South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008
Journal of the Senate

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, begun and holden at Columbia on the second Tuesday in January, being the 9th day of the month, two thousand and seven.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, the members of the Senate assembled this day in the Senate Chamber at 12 o'clock Noon.

The Senate was called to order by the PRESIDENT, the Honorable André Bauer.

The PRESIDENT asked unanimous consent to make a motion that the Senate stand for a moment of silence in honor of the memory of two men who devoted their lives to the South Carolina Senate: Senator J. VERNE SMITH, who passed away December 17, 2006, after having served in the Senate since 1972, and Chaplain Emeritus George E. Meetze, who passed away November 23, 2006, after having served the Senate as Chaplain for fifty-six years.

There was no objection.

Point of Personal Interest

Senator ALEXANDER rose for a Point of Personal Interest.

Remarks by Senator ALEXANDER

Thank you, Mr. PRESIDENT and members of the Senate.

I know this is a busy day for us and a lot is going on, but we just had our invocation and a moment of silence. The Senate will adjourn today in memory of one of our long time colleagues, the Senator from Greer, Senator from Greenville, Senator J. VERNE SMITH, who we all had the good fortune of serving with in some capacity. I thought it was only fitting in the busyness of this day that we take just a couple of minutes to pay tribute to a man that has had such an impact upon, not only this Senate and upon this State but more importantly, upon the citizens of this State--especially those who so many times had no one else but his voice speaking for them--the children, the elderly, the frail and those with disabilities. He was passionate about the Biblical responsibility that we all have for taking care of those that cannot take care of themselves or who are less fortunate. What a great example he shared and demonstrated for all of us, but you know his legacy won't end there.

Certainly he loved the folk of Greer and that area. I heard him tell those stories many, many times. I know we all have our own stories, but when I think about the impact on South Carolina, whether it be through the Medical University, the road system, through education, or economic development, his fingerprints are upon all of that. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served with him and to be able to call him, not only my colleague but also, a dear wonderful friend and a good buddy.

There are many stories I could tell, but I wanted to share just one with you that I will always cherish. It was one day within the last few years that I had the opportunity to go by Greer and pick the Senator up and we were on our way. I actually had a meeting here in Columbia earlier than he did so he was kind enough to get up early enough for me to come by and pick him up. We started talking and we were about to pass by the new highway just outside of Greer. Now none of you would guess what the name of the new highway would be. In case you don't know it is the J. Verne Smith Parkway. So about this time we were running tight on the schedule; I always do my best to be on time, but he said something like, "take a right here and we're going to go down the J. Verne Smith Parkway." So we get on this fine new road there in the Greer area and start going down through there. All the time I'm thinking about how much later I'm going to be getting down here for a Finance meeting. We take that trip and go from one end of the parkway to the other. Now that wouldn't be so bad except the direction we were going was the complete opposite of Columbia. Anyway, the opportunity of doing that will be something that will live with me forever. I cannot remember Senator SMITH without thinking of and remembering Mrs. Jean Myers Smith, "Mama" to those who knew her, who passed away November 18, 2006, just 29 days prior to his passing.

Again, it's a busy day for us, but I think in the busyness of today we owe it to our friend, one that will be missed, one that we are blessed to have known and have had the opportunity to have served with, to recognize him today. I ran across this ancient Proverb that I think is appropriate. It says, "when you were born you cried and the world rejoiced, live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice." We know that Senator SMITH is rejoicing today and we mourn his passing because of the impact that he had not only on us but the citizens of his district and the citizens of the State of South Carolina. One of his favorite sayings was, "the best is barely good enough for ya." Today I say he is enjoying the best that there is.

Thank you, Mr. PRESIDENT and members of this body.

Remarks Ordered Printed

On motion of Senator THOMAS, with unanimous consent, the remarks of Senator ALEXANDER, when reduced to writing and made available to the Desk, would be printed in the Journal.

Office of the Secretary of State
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
December 4, 2006

Mr. Jeffrey S. Gossett
Clerk of the Senate
State House
Columbia, SC 29201

Dear Mr. Gossett:

The State Election Commission has certified to this office that the Honorable Lewis R. Vaughn received the greatest number of votes cast for the Senate District #5, at the general election held in South Carolina on November 7, 2006.

The Honorable Lewis R. Vaughn is hereby certified as set forth in the attached commission as the duly and properly elected member of the Senate.

Sincerely,
Mark Hammond
Secretary of State

Senator Sworn In

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, with unanimous consent, Senator VAUGHN presented himself at the Bar and the Oath of Office was administered by the PRESIDENT.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, Senator VAUGHN was granted leave to address the Senate with brief remarks.

Remarks by Senator VAUGHN

Senator VAUGHN addressed the Senate with brief remarks.

Election of the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations for the PRESIDENT Pro Tempore were in order.

Senators PEELER and LAND nominated Senator GLENN McCONNELL as PRESIDENT Pro Tempore.

Senators DRUMMOND, ALEXANDER, ANDERSON, BRYANT, CAMPSEN, CLEARY, COURSON, CROMER, ELLIOTT, FAIR, FORD, GREGORY, GROOMS, HAWKINS, HAYES, HUTTO, JACKSON, KNOTTS, LAND, LEATHERMAN, LEVENTIS, LOURIE, MALLOY, MARTIN, MATTHEWS, McCONNELL, MCGILL, MESCHER, MOORE, O'DELL, PATTERSON, PEELER, PINCKNEY, RANKIN, REESE, RICHARDSON, RITCHIE, RYBERG, SCOTT, SETZLER, SHEHEEN, SHORT, THOMAS, VAUGHN, VERDIN and WILLIAMS seconded the nomination.

Senator LAND moved that the nominations be closed and that Senator McCONNELL be elected PRESIDENT Pro Tempore by acclamation.

The PRESIDENT announced that Senator McCONNELL had been elected PRESIDENT Pro Tempore by acclamation.

Senator McCONNELL presented himself at the Bar and the Oath of Office was administered to him by the PRESIDENT.

Remarks by Senator McCONNELL

Senator McCONNELL was recognized for brief remarks.

Election of Senate Officers

The Senate proceeded to the election of Clerk of the Senate, the Reading Clerk and the Sergeant-at-Arms, en banc.

Senator McCONNELL placed the names of Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Gossett in nomination as Clerk of the Senate, Mr. John Othniel Wienges as Reading Clerk and Mr. James R. Melton as Sergeant-at-Arms.

Senator McCONNELL moved that the nominations be closed and that Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Gossett be elected as Clerk of the Senate, Mr. John Othniel Wienges be elected as Reading Clerk and Mr. James R. Melton be elected as Sergeant-at-Arms by acclamation.

The PRESIDENT announced that Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Gossett was elected Clerk of the Senate, Mr. John Othniel Wienges was elected Reading Clerk and Mr. James R. Melton was elected Sergeant-at-Arms by acclamation.

Election of the Chaplain of the Senate

Senator COURSON placed the name of the Reverend Dr. James I. St. John in nomination as Chaplain of the Senate.

Senators LOURIE and RYBERG seconded the nomination.

Senator MARTIN moved that the nominations be closed and that the Reverend Dr. James I. St. John be elected Chaplain by acclamation.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Reverend Dr. James I. St. John was elected Chaplain of the Senate by acclamation.

Administration of the Oath of Office

The Clerk, Reading Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms and Chaplain presented themselves at the Bar, and the Oath of Office was administered to them by the PRESIDENT.

The Senate proceeded to the Seating Selections.

SEATING SELECTIONS

The Reading Clerk called the seniority roll for the purpose of seating selections as follows:
Seat 1 Senator McConnell
Seat 2 Senator Peeler
Seat 3 Senator Leatherman
Seat 4 Senator Courson
Seat 5 Senator Thomas
Seat 6 Senator O'Dell
Seat 7 Senator Hayes
Seat 8 Senator Martin
Seat 9 Senator Gregory
Seat 10 Senator Ryberg
Seat 11 Senator Richardson
Seat 12 Senator Fair
Seat 13 Senator Ritchie
Seat 14 Senator Hawkins
Seat 15 Senator Grooms
Seat 16 Senator Verdin
Seat 17 Senator Mescher
Seat 18 Senator Knotts
Seat 19 Senator Scott
Seat 20 Senator Alexander
Seat 21 Senator Cromer
Seat 22 Senator Bryant
Seat 23 Senator Campsen
Seat 24 Senator Land
Seat 25 Senator Setzler
Seat 26 Senator Drummond
Seat 27 Senator Leventis
Seat 28 Senator McGill
Seat 29 Senator Moore
Seat 30 Senator Reese
Seat 31 Senator Patterson
Seat 32 Senator Matthews
Seat 33 Senator Short
Seat 34 Senator Hutto
Seat 35 Senator Rankin
Seat 36 Senator Elliott
Seat 37 Senator Anderson
Seat 38 Senator Ford
Seat 39 Senator Jackson
Seat 40 Senator Vaughn
Seat 41 Senator Cleary
Seat 42 Senator Williams
Seat 43 Senator Malloy
Seat 44 Senator Sheheen
Seat 45 Senator Lourie
Seat 46 Senator Pinckney

The Senate proceeded to the selection of Standing Committees.

SELECTION OF COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Grooms, Larry K., Chairman
Leventis, Phil
Peeler, Harvey S., Jr.
Matthews, John W., Jr.
McGill, J. Yancey
Elliott, Dick
Verdin, Daniel B.
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.
Fair, Michael
Cromer, Ronnie W.
Hawkins, John
Bryant, Kevin
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Cleary, Raymond E., III
Lourie, Joel
Williams, Kent M.

BANKING AND INSURANCE
Thomas, David L., Chairman
McConnell, Glenn F.
Setzler, Nikki
Courson, John E.
Matthews, John W., Jr.
Patterson, Kay
Reese, Glenn G.
Hayes, Robert W., Jr.
Jackson, Darrell
Martin, Larry A.
Rankin, Luke
Alexander, Thomas C.
Richardson, Scott H.
Ritchie, James H., Jr.
Cromer, Ronnie W.
Pinckney, Clementa C.
Malloy, Gerald

CORRECTIONS AND PENOLOGY
Fair, Michael L., Chairman
Thomas, David L.
Patterson, Kay
Ford, Robert
Gregory, Greg
Ryberg, W. Greg
Anderson, Ralph
Hawkins, John D.
Pinckney, Clementa C.
Hayes, Robert W., Jr.
Lourie, Joel
Scott, Russell R. "Randy"
Sheheen, Vincent A.
Williams, Kent M.
Mescher, William
O'Dell, William H.
Vaughn, Lewis R.

EDUCATION
Courson, John E., Chairman
Setzler, Nikki
Matthews, John W., Jr.
Hayes, Robert W., Jr.
Mescher, William C.
Rankin, Luke A.
Short, Linda H.
Patterson, Kay
Gregory, Greg
Fair, Michael L.
Peeler, Harvey S., Jr.
Leventis, Phil P.
Jackson, Darrell
Anderson, Ralph
Richardson, Scott H.
Cleary, Raymond E., III
Scott, Russell R. "Randy"

ETHICS
Hayes, Robert, Chairman
Leatherman, Hugh K.
McConnell, Glenn F.
Courson, John E.
Leventis, Phil P.
Matthews, John W., Jr.
Moore, Thomas L.
McGill, J. Yancey
Land, John C., III
Peeler, Harvey S., Jr.

FINANCE
Leatherman, Hugh K., Chairman
Drummond, John
Land, John C., III
Setzler, Nikki
Leventis, Phil P.
Peeler, Harvey S., Jr.
Thomas, David L.
Patterson, Kay
McGill, J. Yancey
Courson, John E.
Matthews, John W., Jr.
O'Dell, William H.
Reese, Glenn G.
Hayes, Robert W., Jr.
Ryberg, W. Greg
Short, Linda H.
Alexander, Thomas C.
Grooms, Larry K.
Pinckney, Clementa C.
Fair, Michael L.
Richardson, Scott H.
Verdin, Daniel B.
Cromer, Ronnie W.

FISH, GAME AND FORESTRY
Gregory, Greg, Chairman
Drummond, John
Land, John C., III
McGill, J. Yancey
Elliott, Dick
Moore, Thomas L.
Grooms, Larry K.
Cromer, Ronnie W.
Mescher, Willliam C.
Sheheen, Vincent A.
Martin, Larry A.
Alexander, Thomas
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.
Thomas, David L.
Vaughn, Lewis R.

GENERAL COMMITTEE
Alexander, Thomas C., Chairman
O'Dell, William H.
Martin, Larry A.
Ryberg, W. Greg
Richardson, Scott H.
Elliott, Dick
Hawkins, John D.
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.
Ford, Robert
Short, Linda H.
Sheheen, Vincent A.
Reese, Glenn G.
Ritchie, James H., Jr.
Lourie, Joel
Williams, Kent M.
Rankin, Luke
Vaughn, Lewis R.

INTERSTATE COOPERATION
Leatherman, Hugh K., Chairman
Drummond, John
Setzler, Nikki
McConnell, Glenn F.
Peeler, Harvey S.

INVITATIONS
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr., Chairman
Alexander, Thomas C.
Patterson, Kay
O'Dell, William H.
McGill, J. Yancey
Reese, Glenn G.
Elliott, Dick
Ford, Robert
Verdin, Daniel B.
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Cromer, Ronnie W.

JUDICIARY
McConnell, Glenn F., Chairman
Moore, Thomas L.
Ford, Robert
Gregory, Greg
Jackson, Darrell
Martin, Larry A.
Mescher, William C.
Rankin, Luke
Elliott, Dick
Anderson, Ralph
Hawkins, John D.
Ritchie, James H., Jr.
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.
Malloy, Gerald
Sheheen, Vincent A.
Bryant, Kevin
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Cleary, Raymond E., III
Lourie, Joel
Scott, Russell R. "Randy"
Williams, Kent M.
Vaughn, Lewis R.

LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Mescher, William C., Chairman
Drummond, John
Setzler, Nikki
Leventis, Phil
McConnell, Glenn F.
Moore, Thomas L.
O'Dell, William H.
Reese, Glenn G.
Ford, Robert
Ryberg, W. Greg
Alexander, Thomas C.
Leatherman, Hugh K.
Verdin, Daniel B.
Grooms, Larry K.
Malloy, Gerald
Bryant, Kevin
Peeler, Harvey S.

MEDICAL AFFAIRS
Peeler, Harvey S., Jr., Chairman
Moore, Thomas L.
Courson, John E.
Thomas, David L.
Hayes, Robert W., Jr.
Jackson, Darrell
Short, Linda H.
Fair, Michael L.
Anderson, Ralph
Pinckney, Clementa C.
Ritchie, James H., Jr.
Verdin, Daniel B.
Cleary, Raymond E., III
Scott, Russell R. "Randy"
Bryant, Kevin
Ford, Robert

RULES
Martin, Larry A., Chairman
McConnell, Glenn F.
Reese, Glenn G.
Land, John C., III
Moore, Thomas L.
Ritchie, James H., Jr.
Matthews, John W., Jr.
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.
Malloy, Gerald
Cromer, Ronnie W.
O'Dell, William H.
Leatherman, Hugh
Anderson, Ralph
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Scott, Randy
Vaughn, Lewis R.

TRANSPORTATION
Ryberg, W. Greg, Chairman
Land, John C., III
Leatherman, Hugh K.
McGill, J. Yancey
Elliott, Dick
Rankin, Luke
Grooms, Larry K.
Richardson, Scott H.
Hawkins, John D.
Verdin, Daniel B.
Drummond, John
Malloy, Gerald
Short, Linda H.
Pinckney, Clementa C.
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III
Cleary, Raymond E., III
Bryant, Kevin

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS OF THE SENATE

ALEXANDER, THOMAS C.
Banking and Insurance
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
General, Chairman
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry

ANDERSON, RALPH
Corrections and Penology
Education
Judiciary
Medical Affairs
Rules

BRYANT, KEVIN
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs
Transportation

CAMPSEN, GEORGE E. "Chip", III
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry
Invitations
Judiciary
Rules
Transportation

CLEARY, RAYMOND E., III
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
Judiciary
Medical Affairs
Transportation

COURSON, JOHN E.
Banking and Insurance
Education, Chairman
Ethics
Finance
Medical Affairs

CROMER, RONNIE W.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Banking and Insurance
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Invitations
Rules

DRUMMOND, JOHN
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Interstate Cooperation
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Transportation

ELLIOTT, DICK
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Invitations
Judiciary
Transportation

FAIR, MICHAEL L.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology, Chairman
Education
Finance
Medical Affairs

FORD, ROBERT
Corrections and Penology
General
Invitations
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs

GREGORY, GREG
Corrections and Penology
Education
Fish, Game and Forestry, Chairman
General
Judiciary

GROOMS, LARRY K.
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chairman
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Transportation

HAWKINS, JOHN D.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology
General
Judiciary
Transportation

HAYES, ROBERT W., JR.
Banking and Insurance
Corrections and Penology
Education
Ethics, Chairman
Finance
Medical Affairs

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry
Judiciary
Medical Affairs
Rules

JACKSON, DARRELL
Banking and Insurance
Education
Judiciary
Medical Affairs

KNOTTS, JOHN M. "JAKE", JR.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Invitations, Chairman
Judiciary
Rules
Transportation

LAND, JOHN C., III
Ethics
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Rules
Transportation

LEATHERMAN, HUGH K.
Ethics
Finance, Chairman
Interstate Cooperation, Chairman
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules
Transportation

LEVENTIS, PHIL
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
Ethics
Finance
Labor, Commerce and Industry

LOURIE, JOEL
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology
General
Judiciary

MALLOY, GERALD
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules
Transportation

MARTIN, LARRY A.
Banking and Insurance
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Judiciary
Rules, Chairman

MATTHEWS, JOHN W., JR.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Banking and Insurance
Education
Ethics
Finance
Rules

McCONNELL, GLENN F.
Banking and Insurance
Ethics
Interstate Cooperation
Judiciary, Chairman
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules

McGILL, J. YANCEY
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ethics
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Invitations
Transportation

MESCHER, WILLIAM C.
Corrections and Penology
Education
Fish, Game and Forestry
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry, Chairman

MOORE, THOMAS L.
Ethics
Fish, Game and Forestry
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs
Rules

O'DELL, WILLIAM H.
Corrections and Penology
Finance
General
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules

PATTERSON, KAY
Banking and Insurance
Corrections and Penology
Education
Finance
Invitations

PEELER, HARVEY S., JR.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
Ethics
Finance
Interstate Cooperation
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs, Chairman

PINCKNEY, CLEMENTA C.
Banking and Insurance
Corrections and Penology
Finance
Medical Affairs
Transportation

RANKIN, LUKE
Banking and Insurance
Education
General
Judiciary
Transportation

REESE, GLENN G.
Banking and Insurance
Finance
General
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules

RICHARDSON, SCOTT H.
Banking and Insurance
Education
Finance
General
Transportation

RITCHIE, JAMES H., JR.
Banking and Insurance
General
Judiciary
Medical Affairs
Rules

RYBERG, W. GREG
Corrections and Penology
Finance
General
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Transportation, Chairman

SCOTT, RUSSELL R. "RANDY"
Corrections and Penology
Education
Judiciary
Medical Affairs
Rules

SETZLER, NIKKI
Banking and Insurance
Education
Finance
Interstate Cooperation
Labor, Commerce and Industry

SHEHEEN, VINCENT A.
Corrections and Penology
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Judiciary

SHORT, LINDA H.
Education
Finance
General
Medical Affairs
Transportation

THOMAS, DAVID L.
Banking and Insurance, Chairman
Corrections and Penology
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
Medical Affairs

VAUGHN, LEWIS R.
Corrections and Penology
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Judiciary
Rules

VERDIN, DANIEL B.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Finance
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs
Transportation

WILLIAMS, KENT M.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology
General
Judiciary

STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN

Pursuant to Rule 19, the following members are designated as Standing Committee Chairmen:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Senator GROOMS
BANKING AND INSURANCE COMMITTEE

Senator THOMAS
CORRECTIONS AND PENOLOGY COMMITTEE

Senator FAIR
EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Senator COURSON
ETHICS COMMITTEE

Senator HAYES
FINANCE COMMITTEE

Senator LEATHERMAN
FISH, GAME AND FORESTRY COMMITTEE

Senator GREGORY
GENERAL COMMITTEE

Senator ALEXANDER
INTERSTATE COOPERATION COMMITTEE

Senator LEATHERMAN
INVITATIONS COMMITTEE

Senator KNOTTS
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Senator MCCONNELL
LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

Senator MESCHER
MEDICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Senator PEELER
RULES COMMITTEE

Senator MARTIN
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Senator RYBERG

Clerk's Appointments

The Clerk announced the following appointments:
Mr. Michael Hitchcock Assistant Clerk and Assistant Director of

Research
Mrs. Darlene M. Griggs       Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Joyce D. Reid           Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Agnes H. Walker       General Desk Clerk
Mrs. Cynthia C. Aiken       Calendar Clerk
Mrs. Betty Graham           Chief Administrative Assistant to

the Clerk of the Senate
Mrs. Beth Dworjanyn         Director of Senate Finance
Mrs. Jean Tisdale           Bookkeeping
Ms. Alicia Eatmon           Bill Clerk
Ms. Susan H. Edwards       Assistant Bill Clerk

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

The following appointment was transmitted by the Honorable Mark C. Sanford:

Local Appointment

Initial Appointment, Pickens County Magistrate, with term to commence April 30, 2006, and to expire April 30, 2010

Charles J. Wolfe, Sr., 119 Pine Hill Dr., Pickens, S.C. 29671
VICE Dale Dalton

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that the list of prefiled Bills, a copy of which was sent to each member, be entered in the Journal as having been read and referred, en banc, as noted, unless any member shall make a motion to refer a Bill to a different committee.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the deadline for adding co-sponsors to those Bills which were prefiled would be extended until Thursday, January 18, 2007.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that, when the Senate adjourns today, it stand adjourned to meet tomorrow at 10:30 A.M.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that, when the Senate convenes tomorrow, the only orders of business to be taken up, time permitting, will be the invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Messages and the Introduction of Bills and Resolutions; and, further, no unanimous consent requests would be considered and, when the time arrives for the Inauguration Proceedings, the Senate would recede from business; and, further, upon conclusion of the Inauguration Proceedings, the Senate would stand adjourned.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that, when the Senate adjourns tomorrow, it would stand adjourned to meet on Thursday, January 11, 2007, at 10:00 A.M.

