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The House assembled at 10:00 a.m.
Deliberations were opened with prayer by Rev. Charles E. Seastrunk, Jr. as follows:
Our thought for today is from Psalm 84:12: "O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in You."
Let us pray. Faithful God, we thank You for the care and sustaining life You provide. Increase our faith and trust in You that we may be able to continue the course You set before us. Provide hope and joy this day in our work and relationships. Keep us in Your loving care. Bless our Nation, President, State and leaders. In Your graciousness and love for all, comfort our defenders of freedom and hold them safely in Your arms. In Your Holy Name. Amen.
After corrections to the Journal of the proceedings of yesterday, the SPEAKER ordered it confirmed.
The following Bills were taken up, read the third time, and ordered sent to the Senate:
H. 3683 (Word version) -- Reps. Walker, Sinclair, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Lee, Davenport and W. D. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 612 OF 1984, RELATING TO THE SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THAT A PETITION BE FILED IN ORDER TO PLACE A CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AN INCUMBENT BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY MET THIS PETITION REQUIREMENT AND WHO HAS BEEN IN CONTINUOUS SERVICE IS ONLY REQUIRED TO SUBMIT HIS OR HER NAME AND A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FILING FEE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT IF NO PETITION IS FILED THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MUST APPOINT A SUCCESSOR.
H. 3249 (Word version) -- Reps. White, Walker, Davenport and Mahaffey: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 37, TITLE 40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF OPTOMETRISTS, SO AS TO CONFORM THIS CHAPTER TO THE STATUTORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK ESTABLISHED FOR PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL BOARDS IN CHAPTER 1, TITLE 40, UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION; AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF OPTOMETRISTS, AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO PROVIDE THAT A BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IS REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE, TO ESTABLISH LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT, TO PROVIDE THAT BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, ALL LICENSED OPTOMETRISTS MUST BE LICENSED AS THERAPEUTICALLY-CERTIFIED OPTOMETRISTS, AND TO PROVIDE TRANSITION PROVISIONS.
H. 3347 (Word version) -- Reps. Scott, Cato, Tripp, J. Hines, Hosey, M. Hines, Vaughn, Bales, Battle, Branham, Breeland, R. Brown, Davenport, Hamilton, Haskins, Jennings, Leach, Loftis, Miller, Rhoad, Rivers and G. R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-1655 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT ONE VOTING SYSTEM TO BE USED TO CONDUCT ELECTIONS IN THIS STATE AND DEFINE "VOTING SYSTEM"; TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-1320, RELATING TO THE PROCUREMENT AND USE OF VOTE RECORDERS, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF AN "OPTICAL SCAN VOTING SYSTEM" INSTEAD OF "VOTE RECORDERS" FOR USE IN ABSENTEE PRECINCTS; TO AMEND SECTIONS 7-13-1330 AND 7-13-1620, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE VOTING MACHINE APPROVAL PROCESS, SO AS TO CHANGE REFERENCES TO AN "OPTICAL SCAN VOTING SYSTEM" AND DELETE REFERENCES TO A SYSTEM BEING APPROVED BY AN INDEPENDENT TESTING AUTHORITY AND TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING DECERTIFICATION BY A VENDER WHEN HE HAS COMMITTED ETHICAL OR TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS IN ANOTHER STATE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 7-13-1310 RELATING TO THE USE OF VOTE RECORDERS, AND SECTION 7-13-1660 RELATING TO THE ACQUISITION AND USE OF APPROVED VOTING MACHINES BY A COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY.
The following Bill was taken up, read the third time, and ordered returned to the Senate with amendments:
S. 83 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Moore, Campsen, Ryberg, O'Dell, Elliott, Alexander, Gregory, Leatherman, Richardson and Bryant: A BILL TO ENACT THE "TORT REFORM ACT OF 2005 RELATING TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE" BY AMENDING TITLE 15, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CIVIL REMEDIES AND PROCEDURES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 32, SO AS TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE AWARD OF NONECONOMIC DAMAGES; TO AMEND CHAPTER 35, TITLE 15, RELATING TO CIVIL REMEDIES AND PROCEDURES, BY ADDING SECTION 15-35-400, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR OFFERS OF JUDGMENT AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF ANY CIVIL ACTION BASED ON CONTRACT OR SEEKING THE RECOVERY OF MONEY DAMAGES; TO AMEND CHAPTER 36, TITLE 15, RELATING TO CIVIL REMEDIES AND PROCEDURES, BY ADDING SECTION 15-36-100, SO AS TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR EXPERT WITNESSES IN PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS; TO AMEND TITLE 15, RELATING TO CIVIL REMEDIES AND PROCEDURES, BY ADDING CHAPTER 79, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR MANDATORY MEDIATION AND TO PERMIT BINDING ARBITRATION IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS; TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 79, TITLE 38, RELATING TO THE JOINT UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATION AND BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR THE PATIENTS' COMPENSATION FUND, BY ADDING SECTION 38-79-40, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON SERVING IN THESE AGENCIES FROM BEING EMPLOYED OR COMPENSATED BY EITHER OF THESE AGENCIES; TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-460, RELATING TO THE PATIENTS' COMPENSATION FUND, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE FUND SHALL BE MANAGED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS RATHER THAN THE STATE TREASURER; TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-470, RELATING TO THE PATIENTS' COMPENSATION FUND, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MONEY SHALL BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FUND UPON SIGNATURE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-211, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS, SO AS TO ALTER THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD BY PROVIDING FOR LAY MEMBERS.
At 10:20 a.m. the House in accordance with the ruling of the SPEAKER adjourned to meet at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 8.
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