South Carolina General Assembly
118th Session, 2009-2010
Journal of the House of Representatives

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The House assembled at 10:00 a.m.
Deliberations were opened with prayer by Rev. Charles E. Seastrunk, Jr., as follows:

Our thought for today is from Psalm 31:19: "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you."
Let us pray. Good and gracious God, You provide for us all things good and needful. Give these men and women the desire and the compassion to do those things which are pleasing to You. As these days produce more stress, comfort each of these Representatives as they serve. Look in favor upon our Nation, State, and her leaders. Protect our defenders of freedom at home and abroad as they protect us. Hear us, O Lord, as we pray. Amen.

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

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

MOTION ADOPTED

Rep. BOWERS moved that when the House adjourns, it adjourn in memory of the Honorable Clyde Alfred Eltzroth of Varnville, which was agreed to.

REGULATION WITHDRAWN

Document No. 4072
Agency: Board of Pharmacy
Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 40-1-70 and 40-43-60
Central Fill Pharmacies
Received by Speaker of the House of Representatives June 9, 2009
Referred to Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee
Legislative Review Expiration: Permanently Withdrawn

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE

Rep. DUNCAN, from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 975 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-65 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE TRAINING OF BIRD DOGS, TO DEFINE "TRAINING BIRDS", TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF TRAINING BIRDS DURING THE CLOSED SEASON, AND TO PROVIDE THAT TRAINING MUST HAVE MINIMAL DISTURBANCE ON WILD BIRDS.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. DUNCAN, from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 1043 (Word version) -- Senator Cleary: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 50 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE MARINE RESOURCES ACT, BY ADDING SECTION 50-5-17 TO ESTABLISH THE FLOUNDER POPULATION STUDY PROGRAM TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO CLARIFY THE LOCATION IN WHICH THE PROGRAM WILL OPERATE, TO CLARIFY THAT PROHIBITED ARTIFICIAL ILLUMINATION IS GENERATED BY MOTOR FUEL POWERED GENERATORS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROGRAM WILL END ON JUNE 30, 2014; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 50-5-2017 OF THE 1976 CODE, AS ADDED BY ACT 47 OF 2009.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. DUNCAN, from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 1127 (Word version) -- Senators Campbell, Cleary, Alexander, Elliott, Grooms, Davis, McConnell, Verdin, Bryant, O'Dell, Peeler, Bright, Cromer, McGill, Shoopman, Leatherman, Rose and S. Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 48-1-83 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO DISSOLVED OXYGEN CONCENTRATION DEPRESSION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STANDARD FOR DISSOLVED OXYGEN IS 0.1 MG/L.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Rep. DUNCAN, from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, submitted a favorable report on:

S. 1196 (Word version) -- Fish, Game and Forestry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, RELATING TO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA REGULATIONS AND TURKEY HUNTING RULES AND SEASONS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4090, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

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

H. 4724 (Word version) -- Reps. Ott, G. M. Smith, Brantley, J. H. Neal, Knight, Jefferson, Sandifer, Hutto, Bannister, Weeks, Chalk, Millwood, Crawford, Williams, McEachern, Miller, Anderson, Branham, H. B. Brown, R. L. Brown, Clyburn, Duncan, Erickson, Hodges, Hosey, Jennings, Loftis, Long, Mack, McLeod, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Nanney, J. M. Neal, M. A. Pitts, J. E. Smith, Stringer, Umphlett and Wylie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-680, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF THE PURCHASE OF NONFERROUS METALS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SECONDARY METALS RECYCLER MAY NOT PURCHASE COPPER FOR CASH CONSIDERATION AND ONLY MAY PURCHASE IT BY CHECK OR OTHER SIMILAR WRITTEN INSTRUMENT, A RECORD OF WHICH MUST BE MAINTAINED FOR AS LONG AS OTHER INDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO BE MAINTAINED.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary

H. 4728 (Word version) -- Reps. Norman, Simrill and Delleney: A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF FORT MILL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 4 OF YORK COUNTY TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE DISTRICT UP TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMIT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO DEFRAY THE LOSS OF EDUCATION FINANCE ACT FUNDS TO THE DISTRICT, TO PRESCRIBE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AND THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE PROCEEDS MAY BE EXPENDED, AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS.
On motion of Rep. NORMAN, with unanimous consent, the Bill was ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4725 (Word version) -- Rep. Millwood: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE LANDRUM HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM ON ITS IMPRESSIVE WIN OF THE 2009 CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND TO CONGRATULATE THE RUNNERS AND THEIR COACH ON AN EXCEPTIONAL SEASON.

The Resolution was adopted.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

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

H. 4726 (Word version) -- Rep. Millwood: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LANDRUM HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM, COACH, AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS, AT A DATE AND TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING THEM ON THEIR OUTSTANDING SEASON AND FOR CAPTURING THE 2009 CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

The Resolution was adopted.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

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

H. 4727 (Word version) -- Rep. McEachern: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM, COACHES, AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS, AT A DATE AND TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING THEM ON THEIR OUTSTANDING SEASON AND FOR CAPTURING THE 2010 CLASS AA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

The Resolution was adopted.