The following were received and referred to the appropriate committees for consideration:

Document No. 3055
Agency: Department of Health and Environmental Control
SUBJECT: Public Swimming Pools
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Medical Affairs Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3063
Agency: Public Service Commission
SUBJECT: Sewerage and Water Utilities
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Judiciary Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3069
Agency: Department of Health and Environmental Control
SUBJECT: Air Pollution Control Regulations and Standards
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Medical Affairs Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3072
Agency: Board of Education
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Education Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3073
Agency: Department of Agriculture
SUBJECT: Farmers Markets
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3080
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Nursing
SUBJECT: Nursing Programs
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Medical Affairs Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3087
Agency: Board of Education
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Education Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3089
Agency: Board of Education
SUBJECT: At-Risk Students
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Education Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3090
Agency: Department of Education
SUBJECT: Charter School Appeals
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Education Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Document No. 3091
Agency: Budget and Control Board
SUBJECT: Procurement Regulations
Received by Lieutenant Governor January 9, 2007
Referred to Finance Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 9, 2007

Doctor of the Day

Senator BRYANT introduced Dr. Jerry R. Powell of Anderson, S.C., Doctor of the Day.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

The following were introduced:

S. 1 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Courson, Martin, Cromer, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Sheheen, Hayes and Grooms: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR; AND PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1, ARTICLE XI, RELATING TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO ABOLISH THE BOARD EFFECTIVE UPON THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION BEING APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 2 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Martin, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Courson and Grooms: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE STATE TREASURER FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE STATE TREASURER SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE STATE TREASURER SHALL BE NOMINATED BY THE GOVERNOR, APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THE GOVERNOR, THE STATE COMPTROLLER GENERAL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE, AND SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 3 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Martin, Cromer, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Courson and Grooms: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL SHALL BE NOMINATED BY THE GOVERNOR, APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THE GOVERNOR, THE STATE TREASURER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE, AND SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 4 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Courson, Martin, Cromer, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Sheheen and Grooms: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE SECRETARY OF STATE FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE SECRETARY OF STATE MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 5 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Martin, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Sheheen and Courson: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE ADJUTANT GENERAL FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE ADJUTANT GENERAL MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR; AND PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 4, ARTICLE XIII, RELATING TO THE ADJUTANT GENERAL AND HIS STAFF OFFICERS, SO AS TO UPDATE REFERENCES TO THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S TITLE AND TO PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE ADJUTANT GENERAL MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 6 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Courson, Martin, Cromer, Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, Sheheen and Grooms: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 7 (Word version) -- Senators Courson, Hayes, Vaughn and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-149-50(D) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATED TO CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE LIFE SCHOLARSHIP, TO PROVIDE THAT HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY SUBMIT AN ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT PREPARED AND SIGNED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN PROVIDING HOME SCHOOL INSTRUCTION TO MEET THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 8 (Word version) -- Senators Thomas, Courson, Sheheen and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "FINANCIAL IDENTITY FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION ACT", BY ADDING CHAPTER 20 TO TITLE 37 PROVIDING FOR PROTECTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH CONSUMER CREDIT-REPORTING AGENCIES AND WITH THE USE AND COMMUNICATION OF A CONSUMER'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, IMPOSITION OF A SECURITY FREEZE ON A CONSUMER'S CREDIT REPORT, PRESCRIPTION OF MEASURES FOR DISPOSAL OF PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AND DISCLOSURE OF UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, AND CIVIL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; BY REDESIGNATING THE FAMILY PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF CHAPTER 2, TITLE 30, AS ARTICLE 1 AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 PROVIDING FOR PROTECTION OF PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION PRIVACY IN CONNECTION WITH A PUBLIC BODY AND ITS USE AND COMMUNICATION OF A RESIDENT'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, PRESCRIPTION FOR DISCLOSURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION AND IDENTIFYING INFORMATION BY AND TO CERTAIN PUBLIC BODIES, PROHIBITION OF REQUIRING THE USE OF PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON A MORTGAGE AND IN PREPARATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR PUBLIC FILING, AND PROCEDURE FOR REDACTING CERTAIN PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC RECORDS; BY ADDING SECTION 1-11-490 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR DISCLOSURE BY AN AGENCY OF THIS STATE OF UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ACQUISITION OF THE PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF A RESIDENT WHOSE INFORMATION THE AGENCY OWNS OR LICENSES AND TO PROVIDE FOR CIVIL DAMAGES, ATTORNEY'S FEES, AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; BY ADDING SECTION 16-11-725 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO USE ANOTHER PERSON'S HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMITTING FINANCIAL OR IDENTITY FRAUD; BY ADDING SECTION 16-13-512 SO AS TO REGULATE THE USE OF A CARDHOLDER'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON A CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD RECEIPT; BY ADDING SECTION 39-1-90 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE OF UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ACQUISITION OF THE PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF A RESIDENT WHOSE INFORMATION THE PERSON OWNS OF LICENSES AND TO PROVIDE FOR CIVIL DAMAGES, ATTORNEY'S FEES, AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; BY AMENDING SECTION 16-13-510, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF FINANCIAL IDENTITY FRAUD, SO AS TO ADD THE ELEMENTS OF WILFULNESS AND KNOWLEDGE AND TO INCLUDE THE OFFENSE OF IDENTITY FRAUD AS THE USE OF ANOTHER'S INFORMATION TO AVOID LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OR TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT AND TO FURTHER DEFINE "IDENTIFYING INFORMATION"; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 16-13-515, RELATING TO IDENTITY FRAUD; AND TO PROVIDE VARIOUS EFFECTIVE DATES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 9 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Campsen, Sheheen and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF CHILDREN, INCLUDING THE APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIANS AD LITEM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COURT MAY APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR A LAY GUARDIAN AD LITEM BUT MAY NOT IF THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM IS AN ATTORNEY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 10 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 34-3-850, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION OR MERGER OF BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES, TO PROVIDE THAT A FIDUCIARY OR OTHER RELATIONSHIP OF THE TRANSFERRING INSTITUTION DEVOLVES UPON THE RESULTANT BANK OR TRUST COMPANY EVEN IF THE TRANSFERRING INSTITUTION WAS NOT SERVING ACTIVELY IN THAT CAPACITY AT THE TIME OF THE MERGER, CONSOLIDATION, OR OTHER TRANSFER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 11 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 8-13-1120, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CONTENTS OF THE STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS, TO CLARIFY THAT A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, PUBLIC MEMBER, OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO REPORT THE SOURCE OF ANY GIFTS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION, LODGING, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, OR ANYTHING OF VALUE WORTH TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS OR MORE IN A DAY OR WORTH TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS OR MORE IN THE AGGREGATE IN A CALENDAR YEAR; AND TO AMEND SECTION 8-13-1302, RELATING TO A CANDIDATE'S MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS OF CONTRIBUTIONS, CONTRIBUTORS, AND EXPENDITURES, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE CANDIDATE MUST MAINTAIN AND PRESERVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE OCCUPATION OF EACH PERSON MAKING A CONTRIBUTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 12 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-530, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN YORK COUNTY, TO REVISE AND RENAME CERTAIN VOTING PRECINCTS OF YORK COUNTY, AND TO REDESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER FOR THE MAP ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 13 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A BILL TO ENACT THE UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT BY ADDING ARTICLE 27 TO CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20 OF THE 1976 CODE, TO ADOPT A UNIFORM ACT REVISING PROCEDURES FOR ESTABLISHING AND ENFORCING CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION WHEN ONE OF THE PARTIES RESIDES IN THIS STATE AND THE OTHER DOES NOT; AND TO REPEAL SUBARTICLE 2, ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 7 OF TITLE 20 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION ACT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 14 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Campsen and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-770, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AN UNAUTHORIZED PERSON NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE GUARD RAIL OF A VOTING BOOTH, TO AUTHORIZE A DEPENDENT CHILD OF A QUALIFIED ELECTOR TO ACCOMPANY THE QUALIFIED ELECTOR IN THE VOTING BOOTH WHILE HE IS CASTING HIS BALLOT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 15 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Campsen, Vaughn and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 20 BY ENACTING THE "UNIFORM INTERSTATE ENFORCEMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDERS ACT", TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM PROCEDURES FOR THE INTERSTATE ENFORCEMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDERS, TO AUTHORIZE THE ENFORCEMENT OF PROTECTION ORDERS ISSUED IN ANOTHER STATE INCLUDING TERMS THAT PROVIDE RELIEF THAT THE COURTS OF THIS STATE WOULD LACK POWER TO PROVIDE; TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACTING IN GOOD FAITH; TO AUTHORIZE THE ENFORCEMENT OF PROTECTION ORDERS ISSUED BY ANOTHER STATE WHICH ARE NOT REGISTERED OR FILED IN THIS STATE; TO PROVIDE AN OPTIONAL REGISTRATION PROCESS WHEREBY THE PROTECTED INDIVIDUAL CAN FILE A FOREIGN ORDER OF PROTECTION WITH THE FAMILY COURT; AND TO DESIGNATE SECTIONS 20-4-10 THROUGH 20-4-160 AS ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 20, ENTITLED "PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 16 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 62-2-805, TO PROVIDE FOR A PRESUMPTION THAT A DECEDENT AND THE DECEDENT'S SPOUSE HELD TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY IN A JOINT TENANCY WITH RIGHT TO SURVIVORSHIP, FOR EXCEPTIONS TO THE PRESUMPTION, AND FOR THE STANDARD OF PROOF OVERCOMING THE PRESUMPTION; TO AMEND SECTION 62-2-207, RELATING TO THE DETERMINATION OF AN ELECTIVE SHARE OF A SPOUSE, TO CLARIFY THAT AN INTEREST AS A BENEFICIARY IN A TESTAMENTARY TRUST OR PROPERTY PASSING TO AN INTER VIVOS TRUST THROUGH THE DECEDENT'S WILL ARE BENEFICIAL INTERESTS CHARGEABLE TO THE ELECTIVE SHARE; TO AMEND SECTION 62-3-1001, RELATING TO REQUIRED FILINGS IN THE PROBATE COURT, TO ALLOW INTERESTED PERSONS TO WAIVE THE FILING OF AN ACCOUNTING, A PROPOSAL FOR DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS, OR A NOTICE OF THE RIGHT TO DEMAND A HEARING; AND TO AMEND SECTION 62-7-401, RELATING TO CREATION OF A TRUST, TO PROVIDE FOR THE INCLUSION OF A SURVIVING SPOUSE'S BENEFICIAL INTERESTS IN TRUST PROPERTY IN CALCULATING THE ELECTIVE SHARE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 17 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SUBARTICLE 5, ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT, TO REPLACE THIS ACT WITH THE MOST CURRENT VERSION OF THIS UNIFORM ACT AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR UNIFORM LEGISLATION TO ASSIST WITH THE INTERSTATE ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT, INCLUDING CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES, AND TO PRESERVE RIGHTS AND DUTIES UNDER THE FORMER UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 18 (Word version) -- Senators Reese and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1960, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE AND DISPLAY OF PLACARDS AND LICENSE PLATES THAT ALLOW PERSONS WHO ARE HANDICAPPED TO PARK FREE OF CHARGE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PLACARD ISSUED TO A PERSON WHO IS HANDICAPPED MUST HAVE HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER OR SPECIAL IDENTIFICATION CARD NUMBER, AND HIS PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON IT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 19 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO ENACT THE "CHARITABLE HEALTH CARE SERVICES ACT" SO AS TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 123 TO TITLE 44 SO AS TO ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE THE PROVISION OF VOLUNTARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES, TO PROVIDE THAT CHARITABLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE THOSE PROVIDERS THAT RENDER CARE WITHOUT COMPENSATION OR CHARGE, TO PROVIDE THAT SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARRANGE FOR VOLUNTARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE STATE, TO REQUIRE SUCH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS TO REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF SUCH PROVIDERS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND THE DEPARTMENT IN PROVIDING, AND OVERSEEING THE PROVISION OF CHARITABLE HEALTH CARE SERVICES; TO ADD ARTICLE 7 TO CHAPTER 79, TITLE 38 SO AS TO REQUIRE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURERS TO MAKE SUCH INSURANCE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE, AND NOT OTHERWISE COVERED, CHARITABLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO RENDER SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS ACT AND TO REQUIRE THE STATE TO PAY THE PREMIUMS FOR SUCH COVERAGE; AND TO ADD SECTION 40-15-179 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TEMPORARY SEVEN-DAY LICENSES MAY BE GRANTED TO DENTISTS AND DENTAL HYGIENISTS WHO PROVIDE CARE WITHOUT COMPENSATION OR CHARGE, TO ESTABLISH THE CRITERIA FOR AND THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE UNDER SUCH A LICENSE, TO ALSO REQUIRE THAT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE BE AVAILABLE FOR DENTISTS AND DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND TO EXEMPT DENTISTS PROVIDING CHARITABLE CARE FROM THE LIMITATIONS OF A SPECIALTY LICENSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 20 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-280 SO AS TO REQUIRE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS AND TO DEFINE "PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER" AS A NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION, INCLUDING AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S SYNDROME.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 21 (Word version) -- Senators Land and Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 2-65-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO RECOVERY OF INDIRECT COSTS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE EXEMPTION AMOUNT FROM TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS INDEXED EACH YEAR BY THE HIGHER EDUCATION PRICE INDEX.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 22 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FUNDAMENTAL INJUSTICES, CRUELTY, AND INHUMANITY INFLICTED UPON THE VICTIMS OF THE "ORANGEBURG MASSACRE" IN LIGHT OF GOVERNOR MARK SANFORD'S RECENT FORMAL APOLOGY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL WHO GUNNED DOWN THREE STUDENTS AND INJURED TWENTY-SEVEN OTHER STUDENTS DURING THIS INCIDENT, AND TO CREATE A COMMISSION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO COMPENSATE THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGEDY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 23 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2, ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE SUPREME COURT, SO AS TO INCREASE FROM FIVE TO SEVEN THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES COMPRISING THE SUPREME COURT ON JANUARY 1, 2009.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 24 (Word version) -- Senators Ford, Vaughn and McConnell: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, BY ADDING SECTION 16 TO ARTICLE XVII SO AS TO ESTABLISH A SPECIFIED PROCEDURE FOR THE ENACTMENT OR REPEAL OF LAWS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BY INITIATIVE PETITION AND REFERENDUM AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 25 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 11 TO CHAPTER 111, TITLE 59 SO AS TO EXEMPT A PERSON WHO IS CALLED TO ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY FROM PAYING TUITION TO A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING OR A TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN THIS STATE WHEN HE RETURNS FROM SERVING HIS TERM OF ACTIVE DUTY PURSUANT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 26 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-127-65 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING JULY 1, 2008, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL ESTABLISH A LAW SCHOOL AND AN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING SCHOOL, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THE LAW SCHOOL AND ENGINEERING SCHOOL MUST BE ESTABLISHED AND FUNDED, AND TO PROVIDE FOR FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA LAW SCHOOL AND THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BOTH IN COLUMBIA, TO TEACH ALSO AT THE COUNTERPART SCHOOLS AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 27 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 39-1-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MAKING INTENTIONALLY UNTRUE STATEMENTS IN ADVERTISING, SO AS TO PROHIBIT IN ANY FORM ADVERTISING THAT IS KNOWN OR SHOULD BE KNOWN TO BE UNTRUE OR MISLEADING, INCLUDING TELEVISION, RADIO, AND INTERNET BROADCASTS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 39-5-40, RELATING TO APPLICABILITY OF THE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT, SO AS TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO A PERSON WHO KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THE ADVERTISING WAS UNTRUE OR MISLEADING.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 28 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO REPEAL CHAPTER 7, TITLE 41, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A PERSON'S RIGHT TO WORK REGARDLESS OF MEMBERSHIP OR NONMEMBERSHIP IN AN ORGANIZATION OR LABOR UNION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 29 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 11-35-52 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT SET-ASIDE FOR GOVERNMENTAL BODIES AND LOCAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS SUBJECT TO THE STATE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE FOR CONTRACTS FOR GOODS OR SERVICES ENTERED INTO OUTSIDE OF THE PROCUREMENT CODE WITH VENDORS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 30 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 35-1-615 SO AS TO IMPOSE A ONE-DOLLAR SURCHARGE ON A SALE OF A SECURITY BY A BROKER-DEALER REGISTERED IN THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE MONIES DERIVED FROM THE SURCHARGE BE DEPOSITED IN THE GENERAL FUND.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 31 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 31-12-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FEDERAL DEFENSE FACILITIES REDEVELOPMENT LAW, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A MUNICIPALITY AS A PART OF THE "AREA OF OPERATION" ENTITLED TO REPRESENTATION ON A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; TO AMEND SECTION 31-12-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP COMPOSITION OF A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CONTROLLING PROPERTY WITHIN A FEDERALLY DEFINED METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (MSA) LYING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF A MUNICIPALITY, TO REQUIRE RESTRUCTURING OF A NONCOMPLYING AUTHORITY, TO PROVIDE THAT A NEWLY CREATED OR RESTRUCTURED AUTHORITY IS A CREATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY AND NOT THE STATE, TO CONFER UPON THE NEW OR RESTRUCTURED AUTHORITY ALL THE SEPARATE AND DISTINCT POWERS OF OTHER REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES, TO PROVIDE THAT THE NEW OR RESTRUCTURED ENTITY IS NOT A STATE AGENCY FOR, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PURPOSES OF LEASING OF, ACQUISITION OF TITLE TO, AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING REAL PROPERTY AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE, AND TO REQUIRE THE NEW OR RESTRUCTURED AUTHORITY TO INDEMNIFY THE STATE AGAINST LOSSES ARISING OUT OF ITS TRANSACTIONS OR ITS LIABILITIES; TO AMEND SECTIONS 31-12-50 AND 31-12-100, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MEMBERSHIP TERMS AND DISSOLUTION OF A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, RESPECTIVELY, BOTH SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO CHANGES IN SECTION 31-12-40; TO AMEND SECTION 31-12-210, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ISSUANCE OF OBLIGATIONS AND DISPOSITION OF FUNDS BY A MUNICIPALITY, SO AS TO INCLUDE IN THE TIME LIMIT FIFTEEN YEARS FROM THE DATE THE AUTHORITY IS RESTRUCTURED AND CEASES TO BE A CREATION OF THE STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 31-12-300, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CERTIFICATION OF THE ASSESSED VALUE OF THE TAXABLE PROPERTY IN A PROJECT AREA AND DETERMINATION OF PERCENTAGES REPRESENTING EACH TAXING DISTRICT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE VALUE BE DETERMINED AS OF THE AUTHORITY'S ORIGINAL CREATION OR THE DATE THE PROPERTIES WERE SCHEDULED FOR DISPOSAL, WITHOUT REGARD TO RESTRUCTURING; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-510, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DISTRIBUTION OF FEES FROM BEER AND WINE PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A SPECIAL FUND TO SUPPORT A FEDERAL DEFENSE FACILITIES REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; AND TO PROVIDE FOR TRANSITIONAL OPERATION OF AN EXISTING FEDERAL DEFENSE FACILITIES REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 32 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 11-35-1524, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A PREFERENCE FOR A RESIDENT VENDOR IN CONNECTION WITH A PROCUREMENT SUBJECT TO THE STATE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE VENDOR AND ITS EMPLOYEES MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PREFERENCE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 33 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 4-9-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A COUNTY'S POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO DELETE A PROVISION AUTHORIZING COUNTIES TO EXERCISE THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR SLUM CLEARANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-50, RELATING TO A MUNICIPALITY'S POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO DELETE A PROVISION AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO EXERCISE THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR SLUM CLEARANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 28-2-60, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURE ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE NOT PUBLIC USE AND DO NOT JUSTIFY CONDEMNATION OF PROPERTY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 28-2-210, RELATING TO ACTIONS IN CONDEMNATION, SO AS TO REFERENCE THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE NOT PUBLIC USE AND DO NOT JUSTIFY CONDEMNATION OF PROPERTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 34 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2 OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE SUPREME COURT, SO AS TO INCREASE FROM FIVE TO SEVEN THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES COMPRISING THE SUPREME COURT ON JANUARY 1, 2009; TO SECTION 3, ARTICLE V, RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ASSOCIATE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT SHALL BE POPULARLY ELECTED FROM CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF EACH DISTRICT BEGINNING IN 2008 AND THAT THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT SHALL BE ELECTED FROM THE STATE AT-LARGE; TO SECTION 8, ARTICLE V, RELATING TO ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT JUDGES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS SHALL BE POPULARLY ELECTED FROM CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF EACH DISTRICT; AND TO SECTION 13, ARTICLE V, RELATING TO JUDICIAL CIRCUIT JUDGES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING IN 2008 CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES SHALL BE POPULARLY ELECTED FROM STATE SENATORIAL DISTRICTS BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF EACH DISTRICT AND THAT THE CHIEF JUSTICE SHALL ASSIGN CIRCUIT JUDGES TO THE JUDICIAL CIRCUITS WITH REASONABLE EFFORTS MADE TO ACCOUNT FOR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 35 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE THAT THE IMPOSITION OF THE MOTOR FUELS USER FEE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 28, TITLE 12 OF THE 1976 CODE IS SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007, THROUGH THE EARLIER OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2007, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE OFFSET AMOUNT OF UNOBLIGATED ENFORCED COLLECTIONS REVENUE MUST BE CREDITED TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND, AND TO PROVIDE THAT MOTOR FUEL WHOLESALERS MUST PASS ON THE SAVINGS REALIZED BY THIS SUSPENSION OF THE MOTOR FUELS USER FEE TO MOTOR FUEL RETAILERS WHEN INVOICING THEM FOR THE COST OF MOTOR FUELS DURING THE SUSPENSION PERIOD.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 36 (Word version) -- Senators Ford and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-1-135 SO AS TO REQUIRE ALL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE RECEIVING ANY STATE FUNDS TO OBSERVE STATE LEGAL HOLIDAYS, TO PROVIDE THAT PAYMENT OF STATE FUNDS OTHERWISE DUE A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION MUST BE SUSPENDED IF A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION FAILS TO OBSERVE ALL STATE LEGAL HOLIDAYS, AND TO DEFINE "POLITICAL SUBDIVISION".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 37 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-127-65 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH THE FALL SEMESTER OF 2009, AN ENGINEERING SCHOOL AND A LAW SCHOOL MUST BE ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY AT ITS CAMPUS IN ORANGEBURG, AND TO PROVIDE THAT FUNDS FOR THE ENGINEERING SCHOOL AND THE LAW SCHOOL MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT AND MAY BE SUPPLEMENTED BY THE UNIVERSITY FROM OTHER FUNDS AND PRIVATE DONATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 38 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 34, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM ENACTING LOCAL OR SPECIAL LAWS, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE OPERATION OR POSSESSION OF ANY TYPE OF COIN-OPERATED AMUSEMENT OR GAMING MACHINE OR DEVICE IN A COUNTY UPON THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SUCH OPERATION OR POSSESSION, UPON THE FAVORABLE VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY'S LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, OR BY A PETITION SIGNED BY FIVE PERCENT OF THE COUNTY'S REGISTERED ELECTORS SUBJECT TO A FAVORABLE REFERENDUM.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 39 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1370, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE QUALIFICATIONS AND TERMS OF FAMILY COURT JUDGES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FAMILY COURT JUDGES SHALL BE POPULARLY ELECTED FROM STATE SENATORIAL DISTRICTS BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF EACH DISTRICT; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 20-7-1410 RELATING TO THE NUMBER OF FAMILY COURT JUDGES ASSIGNED TO EACH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 40 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE JUDICIAL MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION, SO AS TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE AND PROVIDE THAT NO MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE TO SEEK JUDICIAL OFFICE WHILE SERVING ON THE COMMISSION AND FOR ONE YEAR THEREAFTER; TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES AND TO PUBLICIZE VACANCIES IN JUDICIAL OFFICES, SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO CLARIFY THAT PERSONS DO NOT SEEK TO BE NOMINATED BY THE COMMISSION BUT, RATHER, SEEK JUDICIAL OFFICE; TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-30, AS AMENDED, BY ADDING A PROVISION THAT, WHEN THE COMMISSION FINDS A CANDIDATE UNQUALIFIED, THE CANDIDATE MUST BE FURNISHED A COPY OF THE COMMISSION'S REPORT CONCERNING HIS QUALIFICATIONS, AND TO PROVIDE FURTHER THAT THE REPORT MUST BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL; TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-35, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CRITERIA CONSIDERED BY THE COMMISSION IN DETERMINING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR JUDICIAL OFFICE, SO AS TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE BY CHANGING THE TERM "MAKING NOMINATIONS" TO "DETERMINING QUALIFICATIONS"; TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-70, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR IN EITHER HOUSE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND RELATING TO THE SEEKING OF PLEDGES OF MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE JUDICIAL CANDIDATE IS NOT PERMITTED ON THE FLOOR DURING THE TIME HE IS LISTED AS A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE AND THE ELECTION IS PENDING, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL RELEASE A LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES RATHER THAN RELEASING ITS NOMINEES; TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE COMMISSION SELECTING THE THREE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR A JUDICIAL OFFICE AS ITS NOMINEES, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSION TO RELEASE A LIST OF ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT THE LIST OF CANDIDATES IS BINDING ON THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO PROVIDE FURTHER CONFORMING CHANGES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-90, RELATING TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HELD FOR THE ELECTION OF JUDGES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION SHALL ANNOUNCE THE LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR EACH JUDICIAL ELECTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 41 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 58-23-1235 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A TAXICAB COMPANY THAT LEASES A TAXICAB THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT MUST OBTAIN CERTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE, PROVIDE THAT A TAXICAB COMPANY IS NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR A DRIVER WHO LEASES THE COMPANY'S TAXICAB AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, AND PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW DO NOT APPLY TO A DRIVER WHO LEASES A TAXICAB UNDER AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LEASE AGREEMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 42-1-375, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS OF CERTAIN PERSONS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW, SO AS TO EXEMPT A DRIVER WHO LEASES A TAXICAB UNDER AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LEASE AGREEMENT WITH A TAXICAB COMPANY FROM THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW; TO AMEND SECTION 58-23-1220, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR A TAXI, SO AS TO DELETE SPECIFIC DOLLAR AMOUNTS OF LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR A TAXI FROM THIS SECTION, AND PROVIDE THAT THE MINIMUM STATUTORY LIMITS OF INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR A VEHICLE, OR CERTAIN ALTERNATIVE SELF-INSURER PROVISIONS, APPLY TO A TAXI; TO AMEND SECTION 58-23-1230, RELATING TO FILING A BOND INSTEAD OF LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR A TAXI, SO AS TO ALLOW A TAXI COMPANY TO COMPLY WITH CERTAIN SELF-INSURER PROVISIONS, OR DEPOSIT A BOND INSTEAD OF INSURANCE IN THE AMOUNT OF THE MINIMUM STATUTORY LIMITS OF INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR A VEHICLE; AND TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF ARTICLE 13, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 58 FROM "TAXIS IN COUNTIES WITH CITIES OVER 70,000" TO "TAXIS".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 42 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 8-1-195 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, INSTITUTIONS, AND ENTITIES SHALL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND TO THE GOVERNOR ON JANUARY FIFTEENTH AND JULY FIFTEENTH OF EACH YEAR THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE DOLLARS FROM ANY SOURCE THAT ARE RECEIVED BY THEM, AND HOW THESE DOLLARS ARE USED TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF AND EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PROVISION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 43 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 24-21-435 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SEX OFFENDER WHO IS SERVING A PROBATIONARY SENTENCE MUST BE PLACED UNDER GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE CONTINUOUSLY FOR THE DURATION OF HIS PROBATIONARY SENTENCE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION, PAROLE AND PARDON SERVICES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 44 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 1-3-240, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF OFFICERS BY THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO ADD THE SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO THE OFFICERS WHO MAY BE REMOVED BY THE GOVERNOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 45 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 40-81-20, 40-81-50, 40-81-230, AND 40-81-430, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION'S POWERS AND DUTIES, SO AS TO EXCLUDE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING AS A SPORT THAT IT REGULATES; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 40-81-300, RELATING TO THE LICENSING OF A WRESTLER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 46 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 27-43-45 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON WHO OWNS PROPERTY ON WHICH AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERY THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS HISTORIC BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY IS SITUATED TO REMOVE OR DISTURB THE GRAVES, OR DEVELOP THE LAND, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 47 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-1-235 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AGENCIES WHICH EMPLOY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ENFORCE THE TRAFFIC LAWS OF THIS STATE MUST COLLECT AND MAINTAIN CERTAIN DATA RELATING TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE RACE OR ETHNICITY OF THE DRIVER STOPPED; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 23-1-235 RELATING TO THE COLLECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF CERTAIN DATA RELATING TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 48 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-850 SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "FUNERAL PROCESSION", TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTIES OF OPERATORS OF VEHICLES IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION AND NOT IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION AND TO PROVIDE FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THOSE DUTIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 49 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1530, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMS FOR WHICH HOME DETENTION MAY BE SUBSTITUTED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A COURT MAY SENTENCE CERTAIN OFFENDERS TO A HOME DETENTION PROGRAM AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO INCARCERATION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 50 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 61-2-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL ACT AND THE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO BEER, ALE, PORTER, AND WINE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THESE LAWS IS RESERVED TO THE STATE AND TO PROVIDE THAT LOCAL ORDINANCES ATTEMPTING TO REGULATE THESE MATTERS ARE UNENFORCEABLE, AND TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION ON SUNDAY BEER AND WINE SALES AND THE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PROHIBITION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEER AND WINE MAY BE SOLD OR OFFERED FOR SALE AT ALL HOURS EXCEPT THOSE HOURS WHEN SUCH SALES ARE PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW AND TO PROVIDE THAT CONFLICTING MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY ORDINANCES ARE UNENFORCEABLE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 51 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3557, SO AS TO ALLOW A STATE INCOME TAX CREDIT EQUAL TO FIFTY PERCENT OF THE EXPENSE OF PURCHASING AND INSTALLING A METAL DETECTOR SECURITY SYSTEM INSTALLED AND OPERATED BY RETAIL SPACE LANDLORDS AND INDIVIDUAL RETAILERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING CUSTOMER AND EMPLOYEE SECURITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 52 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3540 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT ACT" WHICH PROVIDES AN INCOME OR INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT FOR EXPENDITURES TO DEVELOP RENTAL HOUSING UNITS FOR LOW INCOME TENANTS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THIS INCOME TAX CREDIT IS AUTHORIZED, AND TO PERMIT THE HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO ADMINISTER THIS PROGRAM AND THE TAX CREDITS UNDER THE PROGRAM.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 53 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-7-55 SO AS TO PROHIBIT HOSPITALS FROM CHARGING UNINSURED PATIENTS FEES IN EXCESS OF THE MAXIMUM FEES CHARGED TO INSURED PATIENTS FOR THE SAME SERVICES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 54 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-1-290, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL MUST NOT ISSUE A LICENSE OR PERMIT FOR THE OPERATION OF AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITY IF THE FACILITY IS WITHIN THREE AND ONE-HALF MILES OF A RESIDENCE; TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AND OTHER SANCTIONS TO AN EXISTING INDUSTRIAL FACILITY WITHIN THREE AND ONE-HALF MILES OF A RESIDENCE IF THE FACILITY HAS OR HAS HAD AN INCIDENT WITHIN THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS IN WHICH THE OPERATION OF THE FACILITY OR ANY PROCESS WITHIN THE FACILITY OR IN WHICH THE RELEASE OF INDUSTRIAL WASTE OR A BY-PRODUCT FROM THE FACILITY CAUSED OR CONTRIBUTED TO HUMAN INJURY OR DEATH.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 55 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-33-210, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LICENSE TAXES GRANTED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 61, THE ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE A TAX ON A LICENSED RETAIL DEALER WITH A WHOLESALER'S BASIC PERMIT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL ALCOHOLIC ADMINISTRATION ACT; TO AMEND SECTION 12-33-245, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE EXCISE TAX ON THE GROSS PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY THE DRINK, SO AS TO REPLACE THE EXCISE TAX WITH A LICENSE TAX ON WHOLESALERS IMPOSED AT THE RATE OF SIXTY-SIX CENTS A LITER; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-90, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "GROSS PROCEEDS OF SALES" FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SALES TAX ACT, SO AS TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE REFERENCE TO THE FORMER EXCISE TAX ON THE GROSS PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY THE DRINK.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 56 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RIGHT TO INSPECT OR COPY PUBLIC RECORDS, SO AS TO ADD ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED FOR THE PRECEDING THREE MONTHS AS DOCUMENTS WHICH MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AND COPYING WHEN THE REQUESTOR APPEARS IN PERSON.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 57 (Word version) -- Senators Ford and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 4-9-1210 AND 5-17-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL BALLOT INITIATIVES, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT A BALLOT INITIATIVE MUST BE REQUESTED BY AT LEAST FIVE INSTEAD OF FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF A COUNTY AND AT LEAST TEN INSTEAD OF FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS OF A MUNICIPALITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 58 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWER OF CONDEMNATION BY A MUNICIPALITY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS POWER DOES NOT INCLUDE OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY LOCATED OUTSIDE OF A MUNICIPALITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 59 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-320, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PERSONS QUALIFIED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A QUALIFIED ELECTOR MEETING CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS MUST BE PERMITTED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL, AND THAT ANY QUALIFIED ELECTOR MUST BE PERMITTED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT IN ANY ELECTION IN WHICH HE IS ENTITLED TO VOTE FOR ANY REASON IF THE QUALIFIED ELECTOR APPEARS IN PERSON TO CAST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AS PROVIDED BY LAW.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 60 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 34, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ENACTING LOCAL OR SPECIAL LAWS, SO AS TO ALLOW A COUNTY BY ORDINANCE, BY A VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF A COUNTY'S LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION OR A PETITION SIGNED BY FIVE PERCENT OF A COUNTY'S REGISTERED ELECTORS, SUBJECT TO A FAVORABLE REFERENDUM, TO AUTHORIZE THE OPERATION OR POSSESSION OF ANY TYPE OF COIN-OPERATED AMUSEMENT OR GAMING MACHINE OR DEVICE IN THAT COUNTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 61 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 TO CHAPTER 17, TITLE 16 SO AS TO ENACT A STATEWIDE CURFEW FOR MINORS, TO PROVIDE A CIVIL PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THE CURFEW, AND TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES TO "OPT OUT" OF THE CURFEW.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 62 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 1-7-330, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ATTENDANCE AT CIRCUIT COURT AND PREPARATION OF THE DOCKET, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE FOR CIRCUIT COURT RATHER THAN THE CIRCUIT SOLICITOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE ORDER OF CASES CALLED FOR TRIAL FOR GENERAL SESSIONS COURT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 63 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-15-370 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO COMMUNICATE PROFANITY IN A PUBLIC FORUM OR PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION; BY ADDING SECTION 16-15-430 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF DISSEMINATING PROFANITY TO A MINOR AND PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR THE OFFENSE; TO AMEND SECTION 16-15-305, RELATING TO DISSEMINATING OBSCENITY, SO AS TO SPECIFY BOTH ORAL AND WRITTEN PUBLICATIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 16-15-375, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF MORALITY AND DECENCY OFFENSES AGAINST MINORS, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE OFFENSE OF DISSEMINATING PROFANITY TO A MINOR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 64 (Word version) -- Senators Martin, Campsen and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-11-13, TO PROHIBIT A PERSON FROM ACCEPTING MORE THAN ONE NOMINATION FOR THE SAME OFFICE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 65 (Word version) -- Senators Martin, Vaughn and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 27-5-75, TO PROVIDE A RIGHT OF INGRESS AND EGRESS TO A CEMETERY, BURIAL GROUND, OR GRAVE LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, CLOSE FRIENDS, DESCENDANTS OF DECEASED PERSONS, CEMETERY PLOT OWNERS, PERSONS PARTICIPATING IN A LAWFUL BURIAL, OR PERSONS ENGAGING IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 66 (Word version) -- Senators Martin, Cromer and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 61-4-90 AND 61-6-4070 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TO A MINOR, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO TRANSFER AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TO A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS REGARDLESS OF THE MINOR'S INTENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 67 (Word version) -- Senators Mescher and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-59-35, TO PROHIBIT A PERSON FROM ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF RESIDENTIAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTING UNLESS LICENSED AS A RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR; TO PROHIBIT PROVIDING A POTENTIAL BUYER A PROPOSAL FOR SALE OR INSTALLATION OF RESIDENTIAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, OTHER THAN A WRITTEN ESTIMATE, BEFORE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY A LICENSED EMPLOYEE OF THE RETAIL SELLER, OR THE RETAIL SELLER; TO FURTHER SPECIFY CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SALE AND INSTALLATION OF A HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM; AND TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING A CIVIL PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 68 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE SHALL BE ELECTED BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE STATE TO A FOUR-YEAR TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THAT OF THE GOVERNOR; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-1-20(16), RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, TO REFLECT THAT THE DIRECTOR IS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 69 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin, Campsen and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 8-13-740 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO REPRESENTATION OF ANOTHER BY A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, MEMBER, OR EMPLOYEE BEFORE A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, TO PROVIDE THAT WHEN AN ASSOCIATE OR BUSINESS WITH WHICH A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, PUBLIC MEMBER, OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE IS ASSOCIATED REPRESENTS A PERSON BEFORE ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY, UNIT, OR SUBUNIT FOR WHICH THE PUBLIC OFFICIAL, PUBLIC MEMBER, OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE HAS OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITY, THE PUBLIC OFFICIAL, PUBLIC MEMBER, OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DOES NOT HAVE TO RESIGN OR VACATE HIS SEAT OR POSITION IF HE DISCLOSES THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND RECUSES HIMSELF FROM THE VOTE ON THE MATTER THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 70 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 13 OF TITLE 16 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO FORGERY, LARCENY, EMBEZZLEMENT, FALSE PRETENSES AND CHEATS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-13-245, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO OBTAIN AN ADVANCE OF MONEY OR OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR A PROMISE OR AGREEMENT TO PERFORM WORK OR LABOR FOR ANOTHER PERSON WHEN THE PERSON OBTAINING THE ADVANCE WILFULLY FAILS TO COMMENCE OR COMPLETE THE WORK OR LABOR THAT HE PROMISED OR AGREED TO DO, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 71 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, Bryant and Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 44-76-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY FOR PERSONS ADMINISTERING, USING, ACQUIRING, OR PRESCRIBING AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED), TO PROVIDE SUCH IMMUNITY FOR PERSONS PROVIDING TRAINING FOR CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION THAT INCLUDES TRAINING IN THE USE OF AN AED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 72 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg and Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-6540 OF THE 1976 CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT FAILURE TO WEAR A SEATBELT IS ADMISSIBLE AS EVIDENCE OF FAILURE TO MITIGATE DAMAGES IN A CIVIL ACTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 73 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, Bryant and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 5-37-40 AND 5-37-50, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS AND THE MEANS OF ADOPTING IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR PURPOSES OF THE MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 1999, TO DELETE AUTHORITY FOR INCLUDING FUTURE OWNER-OWNER OCCUPIED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN THE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT WITH THE OWNER'S WRITTEN PERMISSION AND TO EXTEND THIS DELETION TO AN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT LOCATED WITHIN A REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA PURSUANT TO THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING LAW; TO AMEND SECTIONS 31-6-20, 31-6-30, AND 31-6-80, ALL AS AMENDED, RELATING TO FINDINGS, DEFINITIONS, AND PROCEDURES FOR ADOPTING REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR PURPOSES OF THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING LAW, TO REVISE DEFINITIONS APPLICABLE FOR THE TAX INCREMENTS FINANCING LAW, DELETE THE DEFINITION OF "AGRICULTURAL AREA" AND REVISE THE DEFINITIONS FOR "BLIGHTED AREA", "CONSERVATION AREA", "REDEVELOPMENT PLAN", "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA", "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT COSTS", AND TO REVISE THE FINDINGS REQUIRED FOR THE ADOPTION OF A REDEVELOPMENT PLAN; TO AMEND SECTIONS 31-7-20, 31-7-30, 31-7-80, AND 31-7-120, ALL AS AMENDED, RELATING TO FINDINGS, DEFINITIONS, FINDINGS NECESSARY FOR A REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTY ORDINANCE, AND JOINT REDEVELOPMENT PLAN BY MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES FOR PURPOSES OF THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT FOR COUNTIES, TO REVISE FINDINGS MADE FOR PURPOSES OF THE ACT, REVISE THE DEFINITIONS FOR "BLIGHTED AREA", "CONSERVATION AREA", "SPRAWL AREA", "REDEVELOPMENT PLAN", "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT", "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA", AND "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT COSTS", TO REVISE THE FINDINGS REQUIRED FOR THE ADOPTION OF A REDEVELOPMENT PLAN, AND REVISE THE METHOD OF ADOPTION OF JOINT REDEVELOPMENT PLANS BY MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 31-7-25 AND 31-7-130, RELATING TO FINDINGS MADE PURSUANT TO THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT FOR COUNTIES AND THE APPLICATION OF THAT ACT TO A GOVERNMENT-OWNED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 74 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg and Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-8-610, TO REQUIRE WITHHOLDING FOR INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES AT THE RATE OF SEVEN PERCENT ON ALL PAYMENTS NOT OTHERWISE SUBJECT TO OR EXEMPTED FROM STATE INCOME TAX WITHHOLDING, TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS FROM THIS ADDITIONAL WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENT, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 75 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg and Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-4-110, TO PROVIDE THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA TUITION PREPAYMENT PROGRAM MAY NOT ACCEPT NEW PARTICIPANTS AND THE PROGRAM SHALL REMAIN IN OPERATION FOR EXISTING PARTICIPANTS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 76 (Word version) -- Senator Short: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 34-39-175 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A COMMON DATABASE OF DEFERRED PRESENTMENT TRANSACTIONS, IMPLEMENTED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCE DIVISION OF THE BOARD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND ACCESSIBLE TO DEFERRED PRESENTMENT PROVIDERS TO VERIFY IF AN APPLICANT HAS AN EXISTING OR RECENTLY TERMINATED DEFERRED PRESENTMENT TRANSACTION, TO PROVIDE FOR THE INFORMATION REQUIRED, AND TO ALLOW A FEE UP TO ONE DOLLAR FOR SUBMITTED DATA; TO AMEND SECTION 34-39-130, RELATING TO ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICES, SO AS TO REQUIRE COMPLIANCE BY BOTH RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT PROVIDERS OF DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 34-39-180, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS OF A LICENSED PROVIDER OF DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICES, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE LICENSEE VERIFY EXISTING OR RECENTLY TERMINATED TRANSACTIONS BY WAY OF THE ESTABLISHED DATABASE AND THAT THE PROVIDER GIVE A GRACE PERIOD TO A CONSUMER WHO CANNOT REPAY IN A TIMELY MANNER, INCLUDING WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE GRACE PERIOD, INFORMATION ABOUT CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING, AND CONSPICUOUS NOTICE THAT THE CONSUMER CANNOT BE ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO REPAY THE LOAN, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE LICENSEE PAY ONE-HALF THE COST OF THE CONSUMER'S COUNSELING.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 77 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Cromer and Courson: A SENATE RESOLUTION HONORING AND THANKING DONALD V. MYERS FOR HIS THIRTY YEARS AS ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT SOLICITOR, DUTIFULLY SERVING THE PEOPLE OF EDGEFIELD, LEXINGTON, MCCORMICK, AND SALUDA COUNTIES, AND WISHING HIM MUCH SUCCESS IN HIS CONTINUED YEARS OF SERVICE.
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Prefiled and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference

The Senate Resolution was introduced and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 78 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Courson, Cromer and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 14-7-1610, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S INTENT TO ENHANCE THE GRAND JURY SYSTEM, SO AS TO INCLUDE CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY; TO AMEND SECTION 14-7-1630, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE GRAND JURY, SO AS TO ADD CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY TO THE STATE GRAND JURY'S JURISDICTION; AND TO DESIGNATE THE EXISTING SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 8, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES THAT PROMOTE CIVIL DISORDER, AS ARTICLE 1 AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 SO AS TO ENACT THE "CRIMINAL GANG PREVENTION ACT", TO DEFINE THE TERMS "CONTRABAND", "CRIMINAL GANG", "CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER", "PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY", AND "GANG-RELATED INCIDENT", TO PROVIDE IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER TO USE OR THREATEN TO USE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON WITH THE INTENT TO COERCE, INDUCE, OR SOLICIT ANOTHER PERSON TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR TO PREVENT A PERSON FROM LEAVING A CRIMINAL GANG AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES, TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY FOR COMMITTING THIS OFFENSE WITH A FIREARM OR DEADLY WEAPON, TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY IF THE PERSON THREATENED IS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN, TO PROVIDE THE PERSON THREATENED HAS A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST A CRIMINAL GANG OR CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER, TO PROVIDE IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER BY THREAT OR FORCE TO PREVENT OR ATTEMPT TO PREVENT A WITNESS OR VICTIM FROM ATTENDING OR GIVING TESTIMONY AT A TRIAL THAT CONCERNS OR RELATES TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON THREATENED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION HAS A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST A CRIMINAL GANG OR GANG MEMBER, TO PROVIDE THAT A PRIVATE BUILDING OR PLACE USED BY MEMBERS OF A CRIMINAL GANG TO ENGAGE IN A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY MAY BE THE SUBJECT OF AN INJUNCTION OR CAUSE OF ACTION FOR ABATEMENT OF A NUISANCE, TO PROVIDE THE PROCEDURE FOR SEEKING AN INJUNCTION OR ABATEMENT OF A NUISANCE, TO PROVIDE FOR A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION IN FAVOR OF THE STATE, A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, OR ANOTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION, OR AN AGENCY OR INSTRUMENTALITY OF THEM, THAT SUSTAINS ANY DAMAGE, IMPAIRMENT, OR INJURY PROXIMATELY CAUSED BY A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR BRINGING THIS CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION, TO PROVIDE FOR PROTECTION OF THE IDENTITY OF AN INFORMANT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE SEIZURE OF ANY FIREARM, AMMUNITION, OR DANGEROUS WEAPON IF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER REASONABLY BELIEVES IT IS OR WILL BE USED IN A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR SEIZURE OF A FIREARM, AMMUNITION, OR DANGEROUS WEAPON, TO PROVIDE FOR NOTIFICATION OF THE SHERIFF AND CHIEF OF POLICE WHEN A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER IS RELEASED FROM JAIL, PRISON, OR A CORRECTIONS FACILITY, TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR EMPLOYEES LAWFULLY ENGAGED IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ACTIVITIES OR THE LAWFUL ACTIVITIES OF LABOR ORGANIZATIONS, TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, OR ANOTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE MAY ADOPT AND ENFORCE ORDINANCES CONSISTENT WITH THIS ARTICLE, TO REQUIRE THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TO INCLUDE THE VIOLENT GANG TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FILE AMONG THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER DATA AVAILABLE FOR DIRECT ACCESS BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES, AND TO REQUIRE STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO MAINTAIN A RECORD OF ALL PERSONS WHO ARE FOUND TO BE CRIMINAL GANG MEMBERS IN THE VIOLENT GANG AND TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FILE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 79 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts and Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 9-11-25, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE OPTION ALLOWED PROBATE JUDGES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM, SO AS TO EXTEND THIS OPTION TO ASSISTANT SOLICITORS AND TO CLARIFY A REFERENCE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 80 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Cromer and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 15-1-350 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE OWNER OF REAL PROPERTY IS NOT LIABLE IN A CIVIL ACTION TO A PERSON WHO TRESPASSES ON HIS PROPERTY OR WHO IS NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT ON THE PROPERTY AND WHO IS INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT WHILE ON THE PROPERTY, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 81 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Cromer, Bryant, Martin, Leventis, Sheheen, Alexander, Reese and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-725, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GIVING FALSE INFORMATION TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR A MEMBER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR RESCUE SQUAD, SO AS TO ADD THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO GIVE FALSE INFORMATION OR IDENTIFICATION TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVOIDING ARREST OR CRIMINAL CHARGES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 82 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 85 TO TITLE 15 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA FALSE CLAIMS ACT" PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS OF CERTAIN TERMS, LIABILITY FOR FALSE OR FRAUDULENT CLAIMS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, PROCEDURES FOR CIVIL ACTIONS FOR FALSE CLAIMS, THE PROCEDURE AND CONTENTS OF CIVIL INVESTIGATIVE DEMANDS, AND CREATING THE STATE FALSE CLAIMS ACT INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION FUND.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 83 (Word version) -- Senator Malloy: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 25-3-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE ADJUTANT GENERAL TO ESTABLISH AN EMERGENCY AIR WING WITHIN THE STATE GUARD AND PROVIDE FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES OF THE EMERGENCY AIR WING AND FOR THE LIABILITY OF AIRPLANES USED BY VOLUNTEER PARTICIPANTS IN THE EMERGENCY AIR WING; TO AMEND SECTION 15-78-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO LIABILITY UNDER THE TORT CLAIMS ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE USE OF ANY VEHICLE OR AIRPLANE OPERATED FOR TRAINING OR DUTY BY THE EMERGENCY AIR WING OF THE STATE GUARD SHALL CONVEY LIABILITY UPON THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD, OR STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA ONLY AFTER THE REQUIRED LIABILITY INSURANCE ON THE VEHICLE OR AIRPLANE HAS BEEN FULLY APPLIED; AND TO AMEND SECTION 42-7-50, RELATING TO POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS AND OTHER ENTITIES WHICH MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE PROGRAM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RECOVERY OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS BY MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY AIR WING OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
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Prefiled and referred to the General Committee.

