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THIS STATE, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON KNOWINGLY TO OWN, KEEP, OPERATE, MANAGE, OR MAINTAIN A DEVICE OR LOCATION THAT IS USED FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING AS PROHIBITED ABOVE, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.

Rep. HARRISON explained the Bill.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 98; Nays 0

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Askins                 Barfield
Barrett                Battle                 Bingham
Bowers                 Brown, G.              Campsen
Cato                   Chellis                Coates
Cooper                 Cotty                  Dantzler
Davenport              Delleney               Easterday
Edge                   Emory                  Fleming
Freeman                Frye                   Gilham
Gourdine               Govan                  Harrell
Harrison               Harvin                 Haskins
Hayes                  Hines, J.              Hines, M.
Hinson                 Hosey                  Huggins
Jennings               Keegan                 Kennedy
Kirsh                  Koon                   Law
Leach                  Lee                    Littlejohn
Lloyd                  Loftis                 Lourie
Lucas                  Martin                 McCraw
McGee                  McLeod                 Meacham-Richardson
Merrill                Miller                 Neal, J.H.
Neal, J.M.             Neilson                Ott
Owens                  Parks                  Perry
Quinn                  Rhoad                  Rice
Riser                  Robinson               Rodgers
Sandifer               Scarborough            Sharpe
Sheheen                Simrill                Sinclair
Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.            Smith, G.M.
Smith, J.E.            Smith, W.D.            Snow
Stuart                 Talley                 Taylor
Thompson               Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
Webb                   Weeks                  Whatley
White                  Wilder                 Wilkins
Young, A.              Young, J.

Total--98

Those who voted in the negative are:

Total--0

So, the Bill was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

S. 204--AMENDED AND DEBATE ADJOURNED

The following Bill was taken up:

S. 204 (Word version) -- Senators Hawkins and Richardson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 2, SO AS TO CREATE THE "FAMILY PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF 2001" TO ESTABLISH STATE POLICY REGARDING THE USE AND DISSEMINATION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS; TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN DISCLOSURE AND NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS; TO PROHIBIT A PUBLIC BODY FROM SELLING, PROVIDING ACCESS TO, OR FURNISHING TO A PRIVATE PERSON OR ENTITY A PUBLIC RECORD FOR USE BY THAT PRIVATE PERSON OR ENTITY FOR COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION WHICH IS DIRECTED TO A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE; AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN VIOLATIONS OF THESE PROVISIONS.

Reps. ROBINSON and LOFTIS proposed the following Amendment No. 4 (Doc Name COUNCIL\NBD\AMEND\11244AC02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 30-2-30, page 2, immediately after line 35 by inserting:
/(4)     medical information includes, but is not limited to, blood samples and test results obtained and kept by the Department of Health and Environmental Control pursuant to Section 44-37-30./
Amend the bill further, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:
/SECTION __.     Section 44-37-30(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 418 of 1994, is further amended to read:
/(A)     Every child born in this State shall have neonatal testing to detect inborn metabolic errors and hemoglobinopathies. The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall prescribe by regulation the tests to be performed, the persons and institutions responsible for obtaining necessary samples for the prescribed test, the procedures to be followed in testing and recording the results of the tests, methods and procedures for temporary storage of the samples, and the provision of appropriate counseling and medical referral. A parent may request in writing, on forms provided by the department to have his or her child's blood stored for possible additional tests as the department prescribes by regulation. If the request is not received within six months of the child's birth, the blood must be disposed of. Blood taken to perform these tests must be stored by the department at minus 20 centigrade and available for additional tests as the department prescribes by regulation. /
Amend the bill further, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:
/SECTION __.     The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall develop a policy concerning disposing of blood samples retained by the department pursuant to Section 44-37-30. The policy must include procedures for notifying the parents of each child for whom a sample is stored that the sample will be disposed of six months after notification and procedures to provide the parent the option to request the department to retain the sample for possible additional tests as the department prescribes by regulation as provided for in Section 44-37-30./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. ROBINSON explained the amendment.

Rep. MCLEOD moved to adjourn debate on the Bill.

Rep. ROBINSON moved to table the motion, which was agreed to.

Rep. MCLEOD spoke against the amendment.
Rep. MCLEOD spoke against the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. HARRISON moved to adjourn debate on the Bill until Thursday, February 28, which was agreed to.

H. 4419--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4419 (Word version) -- Reps. Townsend, Walker, Littlejohn, Whipper and Gilham: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-19-45, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ORIENTATION FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARDS OF TRUSTEES AND COUNTY BOARDS OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUST KEEP A RECORD OF THE TRUSTEES WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION PROGRAM WITHIN ONE YEAR OF TAKING OFFICE AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT A TRUSTEE OR COUNTY BOARD MEMBER WHO FAILS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION IS SUBJECT TO SUSPENSION FROM OFFICE BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 59-19-60.

Rep. ALTMAN proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (Doc Name COUNCIL\DKA\AMEND\4695MM02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 in its entirety and inserting:
/ SECTION     1.     Section 59-19-45 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 155 of 1997, is further amended by adding:

"(F)     The State Department of Education must keep a record of the school board trustees who complete the orientation program.

(G)     The percentage of new trustees who have completed the orientation requirement must be reflected on the school district report card." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. ALTMAN explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

The Education and Public Works Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\20952SD02), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 and inserting:
/SECTION     1.     Section 59-19-45 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 155 of 1997, is further amended by adding:

"(F)     The State Department of Education must keep a record of the school board trustees who successfully complete the orientation program. A trustee who does not successfully complete the orientation program within one year of taking office shall be reported to the chairman of the local board of trustees by the State Department of Education. The local board shall take action to ensure that the matter is resolved and provide a written report to the State Department of Education within thirty days of the initial notice.

(G)     The State Department of Education shall cite a district in its accreditation report if a new trustee fails to comply with the orientation requirements." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. WALKER moved to table the amendment, which was agreed to.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 108; Nays 0

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Allison                Altman
Bales                  Barfield               Barrett
Battle                 Bingham                Bowers
Brown, G.              Brown, J.              Brown, R.
Campsen                Cato                   Chellis
Clyburn                Coates                 Cobb-Hunter
Cotty                  Dantzler               Davenport
Delleney               Easterday              Edge
Emory                  Fleming                Freeman
Frye                   Gilham                 Gourdine
Hamilton               Harrell                Harrison
Harvin                 Haskins                Hayes
Hines, J.              Hines, M.              Hinson
Hosey                  Howard                 Huggins
Jennings               Keegan                 Kelley
Kennedy                Kirsh                  Knotts
Koon                   Law                    Leach
Lee                    Limehouse              Littlejohn
Loftis                 Lourie                 Lucas
Mack                   Martin                 McCraw
Meacham-Richardson     Merrill                Miller
Moody-Lawrence         Neal, J.H.             Neal, J.M.
Neilson                Owens                  Parks
Perry                  Phillips               Quinn
Rhoad                  Rice                   Riser
Rivers                 Robinson               Rodgers
Rutherford             Sharpe                 Sheheen
Simrill                Sinclair               Smith, D.C.
Smith, F.N.            Smith, G.M.            Smith, J.E.
Smith, J.R.            Stille                 Stuart
Talley                 Taylor                 Thompson
Townsend               Tripp                  Trotter
Vaughn                 Walker                 Webb
Weeks                  Whatley                Whipper
White                  Wilder                 Wilkins
Witherspoon            Young, A.              Young, J.

Total--108

Those who voted in the negative are:

Total--0

So, the Bill, as amended, was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

RECORD FOR VOTING

I was temporarily out of the Chamber at the time of the final vote on H. 4419. I would have voted in favor of the final passage of H. 4419.

Rep. Jerry Govan

H. 4545--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. J. BROWN moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Wednesday, March 6, which was adopted:

H. 4545 (Word version) -- Rep. Meacham-Richardson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-7-285 SO AS TO ALLOW COSMETOLOGISTS, ESTHETICIANS, AND MANICURISTS TO PRACTICE IN BARBERSHOPS.

H. 3481--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3481 (Word version) -- Reps. Riser, Quinn, Barfield, Barrett, Bingham, Campsen, Chellis, Dantzler, Edge, Gilham, Gourdine, Harrell, Haskins, Huggins, Keegan, Kelley, Knotts, Law, Limehouse, McCraw, McGee, Miller, J. M. Neal, Ott, Phillips, Rhoad, Rodgers, Sandifer, Scarborough, Sharpe, Sheheen, D. C. Smith, Snow, Talley, Webb, Whatley, White, Witherspoon, A. Young and Bowers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-236, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS ON STRIPED BASS AND BLACK BASS FROM LAKE MURRAY, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THE SIZE LIMIT ON STRIPED BASS TAKEN FROM LAKE MURRAY IS NOT IN EFFECT DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST.

The Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\SWB\AMEND\5266DJC01), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION 1.     Section 50-13-236 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 401 of 2000, is further amended to read:

"Section 50-13-236.     (A)     The department may establish the daily creel limits and size limits on Lake Murray and on all waters of the Saluda River lying between the Lake Greenwood Dam (Buzzard's Roost Dam) and Lake Murray for striped bass (rockfish) and black bass by regulations promulgated and adopted in accordance with Article 1, Chapter 23 of Title 1. No creel or size limits may be set by emergency regulations. A person taking striped bass or black bass exceeding the limits set by the department is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished as provided in Section 50-13-285.

(B)     Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (A), the size limit on striped bass (rockfish) taken from Lake Murray is not in effect during the months of June, July, and August. during July and August it is unlawful to retain more than two striped bass (rockfish) per day that are taken from Lake Murray and less than the legal size limit."
SECTION     2.     This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. RISER explained the amendment.

Rep. FLEMING spoke against the amendment.
Rep. RISER spoke in favor of the amendment.
Rep. FLEMING spoke against the amendment.
Rep. OTT spoke in favor of the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 94; Nays 5

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Askins                 Bales                  Barfield
Barrett                Battle                 Bingham
Breeland               Brown, G.              Brown, J.
Campsen                Cato                   Chellis
Clyburn                Coates                 Cobb-Hunter
Coleman                Cooper                 Cotty
Dantzler               Easterday              Edge
Emory                  Freeman                Gilham
Gourdine               Harrison               Harvin
Haskins                Hayes                  Hines, J.
Hines, M.              Hinson                 Hosey
Huggins                Jennings               Keegan
Kelley                 Kennedy                Knotts
Law                    Leach                  Lee
Littlejohn             Lourie                 Lucas
Mack                   McCraw                 McGee
Meacham-Richardson     Merrill                Miller
Moody-Lawrence         Neal, J.H.             Neal, J.M.
Neilson                Ott                    Owens
Parks                  Quinn                  Rhoad
Riser                  Rodgers                Rutherford
Scarborough            Scott                  Sharpe
Sheheen                Simrill                Smith, D.C.
Smith, F.N.            Smith, G.M.            Smith, J.E.
Smith, J.R.            Smith, W.D.            Snow
Stille                 Talley                 Taylor
Thompson               Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
Webb                   Weeks                  Whatley
Whipper                White                  Wilder
Wilkins                Witherspoon            Young, A.
Young, J.

Total--94

Those who voted in the negative are:

Davenport              Fleming                Koon
Loftis                 Perry

Total--5

So, the Bill, as amended, was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

STATEMENT FOR THE JOURNAL

Explanation of my no vote on H. 3481:

The Department of Natural Resources changed creel and size limits approximately two legislative sessions ago. Sufficient time has not passed to determine the effectiveness of these changes. These decisions should be based on some scientific studies and measurable data.

Rep. Dwight Loftis

H. 4405--INTERRUPTED DEBATE

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4405 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT STUDENTS WHO RESIDE IN AND ATTEND A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL IN RICHLAND COUNTY AND WHO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER OR AS A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL SOCCER SQUAD MAY PARTICIPATE IN ORGANIZED SOCCER THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE CONTROL OF THE SCHOOL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL OR STUDENT IN THOSE SCHOOLS IS ELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER IN SPITE OF THE PARTICIPATION OF THE STUDENT OF THE SCHOOL AS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZED SOCCER TEAM INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL'S CONTROL.

The Education and Public Works Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\20951SD02):
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 and inserting:
/SECTION     1.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-63-70.     During the season for any high school league sport, a student, while a member of a school squad or team engaged in an interscholastic sport, may become a member of or participate in an organized team that is independent of the school's control as long as the participation does not interfere with the scheduled league games or practices of the school squad or team. A school or student shall not be declared ineligible for participation in interscholastic high school league sport because of participation of a student as a member of an organized team independent of the school's control during the interscholastic sport's season. Any student participating on both a school squad or team and an independent squad shall have on file with the school's athletic director a statement signed by the parent or guardian indicating their child or children have permission to participate on both teams and signed by the independent coach acknowledging that the student's participation shall not interfere with the scheduled league games or practices."/
Amend title to read:
/     TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-70 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT DURING THE SEASON FOR ANY HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE SPORT, A STUDENT, WHILE A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL SQUAD OR TEAM ENGAGED IN AN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORT MAY BECOME A MEMBER OF OR PARTICIPATE IN AN ORGANIZED TEAM THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL'S CONTROL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals to conform.

Rep. WALKER explained the amendment.

Rep. HAYES spoke against the amendment.
Rep. HAYES spoke against the amendment.

Further proceedings were interrupted by the Ratification of Acts the pending question being consideration of Amendment No. 1.

Rep. SANDIFER moved that upon the completion of the Ratification of Acts, the House recede until 2:15 p.m., which was agreed to.

RATIFICATION OF ACTS

At 12:30 p.m. the House attended in the Senate Chamber, where the following Acts and Joint Resolutions were duly ratified:

(R182, S. 45 (Word version)) -- Senators Land, Ford, Mescher, Giese, Reese, Rankin and Branton: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 6-9-60, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA BUILDING CODES COUNCIL, SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE ON THE COUNCIL FROM THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING INSTITUTE MUST BE A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MODULAR BUILDING INDUSTRY AND TO ADD A CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL, TO MAKE ALL MEMBERS VOTING MEMBERS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COUNCIL MUST MEET AT LEAST TWO TIMES A YEAR.

(R183, S. 92 (Word version)) -- Senators Wilson, Thomas, Reese, Rankin and Branton: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 62-3-907, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXECUTION BY THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF A DEED OF DISTRIBUTION IN CONNECTION WITH THE ESTATE OF A DECEASED, SO AS TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE DEED OF DISTRIBUTION BE EXAMINED BY THE PROBATE COURT BEFORE FILING OR ACCOMPANIED AT FILING BY AN AFFIDAVIT TO ATTEST TO ITS ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS IN REGARD TO THE NAMED GRANTEE OR GRANTEES.

(R184, S. 134 (Word version)) -- Senator Holland: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1750, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AN ACTION SEEKING A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST A PERSON ENGAGED IN HARASSMENT OR STALKING, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A COURT MAY NOT CHARGE A FILING FEE FOR A COMPLAINT OR MOTION FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST A PERSON ENGAGED IN HARASSMENT OR STALKING.

(R185, S. 478 (Word version)) -- Senator McConnell: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 17-25-45, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE IMPOSITION OF A LIFE SENTENCE UPON A PERSON CONVICTED OF CRIMES CLASSIFIED AS MOST SERIOUS OR SERIOUS OFFENSES, SO AS TO ADD ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT THAT RESULTS IN DEATH TO THE LIST OF MOST SERIOUS OFFENSES, AND TO ADD ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT WHICH RESULTS IN GREAT BODILY INJURY TO THE LIST OF SERIOUS OFFENSES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO VIOLENT CRIMES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BOTH "NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT WHICH RESULTS IN DEATH" AND "ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT WHICH RESULTS IN GREAT BODILY INJURY" ARE VIOLENT CRIMES.

(R186, S. 902 (Word version)) -- Senator Richardson: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VOTING PRECINCTS IN BEAUFORT COUNTY, SO AS TO REDESIGNATE CERTAIN PRECINCTS AND MAP NUMBER ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED.

(R187, S. 959 (Word version)) -- Senator McGill: AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 515 OF 1996, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEVOLUTION OF THE AUTHORITY FOR APPOINTMENTS AND BUDGETARY APPROVALS FOR CERTAIN OFFICES, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS FROM THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION REPRESENTING GEORGETOWN COUNTY TO THE GOVERNING BODY OF THAT COUNTY, SO AS TO RESTORE THE DEVOLVED POWERS TO THE DELEGATION FOR ONE ENTITY, THE HORRY-GEORGETOWN COMMISSION FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AND PROVIDE THAT APPOINTMENTS TO THIS COMMISSION BE MADE ON A ROTATING BASIS BY RESIDENT DELEGATION MEMBERS WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE.

