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A222, R294, H4572
Sponsors: Reps. Battle, M. Hines, Richardson and Martin
Document Path: l:\council\bills\swb\5754cm04.doc
Introduced in the House on January 20, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on March 9, 2004
Last Amended on April 15, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on April 22, 2004
Governor's Action: April 29, 2004, Signed
Summary: Mullins Tobacco Museum designated as official state tobacco museum
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/20/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-15 1/20/2004 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-15 2/18/2004 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Martin 3/3/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Education and Public Works HJ-3 3/4/2004 House Read second time HJ-16 3/4/2004 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-17 3/5/2004 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-2 3/9/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-15 3/9/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-15 4/14/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary SJ-18 4/15/2004 Senate Amended SJ-12 4/15/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-12 4/15/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-12 4/20/2004 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-17 4/22/2004 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-60 4/27/2004 Ratified R 294 4/29/2004 Signed By Governor 5/6/2004 Copies available 5/6/2004 Effective date 04/29/04 5/18/2004 Act No. 222
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(A222, R294, H4572)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-694 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA TOBACCO MUSEUM IN THE CITY OF MULLINS AS THE OFFICIAL TOBACCO MUSEUM OF THE STATE.
Whereas, with the decline of the tobacco market auction system evident and a way of life rapidly changing, civic leaders and city government took the lead in establishing the Mullins Tobacco and Farm Life Museum in the city of Mullins, South Carolina; and
Whereas, Mullins became a major market for tobacco in 1895 with its first warehouse and in 1921 gained national prominence as the state's largest tobacco market; and
Whereas, the museum opened its doors in 1998 with an impressive collection of artifacts from the area and in 1999 was recognized by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by being presented the South Carolina Heritage Tourism Award; and
Whereas, in 2001 the museum's name was changed to the South Carolina Tobacco Museum in order to be more inclusive as to creating interest in and securing tobacco related artifacts from all tobacco growing areas around the State; and
Whereas, the museum conducts guided tours and welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world relating the rich heritage of tobacco culture in South Carolina from its earliest period to 1950. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
South Carolina Tobacco Museum
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 1, of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-694. (A) The South Carolina Tobacco Museum is the official tobacco museum of the State of South Carolina. The designation of the South Carolina Tobacco Museum as the official tobacco museum of the State is an honorary designation and does not bind the State in any way.
(B) The official designation does not create a new state agency or educational institution or qualify the South Carolina Tobacco Museum for state funds.
(C) The official designation does not confer any liability upon the State.
(D) The official designation does not sanction by the State any activity, philosophy, or course of action conducted, published, or undertaken by the South Carolina Tobacco Museum."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 27th day of April, 2004.
Approved the 29th day of April, 2004.
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