Read the first time and referred to the General Committee.

S. 84 (Word version) -- Senators Bryant and Ryberg: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 44-41-330 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO PREREQUISITES FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF AN ABORTION, INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED, CERTIFICATION, WAITING PERIOD, SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR MINORS OR MENTALLY INCOMPETENT PERSONS, RETENTION OF RECORDS, AND UNAVAILABILITY OF RECORDS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE PHYSICIAN WHO IS TO PERFORM THE ABORTION MUST VERIFY THE PROBABLE GESTATIONAL AGE OF THE EMBRYO OR FETUS BY USING AN OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND, TO PROVIDE THAT THE IMAGES USED TO VERIFY THE PROBABLE GESTATIONAL AGE MUST BE REVIEWED WITH THE WOMAN SEEKING THE ABORTION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE WOMAN SEEKING THE ABORTION MUST CERTIFY IN WRITING BEFORE THE ABORTION IS PERFORMED THAT SHE HAS REVIEWED THE ULTRASOUND IMAGES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 85 (Word version) -- Senator Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 58-5-20 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE APPLICABILITY OF THE PROVISION TO A BUSINESS NOT EXCLUSIVELY A PUBLIC UTILITY, TO PROVIDE THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SHALL REGULATE A PUBLIC UTILITY'S OPERATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE MUNICIPALITY THAT OWNS THE PUBLIC UTILITY; TO AMEND SECTION 58-5-30, RELATING TO THE EXEMPTION OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES FROM REGULATION BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, TO LIMIT THE EXEMPTION TO A PUBLIC UTILITY'S OPERATIONS WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY'S CORPORATE LIMITS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-1010, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION ON REGULATION BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF CONTRACTS MADE BY A MUNICIPALITY, TO LIMIT THE PROHIBITION TO CONTRACTS MADE BY A MUNICIPALITY WITH THE CUSTOMERS LOCATED WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE MUNICIPALITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 86 (Word version) -- Senators Bryant and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 17-15-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO WHEN A PERSON CHARGED WITH A NONCAPITAL OFFENSE BEING RELEASED ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE, AND THE CONDITIONS OF HIS RELEASE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE COURT MAY DENY RELEASE TO A PERSON CHARGED WITH A NONCAPITAL VIOLENT OFFENSE, IF THE COURT DETERMINES THAT THE NATURE AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ALLEGED OFFENSE DO NOT WARRANT RELEASE, AND TO REQUIRE THE COURT TO ISSUE AN ORDER EXPLAINING THE COURT'S FINDINGS AS TO WHY THE NATURE AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE OFFENSE DID NOT WARRANT RELEASE; TO AMEND SECTION 17-15-15 TO CONFORM A REFERENCE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 17-15-50, RELATING TO AMENDING AN ORDER OF RELEASE, TO PROVIDE THAT A COURT MAY RESCIND AN ORDER DENYING RELEASE AND GRANT THE ALLEGED OFFENDER RELEASE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 87 (Word version) -- Senator Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 25, TITLE 50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 14, RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF MOTORBOATS ON LAKE HARTWELL, TO PROVIDE NOISE CONTROL REQUIREMENTS ON MOTORBOATS OPERATING ON LAKE HARTWELL AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

S. 88 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 14-1-207 AND 14-1-208, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ASSESSMENTS ON MAGISTRATES COURT OFFENSES AND MUNICIPAL COURT OFFENSES, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THESE ASSESSMENTS MAY NOT BE IMPOSED ON MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS INCLUDING PROHIBITED AREA PARKING VIOLATIONS AND VIOLATIONS FOR PARKING IN PLACES CLEARLY DESIGNATED FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 14-1-211, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SURCHARGES ON GENERAL SESSIONS, MAGISTRATES, AND MUNICIPAL COURT OFFENSES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS EXEMPTED FROM THE SURCHARGE INCLUDE PROHIBITED AREA PARKING VIOLATIONS AND VIOLATIONS FOR PARKING IN PLACES CLEARLY DESIGNATED FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 89 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "HOME INVASION PROTECTION ACT", BY ADDING SECTION 16-11-395 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE OFFENSES OF HOME INVASION IN THE FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD DEGREES, AND TO PROVIDE GRADUATED PENALTIES; BY AMENDING SECTION 16-1-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO VIOLENT OFFENSES, SO AS TO INCLUDE HOME INVASION, FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 16-3-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER, SO AS TO INCLUDE AS A SEPARATE STATUTORY AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE WHICH MAY BE CONSIDERED IN THE DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE IMPOSED, A MURDER COMMITTED WHILE IN THE COMMISSION OF THE OFFENSE OF HOME INVASION IN THE FIRST DEGREE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 90 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn, McConnell and Courson: A BILL TO ENACT THE TAXPAYER INFLATION PROTECTION ACT BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-520, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS TO STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX BRACKETS, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION LIMITING THE INFLATION ADJUSTMENT TO ONE-HALF OF THE ACTUAL INFLATION RATE AND THE OVERALL FOUR PERCENT LIMIT ON THE TOTAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT, AND TO DELETE REDUNDANT LANGUAGE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 91 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO ENACT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT REFORM ACT BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-3415, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX AND CORPORATE LICENSE TAX CREDIT ALLOWED TAXPAYERS CLAIMING A FEDERAL INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH ACTIVITY, SO AS TO ALLOW THE CREDIT AGAINST ANY INCOME TAX IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX ACT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 92 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen and Ryberg: A BILL TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT" BY AMENDING SECTION 2-7-105, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LIMITATION ON AUTHORIZATION OF STATE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS, SO AS TO ALLOW THE AUTHORIZATION OF SUCH BONDS ONLY IN A BILL OR JOINT RESOLUTION ENACTED IN AN ODD-NUMBERED YEAR, TO EXTEND ALL LIMITATIONS OF THIS SECTION TO GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE STATE, HOWEVER DESCRIBED, SUBJECT TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL LIMIT ON DEBT SERVICE MEASURED AS A PERCENTAGE OF GENERAL FUND REVENUES, TO REQUIRE THE ENACTMENT OF A SEPARATE JOINT RESOLUTION PRECEDING THE AUTHORIZATION OF BONDS THAT SPECIFICALLY ALLOWS THE CONSIDERATION OF A BOND BILL, TO PROVIDE THAT A BILL OR JOINT RESOLUTION ALLOWING SUCH BONDS MAY NOT BE GIVEN THIRD READING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR SENATE OR REPORTED FROM A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE OR FREE CONFERENCE UNLESS IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE CERTIFICATE OF THE STATE TREASURER THAT DEBT SERVICE ON ALL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OUTSTANDING WHEN ADDED TO ESTIMATED DEBT SERVICE ON AUTHORIZED BUT UNISSUED BONDS AND THE BONDS AUTHORIZED IN THE BILL OR JOINT RESOLUTION DOES NOT EXCEED THE THEN CURRENT CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT SERVICE LIMIT, AND TO DEFINE GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 93 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen, Ryberg, Vaughn and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "EQUAL ACCESS TO INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES ACT" BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-100 SO AS TO PERMIT HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN WHICH THE STUDENT RESIDES PURSUANT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 94 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 62-2-204, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A SURVIVING SPOUSE'S RIGHTS TO AN ELECTIVE SHARE, HOMESTEAD ALLOWANCE, AND EXEMPT PROPERTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE VOLUNTARY WAIVER OF THOSE RIGHTS UPON FAIR AND REASONABLE DISCLOSURE BY THE OTHER SPOUSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 95 (Word version) -- Senator Cleary: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-15-172 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO MOBILE DENTAL FACILITIES, TO PROVIDE THAT A REGISTRANT MUST KEEP RECORDS AT A CENTRAL OFFICE LOCATION OR AT THE PORTABLE DENTAL OPERATION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT IN THE INSTANCE OF A FEE FOR SERVICE PATIENT, THE REGISTRANT MUST PROVIDE THE PATIENT WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TREATMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 97 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 23 TO CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 11 SO AS TO DIRECT EACH STATE AGENCY HEAD TO REQUIRE THE REPLACEMENT OF ALL INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS WITH COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS IN EACH STATE AGENCY WITHIN THREE YEARS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 98 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 14-17-10 AND 14-23-1020, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF CLERKS OF COURT AND PROBATE JUDGES, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE ELECTIONS OF THESE TWO COUNTY OFFICES TO BE NONPARTISAN, TO PROVIDE FOR NONPARTISAN SPECIAL ELECTIONS WHEN A VACANCY OCCURS, AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES AND THE CONDUCT OF THE NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 99 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 7-11-20 AND 7-13-15, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PARTY CONVENTIONS AND PARTY PRIMARY ELECTIONS CONDUCTED BY THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION AND COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION CONDUCT PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AND THAT THE STATE COMMITTEE OF THE PARTY SET THE DATE AND THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AND TO CLARIFY CERTAIN EXISTING PROVISIONS CONCERNING PRIMARIES; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 7-11-25 RELATING TO POLITICAL PARTIES NOT PROHIBITED FROM CONDUCTING PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE OR ADVISORY PRIMARIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 100 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 51-1-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ADMISSIONS FEES THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM MAY IMPOSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY NOT IMPOSE AN ENTRANCE OR ADMISSION FEE IN A PARK THAT EXISTED AND DID NOT CHARGE THE FEE BEFORE 2001.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

S. 101 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Courson, Martin and Campsen: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, BY ADDING SECTION 37, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SENATE MUST ELECT FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE TO PRESIDE OVER THE SENATE AND TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS PROVIDED BY LAW; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 8, ARTICLE IV, RELATING TO THE ELECTION, QUALIFICATIONS, AND TERM OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE JOINT ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, RELATING TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE, SO AS TO DELETE SECTION 9 WHICH PROVIDES THAT THE SENATE MUST CHOOSE A PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE AND WHICH ALSO PROVIDES THAT A MEMBER OF THE SENATE ACTING AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR VACATES HIS SEAT AND ANOTHER PERSON IS ELECTED IN HIS STEAD; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, RELATING TO THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, BY DELETING SECTION 10 WHICH PROVIDES THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 12, ARTICLE IV, RELATING TO THE DISABILITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF BOTH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE STATE TREASURER TRANSMIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT THE GOVERNOR IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MUST ASSUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE AS ACTING GOVERNOR; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 15, ARTICLE V, RELATING TO THE QUALIFICATIONS OF JUSTICES AND JUDGES, SO AS TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE PARAGRAPH WHICH PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS OF SITTING JUSTICES AND JUDGES; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 18, ARTICLE V, RELATING TO VACANCIES IN THE SUPREME COURT, COURT OF APPEALS, OR CIRCUIT COURT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A VACANCY MAY BE FILLED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 5, ARTICLE VI, RELATING TO THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, SO AS TO DELETE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM THE SECTION AND TO MAINTAIN OATHS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDER ARTICLE III, SECTION 26.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 102 (Word version) -- Senators Jackson and Malloy: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 10, TITLE 41 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 41-10-35 TO PROVIDE THAT THE MINIMUM WAGE IN THIS STATE IS EITHER SIX DOLLARS AND FIFTEEN CENTS OR THE MINIMUM WAGE SET FORTH BY THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER; TO AMEND SECTION 6-1-130 TO PROVIDE THAT A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT REQUIRE A MINIMUM WAGE HIGHER THAN THAT SET FORTH IN SECTION 41-10-35; TO AMEND SECTION 41-20-70 TO PROVIDE THAT AN APPRENTICE MUST BE PAID THE MINIMUM WAGE SET FORTH IN SECTION 41-10-35; TO AMEND SECTION 44-22-160 TO PROVIDE THAT A PATIENT EMPLOYEE MUST BE PAID THE MINIMUM WAGE SET FORTH IN SECTION 41-10-35; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 53-1-100 AND 53-1-110 TO PROVIDE THAT SUNDAY WORK MUST BE COMPENSATED AT A RATE NO LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE SET FORTH IN SECTION 41-10-35.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 103 (Word version) -- Senator Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 44-95-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT, INCLUDING EXCEPTIONS TO PLACES WHERE SMOKING IS PROHIBITED, SO AS TO DELETE PROVISIONS ALLOWING SMOKING IN CERTAIN PRIVATE OFFICES AND TEACHER LOUNGES AT SCHOOLS; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-485 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO SMOKE OR POSSESS LIGHTED SMOKING MATERIAL IN OUTDOOR AREAS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PRESCHOOLS AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 104 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 11, TITLE 60, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ARCHIVES ACT, SO AS TO ADD ARTICLE 3 CREATING THE SOUTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL ADVISORY BOARD.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 105 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie, McConnell, Campsen, Courson and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PLEDGING, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON OR JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FROM DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SEEKING THE PLEDGE OF A MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING SCREENING FOR ANY JUDICIAL OFFICE UNTIL THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ALL THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN DETERMINED BY THE JUDICIAL MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION AND THE COMMISSION HAS FORMALLY RELEASED ITS REPORT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 106 (Word version) -- Senator Short: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-4100 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE ESCAPE OF MATERIALS LOADED ON VEHICLES, TO PROVIDE THAT WOOD CHIPS AND WOOD BIOMASS SHALL BE TREATED AS THE LOADING OF ROCKS AND GARBAGE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 107 (Word version) -- Senator Scott: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS REGARDING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, TO ADD ARTICLE TEN, RELATING TO A ONE-TIME CAPITAL COST IMPACT FEE, TO PROVIDE THAT A LOCAL GOVERNING ENTITY MAY, UPON REFERENDUM APPROVAL, IMPOSE A ONE-TIME CAPITAL COST IMPACT FEE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OR SET UP OF NEW RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FACILITIES, TO ALLOW FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE A CREDIT APPLIED AGAINST THE IMPACT FEE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE IMPACT FEE IS PAYABLE TO THE COUNTY TREASURER AS A CONDITION OF RECEIVING A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFERENDUM TO APPROVE THE IMPACT FEE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 108 (Word version) -- Senators Hutto, Gregory, Cleary, McConnell, Campsen, Courson and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 79, TITLE 38, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE, BY ADDING SECTION 38-79-35 SO AS TO PROVIDE CHARITABLE IMMUNITY TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO PROVIDE PRO BONO CARE AND TO CLARIFY SECTION 38-79-30.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 109 (Word version) -- Senator Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-1-300 SO AS TO REQUIRE A RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENT THAT SERVES FOOD CONTAINING TRANS FATS OR THAT USES TRANS FATS IN FOOD PREPARATION TO POST A PLACARD PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SIGNIFYING THAT FOOD SERVED CONTAINS TRANS FATS OR THAT FOOD IS PREPARED USING TRANS FATS, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO ASCERTAIN SUCH USE OF TRANS FATS WHEN CONDUCTING INSPECTIONS OF RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, AND TO PROVIDE A CIVIL FINE FOR VIOLATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 110 (Word version) -- Senators Thomas and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY DESIGNATING THE EXISTING SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 22, TITLE 17 AS ARTICLE 1 AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 SO AS TO ENACT THE "UNIFORM EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS ACT", TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE WHICH MUST BE FOLLOWED REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR EXPUNGEMENT OF ALL CRIMINAL RECORDS, AND TO AUTHORIZE EACH SOLICITOR'S OFFICE IN THE STATE TO ADMINISTER THE PROCEDURE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 111 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-970, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A DRIVER OF A MOTORCYCLE OR MOPED MAY PROCEED THROUGH A HIGHWAY INTERSECTION CONTROLLED BY A TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN A VEHICLE SENSOR FAILS TO DETECT THE VEHICLE BECAUSE OF ITS WEIGHT OR SIZE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 112 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-69-35 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF A STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE, OR HIS DESIGNEE, TO ADMINISTER OATHS OR AFFIRMATIONS TO WITNESSES BEFORE THE COMMITTEE OR ONE OF ITS SUBCOMMITTEES, TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF PROVIDING FALSE, MISLEADING, OR INCOMPLETE TESTIMONY OR INFORMATION TO A SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 113 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 45-2-90 SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT AN INNKEEPER CONSPICUOUSLY POST TELEPHONE, E-MAIL, ON-LINE, AND FAX RATES CHARGED IN ITS LODGING ESTABLISHMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 114 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-25-95 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSE TO SHIP, TRANSPORT, POSSESS, OR RECEIVE A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION IF THE CONVICTION MEETS CERTAIN CONDITIONS AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES; AND BY ADDING SECTION 20-4-150 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON SUBJECT TO A PROTECTION ORDER, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, TO SHIP, TRANSPORT, POSSESS, OR RECEIVE A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 115 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Elliott: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE PRICING OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS BY AND BUSINESS PRACTICES OF THE NATION'S MAJOR OIL COMPANIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S MEMBERSHIP, AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE STUDY COMMITTEE REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEFORE MARCH 1, 2008, AT WHICH TIME THE STUDY COMMITTEE IS ABOLISHED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 116 (Word version) -- Senators Grooms and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 38 TO TITLE 48, TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA ISOLATED WETLANDS ACT OF 2007" AND TO PROVIDE THAT FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ACT, ISOLATED WETLANDS ARE THOSE WETLANDS NOT REGULATED BY THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT, TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO ISSUE PERMITS FOR CONDUCTING CERTAIN DISCHARGING, DRAINING, AND DITCHING ACTIVITIES IN ISOLATED WETLANDS, AND TO MONITOR PERMIT COMPLIANCE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

