Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
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 Proverbs 10:4: "Lazy hands make a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth."
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, give us willing hands and hearts in faithful service to the people of this State. Make us joyful to do the work we have been called to do. When the day is over, may it be said of us; "Well done, good and faithful servant." Bless our Nation, President, State and her leaders. Keep our defenders of freedom safe. O Lord, hear our prayer. 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. 3735 (Word version) -- Reps. Vaughn, Cato, Haskins, Hamilton, Leach, Loftis, Cotty, Pinson, Altman, Haley, Rhoad, Barfield, Branham, Cooper, Duncan, Emory, Frye, Hinson, Hosey, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Martin, Merrill, Perry, Tripp, Umphlett and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-3-1335 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES SHALL SUSPEND A VEHICLE'S REGISTRATION AND NOT REGISTER OR REREGISTER A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT WAS OPERATED WHEN ITS DRIVER FAILED TO PAY A TOLL AND WHOSE OWNER HAS AN OUTSTANDING JUDGMENT FOR FAILURE TO PAY A TOLL ENTERED AGAINST HIM, TO PROVIDE A FIFTY DOLLAR REINSTATEMENT FEE THAT MUST BE USED TO DEFRAY THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1495, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE COLLECTION OF TOLLS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT UPON AN ADJUDICATION OF LIABILITY FOR FAILURE TO PAY A TOLL, THE COURT MUST MAIL A COPY OF THE JUDGMENT TO THE VEHICLE'S OWNER OR OPERATOR, TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE JUDGMENT IS NOT SATISFIED WITHIN A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, THE COURT SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF THIS INCIDENT WHICH SHALL SUSPEND THE REGISTRATION OF THE VEHICLE THAT WAS OPERATED WHEN THE TOLL WAS NOT PAID AND DENY THE VEHICLE'S REGISTRATION OR REREGISTRATION UNTIL THE JUDGMENT IS SATISFIED, TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT REFERS TO THE CITATION AS A TRAFFIC CITATION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A "FAILURE TO PAY A TOLL" CITATION CONSTITUTES THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT FOR AN ACTION TO RECOVER THE TOLL AND ALL APPLICABLE FEES ALLOWED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
H. 3847 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 11-11-310, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND SHALL CONSIST NOT ONLY OF THREE PERCENT OF THE GENERAL FUND REVENUE OF THE LATEST COMPLETED FISCAL YEAR BUT ALSO THE FIRST TEN PERCENT OF ANY SURPLUS GENERAL FUND REVENUES ACCRUING FOR ANY FISCAL YEAR; TO AMEND SECTION 11-11-320, RELATING TO THE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND, SO AS TO REVISE WHEN APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND TAKE EFFECT; BY ADDING SECTION 11-11-335 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING JULY 1, 2005, SURPLUS GENERAL FUND REVENUES FOR ANY FISCAL YEAR NOT OTHERWISE OBLIGATED AND APPROPRIATIONS TO THE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND ARE DEEMED TO HAVE OCCURRED AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURE AFTER SEPTEMBER FIRST OF THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR AND AFTER THE STATE'S FINANCIAL BOOKS FOR THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR HAVE BEEN CLOSED; BY ADDING SECTION 11-11-345 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING JULY 1, 2006, IF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL DETERMINES UPON THE CLOSING OF THE STATE'S FINANCIAL BOOKS FOR A FISCAL YEAR THAT THE STATE HAS A NEGATIVE GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES FUND BALANCE (GAAP FUND DEFICIT), ANY APPROPRIATIONS CONTAINED IN A GENERAL OR SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT WHICH EXPENDS SURPLUS GENERAL FUND REVENUES OR IN A CAPITAL RESERVE FUND APPROPRIATIONS ACT TO BE EFFECTIVE DURING THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR ARE SUSPENDED AND MUST BE USED TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO OFFSET THE GAAP FUND DEFICIT IN THE MANNER THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL PROVIDE; AND BY ADDING SECTION 11-11-350 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT EACH STATE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT, INSTITUTION, OR ENTITY RECEIVING IN THE AGGREGATE THREE PERCENT OR MORE OF THE STATE'S GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS FOR ANY FISCAL YEAR SHALL PROVIDE TO THE OFFICE OF STATE BUDGET AN ESTIMATE OF ITS PLANNED GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES FOR THE NEXT THREE FISCAL YEARS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS DATA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BOARD OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS' LONG-TERM REVENUE ESTIMATE, SHALL BE COMPILED BY THE OFFICE OF STATE BUDGET INTO A THREE-YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN THAT WILL ASSIST THE STATE IN DETERMINING AND PLANNING FOR ITS LONG-TERM FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS.
At 10:10 a.m. the House in accordance with the motion of Rep. W.D. SMITH adjourned to meet at 10:45 a.m., Monday, April 18, in Statewide Session.
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