ROLL CALL

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

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anderson               Anthony
Bales                  Bannister              Barfield
Battle                 Bedingfield            Bingham
Bowen                  Brady                  Branham
Brantley               G. A. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Chalk                  Clemmons
Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter            Cole
Cooper                 Crawford               Daning
Delleney               Dillard                Duncan
Edge                   Erickson               Forrester
Frye                   Funderburk             Gambrell
Gilliard               Gunn                   Haley
Hamilton               Hardwick               Harrell
Harrison               Harvin                 Hayes
Hearn                  Herbkersman            Hiott
Hodges                 Horne                  Hosey
Howard                 Hutto                  Jefferson
Jennings               Kelly                  Kennedy
King                   Kirsh                  Knight
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Loftis
Long                   Lowe                   Mack
McEachern              Merrill                Miller
Millwood               Mitchell               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Nanney                 J. H. Neal
J. M. Neal             Norman                 Ott
Parker                 Parks                  Pinson
M. A. Pitts            Rutherford             Sandifer
Scott                  Sellers                Simrill
Skelton                D. C. Smith            G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith
Sottile                Spires                 Stavrinakis
Stringer               Thompson               Toole
Umphlett               Vick                   Weeks
White                  Williams               Willis
Wylie                  T. R. Young

STATEMENT OF ATTENDANCE

I came in after the roll call and was present for the Session on Wednesday, March 10.

Nathan Ballentine                 Boyd Brown
Chip Huggins                      James Lucas
Walton McLeod                     Denny Neilson
Thad Viers                        William R. "Bill" Whitmire
Annette Young                     William Bowers
Phillip D. Owens
Christopher Hart
Jackson "Seth" Whipper   Jerry Govan
Jim Stewart

Total Present--122

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

The SPEAKER granted Rep. RICE a leave of absence for the day due to family medical reasons.

DOCTOR OF THE DAY

Announcement was made that Dr. Thomas Rowland of Columbia was the Doctor of the Day for the General Assembly.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Rep. JENNINGS presented to the House the Dillon High School "Wildcats" Varsity Football Team, the 2009 Class AA Champions, their coaches and other school officials.

CO-SPONSORS ADDED AND REMOVED

In accordance with House Rule 5.2 below:
"5.2   Every bill before presentation shall have its title endorsed; every report, its title at length; every petition, memorial, or other paper, its prayer or substance; and, in every instance, the name of the member presenting any paper shall be endorsed and the papers shall be presented by the member to the Speaker at the desk. A member may add his name to a bill or resolution or a co-sponsor of a bill or resolution may remove his name at any time prior to the bill or resolution receiving passage on second reading. The member or co-sponsor shall notify the Clerk of the House in writing of his desire to have his name added or removed from the bill or resolution. The Clerk of the House shall print the member's or co-sponsor's written notification in the House Journal. The removal or addition of a name does not apply to a bill or resolution sponsored by a committee."

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 3994 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   BEDINGFIELD and NANNEY

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4501 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   D. C. MOSS

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4546 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   TOOLE

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4606 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   CLEMMONS

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4610 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   CLEMMONS

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4663 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   MITCHELL, BOWEN and J. E. SMITH

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4607 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   TOOLE, CRAWFORD, BALES and MACK

CO-SPONSOR ADDED

Bill Number:   H. 4683 (Word version)
Date:   ADD:
03/10/10   LOFTIS

CO-SPONSOR REMOVED

Bill Number:   H. 3636 (Word version)
Date:   REMOVE:
03/10/10   STAVRINAKIS

CO-SPONSOR REMOVED

Bill Number:   H. 3636 (Word version)
Date:   REMOVE:
03/10/10   KNIGHT

ORDERED TO THIRD READING

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

H. 4700 (Word version) -- Rep. Hayes: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADVISORY REFERENDUM TO BE HELD AT THE SAME TIME AS THE 2010 GENERAL ELECTION TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF DILLON COUNTY FAVOR HAVING THE DILLON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTED.

H. 4698 (Word version) -- Rep. J. R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN AIKEN COUNTY, SO AS TO REVISE AND RENAME CERTAIN PRECINCTS AND REDESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.

RETURNED TO THE SENATE WITH AMENDMENTS

The following Bill was taken up, read the third time, and ordered returned to the Senate with amendments:

S. 1096 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Alexander, Rankin, Hutto, Matthews, Leatherman, Land, Hayes, Anderson, Scott, Coleman, O'Dell, Nicholson, Setzler, Cleary, Courson, Verdin, L. Martin, Knotts, Lourie, Sheheen, Mulvaney, Campbell, S. Martin, Massey, Grooms, Davis, Shoopman, Thomas, Ford, Elliott and Rose: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 58-37-50, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE ELECTRICITY PROVIDERS AND NATURAL GAS PROVIDERS TO IMPLEMENT FINANCING AGREEMENTS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENTS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE FINANCING THROUGH CHARGES PAID FOR BY THE CUSTOMERS BENEFITTING FROM THE INSTALLATION OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION MEASURES; TO PROTECT THE ENTITIES FROM LIABILITY FOR THE INSTALLATION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MEASURES; TO PROVIDE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION MEASURES IN RENTAL PROPERTIES; AND TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM FOR RECOVERY OF THE COSTS OF THE MEASURES INSTALLED IN RENTAL PROPERTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 8-21-310, SO AS TO ALLOW CLERKS OF COURT AND REGISTERS OF DEEDS TO CHARGE A FEE FOR FILING A NOTICE OF METER CONSERVATION CHARGE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 27-50-40, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF A METER CONSERVATION CHARGE BY SELLERS OF REAL PROPERTY.