(R188, H. 3361 (Word version)) -- Reps. Scarborough, Simrill, Altman, Campsen, Coates, Hinson, Law, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Merrill, Owens, Perry, Sinclair, Snow, Talley, Taylor and Thompson: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-5-2517, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, EXCEPT WHEN AUTHORIZED BY A FEDERAL PERMIT, IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO CATCH, ATTEMPT TO CATCH, FEED, FEED BY HAND, MOLEST, INJURE, KILL, ANNOY, HARASS, OR INTERFERE WITH THE NORMAL ACTIVITY AND WELL-BEING OF ANY MAMMALIAN DOLPHIN OR PORPOISE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1910, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHING STAMPS AND LICENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO PERSON SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER MAY ENGAGE IN FISHING FOR RECREATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA SALT WATERS WITHOUT A SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES LICENSE OR A TEMPORARY SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES LICENSE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1920, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CERTAIN FISHING STAMPS AND LICENSES, SO AS TO REVISE THE SECTION AND PROVIDE FOR THE ANNUAL AND TEMPORARY RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHING LICENSES, ANNUAL SALTWATER PUBLIC FISHING PIER LICENSES, ANNUAL CHARTER FISHING VESSEL LICENSE, AND FOR THE USE OF REVENUE ATTRIBUTABLE TO CERTAIN LICENSE FEE INCREASES BEGINNING JULY 1, 2002; TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1930, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO RECOGNITION OF CERTAIN STAMPS ISSUED BY OTHER STATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, IF A COASTAL STATE WHICH HAS OR ESTABLISHES A SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES LICENSE RECOGNIZES THE VALIDITY OF A SOUTH CAROLINA SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES LICENSE, SOUTH CAROLINA MUST RECOGNIZE THE VALIDITY OF A CORRESPONDING LICENSE HELD BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1935, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT STAMPS PRODUCED AND SOLD AS COMMEMORATIVE OR COLLECTORS ITEMS DO NOT AUTHORIZE RECREATIONAL FISHING; TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1940, RELATING TO CREATION AND DESIGN OF STAMPS, LICENSES, PRINTS, AND RELATED ARTICLES, BY DELETING "SHALL" AND INSERTING "MAY" SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY CREATE AND DESIGN STAMPS, LICENSES, SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES PRINTS, AND RELATED ARTICLES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1950, RELATING TO THE SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, SO AS TO INCREASE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE BY ADDING ONE MEMBER EACH FROM DORCHESTER AND BERKELEY COUNTIES.

(R189, H. 3633 (Word version)) -- Reps. D.C. Smith and J.R. Smith: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-300, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT TAXES BY A MUNICIPALITY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A DELINQUENT TAX SALE TO COLLECT MUNICIPAL TAXES AND HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH A DELINQUENT TAX SALE TO COLLECT COUNTY TAXES MAY TAKE PLACE AT THE PUBLIC PLACE IN THE COUNTY THAT IS DESIGNATED BY THE COUNTY, INSTEAD OF BEING REQUIRED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MUNICIPALITY.

(R190, H. 3806 (Word version)) -- Rep. Hayes: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-220, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DILLON COUNTY VOTING PRECINCTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DILLON COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION MUST ESTABLISH THE POLLING PLACES FOR THE PRECINCTS WITH THE APPROVAL OF A MAJORITY OF THE SENATORS AND A MAJORITY OF THE REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTING DILLON COUNTY.

(R191, H. 3933 (Word version)) -- Reps. Townsend, Knotts, Whatley, Delleney, Fleming, J. Hines, Martin, Meacham-Richardson, Ott, Rice, Riser, Stille, Stuart, Wilkins, A. Young and Cotty: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-50, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF A BEGINNER'S PERMIT, SO AS TO REVISE THE TIME DURING A DAY A HOLDER OF A BEGINNER'S PERMIT MAY OPERATE A VEHICLE AND THE PERIOD OF TIME HE MUST HOLD THE PERMIT BEFORE HE IS ELIGIBLE FOR FULL LICENSURE, TO REVISE THE PROVISION THAT SPECIFIES WHO MUST ACCOMPANY THE PERMITTEE WHILE HE IS DRIVING, TO MAKE CERTAIN TECHNICAL CHANGES, AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT DEFINES "DAYLIGHT HOURS"; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-175, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF A PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE THE TERM "CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE" FOR "PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE", TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST FORTY HOURS OF DRIVING PRACTICE IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL OTHER REQUIREMENTS BEFORE HE CAN BE ISSUED A CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS A HOLDER OF A CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE MAY TRANSPORT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-176, RELATING TO THE CONDITIONS A PERSON MUST MEET BEFORE HE MAY BE ISSUED A PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE "CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE" FOR "PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE", TO PROVIDE THAT THESE CONDITIONS ALSO MUST BE MET BEFORE A PERSON MAY BE ISSUED A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE, TO REVISE THE TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH A PERSON MUST BE ENROLLED TO BE ELIGIBLE TO BE ISSUED A CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE OR A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE TO INCLUDE HOME SCHOOLS; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-180, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER LICENSE, SO AS TO REVISE THE CONDITIONS A PERSON MUST MEET BEFORE HE MAY BE ISSUED A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE, TO RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF PERSONS WHO ARE LESS THAN TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE WHO MAY BE TRANSPORTED BY A HOLDER OF A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, TO DEFINE "DRIVER TRAINING COURSE", TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY MUST ACCEPT A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM A STUDENT WHO HAS PASSED A QUALIFIED DRIVER'S TRAINING COURSE WHILE ATTENDING AN OUT-OF-STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOR PURPOSES OF ISSUING A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MUST ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR APPROVING QUALIFIED DRIVER'S TRAINING COURSES FOR OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-185, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON A SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE PURSUANT TO A CONVICTION OF A POINT ASSESSABLE TRAFFIC OFFENSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION ALSO APPLIES TO A HOLDER OF A CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTIONS MAY BE POSTPONED FOR A CONVICTION OF A TRAFFIC OFFENSE, TO REVISE THE PERIOD IN WHICH THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTIONS MAY BE POSTPONED, AND TO REVISE THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH THE PERSON IS ELIGIBLE TO OBTAIN A REGULAR DRIVER'S LICENSE; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A PERSON WHO MAY NOT BE ISSUED A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR HAVE HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWED, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE "CONDITIONAL LICENSE" FOR "PROVISIONAL LICENSE", AND TO REVISE THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH A PERSON MAY BE ISSUED A CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-130, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE EXAMINATION A PERSON MUST COMPLETE BEFORE BEING ISSUED A DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF DRIVER'S LICENSES, SO AS TO SUBSTITUTE "CONDITIONAL LICENSE" FOR "PROVISIONAL LICENSE" AND "CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE" FOR "PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE"; AND BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3900 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH A PERSON UNDER FIFTEEN YEARS OF AGE MAY BE TRANSPORTED IN THE OPEN BED OR OPEN CARGO AREA OF A PICKUP TRUCK OR TRAILER.

(R192, H. 4351 (Word version)) -- Rep. Fleming: AN ACT TO REVISE THE MANNER IN WHICH MEMBERS OF THE UNION COUNTY BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES SHALL BE ELECTED BEGINNING IN 2002, INCLUDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NINE SINGLE-MEMBER ELECTION DISTRICTS FROM WHICH ONE MEMBER OF THE BOARD SHALL BE ELECTED ON A PHASED-IN BASIS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE SELECTION OF OFFICERS OF THE BOARD, AND TO REPEAL ACT 304 OF 1989 RELATING TO THE UNION COUNTY BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES.

(R193, H. 4475 (Word version)) -- Reps. Harrison, Lucas, Allison, Jennings, Lourie, Rodgers, J.E. Smith and Bingham: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT, BY ADDING ARTICLE 20, SO AS TO REQUIRE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS TO REPORT RESIGNATIONS AND VACANCIES AS WELL AS THE NAMES OF NEW MEMBERS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE APPOINTMENT, ELECTION, OR VACANCY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 1-5-40, RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO MAINTAIN AS A PUBLIC RECORD THE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM STATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS CONCERNING THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.