S. 117 (Word version) -- Senators Gregory and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESS DEBT RECOVERY ACT OF 2007" BY ADDING CHAPTER 42, TITLE 15 SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES THAT GRANT TO PERSONS WHO HAVE RECOVERED JUDGMENTS AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON FOR A COMMERCIAL DEBT A RIGHT TO A WRIT OF GARNISHMENT, SUBJECTING TO GARNISHMENT UP TO SPECIFIED LIMITATIONS INCOME, WAGES, INTEREST, RENTS, CAPITAL GAINS, DIVIDEND BONUSES, AND COMMISSIONS OF THE DEBTOR; TO AMEND SECTION 37-5-104, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST GARNISHMENT FOR CERTAIN CONSUMER DEBTS, SO AS TO PERMIT GARNISHMENT FOR COMMERCIAL DEBTS AS DEFINED IN CHAPTER 42, TITLE 15; AND TO AMEND SECTION 37-5-108, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A COURT'S DETERMINATION OF UNCONSCIONABLE CONDUCT REGARDING CERTAIN CONSUMER CREDIT TRANSACTIONS, SO AS TO ADD ANOTHER FACTOR FOR THE COURT TO CONSIDER OF INDUCING A DEBTOR IN A CONSUMER CREDIT OBLIGATION TO SIGN A STATEMENT INDICATING THAT THE DEBT IS INCURRED FOR BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES SUBJECTING THE DEBT TO LEVY OR GARNISHMENT PURSUANT TO THE BUSINESS DEBT RECOVERY ACT DEPRIVING THE DEBTOR OF HIS RIGHTS PURSUANT TO TITLE 37 AND PROVIDING FURTHER PROCEDURES FOR THE COURT TO FOLLOW WHEN MAKING THIS DETERMINATION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 118 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-7-155 SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERMS "ACTUAL MALICE" AND "CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE", TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF SLANDER OR LIBEL OF A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR THE OFFENSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 119 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 11-11-400 SO AS TO LIMIT TO FIVE PERCENT ANNUAL INCREASES IN STATE GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR THIS LIMIT TO BE EXCEEDED BY MEANS OF A SPECIAL VOTE OF EACH BRANCH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO DEFINE SPECIAL VOTE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 120 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 8-13-1300, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CAMPAIGN PRACTICES, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS OF "COMMITTEE" AND "INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF AN ELECTIVE OFFICE".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 121 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-150-210, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE EDUCATION LOTTERY ACT, TO PERMIT THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS ON GENERAL OR PRIMARY ELECTION DAYS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 122 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Ryberg: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 5 OF TITLE 56, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-2948, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO DRIVES A MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH IS INVOLVED IN A FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT MUST SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST OF HIS BREATH FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL IF THERE ARE REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL TO THE EXTENT THAT HIS FACULTIES TO DRIVE ARE MATERIALLY AND APPRECIABLY IMPAIRED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 123 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen, Campsen, McConnell and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 1-3-240, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REMOVAL OF OFFICERS BY THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL MAY BE REMOVED BY THE GOVERNOR FOR MALFEASANCE, MISFEASANCE, INCOMPETENCY, ABSENTEEISM, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, MISCONDUCT, PERSISTENT NEGLECT OF DUTY IN OFFICE, OR INCAPACITY; AND TO AMEND TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 6 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFICE OF THE STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, AND TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL TO ADDRESS FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE, AND WRONGDOING WITHIN THE SOUTH CAROLINA EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 124 (Word version) -- Senators Bryant and Verdin: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-616, TO DESIGNATE MAY AS CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL MONTH.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 125 (Word version) -- Senator Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT ALL SUPPLIES AND TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY SOLD TO A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION ARE EXEMPT FROM SALES TAX.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 126 (Word version) -- Senator Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 41, TITLE 44 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO ABORTIONS, BY ADDING SECTION 44-41-55, TO PROVIDE THAT A PHARMACIST MAY REFUSE TO FILL PRESCRIPTIONS FOR A DRUG, CLASS OF DRUGS OR DEVICE ON ETHICAL, MORAL, OR RELIGIOUS GROUNDS, TO PROVIDE THAT NOTICE MUST BE POSTED IN THE PHARMACY IDENTIFYING THE PHARMACIST AND THE DRUGS, CLASS OF DRUGS, OR DEVICES THAT THE PHARMACIST WILL NOT DISPENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT AN EMPLOYER MAY NOT TAKE AN ADVERSE EMPLOYMENT ACTION AGAINST A PHARMACIST REFUSING TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION PURSUANT TO THIS ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT A PHARMACIST REFUSING TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION PURSUANT TO THIS ACT MAY NOT INCUR CRIMINAL OR CIVIL LIABILITY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PHARMACIST WHOSE EMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN ALTERED IN VIOLATION OF THIS ACT MAY FILE A CIVIL ACTION FOR DAMAGES OR REINSTATEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, OR BOTH.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 127 (Word version) -- Senators Bryant and Ryberg: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-655(A)(2) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINORS, TO PROVIDE THAT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE FIRST DEGREE OCCURS WHEN COMMITTED AGAINST A CHILD LESS THAN SEVENTEEN, RATHER THAN SIXTEEN, YEARS OF AGE AND THE ACTOR HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF, PLEAD NOLO CONTENDERE TO, OR ADJUDICATED DELINQUENT FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIED OFFENSES; TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-655(B)(2), TO INCREASE THE AGE OF A VICTIM FROM LESS THAN SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE TO LESS THAN SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE WHEN THE ACTOR IS IN A POSITION OF FAMILIAL, CUSTODIAL, OR OFFICIAL AUTHORITY TO COERCE THE VICTIM OR IS OLDER THAN THE VICTIM, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN PERSONS MAY NOT BE CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR IN THE SECOND DEGREE BASED ON THE RELATIVE AGE OF THE PARTIES AND THE NATURE OF THE SEXUAL CONDUCT BETWEEN THE PARTIES, AND TO REMOVE MISTAKE OF AGE AS A DEFENSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 128 (Word version) -- Senator Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 7-9-50 AND 7-9-70 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF THE MEETING OF A PARTY CLUB AND THE CONVENING OF A COUNTY CONVENTION, TO PROVIDE THAT NOTICE MAY BE PUBLISHED ON THE OFFICIAL INTERNET WEBSITE OF THE POLITICAL PARTY TO WHICH THE CLUB BELONGS AS WELL AS IN A NEWSPAPER OF GENERAL CIRCULATION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 129 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen, Courson and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3515, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE STATE INCOME TAX CREDIT ALLOWED FOR DONATIONS OF A GIFT OF LAND FOR CONSERVATION OR A QUALIFIED CONSERVATION CONTRIBUTION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CREDIT EQUALS TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE GIFT RATHER THAN TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE CHARITABLE DEDUCTION FOR THE GIFT ALLOWED ON THE TAXPAYER'S FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN, TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM ANNUAL CREDIT ALLOWED A TAXPAYER FROM $52,500 TO$150,000, AND TO ADJUST THE MAXIMUM ANNUAL CREDIT FOR INCREASES IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, AND TO DELETE OBSOLETE PROVISIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 130 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen and Ryberg: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO REFORM CERTAIN EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURES BY ADDING SECTION 4-9-32 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR PROCEDURES REQUIRED OF A COUNTY BEFORE IT MAY EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN; BY ADDING CHAPTER 1 TO TITLE 28 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT" PROVIDING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN INCLUDING THAT THE CONDEMNED PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR A PUBLIC USE, THAT PUBLIC AND PERSONAL NOTICES MUST BE OFFERED, THAT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS IN CERTAIN EXPRESS INSTANCES, THAT THE PROPERTY MAY BE REACQUIRED BY THE CONDEMNEE IN CERTAIN INSTANCES AT GIVEN PRICES, AND THAT THE CONDEMNEE HAS THE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL TO REPURCHASE THE PROPERTY IN CERTAIN INSTANCES; BY ADDING SECTION 28-2-35 SO AS TO SET FORTH PREREQUISITES TO THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN; BY ADDING SECTION 28-3-25 SO AS TO REQUIRE WRITTEN APPROVAL BEFORE CERTAIN PUBLIC BODIES MAY EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN; TO AMEND SECTION 4-9-30, RELATING TO A COUNTY'S AUTHORITY TO EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR SLUM CLEARANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT OF A BLIGHTED AREA BY A COUNTY; TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-50, RELATING TO A MUNICIPALITY'S AUTHORITY TO EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR SLUM CLEARANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT OF A BLIGHTED AREA AND TO PROVIDE REQUIRED PROCEDURES BEFORE THE EXERCISE; TO AMEND SECTION 6-33-30, RELATING TO TIF FOR MUNICIPALITIES, SO AS TO REDEFINE "AGRICULTURAL REAL PROPERTY" AND "BLIGHTED"; TO AMEND SECTION 28-2-20, RELATING TO THE INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN CONNECTION WITH THE EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURE ACT, SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 28-2-30, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF EXERCISING EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO DEFINE "BLIGHTED" AND "PUBLIC USE"; TO AMEND SECTIONS 28-2-60 AND 28-2-210, BOTH RELATING TO THE INSTITUTION OF A CONDEMNATION ACTION, BOTH SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 28-2-510, RELATING TO LITIGATION IN CONNECTION WITH A CHALLENGE TO THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE LANDOWNER IS ENTITLED TO AN ATTORNEY AND COSTS AND ATTORNEY'S FEES; TO AMEND SECTIONS 28-3-20 AND 28-3-30, BOTH RELATING TO STATE AUTHORITIES WITH EMINENT DOMAIN POWER, SO AS TO SPECIFY PUBLIC ENTITIES OTHER THAN COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES WHICH MAY EXERCISE THAT POWER WITHOUT APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD; TO AMEND SECTION 28-11-30, RELATING TO REIMBURSEMENT TO PROPERTY OWNERS FOR CERTAIN EXPENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR REESTABLISHMENT EXPENSES UP TO FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS; TO AMEND SECTION 31-6-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO TIF FOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, SO AS TO REDEFINE "AGRICULTURAL REAL PROPERTY" AND "BLIGHTED" AREAS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 31-7-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO TIF FOR COUNTIES, SO AS TO REDEFINE "AGRICULTURAL REAL PROPERTY" AND "BLIGHTED".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 131 (Word version) -- Senators Mescher and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-43-925 SO AS TO REQUIRE A PATIENT AT THE TIME OF ADMISSION TO A HOSPITAL TO INDICATE WHETHER THE PATIENT IS AN ORGAN OR TISSUE DONOR, OR BOTH, AND IF NOT, WHETHER THE PATIENT OR THE PATIENT'S FAMILY IS WILLING TO BE CONTACTED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ORGAN AND TISSUE PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATION AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT IF THE PATIENT OR PATIENT'S FAMILY IS NOT WILLING TO BE CONTACTED, THE HOSPITAL MAY NOT RELEASE PATIENT INFORMATION TO THE ORGAN AND TISSUE PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATION AND THAT THE ORGANIZATION MAY NOT CONTACT THE PATIENT OR HIS FAMILY UNLESS CONTACT IS REQUESTED BY THE PATIENT OR THE PATIENT'S FAMILY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 132 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-13-390, TO PROVIDE THAT NO MORE THAN ONE ARKANSAS BLUE CATFISH OVER THIRTY-FOUR INCHES MAY BE TAKEN FROM THE WATERS OF LAKES MARION AND MOULTRIE BY ANY ONE PERSON IN ONE DAY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION APPLY TO COMMERCIAL AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

S. 133 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-11-110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO HAS SERVED AS A STATE CONSTABLE FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS MEETS THE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF SHERIFF.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 134 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-54-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO DEALERS IN PRECIOUS METALS, TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION OF BUSINESS; TO AMEND SECTION 40-54-70, RELATING TO A DEALER'S CIVIL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES TO THE TRUE OWNER FOR KNOWINGLY PURCHASING STOLEN PRECIOUS METAL, TO INCLUDE THE PURCHASE OF A PRECIOUS OR SEMIPRECIOUS STONE OR GEM, TO REQUIRE A REASONABLE INQUIRY BY THE DEALER INTO THE TRUE OWNERSHIP OF THE ITEM, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL REMEDY OF IMMEDIATE RETURN OF THE ITEM UPON DEMAND BY THE TRUE OWNER; AND TO AMEND VARIOUS OTHER SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 54 OF TITLE 40 TO MAKE CERTAIN TECHNICAL AND OTHER CHANGES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 135 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-3-225, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH HOLDOVER APPOINTEES OF THE GOVERNOR THAT REQUIRE THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE SHALL CONTINUE TO SERVE IN OFFICE, AND FOR PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED IN MAKING NEW APPOINTMENTS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 136 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-1140 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO DEDUCTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL TAXATION, TO PROVIDE VOLUNTEER STATE CONSTABLES A DEDUCTION IN COMPUTING STATE TAXABLE INCOME.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 137 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-1-110, TO PROVIDE THAT COMMON LAW MARRIAGE IN THIS STATE IS NOT VALID AFTER JUNE 30, 2008, TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT THE PROBATE COURT SHALL WAIVE THE MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION FEE FOR PARTIES WHO ARE IN A COMMON LAW MARRIAGE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 20-1-360, RELATING TO THE VALIDITY OF A MARRIAGE CONTRACTED WITHOUT THE ISSUANCE OF A LICENSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 138 (Word version) -- Senator Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1780, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL ADOPTION RECORDS AND THE FURNISHING OF NONIDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT AN ADOPTEE'S BIOLOGICAL FAMILY, SO AS TO REQUIRE CLERKS OF COURT TO FURNISH NONIDENTIFYING HEALTH AND MEDICAL HISTORIES OF AN ADOPTEE AND HIS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS TO THE ADOPTEE AT HIS REQUEST IF HE IS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR TO EITHER ADOPTIVE PARENT AT THEIR REQUEST IF THE ADOPTEE IS LESS THAN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 139 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-224, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MOTOR HOMES WHICH QUALIFY AS A PRIMARY OR SECONDARY RESIDENCE FOR PURPOSES OF AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX, SO AS TO INCLUDE TRAILERS USED FOR CAMPING AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL PULLED BY A MOTOR VEHICLE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 140 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts and Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 44-20-360, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CERTAIN CARE FACILITIES FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THESE FACILITIES SHALL PARTICIPATE IN THE USUAL ACTIVITIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR THE RESIDENTS AND PROVIDE THAT IF THE FACILITY CHOOSES TO CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT SHALL PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THAT FACILITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 141 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Cleary, Campsen, Setzler and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 14-7-1610 AND 14-7-1630, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S INTENT TO ENHANCE THE GRAND JURY SYSTEM AND THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE GRAND JURY, SO AS TO ADD CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY TO THE STATE GRAND JURY'S JURISDICTION; AND TO DESIGNATE THE EXISTING SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 8, TITLE 16, RELATING TO OFFENSES THAT PROMOTE CIVIL DISORDER, AS ARTICLE 1, AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, SO AS TO ENACT THE "CRIMINAL GANG PREVENTION ACT", TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER TO USE OR THREATEN TO USE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON WITH THE INTENT TO COERCE, INDUCE, OR SOLICIT ANOTHER PERSON TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR TO PREVENT A PERSON FROM LEAVING A CRIMINAL GANG AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES, TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY FOR COMMITTING THIS OFFENSE WITH A FIREARM OR DEADLY WEAPON, TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY IF THE PERSON THREATENED IS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN, TO PROVIDE THE PERSON THREATENED HAS A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST A CRIMINAL GANG OR CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER, TO PROVIDE IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER BY THREAT OR FORCE TO PREVENT OR ATTEMPT TO PREVENT A WITNESS OR VICTIM FROM ATTENDING OR GIVING TESTIMONY AT A TRIAL THAT CONCERNS OR RELATES TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON THREATENED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION HAS A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST A CRIMINAL GANG OR GANG MEMBER, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR BRINGING THIS CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION, TO PROVIDE FOR PROTECTION OF THE IDENTITY OF AN INFORMANT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE SEIZURE OF ANY FIREARM, AMMUNITION, OR DANGEROUS WEAPON, WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, RECORDS, MONEY, NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS, OR VALUABLES IF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER REASONABLY BELIEVES IT IS OR WILL BE USED IN A PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY OR FOR FURTHERANCE OF THE BENEFITS OF A CRIMINAL GANG, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR SEIZURE OF FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, OR DANGEROUS WEAPONS, WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, RECORDS, MONEY, NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS, OR OTHER VALUABLES, TO PROVIDE FOR NOTIFICATION OF THE SHERIFF AND CHIEF OF POLICE WHEN A CRIMINAL GANG MEMBER IS RELEASED FROM JAIL, PRISON, OR A CORRECTIONS FACILITY, TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR EMPLOYEES LAWFULLY ENGAGED IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ACTIVITIES OR THE LAWFUL ACTIVITIES OF LABOR ORGANIZATIONS, TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, OR ANOTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE MAY ADOPT AND ENFORCE ORDINANCES CONSISTENT WITH THIS ARTICLE, TO REQUIRE THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TO INCLUDE THE VIOLENT GANG TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FILE AMONG THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER DATA AVAILABLE FOR DIRECT ACCESS BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES, TO REQUIRE STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO MAINTAIN A RECORD OF ALL PERSONS WHO ARE FOUND TO BE CRIMINAL GANG MEMBERS IN THE VIOLENT GANG AND TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FILE, AND TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A STATEWIDE CRIMINAL GANG DATABASE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 142 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-620, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO OFFENDERS BEING REQUIRED TO SUBMIT SAMPLES FOR INCLUSION IN THE DNA DATABASE, SO AS TO REQUIRE SAMPLES UPON LAWFUL CUSTODIAL ARREST RATHER THAN FOLLOWING SENTENCING AND AT THE TIME OF INTAKE AT A JAIL OR PRISON, AND TO REQUIRE SAMPLES TO BE PROVIDED BEFORE A PERSON IS RELEASED ON PAROLE, RELEASED FROM CONFINEMENT, OR RELEASED FROM AN AGENCY'S JURISDICTION; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-630, RELATING TO PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO TAKE DNA SAMPLES AND THEIR IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY, SO AS TO DELETE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE PERSONS AUTHORIZED MUST BE CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND TO PROVIDE THAT ONLY THEY MUST BE APPROPRIATELY TRAINED; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-650 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR COORDINATION BETWEEN SLED AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO PREVENT COLLECTION AND PROCESSING OF DUPLICATE DNA SAMPLES; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 23-3-660 AND 23-3-670, RELATING TO EXPUNGEMENTS AND FEES FOR DNA SAMPLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR EXPUNGEMENT WHEN CHARGES ARE DISMISSED OR NOLLE PROSSED, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE WILL PAY FOR THE COSTS OF COLLECTING AND PROCESSING A DNA SAMPLE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT FEES COLLECTED FROM CONVICTED PERSONS SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE AND CREDITED TO THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 143 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary, Campsen and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 14, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 10, SO AS TO ESTABLISH A STATEWIDE CRIMINAL CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM; AND TO AMEND SECTION 1-7-330, RELATING TO ATTENDANCE AT CIRCUIT COURT AND PREPARATION OF THE CRIMINAL DOCKET, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CRIMINAL DOCKET IS PREPARED PURSUANT TO A CRIMINAL CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN ADOPTED BY THE CIRCUIT AND APPROVED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 144 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary, Vaughn and Campsen: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION TO REVIEW, STUDY, AND RECOMMEND LEGISLATION FOR SENTENCING GUIDELINES, THE PAROLE SYSTEM, AND ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROCEDURES FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 145 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, Cleary, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Vaughn and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-43-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE REGULATIONS CONCERNING APPLICATION FOR THE GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (GED) DIPLOMA ALLOW CANDIDATES TO BE SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 146 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-1-210, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TEMPORARY TRANSFER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ANY MUNICIPAL OR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MAY BE TRANSFERRED OR ASSIGNED ON A TEMPORARY BASIS TO WORK WITHIN MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL TASK FORCES ESTABLISHED FOR THE MUTUAL AID AND BENEFIT OF THE PARTICIPATING JURISDICTIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 23-1-215, RELATING TO AGREEMENTS BETWEEN MULTIPLE LAW ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME OR CRIMES THAT HAVE OCCURRED WHERE MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS ARE INVOLVED, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO EXERCISE JURISDICTION WITHIN OTHER COUNTIES OR MUNICIPALITIES FOR PURPOSES OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 147 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts and Cleary: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-60, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VIOLENT CRIMES, SO AS TO REMOVE CERTAIN OFFENSES FROM BEING CONSIDERED VIOLENT CRIMES AND TO ADD CERTAIN OFFENSES TO BE CONSIDERED VIOLENT CRIMES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 148 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 17-15-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO BAIL AND RECOGNIZANCES AND MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED IN DETERMINING CONDITIONS OF RELEASE, SO AS TO SET MANDATORY MINIMUM AMOUNTS OF BAIL REQUIRED FOR PERSONS WHO COMMIT VIOLENT CRIMES WHILE RELEASED ON BAIL FOR A PRIOR OFFENSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 149 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-8305, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF JUVENILE PAROLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE A JUVENILE MAY BE CONDITIONALLY RELEASED, THE JUVENILE MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-8320, RELATING TO CONDITIONAL RELEASE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE JUVENILE MUST BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-19-110, RELATING TO THE PROCEDURE FOR CONDITIONAL RELEASE OF YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE A YOUTHFUL OFFENDER MAY BE CONDITIONALLY RELEASED, THE YOUTHFUL OFFENDER MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-710, RELATING TO THE GUIDELINES, ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SUPERVISED FURLOUGH PROGRAM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE AN INMATE MAY BE RELEASED ON SUPERVISED FURLOUGH, THE INMATE MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-720, RELATING TO INMATES WHO MAY BE PLACED WITHIN CERTAIN PROGRAMS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE AN INMATE MAY BE RELEASED ON SUPERVISED FURLOUGH, THE INMATE MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-1330, RELATING TO COURT INMATE'S AGREEMENT TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE AN INMATE MAY BE RELEASED ON PAROLE, THE INMATE MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-410, RELATING TO THE COURT BEING AUTHORIZED TO SUSPEND IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE FOR PROBATION AFTER CONVICTION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE A DEFENDANT MAY BE PLACED ON PROBATION, THE DEFENDANT MUST AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-430, RELATING TO THE CONDITIONS OF PROBATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED MUST INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE PROBATIONER MUST PERMIT SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-560, RELATING TO COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAMS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION MUST INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE OFFENDER MUST PERMIT SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-640, RELATING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANTING PAROLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE AN INMATE MAY BE RELEASED ON PAROLE, THE INMATE MUST AGREE TO SEARCH AND SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 24-21-645, RELATING TO THE ORDER AUTHORIZING PAROLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CONDITIONS OF PAROLE MUST INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE PAROLEE MUST PERMIT SEARCH OR SEIZURE WITH OR WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 150 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Campsen and Grooms: A BILL TO ENACT THE "STATE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORM ACT OF 2007" INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO AMEND CHAPTER 30, TITLE 1, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEPARTMENTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE POWER TO ORGANIZE AND REORGANIZE A DEPARTMENT INTO DIVISIONS LIES WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN FURTHERANCE OF ITS MANDATE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE XII OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION, TO CREATE THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND REVISE OTHER EXISTING DEPARTMENTS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ORGANIZATION, GOVERNANCE, DUTIES, FUNCTIONS, AND PROCEDURES OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND DIVISIONS, AND FOR THE MANNER OF SELECTION AND REMOVAL OF GOVERNING AUTHORITIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 151 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Hayes, Ford, Knotts, Ritchie and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 34 TO CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM ACT", SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM, A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE COORDINATION AND MEDICAL RESOURCES STATEWIDE TO AGENCIES AND ENTITIES THAT RESPOND TO VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROGRAM MUST BE ADMINISTERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PROGRAM, AND TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT SERVICES FUND TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR THE OPERATION OF THE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-495, RELATING TO CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THESE CENTERS TO ENTER INTO MEMORANDA OF AGREEMENT WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM TO PROVIDE FORENSIC MEDICAL SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH GUIDELINES ESTABLISHED BY THE SYSTEM AND TO REQUIRE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS TO RELEASE THE MEDICAL RECORDS OF CHILDREN SERVED FOR CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT TO THE SYSTEM FOR RESEARCH, QUALITY ASSURANCE, AND OTHER SPECIFIED PURPOSES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 152 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander, McConnell, Leatherman, Campsen, Vaughn and Ryberg: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 16, ARTICLE X OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO BENEFITS AND FUNDING OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS IN THIS STATE, INVESTMENTS ALLOWED FOR FUNDS OF THE VARIOUS STATE-OPERATED RETIREMENT SYSTEMS, AND THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS INVESTMENT PANEL, SO AS TO DELETE THE RESTRICTIONS LIMITING SUCH INVESTMENTS TO AMERICAN-BASED CORPORATIONS REGISTERED ON AN AMERICAN NATIONAL EXCHANGE AS PROVIDED IN THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 OR QUOTED THROUGH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS AUTOMATIC QUOTATION SYSTEM; AND TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 16, ARTICLE X, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS INVESTMENT PANEL.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 153 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Leatherman, Campsen, Vaughn and Ryberg: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 29, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TAXES UPON REAL PROPERTY MUST BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHODS AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ARTICLE X OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION; AND TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 6 OF ARTICLE X, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL ESTABLISH A METHOD OF VALUATION FOR ASSESSMENT OF REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE STATE; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY LAW SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND PROCEDURES TO IMPLEMENT THE ABOVE PROVISIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 154 (Word version) -- Senators Hawkins, Campsen, Vaughn and Ryberg: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS, BY ADDING SECTION 15 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY LAWFUL DOMESTIC UNION THAT IS VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE OR ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS MAY NOT CREATE ANY OTHER DOMESTIC UNION AND MAY NOT RECOGNIZE A DOMESTIC UNION CREATED BY ANOTHER JURISDICTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 155 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen, McConnell, Leatherman, Gregory, Elliott, Rankin, Vaughn, Ryberg and Courson: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 13, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT PRIVATE PROPERTY MUST NOT BE CONDEMNED BY EMINENT DOMAIN FOR ANY PURPOSE OR BENEFIT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE PURPOSE OR BENEFIT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, UNLESS THE CONDEMNATION IS FOR PUBLIC USE; EXCEPT THAT IN THE INSTANCE OF THE EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF REMEDYING BLIGHT, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAY PROVIDE FOR THE PRIVATE USE OF CONDEMNED PROPERTY UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS; AND TO RATIFY AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 17, ARTICLE I, AND SECTION 5, ARTICLE XIV, RELATING TO TREASON AND THE EXERCISE OF THE POWERS OF EMINENT DOMAIN BY OR WITHIN SUMTER, CHEROKEE, SPARTANBURG, YORK, FLORENCE, GREENVILLE, CHARLESTON, RICHLAND, AND LAURENS COUNTIES, SO AS TO DELETE THOSE PROVISIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 156 (Word version) -- Senators Campsen, McConnell, Leatherman, Vaughn, Courson and Hayes: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 9, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, AFTER THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES ON THE SECOND TUESDAY IN JANUARY OF EACH YEAR, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY RECEDE FOR A TIME PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED THIRTY CALENDAR DAYS BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE RECEDING BODY OR FOR MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS BY A TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF THE RECEDING BODY, TO PROVIDE THAT EACH BODY MAY PROVIDE FOR MEETINGS DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION AS IT CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE AND TO AUTHORIZE AN ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION FOLLOWING THE ELECTION OF SENATORS; AND TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III BY DELETING SECTION 21, WHICH PROVIDES THAT NEITHER HOUSE, DURING THE SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SHALL WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OTHER ADJOURN FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS, NOR TO ANY OTHER PLACE THAN THAT IN WHICH IT SHALL BE AT THE TIME SITTING.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 157 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Vaughn, Campsen and Courson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER PROTECTION ACT OF 2007", BY ADDING SECTION 59-25-900, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A TEACHER MAY BRING A CIVIL ACTION AGAINST A STUDENT WHO COMMITS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE AGAINST THE TEACHER IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS OR AT A SCHOOL-RELATED EVENT, OR IF THE OFFENSE IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TEACHER'S PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT NO TEACHER HAS CIVIL LIABILITY TO A STUDENT OR TO A PARTY ACTING IN THE INTEREST OF THE STUDENT FOR AN ACT OR OMISSION BY THE TEACHER THAT OCCURS WHILE THE TEACHER IS ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL; AND TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-612, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF A STUDENT COMMITTING ASSAULT AND BATTERY AGAINST A PERSON AFFILIATED WITH A SCHOOL IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY, SO AS TO REDEFINE INTO THREE OFFENSES WITH SEPARATE PENALTIES FOR EACH, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING THE MOST SERIOUS OFFENSE AS A FELONY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 158 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-850 SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "FUNERAL PROCESSION", TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTIES OF OPERATORS OF VEHICLES IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION AND NOT IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION AND TO PROVIDE FOR A CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THOSE DUTIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 159 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-19-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CANDIDATES FOR ELECTORS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT THERE MUST BE EIGHT CANDIDATES, TWO TO BE APPOINTED AT-LARGE AND SIX TO BE APPOINTED TO REPRESENT THE SIX CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS OF THE STATE; TO REQUIRE THAT THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES STATEWIDE CONSTITUTES ELECTION OF THE TWO AT-LARGE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS FOR THAT PARTY OR PETITION CANDIDATE AND THAT THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES IN A CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONSTITUTES ELECTION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR OF THAT PARTY OR PETITION CANDIDATE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 7-19-80 RELATING TO THE ELECTOR'S DECLARATION OF THE CANDIDATE FOR WHOM HE WILL VOTE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 160 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-53-75 SO AS TO ALLOW THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA-SUMTER TO OFFER AND CONFER FOUR-YEAR DEGREES CONTINGENT ON FUNDING; AND TO AMEND SECTION 11-41-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE STATE GENERAL OBLIGATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOND ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF "PROJECT" TO INCLUDE THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA-SUMTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS FOUR-YEAR DEGREES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 161 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 39-1-90 SO AS TO LIMIT INFORMATION THAT MAY BE INCLUDED IN A CONSUMER CREDIT REPORT OR CONSUMER CREDIT SCORE FURNISHED TO AN AUTHORIZED RECIPIENT IN THIS STATE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 162 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-7-79 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEFORE ANY LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENT OR BEFORE ANY ACTION BY THE GOVERNOR OR HIS AGENTS WHICH WOULD IMPLEMENT OR DIRECT A CHANGE IN A STATE PROGRAM OR IN A FEDERAL PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE, THE BOARD OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS FIRST MUST CONDUCT A STUDY AND ISSUE A REPORT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THE STUDY AND REPORT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE PROGRAM CHANGES TAKE EFFECT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 163 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-9-140 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY TO GRANT OR DENY A WAIVER FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF CODES OR ORDINANCES SPECIFYING THE LOCATION OF FIRE HYDRANTS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 15-78-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO THE WAIVER OF IMMUNITY UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA TORT CLAIMS ACT, SO AS TO EXEMPT LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES FROM LIABILITY FOR LOSS FROM WAIVERS GRANTED OR DENIED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 164 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 6-29-510, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COMPREHENSIVE PLANS OF LOCAL PLANNING COMMISSIONS, SO AS TO ESTABLISH COORDINATION BETWEEN ADJACENT AND OTHER RELEVANT JURISDICTIONS DURING THE LOCAL PLANNING PROCESS AND TO ESTABLISH THE DESIGNATION OF PRIORITY INFRASTRUCTURE AREAS AS AN ELEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE PLANS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 165 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 42, TITLE 11, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ACT, SO AS TO REDEFINE EXISTING DEFINITIONS AND ADD ADDITIONAL DEFINITIONS USED IN THE ACT, ALTER AND ADD FUNCTIONS AND POWERS TO BE PERFORMED BY THE DIVISION OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD, REQUIRE A STATE AGENCY AND PROGRAM TO CONSIDER AND DETERMINE WHETHER ITS DECISION AND ITS IMPACTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH REGIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANS, TO AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION TO ADMINISTER SUCH FUNDING AS MAY BE PROVIDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THE INTENT OF THIS CHAPTER, REQUIRE THE DIVISION TO ADOPT STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR REGULATING THIS FUNDING, AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION TO EMPLOY OR RETAIN ORGANIZATIONS, AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, AND UNIVERSITIES TO PROVIDE CONSULTATION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND TRAINING TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER, AND TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION TO MAKE A BIENNIAL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNOR ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS CHAPTER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 166 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-73-345 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IN COMPUTING DISTANCE FROM A FIRE STATION OR APPARATUS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING COMMERCIAL FIRE INSURANCE RATE CLASSIFICATIONS, A RATING ORGANIZATION SHALL ALLOW THE INSURED A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS FIRE CODE CLASSIFICATION IF THE INSURED CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT REGARDLESS OF DISTANCE, THE RESPONSE TIME FROM THE NEAREST FIRE STATION OR APPARATUS TO THE INSURED LOCATION DOES NOT EXCEED THE MEAN RESPONSE TIME OF A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS FIRE CODE CLASSIFICATION ASSUMING COMPARABLE AVAILABLE WATER SOURCES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 167 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES OF THIS STATE REGARDING ILLEGAL DRUGS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, AND TO REQUIRE THE STUDY TO INCLUDE THE APPLICATION, IMPLEMENTATION, AND ENFORCEMENT OF THESE LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES AND THEIR RESULTING EFFECTS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 168 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-1-315 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT WHERE THE PALMETTO TRAIL ADJOINS PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PRIVATE PROPERTY, NO FIREARMS MAY BE DISCHARGED WITHIN TWENTY-FIVE YARDS OF EITHER SIDE OF THE TRAIL, TO PROVIDE THAT THE TRAIL ALSO MAY NOT BE USED AS A MEANS OF TRESPASSING FOR HUNTING OR FOR RELEASING DOGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF HUNTING WITHIN A TWENTY-FIVE YARD BUFFER OF EITHER SIDE OF THE TRAIL, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