SENT TO THE SENATE

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

H. 3975 (Word version) -- Rep. G. M. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-320, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN PERSONS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A HUNTER'S EDUCATION PROGRAM BEFORE THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SOUTH CAROLINA HUNTING LICENSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS REQUIREMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE OR RETIRED UNITED STATES ARMED SERVICES PERSONNEL WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES THAT THEY RECEIVED WEAPONS TRAINING DURING THEIR MILITARY CAREER.

H. 4692 (Word version) -- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, RELATING TO AIR POLLUTION CONTROL REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS; DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4085, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.

H. 4693 (Word version) -- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, RELATING TO HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4080, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.

H. 4520--DEBATE ADJOURNED

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4520 (Word version) -- Reps. Bales, Neilson and Clemmons: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 51-3-60, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO USE OF FACILITIES AND CAMPSITES AT REDUCED RATES BY THE AGED, BLIND, OR DISABLED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH PERSONS MAY GAIN ADMISSION TO AND USE THE CAMPGROUNDS OF STATE PARKS AT ONE HALF THE PRESCRIBED FEE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT DISABLED VETERANS MAY GAIN ADMISSION TO AND USE THE CAMPGROUNDS OF STATE PARKS WITHOUT CHARGE; BY ADDING SECTION 51-3-75 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BASED ON A REVIEW OF BUSINESS AND PERSONAL USE OF A PARTICULAR STATE PARK OR FACILITY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM, AND THE LABOR AND INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS IT SUSTAINS AT THAT FACILITY, IT MAY ALTER THE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THAT PARK OR FACILITY BY PERMITTING THE RELETTING OF CAMPSITES, CAMPING FACILITIES, OR OTHER AMENITIES BEFORE THE RENTAL TERM OF THE ORIGINAL RENTER HAS EXPIRED IF VACATED BY THE ORIGINAL RENTER BEFORE THE END OF THE STATED TERM, AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT ALSO MAY WAIVE THE CHARGES FOR ITS REUSE AND FOR THE USE OF THESE AND OTHER AMENITIES.

Rep. COOPER moved to adjourn debate on the Bill until Tuesday, March 23.

Rep. BALES moved to table the motion.

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

Yeas 25; Nays 68

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Anthony                Bales
Barfield               Brantley               Clyburn
Cobb-Hunter            Delleney               Frye
Harrison               Harvin                 Hosey
Jefferson              Kennedy                King
Kirsh                  Long                   Mack
J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal             Neilson
Norman                 Simrill                Vick
Williams

Total--25

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Allison                Anderson
Ballentine             Bannister              Battle
Bedingfield            Bingham                Bowen
Brady                  G. A. Brown            Cato
Chalk                  Clemmons               Cole
Cooper                 Crawford               Daning
Duncan                 Edge                   Erickson
Forrester              Gambrell               Gilliard
Haley                  Hamilton               Hardwick
Harrell                Hearn                  Hiott
Horne                  Huggins                Hutto
Knight                 Limehouse              Lucas
McEachern              McLeod                 Miller
Millwood               D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss
Nanney                 Parker                 Pinson
M. A. Pitts            Sandifer               Scott
Skelton                G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Stringer
Thompson               Toole                  Umphlett
Viers                  Weeks                  White
Whitmire               Willis                 Wylie
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--68

So, the House refused to table the motion.

Rep. COOPER moved to adjourn debate on the Bill until Tuesday, March 23, which was agreed to.

H. 3536--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3536 (Word version) -- Reps. J. E. Smith and McLeod: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 17-5-130, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CORONERS, SO AS TO INCREASE THOSE QUALIFICATIONS BY REQUIRING THOSE PERSONS WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO ALSO HAVE AT LEAST SIX YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD, BY REQUIRING THOSE PERSONS WITH A TWO YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE TO ALSO HAVE FOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD, AND BY REQUIRING THOSE PERSONS WITH A FOUR YEAR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE TO ALSO HAVE AT LEAST TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD; AND TO REQUIRE THAT A CANDIDATE FOR CORONER FILE A SWORN AFFIDAVIT WITH THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE PERSON'S POLITICAL PARTY UNDER SPECIFIED TIME FRAMES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILING OF THE AFFIDAVIT BY PETITION CANDIDATES, AND TO DELINEATE THE INFORMATION THAT THE AFFIDAVIT MUST CONTAIN.