(R194, H. 4546 (Word version)) -- Rep. Miller: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1505, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SEASONS, TAKE AND SIZE LIMITS FOR SHAD, HERRING, AND STURGEON, SO AS TO CHANGE THE OPENING DATE FOR THE SEASON FOR TAKING SHAD IN A PORTION OF THE WINYAH BAY DRAINAGE SYSTEM FROM FEBRUARY FIFTEENTH TO FEBRUARY FIRST; AND TO CHANGE THE TIME FOR TAKING SHAD IN A PORTION OF THE COMBAHEE RIVER FROM TUESDAY NOON TO THURSDAY NOON TO TUESDAY NOON TO FRIDAY NOON.

(R195, H. 4552 (Word version)) -- Reps. Wilkins and Harrison: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ADOPT REVISED CODE VOLUME 13, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO THE EXTENT OF ITS CONTENTS, AS THE ONLY GENERAL PERMANENT STATUTORY LAW OF THE STATE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2002.

(R196, H. 4553 (Word version)) -- Reps. Wilkins and Harrison: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ADOPT REVISED CODE VOLUME 15A, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO THE EXTENT OF ITS CONTENTS, AS THE ONLY GENERAL PERMANENT STATUTORY LAW OF THE STATE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2002.

(R197, H. 4612 (Word version)) -- Education and Public Works Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION, RELATING TO SOUTH CAROLINA GUARD STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2678, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.

(R198, H. 4649 (Word version)) -- Reps. Taylor and Wilder: AN ACT TO PROVIDE A METHOD FOR FILLING VACANCIES ON THE BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS 55 AND 56 AND PROVIDE THAT A SPECIAL ELECTION IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONDUCTED IF ONLY ONE CANDIDATE OFFERS FOR OFFICE TO EITHER ONE OF THESE TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHEN A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OCCURS AND THE TIME FOR FILING FOR THE OFFICE HAS CLOSED AND HE HAS BEEN CERTIFIED; AND TO REPEAL ACT 292 OF 1989, RELATING TO FILLING VACANCIES ON BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS 55 AND 56.

(R199, H. 4661 (Word version)) -- Rep. Cato: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE THAT SCHOOL DAYS MISSED ON OCTOBER 29, 30, AND 31, 2001, BY THE STUDENTS OF TRAVELERS REST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WHEN THE SCHOOL WAS CLOSED DUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCERNS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE MAKE-UP REQUIREMENT OF THE DEFINED MINIMUM PLAN THAT FULL SCHOOL DAYS MISSED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BE MADE UP.

(R200, H. 3107 (Word version)) -- Reps. Huggins, W.D. Smith, Knotts and Bingham: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 22-3-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CIVIL JURISDICTION OF MAGISTRATES, TO PROVIDE THAT MAGISTRATES HAVE CONCURRENT JURISDICTION OF INTERPLEADER ACTIONS FILED OVER CLAIMS OF DISPUTED REAL ESTATE EARNEST MONEY; AND TO ADD SECTION 22-3-15 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INTERPLEADER ACTIONS ARISING FROM REAL ESTATE EARNEST MONEY DISPUTES WHICH DO NOT EXCEED THE JURISDICTIONAL LIMIT OF MAGISTRATES COURT MAY BE FILED IN THAT COURT, TO PROVIDE THE FEE FOR SUCH FILINGS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE FAILURE OF A COMPETING CLAIMANT TO RECOVER IN AN INTERPLEADER ACTION MUST NOT BE CONSIDERED A JUDGMENT AGAINST THE CLAIMANT OR USED TO IMPAIR THE CREDIT OF THE CLAIMANT, AND TO DIRECT THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATOR TO DESIGN APPROPRIATE LEGAL FORMS AND MAKE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE FOR JURISDICTION.

(R201, H. 3510 (Word version)) -- Reps. McLeod, Davenport, Lourie and Scott: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS OPERATORS, SO AS TO CONFORM THE CHAPTER TO THE STATUTORY ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE 40 FOR BOARDS UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION; TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS OPERATORS; AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF WELL DRILLER LICENSE TYPES AND TO ORGANIZE THESE LICENSES INTO WELL CONSTRUCTION CATEGORIES; TO PROVIDE FOR BONDING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF WELL DRILLING; TO ELIMINATE PERCOLATION TEST TECHNICIAN LICENSURE; TO PROVIDE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CITATIONS AND PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT OF LICENSEES; TO PROHIBIT COLLECTION ACTIONS BY PERSONS DRILLING WELLS WITHOUT A LICENSE AND TO PROVIDE FOR A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION TO PLAINTIFFS TO RECOVER PAYMENTS MADE FOR WELL DRILLING PERFORMED WITHOUT A LICENSE; TO EXPAND UPON AND CLARIFY THE GROUNDS FOR SANCTIONABLE MISCONDUCT OF LICENSEES; TO REQUIRE TEMPORARY AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION OF A LICENSEE UPON CONVICTION OF CERTAIN CRIMES; TO CLARIFY THAT THE BOARD'S JURISDICTION OVER MISCONDUCT OF LICENSEES INCLUDES PRELICENSURE MISCONDUCT AND ACTIONS DURING LICENSURE BUT PROSECUTED AFTER A LICENSE BECOMES INACTIVE; TO CLARIFY THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF WITNESSES, INVESTIGATORS, THE BOARD, AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR CONFIDENTIALITY OF INVESTIGATIONS AND COMPLAINANT INFORMATION; TO MODIFY THE POWERS OF THE BOARD IN GRANTING LICENSURE TO NONRESIDENTS; AND TO EXPRESSLY REQUIRE LIBERAL INTERPRETATION OF THE PRACTICE ACT IN FAVOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

(R202, H. 4121 (Word version)) -- Rep. Ott: AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT MEMBERS OF THE CALHOUN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE IN PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES BE PAID FIFTY DOLLARS FOR EACH MEETING A MEMBER ATTENDS.

THE HOUSE RESUMES

At 2:15 p.m. the House resumed, the SPEAKER in the Chair.

ACTING SPEAKER LUCAS IN CHAIR
POINT OF QUORUM

The question of a quorum was raised.
A quorum was later present.

SPEAKER IN CHAIR
H. 4405--INTERRUPTED DEBATE

Debate was resumed on the following Bill, the pending question being the consideration of Amendment No. 1:

H. 4405 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT STUDENTS WHO RESIDE IN AND ATTEND A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL IN RICHLAND COUNTY AND WHO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER OR AS A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL SOCCER SQUAD MAY PARTICIPATE IN ORGANIZED SOCCER THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE CONTROL OF THE SCHOOL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL OR STUDENT IN THOSE SCHOOLS IS ELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER IN SPITE OF THE PARTICIPATION OF THE STUDENT OF THE SCHOOL AS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZED SOCCER TEAM INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL'S CONTROL.

RECURRENCE TO THE MORNING HOUR

Rep. W. D. SMITH moved that the House recur to the Morning Hour, which was agreed to.

Further proceedings were interrupted by the House recurring to the Morning Hour, the pending question being consideration of Amendment No. 1.

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

The following was received:

Columbia, S.C., February 27, 2002
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House:
The Senate respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the House to S. 856:

S. 856 (Word version) -- Senators Martin, McConnell, Leatherman, Gregory, Giese, Ravenel, Alexander, Hayes, Thomas, Grooms, Richardson, Verdin, Land, Setzler, Waldrep and Drummond: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-28-2730, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DISTRIBUTION OF GASOLINE TAX TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, SO AS TO REVISE THE SECTION AND PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL WATER RECREATIONAL RESOURCES FUND TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPORTIONMENT AND EXPENDITURE OF THE FUND AMONG THE COUNTIES BY THE DEPARTMENT, TO PROVIDE THAT COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATIONS MAY MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT RELATING TO ACQUISITION, CREATION, OR IMPROVEMENT OF WATER RECREATIONAL RESOURCES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CERTAIN USES OF THE FUND BY THE DEPARTMENT.
and has ordered the Bill Enrolled for Ratification.

Very respectfully,
President
Received as information.