S. 169 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECYCLING PROGRAM TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE RECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; TO IMPOSE A FIVE-DOLLAR FEE ON EACH PIECE OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT CONTAINING A CATHODE RAY TUBE SOLD; TO REQUIRE THE STATE TREASURER TO DEPOSIT THE FEES COLLECTED IN THE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECYCLING FUND TO BE USED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO DETERMINE THE MOST EFFICIENT MEANS OF COLLECTING, TRANSPORTING, AND PROCESSING SCRAP ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND TO AWARD GRANTS, CONTRACTS, AND LOANS TO FURTHER THE PROCESS AND TECHNOLOGY FOR RECYCLING THIS EQUIPMENT; TO ESTABLISH THE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECYCLING COMMITTEE TO REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE USE OF THE RECYCLING FUND; AND TO REQUIRE THE RECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAM AND RECOMMEND WHETHER THIS PROGRAM SHOULD CONTINUE AND BE MADE PERMANENT LAW.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

S. 170 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-47-215 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE IDENTITY OF A PERSON FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS AGAINST A PHYSICIAN MUST REMAIN ANONYMOUS UNLESS THE MEDICAL DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION FINDS THAT THE COMPLAINT IS WITHOUT MERIT AND THE PHYSICIAN PETITIONS THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT FOR DISCLOSURE OF THE COMPLAINANT'S IDENTITY AND THE COURT FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE COMPLAINT WAS MADE MALICIOUSLY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 171 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 48-1-25 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A LONG RANGE STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO CERTIFY THAT EVERY MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING ACTION IS CONSISTENT WITH THIS STRATEGY AND OTHER STATE AND LOCAL PLANS, AND TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE ACTION ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND ON LOW-INCOME AND MINORITY PERSONS; TO AMEND SECTION 44-1-20, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND BOARD OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, SO AS TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN FACTORS THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED IN APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE BOARD; AND TO AMEND SECTION 48-1-50, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE POLLUTION CONTROL ACT, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER THE PAST ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE HISTORY OF AN APPLICANT WHEN MAKING A PERMIT DECISION AND TO CONSIDER REPEAT VIOLATIONS WHEN DETERMINING COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT PENALTIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

S. 172 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-290 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MAY ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES THAT ALLOW INMATE LABOR TO BE PROVIDED FOR PRISON INDUSTRY SERVICE WORK UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS; BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-295 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, SHALL DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A MARKETING PLAN TO ATTRACT PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF INMATES THROUGH THE PRISON INDUSTRIES PROGRAM; AND BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-300 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SHALL MAKE CERTAIN DEDUCTIONS FOLLOWING FROM THE GROSS EARNINGS OF THE INMATES ENGAGED IN PRISON INDUSTRY SERVICE WORK IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER REQUIRED DEDUCTIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 173 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 46 TO TITLE 44 ENACTING THE "BIOTECHNOLOGY ACT OF 2008" SO AS TO AUTHORIZE STEM CELL RESEARCH IN THIS STATE, AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO REQUIRE APPROVAL FROM AN INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD TO CONDUCT SUCH RESEARCH, TO PROHIBIT PURCHASING OR SELLING PREIMPLANTATION EMBRYOS FOR HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH, AND TO PROHIBIT HUMAN CLONING AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO LICENSE INSTITUTIONS CONDUCTING STEM CELL RESEARCH, TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE REVIEW AND REGULATION OF SUCH RESEARCH, TO PROVIDE THAT AN EMPLOYEE OF AN INSTITUTION MAY NOT BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT SUCH RESEARCH OR RELATED ACTIVITIES IF IT IS IN CONFLICT WITH THE EMPLOYEE'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, TO REQUIRE INFORMED CONSENT FOR DISPOSITION OF PREIMPLANTATION EMBRYOS FOR PATIENTS BEING TREATED FOR INFERTILITY, AND TO REQUIRE INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED ON UMBILICAL AND PLACENTA DONATIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 174 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 452 OF 2000, RELATING TO PAYMENT FOR THE ATTENDANCE OF MEETINGS BY THE HORRY COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HORRY COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MUST BE PAID AN ADDITIONAL SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS FOR EACH MEETING AT WHICH HE IS IN ATTENDANCE.
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Prefiled and ordered placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar without reference.

S. 175 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 11 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 23 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION SHALL CREATE AND OPERATE A STATEWIDE FIRST RESPONDER BUILDING MAPPING INFORMATION SYSTEM.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 176 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-220, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE VISION SCREENINGS REQUIRED FOR THE RENEWAL OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND PENALTIES FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WHEN ITS OPERATOR'S VISION IS DEFECTIVE, SO AS TO PERMIT A PERSON WHOSE DEGREE OF VISION IS LESS THAN 20/40 BUT BETTER THAN 20/200 TO OBTAIN A DRIVER'S LICENSE AND OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 177 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 31, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT, BY ADDING CHAPTER 20 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA COMMERCIAL PROPERTY USAGE ACT OF 2007", TO DEFINE "COMMERCIAL PROPERTY", "PERSON", "SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN USE" OR "SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN THE USE", AND TO LIMIT CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A PROPERTY OWNER CAN BRING A NUISANCE ACTION FOR NOISE AGAINST THE OWNERS, TENANTS, OR OCCUPANTS OF A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 178 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-1-115 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON APPOINTED TO A BOARD OR COMMISSION BY A LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MAY NOT SERVE MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS OR TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 179 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 42-1-5 SO AS TO ABOLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION AND TRANSFER ALL ASSETS AND EMPLOYEES TO A NEW DIVISION OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE; BY ADDING SECTION 42-7-315 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO CLAIM FOR INJURY OR DISEASE FILED AFTER JULY 1, 2007, SERVES AS A BASIS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF SUMS PAID BY AN EMPLOYER OR INSURANCE CARRIER PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 42-9-400 AND 42-9-410; TO AMEND SECTIONS 42-1-80, AS AMENDED, 42-1-560, CHAPTER 3, TITLE 42, 42-5-20, 42-5-190, 42-7-200, ALL AS AMENDED, 42-7-310, AS AMENDED, 42-11-170, 42-13-80, 42-13-90, 42-13-100, 42-13-110, 42-15-55, 42-15-95, AS AMENDED, 42-17-30, 42-17-40, 42-17-50, 42-17-60, ALL AS AMENDED, 42-17-70, 42-19-10, AS AMENDED, AND 42-19-50, GENERALLY RELATING TO THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION AND THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION WHICH ARE ABOLISHED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT, SO AS TO MAKE CHANGES TO REFERENCES CONSISTENT WITH THE ABOLITION AND TRANSFER OF ASSETS AND PERSONNEL TO THE DIVISION OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 1-23-600, AS AMENDED, SECTION 1-23-610, AND 1-23-640, AS AMENDED, ALL RELATING TO POWERS OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE, SO AS TO PROVIDE A ROTATING PANEL OF THREE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES SHALL HEAR APPLICATIONS FOR REVIEW OF DECISIONS OF THE DIVISION OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE; TO PROVIDE FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE THREE-JUDGE PANEL AND WHERE THE APPEAL MUST BE HEARD.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 180 (Word version) -- Senator Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 42-1-220 SO AS TO ELIMINATE CERTAIN WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS DIRECTLY TO AN ILLEGAL ALIEN, TO PROHIBIT THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION FUND FROM MAKING A PAYMENT TO AN INJURED ILLEGAL ALIEN CLAIMANT IF THE PAYMENT IS FOR SALARY, SUPPLEMENT, BENEFIT, LIVING SUSTENANCE, OR OTHER PAYMENTS RELATED TO AN INJURY EXPERIENCED ON THE JOB, AND TO REQUIRE THE ALIEN TO PROVIDE PROPER DOCUMENTATION TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION OFFICIALS TO PROVE HE IS LEGALLY RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF THE INJURY TO RECEIVE CERTAIN NONMEDICAL BENEFITS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 181 (Word version) -- Senator Fair: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 24-13-210 AND 24-13-230, BOTH AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GOOD BEHAVIOR, WORK, AND ACADEMIC CREDITS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO DEVELOP POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND GUIDELINES TO ALLOW CERTAIN PRISONERS TO RECEIVE A REDUCTION IN THEIR SENTENCES AND TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME THAT MAY BE REDUCED FROM A SENTENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-27-200, RELATING TO THE FORFEITURE OF WORK, EDUCATION, OR GOOD CONDUCT CREDITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A REDUCTION IN THESE CREDITS MAY BE IMPLEMENTED PURSUANT TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE'S RECOMMENDATION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MATTERS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN ARCHITECTURAL PLANS, DRAWINGS, OR SCHEMATICS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES WHOSE DISCLOSURE WOULD REASONABLY BE USED TO FACILITATE AN ESCAPE FROM LAWFUL CUSTODY MAY BE EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 182 (Word version) -- Senators Fair and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-285 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SHALL DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A MARKETING PLAN TO ATTRACT PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF INMATES THROUGH THE PRISON INDUSTRIES PROGRAM; AND BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-290 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SHALL DEDUCT CERTAIN AMOUNTS FROM THE GROSS EARNINGS OF THE INMATES ENGAGED IN PRISON INDUSTRY SERVICE WORK.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 183 (Word version) -- Senators Fair and Vaughn: A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A GENERAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (GED) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, PROVIDE THAT GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE IS NOT REQUIRED TO MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS DETERMINED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RELATING TO TEACHERS, FUNDING, OR SCHEDULE, AND PROVIDE FOR FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 184 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-4-580, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO CONTRACT TO COLLECT AN OUTSTANDING LIABILITY OWED TO A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, SO AS TO LIMIT THE DEPARTMENT'S WAGE GARNISHMENT POWERS TO COLLECTION OF AN OUTSTANDING TAX LIABILITY AND TO DEFINE "OUTSTANDING TAX LIABILITY OWED A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY".
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 185 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 44-95-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT, INCLUDING EXCEPTIONS TO PLACES WHERE SMOKING IS PROHIBITED, SO AS TO DELETE PROVISIONS ALLOWING SMOKING IN CERTAIN PRIVATE OFFICES AND TEACHER LOUNGES AT SCHOOLS AND IN PRIVATE OFFICES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EMPLOYEE BREAK AREAS IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 44-95-50, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF SMOKING RESTRICTIONS UNDER THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT, SO AS TO DELETE THE MINIMUM FINE OF TEN DOLLARS, RETAINING THE MAXIMUM FINE OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 186 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-504, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IMPLEMENTATION OF LAWS RELATING TO SUPPLYING MINORS WITH TOBACCO, SO AS TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT LAWS, ORDINANCES, OR RULES PERTAINING TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS MAY NOT SUPERSEDE STATE LAW, TO DELETE THE EXCEPTION PROVIDED FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND TO DELETE THE EXEMPTION FOR SMOKING ORDINANCES IN EFFECT BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SECTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 187 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 41-1-85, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE AS THE BASIS FOR TAKING A PERSONNEL ACTION AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE AN EMPLOYER TO ADVERTISE FOR NONSMOKER EMPLOYEES AND DESIGNATE IN HIS ADVERTISEMENT THAT THE WORKPLACE IS A NONSMOKING ENVIRONMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 188 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 155 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS GARNISHMENT ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO HAS RECOVERED JUDGMENT IN A COURT AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON TO COLLECT OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS HAS A RIGHT TO A WRIT OF GARNISHMENT TO SATISFY THE JUDGMENT HE HAS OBTAINED BY SUBJECTING TO GARNISHMENT SALARY OR WAGES OF THE JUDGMENT DEBTOR, TO PROVIDE THE JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE FOR GARNISHMENT, AND TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 189 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 12, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TAXATION, BY ADDING CHAPTER 63 ENACTING THE "SOUTH CAROLINA OUTSTANDING TAX LIABILITY GARNISHMENT ACT" SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR GARNISHMENT ON A TAXPAYER'S SALARY OR WAGES TO SATISFY A JUDGMENT FOR AN OUTSTANDING TAX LIABILITY, AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES AND DEFINITIONS APPLICABLE FOR THIS GARNISHMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 190 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-655, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINORS, TO PROVIDE THAT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE FIRST DEGREE OCCURS WHEN COMMITTED AGAINST A CHILD LESS THAN TWELVE, RATHER THAN ELEVEN, YEARS OF AGE, TO ADJUST THE AGE RELATED TO CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE SECOND DEGREE ACCORDINGLY, TO PROVIDE THAT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE SECOND DEGREE WITH A MINOR PERPETRATED BY A PERSON IN A FAMILIAL POSITION OR POSITION OF AUTHORITY OCCURS WHEN THE VICTIM IS EIGHTEEN, RATHER THAN SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE, TO REQUIRE WHEN IMPOSING THESE SENTENCES, THE COURT ALSO SHALL REQUIRE THE DEFENDANT, WHEN RELEASED FROM PRISON FOR CONVICTION OF FIRST OR SECOND DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR, TO BE PLACED ON PROBATION AND ON AN ACTIVE ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICE FOR THE DURATION OF TIME HE IS REQUIRED TO BE ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE REGISTRY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROBATION MUST BE IMPRISONED FOR UP TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF HIS ORIGINAL SENTENCE; TO AMEND SECTIONS 16-15-395, 16-15-405, AND 16-15-410, ALL AS AMENDED, ALL RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR, TO INCLUDE SEXUALLY EXPLICIT NUDITY AS A PROHIBITED ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT MISREPRESENTATION OF AGE IS NOT A DEFENSE TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR, TO CLARIFY THAT THE MINIMUM SENTENCE FOR FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR IS MANDATORY AND MAY NOT BE SUSPENDED OR PROBATION GRANTED, TO ESTABLISH A FELONY FOR COMMITTING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD UNDER TWELVE YEARS OF AGE AND TO PROVIDE A MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE OF TEN YEARS, AND TO REQUIRE WHEN IMPOSING THESE SENTENCES, THE COURT ALSO SHALL REQUIRE THE DEFENDANT, WHEN RELEASED FROM PRISON FOR CONVICTION OF FIRST OR SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR, TO BE PLACED ON PROBATION AND ON AN ACTIVE ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICE FOR THE DURATION OF TIME HE IS REQUIRED TO BE ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE REGISTRY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROBATION MUST BE IMPRISONED FOR UP TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF HIS ORIGINAL SENTENCE; TO ADD SECTION 24-13-180, TO REQUIRE THAT SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROVIDED TO A PRISONER INCARCERATED AT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MUST BE PROVIDED BY A CERTIFIED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROVIDER; TO ADD SECTION 24-21-445, TO REQUIRE THE COURT TO ORDER THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF PROBATION IF A SEX OFFENDER IS PLACED ON PROBATION AND TO PROVIDE THAT ANY SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT ORDERED FOR SUCH AN OFFENDER MUST BE PROVIDED BY A CERTIFIED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROVIDER; TO ADD SECTION 24-21-655, TO REQUIRE THAT IF, AS A CONDITION OF PAROLE, A PRISONER MUST RECEIVE SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT, THE TREATMENT MUST BE PROVIDED BY A CERTIFIED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROVIDER; TO ADD SECTION 44-9-170, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH TO ESTABLISH A CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROVIDERS AND TO PROVIDE THAT SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT ORDERED BY THE COURT OR PROVIDED BY THE STATE MUST BE PROVIDED BY A CERTIFIED TREATMENT PROVIDER; TO AMEND SECTION 44-48-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN THE SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR ACT, TO ADD ASSAULT AND BATTERY OF A HIGH AND AGGRAVATED NATURE TO THE DEFINITION OF A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IF THE ASSAULT WAS A SEXUAL OFFENCE AND TO DEFINE "PROBABLE CAUSE"; TO AMEND SECTION 44-48-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO HEARINGS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THE NAMED PERSON IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR, TO PROVIDE THAT IN MAKING THIS DETERMINATION, THE COURT MAY NOT CONSIDER THE FACT THAT A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION HAS NOT BEEN CONDUCTED, TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMED PERSON MAY NOT CHALLENGE THE VALIDITY OF HIS PRIOR CRIMINAL OR INSTITUTIONAL CONVICTIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE NAMED PERSON REFUSES TO COOPERATE WITH EVALUATION AND TREATMENT, EVIDENCE OF THIS REFUSAL IS ADMISSIBLE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COURT MAY BAR THE NAMED PERSON FROM INTRODUCING EXPERT PSYCHIATRIC EVIDENCE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH SHALL CONVENE A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR ACT, TO REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE OPERATION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ACT, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMITTEE SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2009.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 191 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-150-350, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION OF THE EDUCATION LOTTERY ACCOUNT, TO PROVIDE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP RESERVE ACCOUNT, FUNDED BY EXCESS LOTTERY PROCEEDS AND INVESTMENT EARNINGS, FOR THE EXCLUSIVE PURPOSE OF MAINTAINING FUNDING OF CERTAIN SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AND ASSISTANCES IF CERTIFIED NET LOTTERY PROCEEDS AND INVESTMENT EARNINGS ARE INSUFFICIENT TO FUND THEM, TO DEFINE "EXCESS", AND TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF THE RESERVE TO THREE PERCENT OF THE EDUCATION LOTTERY ACCOUNT REVENUE FOR THE LATEST COMPLETED FISCAL YEAR.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 192 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie, Campsen and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3395, TO ALLOW A STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX CREDIT OF FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PREMIUMS PAID BY A TAXPAYER PURSUANT TO A LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE CONTRACT, UP TO THREE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS FOR EACH TAXABLE YEAR FOR EACH CONTRACT, AND TO PROHIBIT A DOUBLE BENEFIT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 193 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie, Campsen and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-1140, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TAXABLE INCOME OF AN INDIVIDUAL, TO ALLOW A STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION EQUAL TO FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PREMIUMS PAID BY A TAXPAYER PURSUANT TO A LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE CONTRACT, UP TO THREE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS FOR EACH TAXABLE YEAR FOR EACH CONTRACT, AND TO PROHIBIT A DOUBLE BENEFIT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 194 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-11-15, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS NOT UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO OWN, POSSESS, OR USE AN OBJECT OR ITEM OF TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR A LAWFUL PURPOSE UNLESS IT IS UNLAWFUL TO GROW, PRODUCE, MANUFACTURE, PACKAGE, SHIP, DISTRIBUTE, OR SELL THE OBJECT OR ITEM, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY NOT BE CONVICTED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE BASED SOLELY UPON OWNERSHIP OR POSSESSION OF AN ITEM OF TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY UNLESS IT IS UNLAWFUL TO GROW, PRODUCE, MANUFACTURE, PACKAGE, SHIP, DISTRIBUTE, SELL, USE, OR CONSUME THE ITEM FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 195 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 42-1-455, TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR, CREATE, AND MAINTAIN A WEBSITE ON WHICH INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL PROVIDE, AND THE DEPARTMENT SHALL POST, THE IDENTITIES OF SUBCONTRACTORS WHO TERMINATE THEIR WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE COVERAGE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 196 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie and McConnell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "FAMILY COURT REFORM ACT OF 2007", BY AMENDING SECTION 15-36-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LIABILITY FOR ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS OF FRIVOLOUS SUITS, TO CLARIFY THAT AN ACTION IN FAMILY COURT IS SUBJECT TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA FRIVOLOUS CIVIL PROCEEDINGS SANCTIONS ACT AND MANDATE SANCTIONS FOR MULTIPLE FINDINGS OF FRIVOLOUS SUITS; TO AMEND SECTION 20-3-130, RELATING TO THE AWARD OF ALIMONY AND OTHER ALLOWANCES IN DIVORCE CASES, TO ELIMINATE ADULTERY AS A PROHIBITION TO AN AWARD OF ALIMONY, TO CREATE A CATEGORY OF "LIMITED ALIMONY", TO CREATE A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF FINITE ALIMONY FOR SHORT-TERM MARRIAGES AND DEFINE SHORT-TERM MARRIAGES, TO MODIFY THE TIME PERIOD FOR MARITAL MISCONDUCT AS AN ALIMONY FACTOR TO THE DATE OF FILING AN ACTION FOR DIVORCE OR SEPARATE SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE AND RELATING TO THE PAYMENT OF ALIMONY AND SEPARATE MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT IN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS, TO REQUIRE THAT ALL PAYMENTS MADE BY THE PAYOR MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE CLERK OF COURT UNLESS THE PAYOR SPOUSE DEMONSTRATES THAT HE WILL NOT DEFAULT ON THE OBLIGATION OR PROVIDE ADEQUATE SECURITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE SUPPORT, AND TO REQUIRE THAT IF THE PAYOR SPOUSE IS EVER TEN DAYS OR MORE LATE IN PAYING HIS OBLIGATION, THEN, UPON THE FILING OF AN AFFIDAVIT BY THE PAYEE SPOUSE, ALL FUTURE PAYMENTS, ALONG WITH A SERVICE FEE, MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE CLERK OF COURT; TO AMEND TITLE 20, RELATING TO THE CHILDREN'S CODE, BY ADDING CHAPTER 6, ENTITLED THE "SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILY COURT HEARING OFFICER ACT", TO ESTABLISH FAMILY COURT HEARING OFFICERS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 7 OF TITLE 20, RELATING TO THE PAYMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-93, TO REQUIRE THAT IN CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS, THE PAYMENT MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE CLERK OF COURT UNLESS THE PAYOR SPOUSE DEMONSTRATES THAT HE WILL NOT DEFAULT ON THE OBLIGATION OR PROVIDES ADEQUATE SECURITY FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE SUPPORT; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-420, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF FAMILY COURT IN DOMESTIC MATTERS, TO ADD A SUBSECTION CONCERNING FAMILY COURT JURISDICTION IN FRIVOLOUS MATTERS AND TO MANDATE THAT JUDGES SANCTION PARTIES WITH TWO OR MORE PRIOR DETERMINATIONS OF FILING A FRIVOLOUS CLAIM OR MOTION; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-472, RELATING TO THE EQUITABLE APPORTIONMENT AND CRITERIA OF MARITAL PROPERTY, TO MODIFY THE TIME PERIOD FOR MARITAL MISCONDUCT AS AN EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION FACTOR TO THE DATE OF FILING AN ACTION FOR DIVORCE OR SEPARATE SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-570, RELATING TO A FALSE REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT MADE MALICIOUSLY OR IN BAD FAITH, TO MANDATE THAT JUDGES SANCTION THE REPORTING PARTY UPON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT DETERMINATION OF MAKING A FALSE REPORT MALICIOUSLY OR IN BAD FAITH; AND TO AMEND TITLE 20, BY ADDING CHAPTER 8, ENTITLED THE "SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILY LAW MEDIATION ACT", TO MANDATE MEDIATION IN ALL DOMESTIC RELATIONS ACTIONS IN FAMILY COURT, TO PROVIDE FOR EXCEPTIONS WHERE MEDIATION IS NOT REQUIRED AND EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE MEDIATION MAY BE WAIVED, TO PROVIDE A TIMEFRAME WITHIN WHICH MEDIATION MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED, AND TO PROVIDE THAT NO FINAL HEARING IN A DOMESTIC RELATIONS ACTION SHALL BE SCHEDULED UNTIL MEDIATION IS COMPLETED IN THE MATTER, UNLESS IT IS EXEMPTED OR EXCEPTED FROM MEDIATION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 197 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 8-17-375, TO EXEMPT FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEE PROCEDURE ACT STATE EMPLOYEES WHO REPORT DIRECTLY TO AN AGENCY HEAD OR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICER, AND STATE EMPLOYEES WHO REPORT DIRECTLY TO THIS FIRST CATEGORY OF EMPLOYEES, TO EXEMPT ALL STATE EMPLOYEES WHO RECEIVE ANNUALIZED COMPENSATION OF AT LEAST FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, TO PROVIDE THAT THESE EXEMPTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO TEACHING AND RESEARCH FACULTY AT A FOUR-YEAR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, AND TO GIVE THESE NEW EXEMPTIONS PROSPECTIVE EFFECT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 198 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-420, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF DISTURBING SCHOOLS, TO PROVIDE GREATER SPECIFICITY FOR THE TYPES OF CONDUCT WHICH CONSTITUTE THE OFFENSE AND TO PROVIDE FOR INTERVENTION BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS PRIOR TO REFERRING SOME CASES TO COURT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 199 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 1, TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE STATE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER TO BE HEADED BY THE STATE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER WHO IS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE POWERS, DUTIES, AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 200 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-176, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ISSUANCE OF CONDITIONAL AND SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSES, TO PROVIDE THAT THESE AND ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE ISSUANCE OR REINSTATEMENT OF A BEGINNER'S PERMIT, CONDITIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, SPECIAL RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND A REGULAR DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED TO A PERSON LESS THAN SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE SUSPENSION OF A PERSON'S PERMIT OR LICENSE IF HE FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THESE CONDITIONS, AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE SUSPENSION REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PERSON HAS DEMONSTRATED COMPLIANCE WITH THESE CONDITIONS FOR ONE FULL SEMESTER SUBSEQUENT TO THE SEMESTER DURING WHICH HIS PERMIT OR LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 201 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 5-3-105, TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY TO ANNEX AN AREA BY ORDINANCE IF THE AREA IS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY THE MUNICIPALITY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 202 (Word version) -- Senator Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTIONS 5-3-320, 5-3-325, 5-3-330, 5-3-335, 5-3-340, 5-3-345, 5-3-350, AND 5-3-355, TO AUTHORIZE AN ALTERNATE METHOD OF MUNICIPAL ANNEXATION BASED ON CERTAIN POPULATION DENSITY AND DEVELOPMENT CRITERIA, AND TO PROVIDE PREREQUISITES AND PROCEDURES FOR THIS METHOD.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 203 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 5-3-150, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AN ALTERNATE METHOD OF ANNEXATION WHERE A PETITION IS SIGNED BY FREEHOLDERS, TO LOWER FROM SEVENTY-FIVE TO SIXTY PERCENT OF FREEHOLDERS WHO MUST SIGN A PETITION WITH THE MUNICIPALITY TO HAVE THE PROPERTY ANNEXED AND LOWER THE PERCENTAGE OF ASSESSED VALUATION OF REAL PROPERTY FROM SEVENTY-FIVE TO SIXTY PERCENT THAT MUST BE OWNED BY THOSE FREEHOLDERS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 204 (Word version) -- Senators Ritchie and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A FINGERPRINT REVIEW FOR A PERSON APPLYING FOR LICENSURE AS A FOSTER PARENT, TO INCLUDE ANYONE SEEKING APPROVAL TO ADOPT A CHILD IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) TO UNDERGO A FINGERPRINT REVIEW; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1642 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON FOSTER CARE REPLACEMENT WITH PERSONS WITH A HISTORY OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT OR OTHER CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS OR PLEAS, TO INCLUDE A PROHIBITION ON PLACING A DSS CHILD IN A HOME FOR FOSTER CARE OR ADOPTION WHERE ANYONE IN THE HOME OVER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN HAS PLED GUILTY OR NOLO CONTENDERE TO UNLAWFUL CONDUCT TOWARD A CHILD OR CRUELTY TO CHILDREN.

Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 205 (Word version) -- Senator Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 14 TO TITLE 8 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CLEAN ELECTIONS ACT", TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE BY WHICH CERTAIN CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE WHO AGREE TO LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO RECEIVE A PREDETERMINED AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR CAMPAIGNS AND TO REQUIRE ELECTRONIC DISCLOSURES FOR ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES AND POLITICAL COMMITTEES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 206 (Word version) -- Senator Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 16 TO CHAPTER 71, TITLE 38 SO AS TO ENACT THE "PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER LICENSURE AND SOLVENCY PROTECTION ACT" TO PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS, INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY TO ACT AS A PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER AND REQUIREMENTS FOR RECORD MAINTENANCE, ANNUAL REPORTING, AND OPERATIONS; AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR ESTABLISHING MEDICATION REIMBURSEMENT COSTS TO BE PAID TO NETWORK PHARMACIES.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 207 (Word version) -- Senator Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 9-1-1590, 9-1-1790, AND 9-11-90, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO RETURNING TO ACTIVE SERVICE AND THE RESTORATION TO THE STATUS OF ACTIVE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS TO RETIREES UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM, WHO HAVE RETURNED TO ACTIVE SERVICE IN COVERED EMPLOYMENT, SO AS TO REDUCE FROM FORTY-EIGHT TO TWELVE THE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS THE TIME AFTER WHICH A BENEFICIARY RETURNED TO ACTIVE SERVICE IN COVERED EMPLOYMENT MAY BE RESTORED TO THE STATUS OF ACTIVE CONTRIBUTING MEMBER AND TO EXEMPT REEMPLOYED RETIREES UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM WHO RETURNED TO EMPLOYMENT BEFORE JULY 1, 2005, FROM THE PAYMENT OF EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS OTHERWISE DUE THESE SYSTEMS, TO PROVIDE THAT THIS EXEMPTION CONTINUES WHILE A REEMPLOYED RETIREE REMAINS EMPLOYED IN THE POSITION HELD BEFORE JULY 1, 2005, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFUND WITH INTEREST OF THE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THESE EMPLOYEES WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYMENT AFTER JUNE 30, 2005.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 208 (Word version) -- Senator Richardson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN BEAUFORT COUNTY, SO AS TO REVIEW AND RENAME CERTAIN VOTING PRECINCTS OF BEAUFORT COUNTY AND REDESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER FOR THE MAP ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD, AND TO ADD A PROVISION TO AUTHORIZE THE BEAUFORT COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION, WITH THE APPROVAL OF A MAJORITY OF THE BEAUFORT COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, TO DETERMINE THE POLLING PLACES FOR THE PRECINCTS IN BEAUFORT COUNTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 209 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-95-15 SO AS TO ADD AND DEFINE TERMS USED IN THE "CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT OF 1990"; TO AMEND SECTION 44-95-20, RELATING TO PLACES WHERE SMOKING IS PROHIBITED, SO AS TO EXTEND THIS PROHIBITION TO RETAIL STORES AND BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, BARS, LOUNGE AREAS, AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES; TO ADD SECTION 44-94-25 SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT SMOKING IS NOT PROHIBITED IN PRIVATE HOMES AND HOTEL ROOMS DESIGNATED AS SMOKING ROOMS, OUTDOOR AREAS, INCLUDING OUTDOOR AREAS OF RETAIL STORES AND BUSINESSES WHERE SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED INDOORS, TOBACCO STORES, CIGAR BARS, AND PRIVATE CLUBS; AND TO ADD SECTION 44-95-80 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED TO PERMIT SMOKING WHERE IT IS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY AN OWNER OF ANY ESTABLISHMENT OR BY REGULATION OF A STATE OR LOCAL AGENCY, INCLUDING A LOCAL ORDINANCE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 210 (Word version) -- Senator Cleary: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-3-102 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE MUST BE ELECTED TO OFFICE BY THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE STATE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, AND PROVIDE FOR THE DIRECTOR'S TERM OF OFFICE, QUALIFICATIONS, VACANCIES, AND RELATED MATTERS; TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE ELECTED TO OFFICE UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 38-1-20, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS UNDER THE INSURANCE LAWS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO MAKE CERTAIN CHANGES TO THE DEFINITION OF "DIRECTOR" OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 38-3-10, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, SO AS TO DELETE CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT'S DIRECTOR, PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR IS ELECTED RATHER THAN APPOINTED, AND MAKE CHANGES IN THE PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF THE DIRECTOR; TO AMEND SECTION 38-3-100, RELATING TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, SO AS TO, AMONG OTHER CHANGES, DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT, IF THE DIRECTOR BECOMES A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR BECOMES A MEMBER OF A POLITICAL COMMITTEE DURING TENURE, HIS OFFICE MUST BE IMMEDIATELY VACATED; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE ELECTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE BEGINS WITH THE 2010 STATEWIDE ELECTION PROCESS AND THAT THE DIRECTOR SERVING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT SHALL CONTINUE TO SERVE UNTIL HIS SUCCESSOR IS ELECTED AND QUALIFIES FOR OFFICE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 211 (Word version) -- Senator Ford: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 54, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY DESIGNATING SECTIONS 54-1-10 THROUGH 54-1-40 AS ARTICLE 1, ENTITLED "GENERAL PROVISIONS" AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 5 ENACTING THE "WATERCRAFT GAMBLING ACT" SO AS TO MAKE IT LAWFUL TO USE GAMBLING DEVICES ON WATERCRAFT AND TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 212 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-5-90 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CLOSING ATTORNEY AT LAW INVOLVED IN A RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION REPRESENTING THE PURCHASER WHERE THE PURCHASER INTENDS TO OCCUPY THE PROPERTY AS HIS PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE MUST PROVIDE THE PURCHASER AT CLOSING WITH AN APPLICATION FORM DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WHICH WILL ENTITLE THE PURCHASER TO RECEIVE A FOUR PERCENT ASSESSMENT RATIO ON THE PROPERTY AND ALSO THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IF THE PURCHASER QUALIFIES AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE CLOSING ATTORNEY SHALL REQUEST THE PURCHASER TO EXECUTE THE FORM AS APPROPRIATE AND SHALL TRANSMIT IT TO THE APPLICABLE COUNTY ASSESSOR FOR PROCESSING.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 213 (Word version) -- Senators Lourie, Hayes, Fair, Setzler, Courson, Vaughn and Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ENACTING THE "PREVENTION OF UNDERAGE DRINKING AND ACCESS TO ALCOHOL ACT OF 2007" SO AS TO ADD ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 3, TITLE 61 TO PROVIDE SOCIAL HOST CRIMINAL LIABILITY WHEN ALCOHOL IS PROVIDED TO A MINOR UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO DEFINE TERMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTICLE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR THE OFFENSE; TO ADD ARTICLE 19, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 61 TO REQUIRE THE REGISTRATION OF KEGS, TO DEFINE TERMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTICLE, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF KEGS, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; TO ADD SECTION 61-6-4075 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF ILLEGAL PURCHASE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS FOR ANOTHER'S CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISES AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO ADD SECTION 61-6-4085 SO AS TO REQUIRE CRIMINAL CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT AGAINST BOTH THE SELLER AND PURCHASER REGARDING THE ILLEGAL SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS TO MINORS AND TO CREATE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE USE OF MINORS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-8920 AND 20-7-8925, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PURCHASE OR POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, AND ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, SO AS TO EQUALIZE THE PENALTIES FOR THE OFFENSES, TO REQUIRE THAT THE VIOLATOR COMPLETE AN ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE USE OF MINORS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-746, RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING THE UNLAWFUL PURCHASE OR POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, OR ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY MINORS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS AND REQUIRE NOTIFICATION OF THE MINOR'S PARENT WHEN THE MINOR'S DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-50, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL SALE OF BEER OR WINE TO MINORS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS AND TO REQUIRE THE VIOLATOR TO COMPLETE AN ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-60, RELATING TO A MINOR'S GIVING FALSE INFORMATION AS TO AGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASING BEER OR WINE SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTY SO IT IS EQUAL TO THE SIMILAR OFFENSE INVOLVING ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-80, RELATING TO THE PURCHASE OF BEER OR WINE FOR ANOTHER'S CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES, SO AS TO REVISE THE PENALTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-90, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF BEER OR WINE FOR A MINOR'S CONSUMPTION, SO AS TO REVISE THE PENALTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-100, RELATING TO REQUIRING CRIMINAL CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT AGAINST BOTH THE SELLER AND PURCHASER REGARDING THE ILLEGAL SALE AND PURCHASE OF BEER OR WINE BY A MINOR, SO AS TO CREATE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE USE OF MINORS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4070, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS FOR A MINOR'S CONSUMPTION, SO AS TO REVISE THE PENALTIES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4080, RELATING TO THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS TO MINORS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS AND TO REQUIRE THE VIOLATOR TO COMPLETE AN ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 214 (Word version) -- Senator Hawkins: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-67-420 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE EXTENT OF SCHOOL RELATED TRANSPORTATION TO BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS BY THE STATE, TO REDUCE THE AREA FOR WHICH THE STATE ASSUMES NO OBLIGATION TO TRANSPORT ANY CHILD TO OR FROM SCHOOL FROM WITHIN ONE AND ONE-HALF MILES OF THE SCHOOL HE ATTENDS TO ONE-HALF OF A MILE.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 215 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-2953, RELATING TO VIDEOTAPING THE CONDUCT OF A PERSON SUSPECTED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT THE INCIDENT AND BREATH TEST SITE, TO PROVIDE THAT MIRANDA WARNINGS NEED NOT BE READ AT THE BREATH TEST SITE IF READ AT THE INCIDENT SITE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE FAILURE TO CAPTURE ANY PORTION OF THE CONDUCT REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION TO BE VIDEOTAPED IS NOT GROUNDS TO DISMISS A CHARGE OR SUPPRESS THE VIDEOTAPE IF THE COURT DETERMINES THAT THE ARRESTING OFFICER MADE A GOOD FAITH ATTEMPT TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION AND THE FAILURE TO CAPTURE WAS THE RESULT OF THE SUBJECT'S ACTIONS OR THE INADVERTENT ACTIONS OF THE ARRESTING OFFICER.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 216 (Word version) -- Senator Richardson: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-160, TO REQUIRE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT'S BUDGET AND TAX LEVY FOR GENERAL OPERATING PURPOSES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE COUNTY GOVERNING BODY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TO PROVIDE THAT THIS SECTION DOES NOT AFFECT LIMITATIONS ON THE INCREASE IN MILLAGE OR THE BUDGET ALREADY PROVIDED BY LAW FOR A PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN APPROVAL PROCESS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS LOCATED IN MORE THAN ONE COUNTY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 217 (Word version) -- Senators Courson, Hayes, Vaughn and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 16 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM, PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM, PROVIDE FOR COURSES OFFERED FOR CERTAIN CREDIT, PROVIDE FOR THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM'S TEACHERS, PROVIDE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS, PROVIDE FOR A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND PROVIDE FOR AN ON-LINE PROGRAM IN A CHARTER SCHOOL; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-40-65 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION IF A CHARTER SCHOOL OFFERS A PROGRAM OF ON-LINE INSTRUCTION AND PROVIDE THAT CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY ENROLL IN THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM PURSUANT TO PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Education.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 218 (Word version) -- Senator Courson: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 5, CHAPTER 9, TITLE 25 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT, TO NAME THE COMPACT THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT INSTEAD OF THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT; TO AMEND ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 25, RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING AN INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNOR SHALL DEVELOP AND COORDINATE AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES CERTAIN PROVISIONS AND PROCEDURES.
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Prefiled and referred to the General Committee.

Read the first time and referred to the General Committee.