Rep. J. E. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (COUNCIL\MS\7747AHB10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Section 17-5-130 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 17-5-130.   (A)   A coroner in this State must shall have the following qualifications, he must:

(1)   be a citizen of the United States;

(2)   be a resident of the county in which he seeks the office of coroner for at least one year before qualifying for the election to the office;

(3)   be a registered voter;

(4)   have attained the age of twenty-one years before the date of qualifying for election to the office;

(5)   have obtained a:

(a)   high school diploma or its recognized equivalent by the State Department of Education and have at least three years of experience as a death investigator with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency;

(b)   two year associate degree and have two years of experience as a death investigator with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency; or

(c)   four year baccalaureate degree and have one year of experience as a death investigator with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency; and

(6)   have not been convicted of a felony offense or any an offense involving moral turpitude contrary to the laws of this State, any other another state, or the United States.

(B)(1)   A person who offers his candidacy for the office of coroner, no later than the close of filing, shall file a sworn affidavit with the county executive committee of the person's political party.

(2)   The county executive committee of a political party with whom a person has filed his affidavit must file a copy of the affidavit with the appropriate county election commission by noon on the tenth day following the deadline for filing affidavits by candidates. If the tenth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the affidavit must be filed by noon the following day.

(3)   A person who seeks nomination by petition shall file a sworn affidavit with the county election commission in the county of his residence.

(4)   The affidavit required by the provisions of this subsection must contain the following information, the:

(a)   date and place of the person's birth;

(b)   date the person graduated from high school or obtained the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma;

(c)   date the person received an associate or baccalaureate degree, if applicable; and

(d)   number of years' experience the person has as a death investigator, if applicable.

(C)   Each person serving as coroner in his first term is required to complete a basic training session to be determined by the Department of Public Safety. This basic training session must be completed no later than the end of the calendar year following his election as coroner. A person appointed to fill the unexpired term in the office of coroner must complete a basic training session to be determined by the department within one calendar year of the date of appointment. This section must not be construed to require an individual to repeat the basic training session if he has successfully completed the session prior to his election or appointment as coroner. A coroner who is unable to attend this training session when offered because of an emergency or extenuating circumstances must, within one year from the date the disability or cause terminates, shall complete the standard basic training session required of coroners. A coroner who does not fulfill the obligations of this subsection is subject to suspension by the Governor until the coroner completes the training session.

(C)(D)   A person holding the office of coroner or deputy coroner who was elected, appointed, or employed prior to January 1, 1994, and who has served continuously since that time must shall attend a minimum of sixteen hours training annually as may be selected by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council on or before December 31, 1995. Each year thereafter, all coroners and deputy coroners must shall complete a minimum of sixteen hours training annually as may be selected by the council. Certification or records of attendance or training must be maintained as directed by the council.

(D)(E)(1)   The basis for the minimum annual requirement of in-service training is the calendar year. A coroner who satisfactorily completes the basic training session in accordance with the provisions of subsection (B)(C) is excused from the minimum annual training requirements of subsection (C)(D) for the calendar year in which the basic training session is completed.

(2)   The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coroners Association, in its discretion, may grant a waiver of the requirements of the annual in-service training upon presentation of evidence by a coroner that he was unable to complete the training due to an emergency or extenuating circumstances.

(3)   A coroner who fails to complete the minimum annual in-service training required by this section may be suspended from office, without pay, by the Governor for ninety days. The Governor may continue to suspend a coroner until he completes the annual minimum in-service training required in this section. The Governor must appoint, at the time of the coroner's suspension, a qualified person to perform as acting coroner during the suspension.

(E)(F)   The provisions of items (4) and (5) of subsection (A) do not apply to a coroner serving on April 20, 1995, during his tenure in office A coroner in office on the effective date of this section is exempt from the provisions of this section except for the provisions of subsection (D).

(F)(G)   The Director of the Department of Public Safety must shall appoint a Coroners Training Advisory Committee to assist in the determination of training requirements for coroners and deputy coroners. The committee must consist of no fewer than five coroners and at least one physician trained in forensic pathology as recommended by the South Carolina Coroners Association. The members of the committee must serve without compensation.

(G)(H)   Expenses of all training authorized or required by this section must be paid by the county the coroner or deputy coroner serves, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council is authorized to set and collect fees for this training."
SECTION   2.   This act takes effect January 1, 2011.   /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. J. E. SMITH explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

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

H. 3354--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. SANDIFER moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill, which was adopted:

H. 3354 (Word version) -- Reps. Chalk, Brantley, G. A. Brown, Clyburn, Erickson, Herbkersman and Sottile: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-11-360, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM STATUTES APPLICABLE TO LICENSED CONTRACTORS, SO AS TO PROVIDE AN OWNER OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WHO MAKES CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROPERTY OWES TO A SUBSEQUENT OWNER OF THE PROPERTY THE SAME DUTY AS A LICENSED CONTRACTOR TO COMPLY WITH APPLICABLE BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS.

S. 168--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. SANDIFER moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill, which was adopted:

S. 168 (Word version) -- Senators Cleary, Campsen, Rose, Bryant, Elliott and Hutto: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WHO RENDERS MEDICAL SERVICES VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION, AND SEEKS NO REIMBURSEMENT FROM CHARITABLE AND GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES, AND PROVIDES NOTICE TO THE PATIENT OR PATIENT'S PROVIDER IN A NON-EMERGENCY, IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CIVIL DAMAGES FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION UNLESS THE ACT OR OMISSION WAS THE RESULT OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER'S GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT.