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

Rep. HARRISON, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted a favorable report with amendments on:

H. 4598 (Word version) -- Reps. Campsen, Lourie and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 62-7-302, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PRUDENT INVESTOR ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INVESTMENTS IN MUTUAL FUNDS SPONSORED BY AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALLOWED BY THE PRUDENT INVESTOR RULE IF THE INVESTMENTS MEET THE CRITERIA OF THE RULE.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

The following Bills and Joint Resolution were introduced, read the first time, and referred to appropriate committees:

H. 4816 (Word version) -- Reps. Knotts, Trotter, Rutherford, Bales, Whatley, Rhoad, Bingham, Fleming, Moody-Lawrence and Riser: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 58, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE CARRIERS, BY ADDING SECTION 58-23-1273 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A DRIVER OPERATING A TAXICAB UNDER A SIGNED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LEASE AGREEMENT WITH A COMPANY WHICH OWNS THE TAXICAB AND WHICH ALLOWS THE DRIVER TO OPERATE THE TAXICAB AS A LESSEE IS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION 42-1-130.
Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 4817 (Word version) -- Reps. Taylor and Wilder: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE THAT SCHOOL DAYS MISSED ON JANUARY 3, 4, AND 5, 2002, BY THE STUDENTS OF SCHOOLS IN LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS 55 AND 56 WHEN THE SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED DUE TO SNOW, ICE, OR INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE MAKE-UP REQUIREMENT OF THE DEFINED MINIMUM PLAN THAT FULL SCHOOL DAYS MISSED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BE MADE UP.
Rep. TAYLOR asked unanimous consent to have the Joint Resolution placed on the Calendar without reference.
Rep. TOWNSEND objected.
Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 4818 (Word version) -- Rep. Stille: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA NONPUBLIC POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION LICENSE ACT, SO AS TO ADD CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-30, RELATING TO EXCLUSIONS FROM THE DEFINITION OF "NONPUBLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION", SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THOSE ACTIVITIES, COURSES, OR INSTITUTIONS THAT COME WITHIN THIS EXCLUSION; TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-50, RELATING TO LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR NONPUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE LICENSES MAY BE GRANTED TO NONDEGREE GRANTING INSTITUTIONS FOR LESS THAN TWELVE MONTHS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-60, RELATING TO USE OF THE TERM "COLLEGE" OR "UNIVERSITY" IN A NAME, SO AS TO REVISE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THESE TERMS MAY AND MAY NOT BE USED; TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-70, RELATING TO FEES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR FURTHER SITUATIONS WHEN PENALTIES MAY BE IMPOSED; TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-100, RELATING TO ENROLLMENT CONTRACTS AND OTHER AGREEMENTS BEING VOID WITHOUT A LICENSE, SO AS TO CORRECT A GRAMMATICAL REFERENCE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-58-110, RELATING TO DENIAL, REVOCATION, OR SUSPENSION OF LICENSES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION MAY PROCEED WITH A DENIAL OR REVOCATION AND TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSION TO ALSO IMPOSE PROBATION AND DELAY A NEW CLASS TERM.
Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 4819 (Word version) -- Reps. Vaughn, Bales, Chellis, Cobb-Hunter, Cotty, Gilham, Hamilton, Leach, Moody-Lawrence, Robinson, Rodgers and Wilder: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 49, TITLE 15, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CHANGE OF NAME, BY ADDING SECTION 15-49-60 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CLERK OF THE FAMILY COURT MUST PROVIDE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WITH FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS SUFFICIENT TO ENABLE A PERSON NOT REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY TO PETITION THE FAMILY COURT FOR A CHANGE OF NAME.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary

H. 4820 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, Coleman and McCraw: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 6-4-5, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS TAX, SO AS TO REDEFINE "TOURIST" TO DISTINGUISH BUSINESS COMMUTERS TO AND FROM CERTAIN UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTIES.
Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

H. 4823 (Word version) -- Reps. Cato, Chellis, Battle, G. Brown, J. Brown, Cooper, Edge, Harrison, Hinson, Jennings, Law, Lee, Limehouse, Lourie, Miller, Perry, Quinn, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, F. N. Smith, J. E. Smith, Tripp, Trotter, Walker and White: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 11-35-35 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE STATE, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE, OR OTHER PUBLIC ENTITY OF THE STATE FROM REQUIRING THAT A BOND TO SECURE THE BID OR THE PERFORMANCE OR PAYMENT OF THE CONTRACT BE FURNISHED BY A PARTICULAR SURETY COMPANY OR THROUGH A PARTICULAR AGENT OR BROKER; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 11-1-120, 11-35-3030, AS AMENDED, 12-28-2740, 29-6-250, AND 57-5-1660, RELATING TO PAYMENT BONDS, BID BONDS, PERFORMANCE BONDS, LABOR AND MATERIAL BONDS, AND HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BONDS, RESPECTIVELY, ALL SO AS TO ADD CONFORMING LANGUAGE PROHIBITING THE STATE, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE, OR OTHER PUBLIC ENTITY OF THE STATE FROM REQUIRING THAT THE BOND BE FURNISHED BY A PARTICULAR SURETY COMPANY OR THROUGH A PARTICULAR AGENT OR BROKER.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4821 (Word version) -- Reps. Altman, Talley and Stuart: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICES STUDY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY'S MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING WHETHER PRIVATIZATION OF ITS FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES OR OTHER LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES COULD IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR DRIVERS AND OTHERS WHOSE BUSINESSES REQUIRE THE USE OF ITS SERVICES; TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S MEMBERSHIP; AND TO REQUIRE THE STUDY COMMITTEE TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15, 2003, AT WHICH TIME THE STUDY COMMITTEE TERMINATES UNLESS IT IS EXTENDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
The Resolution was ordered referred to the Committee on Education and Public Works.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4822 (Word version) -- Rep. Kirsh: A HOUSE RESOLUTION WELCOMING NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTER STEVE O'DONNELL TO SOUTH CAROLINA THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 3, 2002, AND EXPRESSING THE DEEPEST APPRECIATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON BEHALF OF ALL SOUTH CAROLINIANS FOR THE HEROIC EFFORTS AND SACRIFICES MADE BY NEW YORK CITY'S FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND RESCUE WORKERS ON, AND IN THE AFTERMATH OF, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

The Resolution was adopted.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The Senate sent to the House the following:

S. 1066 (Word version) -- Senators Grooms, Alexander, Anderson, Bauer, Branton, Courson, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, Hawkins, Hayes, Holland, Hutto, Jackson, Kuhn, Land, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Patterson, Peeler, Pinckney, Rankin, Ravenel, Reese, Richardson, Ritchie, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, J. V. Smith, Thomas, Verdin and Waldrep: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING DR. SAMUEL O. SCHUMANN, SR., OF BERKELEY COUNTY FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A DEDICATED AND CARING PHYSICIAN, AND CONGRATULATING HIM ON THE OCCASION OF HAVING SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2002, PROCLAIMED "DR. SAMUEL O. SCHUMANN, SR., DAY" IN ST. STEPHEN, SOUTH CAROLINA.

The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to and ordered returned to the Senate with concurrence.

R. 466, H. 4775--GOVERNOR'S VETO OVERRIDDEN

The Veto on the following Act was taken up:

H. 4775 (R. 466)--WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING, JULY 1, 2000. (Abbreviated title)

The question was put, shall the Item become a part of the law, the veto of his Excellency, the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding, the yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 70; Nays 22

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Allison                Altman
Barrett                Bingham                Campsen
Cato                   Chellis                Coates
Coleman                Cooper                 Cotty
Dantzler               Davenport              Delleney
Easterday              Fleming                Frye
Gilham                 Hamilton               Harrison
Haskins                Hinson                 Huggins
Keegan                 Kelley                 Knotts
Koon                   Law                    Leach
Lee                    Littlejohn             Loftis
Lucas                  Martin                 McCraw
McGee                  Meacham-Richardson     Merrill
Neilson                Owens                  Perry
Quinn                  Rice                   Riser
Rodgers                Sandifer               Scarborough
Sharpe                 Simrill                Sinclair
Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.            Smith, G.M.
Smith, J.R.            Smith, W.D.            Stille
Talley                 Taylor                 Thompson
Townsend               Tripp                  Trotter
Vaughn                 Walker                 White
Wilder                 Wilkins                Witherspoon
Young, J.

Total--70

Those who voted in the negative are:

Bales                  Battle                 Breeland
Brown, R.              Clyburn                Emory
Freeman                Hayes                  Hines, J.
Hosey                  Howard                 Jennings
Kennedy                Kirsh                  Lloyd
McLeod                 Miller                 Moody-Lawrence
Neal, J.M.             Ott                    Rhoad
Smith, J.E.

Total--22

So, the Veto of the Governor was overridden and a message was ordered sent to the Senate accordingly.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

The SPEAKER granted Rep. RHOAD a leave of absence due to medical reasons.