S. 219 (Word version) -- Senators Courson and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 56 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-2943, TO PROVIDE THAT THE CLERK OF THE COURT OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH A PERSON IS CONVICTED OF A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, ANOTHER DRUG, OR A COMBINATION OF DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHIN FIVE YEARS, MUST PUBLISH, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CONVICTED PERSON, A NOTICE OF THE PERSON'S CONVICTION AND HIS PICTURE IN THE MANNER LEGAL NOTICES ARE PUBLISHED IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE PERSON RESIDES OR, FOR NONRESIDENTS, IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS CONVICTED.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 220 (Word version) -- Senator Mescher: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO HEALTH, BY ADDING CHAPTER 135, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN QUALIFYING PATIENTS MAY ENGAGE IN THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA, TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA A QUALIFYING PATIENT OR CAREGIVER MAY POSSESS, TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A REGISTRATION PROGRAM AND THE ISSUANCE OF REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARDS, TO ESTABLISH THE QUALIFICATIONS A PATIENT OR CAREGIVER MUST POSSESS TO OBTAIN A REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD, TO PROVIDE A TIME LIMIT FOR THE APPROVAL OF AN APPLICATION FOR AN IDENTIFICATION CARD AND ITS ISSUANCE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE INFORMATION ON THE IDENTIFICATION CARD MUST BE CURRENT, TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL MAINTAIN A CONFIDENTIAL LIST OF THE REGISTRANTS, TO PROVIDE THAT QUALIFYING PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ACT MAY NOT BE ARRESTED, PROSECUTED, OR PENALIZED IN ANY MANNER BASED UPON THE QUALIFYING PATIENT'S USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN MAY NOT BE ARRESTED, PROSECUTED, OR PENALIZED IN ANY MANNER, OR HAVE A PROFESSIONAL LICENSING BOARD ACTION BROUGHT AGAINST HIM SOLELY FOR PROVIDING A WRITTEN CERTIFICATION, TO PROTECT FROM FORFEITURE AN INDIVIDUAL'S INTEREST IN OR RIGHT TO PROPERTY THAT IS POSSESSED, OWNED, OR USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA, TO PROVIDE THAT POSSESSION OF OR AN APPLICATION FOR A REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD DOES NOT ALONE CONSTITUTE PROBABLE CAUSE TO SEARCH THE PERSON OR PROPERTY OF THE PERSON POSSESSING OR APPLYING FOR THE REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD, TO PROVIDE THAT AN EMPLOYER, SCHOOL, OR LANDLORD MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST A PERSON SOLELY BECAUSE OF HIS STATUS AS A REGISTERED QUALIFYING PATIENT OR REGISTERED CAREGIVER, TO PLACE LIMITATIONS ON THE PLACES WHERE A QUALIFIED PATIENT MAY USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA, TO PROVIDE THAT GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS OR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REIMBURSE OR COVER THE COSTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, TO PROVIDE THAT AN EMPLOYER IS NOT REQUIRED TO ACCOMMODATE THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY NOT KNOWINGLY OR PURPOSELY FABRICATE OR MISREPRESENT A REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO PROMULGATE CERTAIN REGULATIONS, AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REFLECTING THE STATUS OF THE REGISTRY.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 221 (Word version) -- Senators Mescher and Vaughn: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1910, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ISSUANCE OF LICENSE PLATES WITH SPECIAL NUMBERS OR IDENTIFICATION AUTHORIZED FOR VEHICLES THAT TRANSPORT DISABLED PERSONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MUST ISSUE, ALONG WITH THE LICENSE PLATE, A PLACARD THAT MUST BE DISPLAYED IN THE VEHICLE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS PARKED IN A HANDICAPPED PARKING PLACE OR IN A METERED OR TIMED PARKING PLACE WITHOUT BEING SUBJECT TO PARKING FEES OR FINES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1960, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF AND DISPLAY OF PLACARDS THAT ALLOW A VEHICLE TO PARK IN A PARKING PLACE WITHOUT BEING SUBJECT TO PARKING FEES OR FINES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DATE OF BIRTH OF THE PERSON ISSUED THE PLACARD MUST APPEAR ON IT.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 222 (Word version) -- Senators Mescher and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 67, TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF PUPILS BY SCHOOL BUSES, TO PROVIDE THAT, EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES AND TO REPORT MECHANICAL PROBLEMS, SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS MAY NOT USE CELLULAR TELEPHONES WHILE DRIVING THE SCHOOL BUS AND TO DEFINE EMERGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 223 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-103-35 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING SUBMITTING BUDGET REQUESTS TO THE STATE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION, TO PROVIDE THAT ALL OF THE STATE'S FUNDS FOR EDUCATIONAL AND GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES OF ALL PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS SHALL BE APPROPRIATED TO THE COMMISSION AND ALLOCATED TO THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING IN A FAIR AND EQUITABLE MANNER, AND TO PROVIDE CERTAIN APPROPRIATION REQUIREMENTS.
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Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 224 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE MARCH 23 AS GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE ANCIENT MACEDONIANS WERE HELLENES, AND THAT THE INHABITANTS OF MACEDONIA TODAY ARE HELLENIC DESCENDANTS AND PART OF THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF GREECE, MACEDONIA.
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S. 225 (Word version) -- Senator Williams: A SENATE RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING BISHOP MICHAEL A. BLUE ON THE FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF HIS THE DOOR OF HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THANKING HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION TO THE PEOPLE OF MARION COUNTY, AND WISHING HIM MUCH SUCCESS IN ALL OF HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
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S. 226 (Word version) -- Senator Jackson: A SENATE RESOLUTION JOINING THE CONGREGATION OF REFUGE TEMPLE CHURCH OF COLUMBIA IN EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO BISHOP WILLIAM L. BONNER ON THE OCCASION OF HIS EIGHTY-FIFTH BIRTHDAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS PASTOR AND FOUNDER OF REFUGE TEMPLE CHURCH.
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S. 227 (Word version) -- Senators Ford, Anderson, Alexander, Courson, Campsen, O'Dell, Williams, Knotts, Hutto, Matthews, Land, Jackson, McConnell, Patterson, McGill, Pinckney, Reese, Elliott, Leatherman, Peeler, Lourie, Malloy, Sheheen, Short, Rankin, Ryberg, Ritchie, Leventis, Fair, Grooms, Cromer, Bryant, Mescher, Martin, Hayes, Richardson, Scott and Vaughn: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION INVITING THE HONORABLE JAMES E. CLYBURN, MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND NEWLY-ELECTED MAJORITY WHIP OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE 110TH CONGRESS, TO ADDRESS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN JOINT ASSEMBLY ON A DATE AND TIME CONVENIENT FOR REPRESENTATIVE CLYBURN'S SCHEDULE AS DETERMINED BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Invitations.

S. 228 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE BLYTHEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM FOR ITS STELLAR SEASON AND FOR CAPTURING THE CLASS AAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, AND TO HONOR THE TEAM'S SUPERLATIVE PLAYERS, COACHES, AND STAFF.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 229 (Word version) -- Senator Peeler: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES THE BROAD RIVER ALONG UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 29 IN CHEROKEE COUNTY THE "JAMES D. BATCHLER BRIDGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS BRIDGE THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "JAMES D. BATCHLER BRIDGE".
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 230 (Word version) -- Senator Peeler: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION HONORING THE MANY YEARS OF SERVICE MR. WAYNE POWELL HAS GIVEN TO THE CHEROKEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY, THANKING HIM FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE, AND WISHING HIM WELL IN THE FUTURE.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 231 (Word version) -- Senator Peeler: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION THANKING MRS. JOAN S. WHEELER FOR HER MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CHEROKEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY, HONORING HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP, AND WISHING HER MUCH CONTINUED SUCCESS IN HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 232 (Word version) -- Senators Patterson, Matthews, Ford, Anderson, Pinckney, Malloy, Moore, Courson and Lourie: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPON THE DEATH OF BISHOP A. C. JACKSON, FOUNDER OF BIBLE WAY CHURCH OF ATLAS ROAD AND FATHER OF OUR BELOVED COLLEAGUE, SENATOR DARRELL JACKSON.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 233 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 47-3-750 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT OF A DANGEROUS ANIMAL, TO PROVIDE THAT ANY DANGEROUS ANIMAL THAT ATTACKS A HUMAN BEING OR DOMESTIC ANIMAL MUST BE SEIZED AND IMPOUNDED WHILE ANY PROCEEDING PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE IS PENDING.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

S. 234 (Word version) -- Senator Reese: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-75-795 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE DENIAL, CANCELLATION, OR NONRENEWAL OF HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE BASED SOLELY ON THE PRESENCE OF ONE OR MORE DOMESTICATED DOGS ON THE HOMEOWNERS' PREMISES, UNLESS A SPECIFIC DOG ON THE PREMISES HAS A DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO A PERSON.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 235 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes and Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 34-26-110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CREDIT UNION ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS OF "DEPOSIT ACCOUNT" AND "SHARE ACCOUNT"; 34-26-350, RELATING TO THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT THE CREDIT UNION MAY ESTABLISH AND CLOSE BRANCHES WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS; 34-26-420, RELATING TO POWERS INCIDENTAL TO THE PURPOSE OF CREDIT UNIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE POWERS GRANTED BY STATE LAW OR REGULATION TO A STATE-CHARTERED CREDIT UNION NOT EXCEEDING THOSE FOR A FEDERALLY-INSURED FINANCIAL INSTITUTION; 34-26-500, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT A CREDIT UNION PRESENTLY DOES NOT HAVE A CREDIT UNION SERVICE AVAILABLE, AND PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD APPROVAL IS NOT NECESSARY TO ADD GROUPS WITH NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY POTENTIAL MEMBERS INSTEAD OF ONE HUNDRED; 34-26-605, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BYLAWS MAY OFFER THE OPTION OF USING LOAN OFFICERS INSTEAD OF A CREDIT COMMITTEE; 34-26-750, RELATING TO THE OWNERSHIP INTERESTS IN SHARE ACCOUNTS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT CREDIT UNION BYLAWS MUST ESTABLISH MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBERS RIGHT TO VOTE, OBTAIN LOANS, OR HOLD OFFICE; AND 34-26-860, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LIMITATION ON THE SIZE OF LOAN SECURED BY REAL ESTATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LOAN TERMS FOR RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS MAY NOT EXCEED FORTY INSTEAD OF THIRTY YEARS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT LOANS FOR CERTIFIED APPRAISALS MUST BE THE SAME AS FOR STATE-CHARTERED BANKS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S. 236 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-31 SO AS TO MAKE IT AN UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE GLASS REPAIR BUSINESS THAT ADMINISTERS INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE GLASS REPAIRS TO HAVE AN INSURED'S GLASS REPAIR BUSINESS REFERRED TO ITSELF OR TO USE INFORMATION TO SOLICIT BUSINESS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 237 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 63, TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-95, TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL MAY NOT DENY A STUDENT ACCESS TO PROGRAMS OR SERVICES BECAUSE THE STUDENT'S PARENT HAS REFUSED TO PLACE THE STUDENT ON PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION, TO PROHIBIT A TEACHER OR SCHOOL PERSONNEL FROM REQUIRING A STUDENT TO TAKE MEDICATION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PARENT MAY REFUSE A PSYCHOLOGICAL SCREENING OF THE STUDENT.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 238 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, Bryant, Fair, Richardson and Verdin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 9-1-1510, 9-1-1515, 9-1-1550, 9-1-1660, 9-1-1770, AND 9-1-1850, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO RETIREMENT AND EARLY RETIREMENT, CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS, SURVIVORS' ANNUITIES, DEATH BENEFITS, AND SERVICE PURCHASE FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA RETIREMENT SYSTEM, TO INCREASE FROM TWENTY-EIGHT TO THIRTY YEARS THE SERVICE CREDIT REQUIRED FOR A MEMBER OF THAT SYSTEM TO RETIRE AT ANY AGE WITHOUT A REDUCTION IN BENEFITS AND TO MAKE THE APPROPRIATE CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 239 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, Bryant, Fair, Richardson and Verdin: A BILL TO CLOSE THE TEACHER AND EMPLOYEE RETENTION INCENTIVE (TERI) PROGRAM TO NEW PARTICIPANTS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007; TO REPEAL EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010, ARTICLE 17, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 9, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TERI PROGRAM; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT MAY NOT BE AMENDED OR REPEALED EXCEPT IN SEPARATE LEGISLATION RECEIVING AN AFFIRMATIVE TWO-THIRDS RECORDED VOTE IN EACH HOUSE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 240 (Word version) -- Senator Short: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-1140, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TAXABLE INCOME OF AN INDIVIDUAL FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX ACT, SO AS TO ALLOW A MAXIMUM THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR DEDUCTION FOR VOLUNTEER STATE CONSTABLES DESIGNATED BY THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AS ADVANCED STATE CONSTABLES AND TO PROVIDE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS DEDUCTION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 241 (Word version) -- Senators Lourie, Knotts, Reese, Leventis, Jackson, Thomas, Pinckney, McGill, Hutto, Sheheen, Williams, Matthews, Patterson, Cromer and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 9-16-55 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM INVESTMENT COMMISSION, ACTING CONSISTENTLY WITH ITS FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY, TO DIVEST ITS PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS IN COMPANIES THAT IN THEIR OPERATIONS ARE COMPLICIT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN IN THE DARFUR GENOCIDE AND PROHIBIT FUTURE INVESTMENTS BY THE COMMISSION IN SUCH COMPANIES, TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS AND PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, TO INDEMNIFY MEMBERS, OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD AND THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM INVESTMENT COMMISSION FROM CLAIMS ARISING FROM IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION NO LONGER SHALL APPLY.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 242 (Word version) -- Senator Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 9-16-50, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM INVESTMENT COMMISSION IN REGARD TO INVESTING AND MANAGING ASSETS OF THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS, SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE COMMISSION FROM INVESTING IN ANY SECURITY OR OTHER OBLIGATION ISSUED BY AN ENTITY WHICH IS A KNOWN SPONSOR OF TERRORISM OR BY AN ENTITY DOMICILED IN A COUNTRY WHICH SUPPORTS TERRORISM.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 243 (Word version) -- Senator Setzler: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 46 TO TITLE 11 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE "SOUTH CAROLINA HYDROGEN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND", TO AUTHORIZE THE SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY TO ADMINISTER SUBGRANTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROGEN PRODUCTION, TO ALLOW THE FUND TO RECEIVE DONATIONS, GRANTS, AND OTHER FUNDING AS PROVIDED BY LAW, TO ALLOW A TAXPAYER WHO MAKES A CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUND TO RECEIVE A TAX CREDIT SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, TO REQUIRE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO APPROPRIATE A SPECIFIC AMOUNT FROM THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE TO THE FUND, AND TO REQUIRE STATE AGENCIES TO CONSIDER PURCHASING EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY OPERATED BY HYDROGEN OR FUEL CELLS OR BOTH OF THEM; BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3630 SO AS TO ALLOW A CREDIT AGAINST THE INCOME TAX, LICENSE FEES, OR INSURANCE PREMIUM TAXES FOR QUALIFIED CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO THE FUND; BY AMENDING SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO ALLOW A SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR EQUIPMENT OR MACHINERY OPERATED BY HYDROGEN OR FUEL CELLS OR USED TO DISTRIBUTE HYDROGEN AND FOR EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY USED PREDOMINATELY FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INVOLVING HYDROGEN OR FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES, AND TO ALLOW A SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR BUILDING MATERIALS, MACHINERY, OR EQUIPMENT USED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW OR RENOVATED BUILDING LOCATED IN A RESEARCH DISTRICT.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 244 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-2680, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DETERMINATION OF THE ASSESSED VALUE OF A VEHICLE BY A COUNTY AUDITOR, TO PROVIDE THAT IN DETERMINING THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF A NEW MOTOR VEHICLE FOR AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX PURPOSES TO WHICH THE APPLICABLE ASSESSMENT APPLIES, THE COUNTY AUDITOR SHALL USE THE MANUFACTURER'S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE OF THE VEHICLE, THE VALUE PUBLISHED IN THE GUIDE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, OR THE ACTUAL PRICE PAID BY THE OWNER BASED ON THE BILL OF SALE, WHICHEVER IS LOWER.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 245 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 11-11-156(A) OF THE 1976 CODE, AS ADDED BY ACT 388 OF 2006, RELATING TO REIMBURSEMENTS FROM THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FUND, TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST NOT BE REIMBURSED FROM THE FUND IN 2007-2008 FOR MORE THAN THE DISTRICT ACTUALLY COLLECTED OR RECEIVED IN 2005-2006, ADJUSTED BY AN INFLATION FACTOR, IF A SCHOOL DISTRICT'S OPERATIONAL MILLAGE FOR 2006-2007 INCREASED BY MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OVER THE PRIOR FISCAL YEAR, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THE REIMBURSEMENT LIMITATION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 246 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-20 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING ARSON TO THE LIST OF CRIMES INCLUDED IN THE STATUTORY AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES FOR PURPOSES OF THE DEATH PENALTY.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 247 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE AUTHORITY CHARGED BY LAW CONDUCTING AN ELECTION MAY ESTABLISH EARLY VOTING CENTERS; TO ESTABLISH EARLY VOTING CENTERS TO ALLOW A REGISTERED COUNTY RESIDENT TO VOTE OUTSIDE THEIR PRECINCT; TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A QUALIFIED ELECTOR MAY CAST A BALLOT DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD; AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 248 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 5, TITLE 7 SO AS TO CREATE THE ELECTIONS STUDY COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND ELECTION OF ITS CHAIRMAN, TO PROVIDE FOR THE TERMS OF ITS MEMBERS, AND TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSION TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF EACH GENERAL ELECTION CONTAINING RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CITIZEN-INFORMED PARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 249 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE LICENSE FEE THAT IS CHARGED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A LIQUOR LICENSE FOR THE SUNDAY SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 250 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 1-23-600, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT HEARINGS AND PROCEEDINGS, TO DELETE THE EXCEPTION PROVIDING THAT CONTESTED CASES ARISING UNDER THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT ARE NOT TO BE HEARD BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; TO AMEND SECTION 14-8-200, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, TO INCLUDE IN ITS JURISDICTION A FINAL DECISION OF AN AGENCY OR OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE IF PROVIDED BY LAW; TO AMEND SECTION 41-15-310, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION HEARING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTESTED CASES, TO PROVIDE THAT A PARTY AGGRIEVED BY A CITATION, PENALTY, OR ABATEMENT ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION, DIVISION OF LABOR MAY REQUEST A CONTESTED CASE HEARING BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR APPEARING IN AND APPEALING SUCH CASES; AND TO REPEAL ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 15, TITLE 41, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REVIEW BOARD.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 251 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 7-5-150 AND 7-15-120, BOTH AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CLOSING OF VOTER REGISTRATION BOOKS AND ABSENTEE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS, SO AS TO REDUCE FROM THIRTY DAYS TO TWENTY-ONE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION THE DEADLINE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 252 (Word version) -- Senator Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-3-155 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FOR PURPOSES OF PROVISIONS OF LAW REQUIRING THE CESSATION OF ALIMONY AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT UPON THE REMARRIAGE OF THE SUPPORTED SPOUSE, A REMARRIAGE OF THE SUPPORTED SPOUSE WHICH IS LATER ANNULLED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER A NINETY-DAY PERIOD OF CONTINUED COHABITATION SHALL CAUSE THE CESSATION OF ALIMONY OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT; TO PROVIDE THAT PARTIES MAY ENTER INTO A CONSENT ORDER FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT CONTRARY TO THIS SECTION; AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY PETITION FOR RELIEF FROM AN ORDER TO PAY ALIMONY OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT IF THE ORDER REINSTATED ALIMONY OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT TO A FORMER SPOUSE WHOSE REMARRIAGE WAS LATER ANNULLED.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 253 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO POLL MANAGERS AND ASSISTANTS, SO AS DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT ONE SIXTEEN- OR SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD PERSON MAY BE APPOINTED TO A PRECINCT FOR EVERY TWO REGULAR POLL MANAGERS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 254 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-5-275 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE, BE FURNISHED A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM AND BE INSTRUCTED IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT OR THROUGH A METHOD APPROVED BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE APPRISED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING, TO ALLOW A STUDENT TO OPT OUT OF THE PROCESS, TO REQUIRE A HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRANT BE MAILED A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD BEFORE THE FIRST ELECTION IN WHICH HE IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE; AND TO PROVIDE THAT A CITIZEN OTHERWISE INELIGIBLE TO VOTE WHO IS RELEASED FROM INCARCERATION RECEIVE A REGISTRATION FORM WITH A LETTER EXPLAINING THAT HIS VOTING RIGHTS HAVE BEEN RESTORED AND THAT HE IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AND VOTE.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 255 (Word version) -- Senators Leventis and Pinckney: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-845 SO AS TO DEFINE A "SHORT STATE BALLOT" AND "SHORT COUNTY BALLOT" TO ALLOW AN ELECTOR TO VOTE FOR CANDIDATES IN ANY PRECINCT IN THE STATE OR IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE RESIDES, TO ALLOW A QUALIFIED ELECTOR TO CAST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT IN ANY PRECINCT IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE IS REGISTERED, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR CASTING THE BALLOT, AND TO PROVIDE HOW THE QUALIFIED ELECTOR MAY CAST THE BALLOT ONLY FOR OFFICES FOR WHICH HE IS QUALIFIED.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 256 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-1640, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VOTING MACHINE REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTION, ALL ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES MUST PRINT OUT A RECEIPT SHOWING HOW THE VOTER CAST HIS VOTE THAT MUST BE DEPOSITED IN A RECEPTACLE BY THE VOTER TO VERIFY THE VOTE TALLEY IF THERE IS A RECOUNT.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 257 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3815, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DRIVE CARELESSLY AS A RESULT OF BEING DISTRACTED, TO DEFINE CARELESSLY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A FIFTY-DOLLAR FINE WITH NO POINTS ASSIGNED.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 258 (Word version) -- Senator Reese: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-5-35 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ONE-HALF OF THE INTEREST ON FUNDS OF A CLIENT ON DEPOSIT IN A TRUST OR ESCROW ACCOUNT OF AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THIS STATE MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CLIENT AND ONE-HALF MAY BE REMITTED TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA BAR PURSUANT TO THE RULE OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR USE IN PRO BONO BAR ACTIVITIES, TO PROVIDE THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION REQUIRES THE PLACING OF CLIENT FUNDS IN AN INTEREST-BEARING TRUST OR ESCROW ACCOUNT, AND TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE CLIENT AND ATTORNEY AGREE, ALL INTEREST ACCRUING FROM SUCH AN ACCOUNT SHALL BELONG TO THE CLIENT.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 259 (Word version) -- Senator Reese: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3815 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO PARK CERTAIN VEHICLES IN A FIRE LANE OR A NO PARKING ZONE, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 260 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 57-3-605, TO PROVIDE THAT NO STATE ROAD, HIGHWAY, INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, BRIDGE, INTERCHANGE, OR INTERSECTION MAY BE NAMED FOR A PERSON WHO IS LIVING.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 261 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO REQUIRE THAT ANY MEASURE BY THE PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES, RELATING TO THE RAISING OR SPENDING OF REVENUE, MUST RECEIVE THREE READINGS, THAT FIRST READING MAY BE BY TITLE OR DESCRIPTION ONLY, THAT SECOND AND THIRD READING MUST BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND THAT THIRD READING MUST NOT BE CONDUCTED PRIOR TO ONE WEEK FOLLOWING THE DATE OF SECOND READING.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE
Invitations Accepted

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Bankers Association to attend a reception at the Marriott on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the American Cancer Society to attend a legislative breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 10; Nays 0; Abstains 1

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Ford                      Grooms                    Verdin
Campsen

Total--10

NAYS

Total--0

ABSTAINS

Elliott

Total--1

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Broadcasters Association to attend a shrimp and grits breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Thursday, January 11, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 10; Nays 0; Abstains 1

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Ford                      Grooms                    Verdin
Campsen

Total--10

NAYS

Total--0

ABSTAINS

Elliott

Total--1

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources to attend a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art on Tuesday, January 16, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the National Federation of the Blind to attend a luncheon in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, from 12:00 until 2:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Foundation for the SC Commission for the Blind to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Thursday, January 18, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Telephone Association to attend a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art, on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Association of Nurse Anesthetists to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, from 8:00 until 9:30 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 10; Nays 0; Abstains 1

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Ford                      Grooms                    Verdin
Campsen

Total--10

NAYS

Total--0

ABSTAINS

Elliott

Total--1

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC School for the Deaf and Blind to attend a luncheon in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, from 12:00 until 2:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to attend a reception at the Clarion Town House on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the City of Columbia to attend a reception at EdVenture Museum on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Thursday, January 25, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 10; Nays 0; Abstains 1

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Ford                      Grooms                    Verdin
Campsen

Total--10

NAYS

Total--0
ABSTAINS

Elliott

Total--1

LOCAL APPOINTMENT
Confirmation

Having received a favorable report from the Pickens County Delegation, the following appointment was confirmed in open session:

Initial Appointment, Pickens County Magistrate, with term to commence April 30, 2006, and to expire April 30, 2010

Charles J. Wolfe, Sr., 119 Pine Hill Dr., Pickens, S.C. 29671
VICE Dale Dalton

On motion of Senators LEATHERMAN, ALEXANDER, ANDERSON, BRYANT, CAMPSEN, CLEARY, COURSON, CROMER, DRUMMOND, ELLIOTT, FAIR, FORD, GREGORY, GROOMS, HAWKINS, HAYES, HUTTO, JACKSON, KNOTTS, LAND, LEVENTIS, LOURIE, MALLOY, MARTIN, MATTHEWS, McCONNELL, McGILL, MESCHER, MOORE, O'DELL, PATTERSON, PEELER, PINCKNEY, RANKIN, REESE, RICHARDSON, RITCHIE, RYBERG, SCOTT, SETZLER, SHEHEEN, SHORT, THOMAS, VAUGHN, VERDIN, and WILLIAMS, with unanimous consent, the Senate stood adjourned out of respect to the memory of our colleague, former Senator J. VERNE SMITH, who ably represented the City of Greer and Greenville County since 1972 who passed away December 17, 2006.

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