H. 3913--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3913 (Word version) -- Rep. Vick: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-5-1556 SO AS TO ESTABLISH SEASONAL CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS FOR STRIPED BASS IN THE INSHORE WATERS AND THE TERRITORIAL SEA; AND TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-221, RELATING TO STRIPED BASS IN THE LOWER SANTEE AND COOPER RIVERS, SO AS TO ESTABLISH SEASONAL CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS FOR STRIPED BASS IN CERTAIN FRESHWATER BODIES.

The Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (COUNCIL\BBM\9620SD10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Article 15, Chapter 5, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 50-5-1556.   (A)   In the inshore waters, except for that portion of the Savannah River from the saltwater-freshwater dividing line downstream to the mouth of the Savannah River defined by a line from Jones Island, S.C. (also known as Oysterbed Island) point at N 32 02'18" (N 32.03833), W 80 53' 21" (W 80.88917); across Cockspur Island, Georgia, point at N 32 01'58" (N 32.03278), W 80 52' 56" (W 80.88222) to Lazaretto Creek, Georgia, point at N 32 01' 2" (N 32.01722) W 80 52'51" (W 80.88083), and the territorial sea from June first through September thirtieth it is unlawful to possess any striped bass (rockfish). Any striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from where it came.

(B)   In the inshore waters, except for that portion of the Savannah River from the saltwater-freshwater dividing line downstream to the mouth of the Savannah River defined by a line from Jones Island, S.C. (also known as Oysterbed Island) point at N 32 02'18" (N 32.03833), W 80 53' 21" (W 80.88917); across Cockspur Island, Georgia, point at N 32 01'58" (N 32.03278), W 80 52' 56" (W 80.88222) to Lazaretto Creek, Georgia, point at N 32 01' 2" (N 32.01722) W 80 52'51", (W 80.88083), and the territorial sea from October first through May thirty-first it is unlawful to:

(1)   take or possess more than three striped bass per day;

(2)   take any striped bass less than twenty-six inches in length; or

(3)   land any striped bass without the head and tail fin intact."
SECTION   2.   Section 50-13-221 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 237 of 2008, is amended to read:

"Section 50-13-221.   (A)   In the Lower Santee River and Cooper River systems following freshwater bodies: the Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system; Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Lower Santee River system; Tulifinny; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw River from June first to September thirtieth, it is unlawful to take or to possess any striped bass. Any striped bass taken must be returned immediately to the waters from whence where it came.

(B)   In the Lower Santee River and Cooper River systems following freshwater bodies: the Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system; Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Lower Santee River system; Tulifinny; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw River from October first through May thirty-first, it is unlawful to take or possess more than three striped bass per day.

(C)   In the Lower Santee River and Cooper River systems following freshwater bodies: the Ashepoo River; Ashley River; Back River in Jasper County and the Back River in Berkeley County; Black River; Black Mingo Creek; Bull Creek and Little Bull Creek; Combahee River; Cooper River system; Coosawhatchie River; Cuckholds Creek; Edisto River; Horseshoe Creek; Lumber River; Lynches River; Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers; Pocotaligo in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties; Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie Rivers; Sampit River; Lower Santee River system; Tulifinny; Thoroughfare Creek; and Waccamaw River from October first through May thirty-first, it is unlawful to take or possess a striped bass less than twenty-six inches in total length.

(D)   Striped bass must be landed with head and tail fin intact.

(E)   The Department of Natural Resources for the Lower Santee and Cooper River systems shall make recommendations, after study, on any needed modification to the restrictions in this section before January 1, 2015."
SECTION   3.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Reps. DUNCAN and AGNEW proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (COUNCIL\SWB\7193CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding the following appropriately numbered SECTION:
/   SECTION   __.   Article 1, Chapter 13, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

Section 56-13-222.   (A)   It is unlawful to take or possess more than two striped bass on all waters of Lake Russell from Lake Hartwell Dam and Lake Secession Dam, including all tributaries of Lake Russell.

(B)   It is unlawful to take and retain from all waters of Lake Russell from Lake Hartwell Dam and Lake Secession Dam, including its tributaries, more than one striped bass greater than thirty-four inches in length. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
Rep. DUNCAN explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

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

H. 3996--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 3996 (Word version) -- Reps. M. A. Pitts and Umphlett: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-1130, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEDUCTION OF ACCUMULATED POINTS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO DEDUCT THREE ACCUMULATED POINTS FROM A PERSON'S RECORD UPON A SHOWING THAT THE PERSON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A DEPARTMENT PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 50-9-310.

The Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (COUNCIL\BBM\9619SD10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Section 50-9-1130 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 50-9-1130.   (A)   Each time a person is convicted of a violation enumerated in Section 50-9-1120, the number of points assigned to the violation must be charged against the person. For each calendar year that passes after assignment in which the person received no points, the department shall deduct one-half of the accumulated points if the total number of points is greater than three. If a person has three or less points at the end of a calendar year in which no points were received, the department shall reduce his point total to zero; however, a person's record must not be less then than zero points.