H. 3403--DEBATE ADJOURNED

The Senate amendments to the following Bill were taken up for consideration:

H. 3403 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrison and Rodgers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SALE OF CERTAIN ABANDONED VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SHERIFF'S OR CHIEF OF POLICE'S DESIGNEE MAY SELL AN ABANDONED VEHICLE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION.

Rep. HARRISON moved to adjourn debate on the Senate Amendments, which was agreed to.

MOTION PERIOD

The motion period was dispensed with on motion of Rep. HARRISON.

H. 4405--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

Debate was resumed on the following Bill, the pending question being the consideration of Amendment No. 1:

H. 4405 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT STUDENTS WHO RESIDE IN AND ATTEND A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL IN RICHLAND COUNTY AND WHO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER OR AS A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL SOCCER SQUAD MAY PARTICIPATE IN ORGANIZED SOCCER THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE CONTROL OF THE SCHOOL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL OR STUDENT IN THOSE SCHOOLS IS ELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SOCCER IN SPITE OF THE PARTICIPATION OF THE STUDENT OF THE SCHOOL AS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZED SOCCER TEAM INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL'S CONTROL.

The Education and Public Works Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\20951SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 and inserting:
/SECTION     1.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-63-70.     During the season for any high school league sport, a student, while a member of a school squad or team engaged in an interscholastic sport, may become a member of or participate in an organized team that is independent of the school's control as long as the participation does not interfere with the scheduled league games or practices of the school squad or team. A school or student shall not be declared ineligible for participation in interscholastic high school league sport because of participation of a student as a member of an organized team independent of the school's control during the interscholastic sport's season. Any student participating on both a school squad or team and an independent squad shall have on file with the school's athletic director a statement signed by the parent or guardian indicating their child or children have permission to participate on both teams and signed by the independent coach acknowledging that the student's participation shall not interfere with the scheduled league games or practices."/
Amend title to read:
/     TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-70 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT DURING THE SEASON FOR ANY HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE SPORT, A STUDENT, WHILE A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL SQUAD OR TEAM ENGAGED IN AN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORT MAY BECOME A MEMBER OF OR PARTICIPATE IN AN ORGANIZED TEAM THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL'S CONTROL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals to conform.

Rep. EASTERDAY spoke in favor of the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.

Rep. OTT demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 57; Nays 49

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allison                Altman                 Barfield
Barrett                Bingham                Bowers
Campsen                Cato                   Coates
Cooper                 Cotty                  Davenport
Delleney               Easterday              Fleming
Frye                   Gilham                 Hamilton
Harrell                Harrison               Haskins
Huggins                Keegan                 Kelley
Knotts                 Law                    Leach
Littlejohn             Loftis                 Martin
McGee                  Meacham-Richardson     Merrill
Owens                  Quinn                  Rice
Riser                  Robinson               Rodgers
Sandifer               Scarborough            Sharpe
Simrill                Sinclair               Smith, J.R.
Smith, W.D.            Stuart                 Talley
Taylor                 Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
White                  Wilkins                Young, J.

Total--57

Those who voted in the negative are:

Bales                  Battle                 Breeland
Brown, J.              Brown, R.              Chellis
Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter            Coleman
Dantzler               Emory                  Freeman
Gourdine               Govan                  Hayes
Hines, J.              Hinson                 Hosey
Jennings               Kennedy                Kirsh
Koon                   Lee                    Lloyd
Lourie                 Lucas                  Mack
McCraw                 McLeod                 Miller
Moody-Lawrence         Neal, J.M.             Neilson
Ott                    Parks                  Perry
Rutherford             Scott                  Sheheen
Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.            Smith, J.E.
Snow                   Stille                 Thompson
Whatley                Wilder                 Witherspoon
Young, A.

Total--49

So, the amendment was adopted.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 63; Nays 46

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allison                Altman                 Barfield
Barrett                Bingham                Bowers
Campsen                Cato                   Coates
Cooper                 Cotty                  Dantzler
Davenport              Delleney               Easterday
Edge                   Fleming                Frye
Gilham                 Hamilton               Harrell
Harrison               Haskins                Huggins
Keegan                 Kelley                 Knotts
Koon                   Law                    Leach
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Loftis
Martin                 McGee                  Meacham-Richardson
Merrill                Owens                  Quinn
Rice                   Riser                  Robinson
Rodgers                Sandifer               Scarborough
Sharpe                 Simrill                Sinclair
Smith, F.N.            Smith, J.E.            Smith, J.R.
Smith, W.D.            Stuart                 Talley
Taylor                 Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
White                  Wilkins                Young, J.

Total--63

Those who voted in the negative are:

Allen                  Bales                  Battle
Breeland               Brown, J.              Brown, R.
Chellis                Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter
Coleman                Emory                  Freeman
Gourdine               Govan                  Hayes
Hines, J.              Hinson                 Hosey
Jennings               Kennedy                Kirsh
Lee                    Lloyd                  Lourie
Lucas                  Mack                   McCraw
McLeod                 Miller                 Moody-Lawrence
Neal, J.M.             Neilson                Ott
Parks                  Perry                  Rutherford
Scott                  Sheheen                Smith, D.C.
Snow                   Stille                 Thompson
Whatley                Wilder                 Witherspoon
Young, A.

Total--46

So, the Bill, as amended, was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