(B)   The department shall deduct three accumulated points from a person's record upon a showing that the person successfully completed a department program of instruction established pursuant to Section 50-9-310.

(C)   A person is not eligible for a reduction in points under the provisions of subsection (B) if at the time he received eighteen or more points and:

(1)   he had any hunting, trapping, or fishing suspension within the previous five years; or

(2)   he had a previous point reduction under the provisions of subsection (B) within the previous five years.

(D)   The department is authorized to promulgate appropriate regulations to effectuate the provisions of this section."
SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

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

H. 4015--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4015 (Word version) -- Rep. Barfield: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1540, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO NET PLACEMENTS, SO AS TO REDUCE THE MINIMUM DISTANCE REQUIRED BETWEEN NETS ON THE LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER FROM SIX HUNDRED FEET TO SEVENTY-FIVE FEET.

The Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (COUNCIL\GGS\22535SD10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Section 50-13-1170 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 50-13-1170.   The season for taking nongame fish other than shad and herring in the freshwaters of this State with gill nets shall be from November first to March first inclusive. They may be used or possessed in the freshwaters in which their use is authorized on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. Nongame gill nets used in the freshwaters shall have a mesh size of not less than four and one-half inches stretch mesh. No gill net measuring more than two hundred yards in length may be used in the freshwaters and no gill net, cable, line, or any other device used for support of a gill net shall extend more than half way across any stream or body of water. Gill nets shall be placed in the freshwaters on a first come first served basis but no gill net shall be placed within two hundred yards of another gill net. However, notwithstanding another provision of law, along the Little Pee Dee River upstream of Punch Bowl Landing, no net may be set within seventy-five feet of a gill net previously set, drifted within seventy-five feet of another drifting net, or placed or set within seventy-five feet of the confluence of a tributary. Use or possession of gill nets at any place or time other than those prescribed above shall be unlawful.

Nongame fish, including Atlantic sturgeon of legal size and caught during open season as established under Section 50-17-830, in licensed shad nets lawfully fished during the open season for taking shad may be kept by the fisherman. Any Atlantic sturgeon caught during the closed season for Atlantic sturgeon must be returned immediately to the waters from whence where it was taken."
SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

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

S. 1027--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. UMPHLETT moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Tuesday, April 13, which was adopted:

S. 1027 (Word version) -- Senator McGill: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 11, TITLE 50 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-770 TO ENACT THE "RENEGADE HUNTER ACT", TO PROHIBIT USING DOGS TO HUNT ON PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE LANDOWNER, AND TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PENALTIES.

H. 4657--POINT OF ORDER

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4657 -- Ways and Means Committee: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS AND TO PROVIDE REVENUES TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2010, TO REGULATE THE EXPENDITURE OF SUCH FUNDS, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THIS OPERATION OF STATE GOVERNMENT DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

POINT OF ORDER

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

H. 4200 (Word version)--DEBATE ADJOURNED ON MOTION TO RECONSIDER

Rep. COOPER moved to adjourn debate on the motion to reconsider whereby H. 4200 was rejected on third reading until Tuesday, March 23, which was agreed to.

H. 4220--RECALLED FROM COMMITTEE ON
WAYS AND MEANS

On motion of Rep. DUNCAN, with unanimous consent, the following Bill was ordered recalled from the Committee on Ways and Means:

H. 4220 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts, White, Duncan, Lowe, Loftis, Bedingfield and Hutto: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO REENACT THE "SECOND AMENDMENT RECOGNITION ACT" EXEMPTING FIREARMS SOLD ON THE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING OF EVERY YEAR.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. DUNCAN asked unanimous consent to recall H. 3340 (Word version) from the Committee on Education and Public Works.
Rep. WHITMIRE objected.

H. 3418--DEBATE ADJOURNED

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

H. 3418 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Simrill, Crawford, Huggins, Bedingfield, Merrill, G. R. Smith, Erickson, Ballentine, Brady, Chalk, Daning, Delleney, Frye, Gambrell, Hamilton, Harrison, Hearn, Herbkersman, Loftis, Long, Lucas, Nanney, Pinson, Rice, G. M. Smith, Spires, Stringer, Thompson, Viers, Willis, Wylie, T. R. Young, Clemmons, Owens, Parker, Toole, M. A. Pitts, Lowe, Bingham, Umphlett, Sandifer and Edge: A BILL RELATING TO REFORM OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTION LAWS BY ENACTING THE "SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTION REFORM ACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-710 OF THE 1976 CODE TO REQUIRE PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE, PERMITTING FOR PROVISIONAL BALLOTS IF THE IDENTIFICATION CANNOT BE PRODUCED AND PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR A RELIGIOUS OBJECTION TO BEING PHOTOGRAPHED; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-3350 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO PROVIDE FREE IDENTIFICATION CARDS UPON REQUEST; TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-25 TO PROVIDE FOR AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD BEGINNING SIXTEEN DAYS BEFORE A STATEWIDE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE HOURS AND EARLY VOTING LOCATION; TO AMEND SECTION 7-3-20(C) TO REQUIRE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE ELECTIONS COMMISSION TO MAINTAIN IN THE MASTER FILE A SEPARATE DESIGNATION FOR ABSENTEE AND EARLY VOTERS IN A GENERAL ELECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-30 TO ADD STATUTORY CITES REGARDING THE REQUEST OF AN ABSENTEE BALLOT; TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-470 TO PROVIDE FOR EARLY VOTING ON MACHINES DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD ONLY AND DELETE THE REFERENCE TO ABSENTEE VOTING; TO AMEND SECTION 7-1-25 TO LIST FACTORS TO CONSIDER FOR DOMICILE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 7-5-230 TO REFERENCE REVISIONS TO SECTION 7-1-25.

Rep. CLEMMONS moved to adjourn debate upon the Senate Amendments until Thursday, March 11, which was agreed to.

H. 3442--DEBATE ADJOURNED

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

H. 3442 (Word version) -- Reps. Bingham, Harrell, Duncan, Harrison, Owens, Toole, Merrill, Brady, E. H. Pitts, G. M. Smith, Daning, Haley, Huggins, Cato, Ballentine, D. C. Smith, J. R. Smith, Rice, T. R. Young, Horne, Wylie, Bedingfield, Clemmons, Bales, Lucas, Neilson, Long, J. M. Neal and M. A. Pitts: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-300 SO AS CREATE THE WORKFORCE DEPARTMENT APPELLATE PANEL WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILLING OF A VACANCY, TO REQUIRE THE PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION MUST CONSTITUTE THE INITIAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW PANEL, TO PROVIDE THE PANEL SHALL DISSOLVE WHEN THE MEMBERS' TERMS EXPIRE IN 2012, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED APPELLATE PROCEDURES; BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-310 SO AS TO TRANSFER THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT PROGRAM FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-10, RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN CHAPTERS WITHIN TITLE 41 MUST BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AND TO DELETE REFERENCES TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-20, RELATING TO THE CHAIRMAN, QUORUM, AND FILLING OF A VACANCY ON THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE MUST BE MANAGED AND OPERATED BY A DIRECTOR APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, AND THAT THE DIRECTOR IS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL BY THE GOVERNOR AT HIS DISCRETION BY EXECUTIVE ORDER; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-30, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A SECRETARY OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND PROVIDE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE OR HIS DESIGNEE MUST RECEIVE ANNUAL COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OFFICIAL EXPENSES AS PROVIDED BY LAW FOR EXECUTING THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 8-17-370, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCE PROCESS, SO AS TO INCLUDE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AMONG THOSE EXEMPTED; TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-27-10, 41-27-30, 41-27-150, 41-27-160, 41-27-190, 41-27-210, AS AMENDED, 41-27-230, 41-27-235, AS AMENDED, 41-27-260, AS AMENDED, 41-27-360, 41-27-370, AS AMENDED, 41-27-380, 41-27-390, 41-27-510, 41-27-550, 41-27-560, 41-27-570, 41-27-580, 41-27-600, 41-27-610, 41-27-620, 41-27-630, 41-27-670, 41-29-40, 41-29-50, 41-29-60, 41-29-70, 41-29-80, 41-29-90, 41-29-100, 41-29-110, 41-29-120, AS AMENDED, 41-29-130, 41-29-140, 41-29-150, 41-29-170, AS AMENDED, 41-29-180, 41-29-190, 41-29-200, 41-29-210, 41-29-220, 41-29-230, 41-29-240, 41-29-250, 41-29-270, 41-29-280, 41-29-290, 41-33-10, 41-33-20, 41-33-30, 41-33-40, 41-33-45, 41-33-80, AS AMENDED, 41-33-90, 41-33-100, 41-33-110, 41-33-120, 41-33-130, 41-33-170, 41-33-180, 41-33-190, 41-33-200, 41-33-210, 41-33-430, 41-33-460, 41-33-470, 41-33-610, 41-33-710, 41-35-10, 41-35-30, 41-35-100, 41-35-110, AS AMENDED, 41-35-115, AS AMENDED, 41-35-120, AS AMENDED, 41-35-125, 41-35-126, 41-35-130, AS AMENDED, 41-35-140, 41-35-330, 41-35-340, 41-35-410, 41-35-420, AS AMENDED, 41-35-450, 41-35-610, 41-35-630, 41-35-640, AS AMENDED, 41-35-670, 41-35-680, AS AMENDED, 41-35-690, 41-35-700, 41-35-710, AS AMENDED, 41-35-720, 41-35-730, 41-35-740, 41-35-750, AS AMENDED, 41-37-20, 41-37-30, 41-39-30, 41-39-40, 41-41-20, AS AMENDED, 41-41-40, AS AMENDED, 41-41-50, 41-42-10, 41-42-20, 41-42-30, AND 41-42-40, ALL RELATING TO VARIOUS DEPARTMENT PROVISIONS, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE REPLACEMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 41-29-260 RELATING TO THE ABILITY OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION TO FILE OPINIONS OR OFFICIAL MINUTES.