H. 4416--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4416 (Word version) -- Reps. Wilkins, Harrison, W. D. Smith, J. Brown, Leach, Bingham, Keegan, Whatley, Carnell, Vaughn, Lucas, Lourie, Limehouse, J. R. Smith, Wilder, Webb, Kirsh, Allison, A. Young, Sandifer, Walker, Talley, Littlejohn, Coates, Altman, Witherspoon, Campsen, Taylor, Law, Snow, Rice, Simrill, Freeman, Neilson, Clyburn, Gilham, Robinson, Hinson, Jennings, Meacham-Richardson, Tripp, Cotty, Rodgers, Loftis, Frye, Koon, Haskins, Hamilton, Cato, Easterday, Barfield, Scarborough, Chellis, Thompson, Edge, Merrill, Fleming, Stuart, Cooper, Dantzler, D. C. Smith, Sinclair, J. Young, Owens, White, Martin, Trotter, Harrell, Quinn, Huggins, Battle, Miller, Delleney, Harvin, Barrett, Emory, Knotts, Riser and Bales: A BILL TO ENACT THE SOUTH CAROLINA "OMNIBUS TERRORISM PROTECTION AND HOMELAND DEFENSE ACT OF 2002" INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-1100 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO PROVIDE MATERIALS OR RESOURCES IN SUPPORT OF TERRORIST, TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, OR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER, SO AS TO ADD VIOLATION OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS TO THE LIST OF STATUTORY AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 16-16-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO COMPUTER CRIMES AND PENALTIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INTRODUCING A COMPUTER VIRUS, COMPUTER WORM, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGING PROGRAM INTO A COMPUTER SYSTEM IS A COMPUTER CRIME; TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-750, RELATING TO COMMUNICATING THREATS RELATING TO USE OF EXPLOSIVE, INCENDIARY, OR DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN ADDITION TO THE PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION, THE PRESIDING JUDGE SHALL ORDER THE OFFENDER TO MAKE FULL RESTITUTION FOR THE COST OF RESPONDING TO OR DEALING WITH THE THREAT OR FALSELY CONVEYED INFORMATION REGARDING THE THREATENED USE OF SUCH DEVICES AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELEMENTS OF THIS RESTITUTION; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-23-780 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE MAXIMUM IMPRISONMENT FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING THE USE OF ANTHRAX OR A BIOLOGICAL ORGANISM SO AS TO CAUSE DEATH OR INJURY IN HUMANS, ANIMALS, OR PLANTS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-23-790 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY INFECT, HARM, OR DESTROY A FIELD OR TRACT OF LAND, A STREAM OR BODY OF WATER, CROPS, PLANTS, VEGETATION, LIVESTOCK, WILDLIFE, OR FISH BY MEANS OF THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT USE OF A BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR NUCLEAR WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, OR BY THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT USE OF A BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR NUCLEAR AGENT OR SUBSTANCE, WITH THE INTENT OF CAUSING ECONOMIC OR PHYSICAL HARM TO A PERSON, A FIELD OR TRACT OF LAND, A STREAM OR BODY OF WATER, CROPS, PLANTS, VEGETATION, LIVESTOCK, WILDLIFE, OR FISH, OR TO ANY OTHER REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES AND RESTITUTION FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED AND PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW, IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLE, POSSESS, STORE, TRANSPORT, SELL, PURCHASE, DELIVER, OR ACQUIRE NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, OR CHEMICAL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, OR BIOLOGICAL AGENTS OR TOXINS, OR TO USE, THREATEN TO USE, OR ATTEMPT TO USE THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY MAKE A FALSE REPORT CONCERNING THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO PERPETRATE A HOAX BY THE USE OF AN ARTIFACT, REPLICA, OR FALSE REPLICA OF THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNLAWFUL KILLING OF A PERSON BY MEANS OF THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS IS MURDER; TO REQUIRE PERSONS WHO KNOWINGLY OR INTENTIONALLY COMMIT ANY OFFENSE INVOLVING THESE WEAPONS, AGENTS, OR TOXINS BE PROSECUTED AND SENTENCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE; TO REQUIRE STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO MAKE CERTAIN REPORTS TO THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS RELATING TO BIOLOGICAL AGENTS, TOXINS, AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS ARTICLE; BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3545 SO AS TO ALLOW A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, FIREFIGHTER, OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN EMPLOYED BY THIS STATE OR A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE A CREDIT AGAINST THE STATE INCOME TAX IN CONNECTION WITH DUTY IN RESPONDING TO A TERRORIST ACT AND TO PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT AND ITS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; TO ALLOW A STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR MEMBERS OF A STATE NATIONAL GUARD UNIT FEDERALIZED OR A RESERVIST CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY FOR PARTICIPATION IN "OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM" OR "OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE", OR BOTH; TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 39, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT, BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-145 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE RENTAL AND SALE OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES AND RENTAL AND LEASE OF DWELLING UNITS, INCLUDING MOTEL OR HOTEL UNITS OR OTHER TEMPORARY LODGING, OR SELF-STORAGE FACILITIES AT AN UNCONSCIONABLE PRICE DURING AND WITHIN THE AREA OF A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY OR DISASTER, TO DEFINE "COMMODITY" AND "UNCONSCIONABLE PRICE", TO ESTABLISH EVIDENTIARY STANDARDS FOR ACTIONS BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THESE PROVISIONS OR LOCAL ORDINANCES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURRING OVER A TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR PERIOD AND FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOR A WILFUL VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS; BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-147 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF A MISLEADING PRACTICE OR DEVICE FOR THE SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS OR THE SALE OF GOODS OR SERVICES FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES IN CONNECTION WITH A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY OR DISASTER, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURRING OVER A TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR PERIOD AND FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOR A WILFUL VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 16-7-10, RELATING TO ILLEGAL ACTS DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND 33-56-120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROHIBITION OF MISREPRESENTATIONS IN CHARITABLE SOLICITATIONS, BOTH SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THESE PROVISIONS AND MAKE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS CUMULATIVE AND ADDITIONAL; BY ADDING SECTION 8-1-200 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR LEAVES OF ABSENCE FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TRAINED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE OR EMERGENCY AND TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RESPONSE OR EMERGENCY RELIEF AT DISASTER OR EMERGENCY SITES WITHIN, OR OUTSIDE THE STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 51-3-60, RELATING TO FREE ADMISSION TO STATE PARKS AND REDUCED RATES FOR USE OF PARK CAMPSITES, SO AS TO EXTEND THESE PRIVILEGES TO POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS AND PARAMEDICS; BY ADDING SECTION 59-149-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN-STATE RESIDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFE SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF MEETING ANY ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS EXCEPT FOR THE NECESSITY OF BEING ACCEPTED UNDER APPLICABLE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATE INSTITUTION THEY ARE TO ATTEND IF ONE OF THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS DIED AS A RESULT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND TO PROVIDE THE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES TO QUALIFY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS; BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-150 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE ELEVENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER OF EACH YEAR AS A STATE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS AND TO THE COURAGEOUS ACTIONS OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND RESCUE WORKERS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-1-443, RELATING TO SCHOOLS PROVIDING A MINUTE OF MANDATORY SILENCE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL DAY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SCHOOLS INSTEAD SHALL PROVIDE FOR A DAILY OBSERVANCE OF ONE MINUTE OF VOLUNTARY SILENT PRAYER, MEDITATION, OR OTHER SILENT ACTIVITY; BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-460 SO AS TO REQUIRE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS IN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO DISPLAY THE MOTTO OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN EACH CLASSROOM, SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, AND CAFETERIA.

Rep. DELLENEY proposed the following Amendment No. 5 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21056SD02), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 59-1-460 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 16, by adding a new subsection immediately after subsection (A) to read:

/( )     In addition, the principal of each public elementary and secondary school in this State shall display the national motto of 'In God We Trust' in each classroom in his or her school. The display must be large enough to be read from the rear of the classroom. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. DELLENEY explained the amendment.

Rep. DELLENEY moved to table the amendment, which was agreed to.

Rep. COATES proposed the following Amendment No. 6 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21061SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding a new SECTION immediately after SECTION 16 to read:
/     SECTION     _____.     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 10-1-168.     An object containing the words of the Ten Commandments may be displayed on real property owned by the State along with other documents of historical significance that have formed and influenced the United States legal or governmental system. The display of an object containing the words of the Ten Commandments must be in the same manner and appearance generally as other documents and objects displayed and must not be presented or displayed in any fashion that results in calling attention to it apart from the other displayed documents and objects." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. COATES explained the amendment.

Rep. HARRISON spoke against the amendment.
Rep. MCGEE spoke in favor of the amendment.

Rep. HARRISON moved to table the amendment.

Rep. COATES demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 20; Nays 80

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Bales                  Breeland               Campsen
Chellis                Coleman                Cotty
Harrison               Kennedy                Lloyd
Lourie                 Mack                   McLeod
Parks                  Rodgers                Rutherford
Sheheen                Smith, J.E.            Stille
Stuart                 Wilder

Total--20

Those who voted in the negative are:

Altman                 Barfield               Barrett
Battle                 Bingham                Bowers
Brown, G.              Brown, J.              Brown, R.
Cato                   Clyburn                Coates
Cooper                 Dantzler               Davenport
Delleney               Easterday              Edge
Emory                  Fleming                Freeman
Frye                   Gilham                 Gourdine
Govan                  Hamilton               Harrell
Haskins                Hayes                  Hines, J.
Hinson                 Hosey                  Huggins
Jennings               Keegan                 Kelley
Kirsh                  Knotts                 Koon
Law                    Leach                  Limehouse
Littlejohn             Loftis                 Lucas
Martin                 McCraw                 McGee
Meacham-Richardson     Merrill                Miller
Neal, J.M.             Neilson                Ott
Owens                  Perry                  Rice
Riser                  Robinson               Scarborough
Simrill                Sinclair               Smith, D.C.
Smith, G.M.            Smith, J.R.            Smith, W.D.
Talley                 Thompson               Townsend
Tripp                  Vaughn                 Walker
Webb                   Weeks                  Whatley
White                  Wilkins                Witherspoon
Young, A.              Young, J.

Total--80

So, the House refused to table the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment, which was agreed to.

RECORD FOR VOTING

I voted against Representative Coates' amendment to H. 4416 that dealt with displaying the Ten Commandments on state property because it is almost certainly unconstitutional. My opinion as to its constitutionality is not uninformed, as I have extensively studied the same language in a separate Bill by Representative Coates (H. 4409) in the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, which I chair.

The most compelling reason for its unconstitutionality lies in an action taken by the Unites States Supreme Court on February 25, 2002, just two days before the amendment was offered. The Court denied certiorari on the Federal Court of Appeals case, Indiana Civil Liberties Union v. O'Bannon. In O'Bannon, the Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional a monument on Indiana state property with the Ten Commandments, Bill of Rights and Preamble to the Indiana Constitution. The Indiana statute authorizing the monument is the exact same language as H. 4409 and the amendment offered by Representative Coates.

My vote against the amendment should not be interpreted as personal opposition to displaying the Ten Commandments on state property. I support an effort to accomplish such a display if it can be done constitutionally. I have in fact been laboring to accomplish the same through many hours of study and research on H. 4409, seeking ways to amend it to make it constitutional. The law is very incoherent in this area, however, and on the basis of that research, and the recent U.S. Supreme Court action, the constitutionality of the Coates amendment is highly suspect.

My approach to First Amendment Establishment Clause cases is to take ground that is or has a good chance of being constitutional. There are plenty of areas that meet this criteria, and that is where our focus should be, not upon legislation which has little or no chance withstanding constitutional scrutiny. All that accomplishes is a false sense of accomplishment, lawsuits, and heavy legal fees for the State of South Carolina.

Acting upon this approach, I have successfully passed through the House or into law the Religious Freedom Act, Religion in Public Schools Act, and Released Time for Religious Education Act. I also shepherded through the House legislation authorizing the posting of "In God We Trust" in public schools, after researching its constitutionality. I am also author of the Student Led Messages Act, which will constitutionally allow prayer and other messages by students at graduation ceremonies, athletic and other school events. It is based upon the solid precedence of the recent Adler decision.

Rep. Chip Campsen

Rep. BARRETT proposed the following Amendment No. 7 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21067SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 59-1-460 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 16, by striking /minimum/ on line 3 of the section:
Amend further, as and if amended by adding a new section immediately after SECTION 16 to read:
/SECTION ___.     (A)     The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-101-115.     The following national mottos of the United States of America shall be displayed in a prominent place inside the admissions office of each public institution of higher learning: 'In God We Trust' and 'E Pluribus Unum'. The mottos shall be displayed on an appropriately framed background with dimensions of eleven inches by fourteen inches. The president of each institution of higher learning shall be responsible for compliance with this section.
(B)     The provisions of this section apply with respect to school year 2002-2003 and thereafter."/
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and title to conform.

Rep. BARRETT explained the amendment.

Rep. RUTHERFORD spoke against the amendment.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

The SPEAKER granted Rep. GOVAN a leave of absence for the remainder of the day.

Rep. CAMPSEN spoke in favor of the amendment.
Rep. ALTMAN spoke in favor of the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.

Rep. KENNEDY demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 98; Nays 6

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Allison                Altman
Bales                  Barfield               Barrett
Battle                 Bingham                Bowers
Brown, G.              Brown, R.              Campsen
Cato                   Chellis                Clyburn
Coates                 Cooper                 Cotty
Dantzler               Davenport              Delleney
Easterday              Edge                   Emory
Fleming                Freeman                Frye
Gilham                 Gourdine               Hamilton
Harrell                Harrison               Haskins
Hayes                  Hines, J.              Hinson
Hosey                  Huggins                Jennings
Keegan                 Kelley                 Kirsh
Koon                   Law                    Leach
Lee                    Limehouse              Littlejohn
Loftis                 Lourie                 Lucas
Martin                 McCraw                 McGee
McLeod                 Meacham-Richardson     Merrill
Miller                 Neal, J.M.             Neilson
Ott                    Owens                  Parks
Perry                  Quinn                  Rice
Riser                  Robinson               Rodgers
Sandifer               Scarborough            Sharpe
Sheheen                Simrill                Sinclair
Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.            Smith, G.M.
Smith, J.E.            Smith, J.R.            Smith, W.D.
Snow                   Stille                 Talley
Taylor                 Thompson               Townsend
Tripp                  Trotter                Vaughn
Walker                 Webb                   Whatley
White                  Wilder                 Wilkins
Young, A.              Young, J.

Total--98

Those who voted in the negative are:

Breeland               Kennedy                Lloyd
Mack                   Rutherford             Weeks

Total--6

So, the amendment was adopted.

Rep. DELLENEY proposed the following Amendment No. 8 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21062SD02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 59-1-460 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 16, by adding a new subsection immediately after subsection (A) to read:

/( )     In addition, the principal of each public elementary and secondary school in this State shall ensure that each teacher shall display the national motto of 'In God We Trust' in his or her classroom. The display shall be in such form as determined by the teacher but must be large enough to be read from the rear of the classroom. /
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Rep. DELLENEY explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. J. E. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 9 (Doc Name COUNCIL\BBM\AMEND\10822HTC02), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately lettered part to read:

/ Part ___
Protection of Electronic Data

SECTION     ____.     Article 1, Chapter 11, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 1-11-435.     To protect the state's critical information technology infrastructure and associated data systems in the event of a major disaster, whether natural or otherwise, and to allow the services to the citizens of this State to continue in such an event, the Office of the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) shall develop a Critical Information Technology Infrastructure Protection Plan devising policies and procedures to allow for alternative and immediate on-line access to critical data and information systems including, but not limited to, health and human services, law enforcement, and related agency's data necessary to provide critical information to citizens and insure the protection of state employees as they carry out their disaster-related duties. All state agencies and political subdivisions of this State are directed to assist the Office of the State CIO in the collection of data required for this plan. /
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Rep. J. E. SMITH explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. ALTMAN proposed the following Amendment No. 4 (Doc Name COUNCIL\GJK\AMEND\21025SD02), which was ruled out of order:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding a new SECTION appropriately numbered to read:
/SECTION     ____.     Section 56-1-40 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 258 of 1998, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-1-40.     The department may not issue a motor vehicle driver's license to or renew the driver's license of a person:

(1)     who is under seventeen years of age, except that the department may issue a license to a sixteen-year-old who is licensed to drive pursuant to Section 56-1-175 after one year from the date of the issuance of the provisional license, if the driver has not been convicted of a point-assessable traffic offense posted to his driver's record during that period. However, the department may issue a beginner's permit as provided in Section 56-1-50 to a person who is at least fifteen years of age and meets the requirements of that section. The department also may issue a special restricted driver's license to a person who is at least sixteen years of age and less than seventeen years of age as provided in Section 56-1-180 and meets the requirements of that section;

(2)     whose driver's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle currently is suspended or revoked in this State or another jurisdiction, except as otherwise provided for in this title;

(3)     who is an a habitual user of alcohol or any other drug to a degree which prevents him from safely operating a motor vehicle;

(4)     who has a mental or physical condition which prevents him from safely operating a motor vehicle;

(5)     who is required by this article to take an examination, unless the person successfully has passed the examination;

(6)     who is required under the laws of this State to provide proof of financial responsibility and has not provided the proof;

(7)     who is not a resident of South Carolina, except for persons from other countries who are present in South Carolina on a student visa or on a work visa or the dependents of the student or worker who may be issued a license. However, the granting of the license is not evidence of meeting the residency requirements of Section 59-112-20;

(8)     who must not be issued a license as otherwise provided by the laws of this State;

(9)     who is an illegal alien." /
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Rep. ALTMAN explained the amendment.

POINT OF ORDER

Rep. KENNEDY raised the Point of Order that Amendment No. 4 was out of order in that it was not germane to the Bill.
SPEAKER WILKINS sustained the Point of Order and ruled the amendment out of order.

The question then recurred to the passage of the Bill, as amended, on second reading.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 105; Nays 0

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Allison                Altman
Bales                  Barfield               Barrett
Battle                 Bingham                Bowers
Brown, G.              Brown, R.              Campsen
Cato                   Chellis                Clyburn
Coates                 Coleman                Cooper
Cotty                  Dantzler               Davenport
Delleney               Easterday              Edge
Emory                  Fleming                Freeman
Frye                   Gilham                 Gourdine
Hamilton               Harrell                Haskins
Hayes                  Hines, J.              Hinson
Hosey                  Huggins                Jennings
Keegan                 Kelley                 Kennedy
Kirsh                  Knotts                 Koon
Law                    Leach                  Lee
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Lloyd
Loftis                 Lourie                 Lucas
Martin                 McCraw                 McGee
McLeod                 Meacham-Richardson     Merrill
Miller                 Moody-Lawrence         Neal, J.M.
Neilson                Ott                    Owens
Parks                  Perry                  Rice
Riser                  Robinson               Rodgers
Sandifer               Scarborough            Scott
Sharpe                 Sheheen                Simrill
Sinclair               Smith, D.C.            Smith, F.N.
Smith, G.M.            Smith, J.E.            Smith, J.R.
Smith, W.D.            Snow                   Stille
Stuart                 Talley                 Taylor
Thompson               Townsend               Tripp
Trotter                Vaughn                 Walker
Webb                   Weeks                  Whatley
White                  Wilder                 Wilkins
Witherspoon            Young, A.              Young, J.

Total--105

Those who voted in the negative are:

Total--0

So, the Bill, as amended, was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

Rep. WALKER moved that the House do now adjourn, which was agreed to.

ADJOURNMENT

At 3:20 p.m. the House, in accordance with the motion of Rep. J. YOUNG, adjourned in memory of Eunice Young Brown Holland of Sumter, to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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