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

H. 4416--SENATE AMENDMENTS CONCURRED IN AND BILL ENROLLED

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

H. 4416 (Word version) -- Reps. Loftis, Hamilton, G. R. Smith, Dillard, Bannister, Bedingfield, Wylie, Nanney, Rice, Cato, Stringer and Allen: A BILL TO EXPAND THE AUTHORITY OF THE RENEWABLE WATER RESOURCES OF GREENVILLE COUNTY, ORIGINALLY CREATED AS THE GREATER GREENVILLE SEWER DISTRICT PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ACT 362 OF 1925, TO USE THE BY-PRODUCTS OF WASTE TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR ALTERNATE ENERGY PRODUCTION.

The yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 32; Nays 0

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Allison                Anthony
Bannister              Bedingfield            Bingham
Bowen                  G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Cato                   Clemmons
Cooper                 Crawford               Dillard
Edge                   Hamilton               Jefferson
Kelly                  Loftis                 Long
Lowe                   Lucas                  McLeod
Nanney                 G. R. Smith            Stringer
Toole                  Viers                  Williams
Willis                 Wylie

Total--32

Those who voted in the negative are:

Total--0

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

H. 3280--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. KING moved to adjourn debate upon the following Joint Resolution until Tuesday, March 23, which was adopted:

H. 3280 (Word version) -- Reps. T. R. Young, Allison, Parker, D. C. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. R. Smith, Stewart, Millwood, Horne, Funderburk, Wylie, Bedingfield, Harrell, A. D. Young, Viers, Gunn, Erickson, Clemmons and Loftis: 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 THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR A TERM COTERMINOUS WITH THE GOVERNOR UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL PROVIDE BY LAW FOR THE DUTIES, COMPENSATION, AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE, THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE APPOINTMENT IS MADE, AND THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION MAY BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

SENT TO THE SENATE

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

H. 4033 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, Harrell, Gunn, Anderson, Gullick, Limehouse, Hardwick, Merrill, Ott, Rutherford, Bales, V. S. Moss, Duncan, Owens, Bowen, Stavrinakis, Hutto, Allison, Barfield, Battle, Bingham, Branham, H. B. Brown, Cato, Cooper, Crawford, Delleney, Dillard, Gambrell, Harrison, Harvin, Hayes, Hearn, Herbkersman, Horne, Hosey, Howard, Jefferson, Jennings, Kennedy, King, Kirsh, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, McLeod, Miller, D. C. Moss, Neilson, M. A. Pitts, Rice, Sandifer, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, Sottile, Thompson, Weeks, White, Williams, Willis, A. D. Young, Sellers, Erickson, Knight, Whipper, R. L. Brown, Gilliard, Hart and Mitchell: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FLEXIBILITY ACT" BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 57 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MAY SOLICIT AND ENTER INTO CERTAIN PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES TO CONSTRUCT TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES AND TO PROVIDE THE PROCEDURE WHEREBY PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES ARE SOLICITED, APPROVED, AND IMPLEMENTED; BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 57 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEREBY TOLLS MAY BE IMPOSED AND COLLECTED ALONG THE STATE'S HIGHWAYS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROJECTS THAT MAY BE FINANCED BY TOLL REVENUES, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR A PERSON WHO FAILS TO PAY A TOLL, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY IMPLEMENT AN ELECTRONIC TOLL SYSTEM; BY ADDING SECTION 11-35-3075 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO ENTER INTO PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES TO CONSTRUCT TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE AND TO CERTAIN EXPANDED DISCUSSIONS AND PROPOSAL REVISIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 11-35-710, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PURCHASE OF CERTAIN ITEMS THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PURCHASE OF ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES TO CONSTRUCT TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE; TO AMEND SECTION 11-35-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE, SO AS TO PROVIDE AN ENTITY THAT UTILIZES A FEDERAL GRANT TO PROCURE AN ITEM MUST COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS THAT ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE CONSOLIDATED PROCUREMENT CODE; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1625, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S AWARDING OF CONTRACTS THAT USE THE DESIGN-BUILD PROCEDURE, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1310, RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S INTENT WHEN IT PROVIDED THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THE AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT TURNPIKE PROJECTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT ALSO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO IMPROVE THESE FACILITIES PURSUANT TO THIS PROVISION; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1320, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS REGARDING TURNPIKE PROJECTS, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "TURNPIKE FACILITY"; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1330, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S AUTHORITY TO DESIGNATE, ESTABLISH, PLAN, IMPROVE, CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND REGULATE TURNPIKE FACILITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY DESIGNATE AS A TURNPIKE FACILITY ANY TRANSPORTATION FACILITY THAT IS FUNDED IN PART BY A LOCAL OPTION SALES AND USE TAX; TO AMEND SECTION 40-11-360, RELATING TO THE ENTITIES THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS THAT REGULATE LICENSED CONTRACTORS, SO AS TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE; TO AMEND SECTION 57-5-1660, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN CONTRACTORS MUST FURNISH A BOND FOR CERTAIN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVES TO CONSTRUCT TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES AND PROVIDE THAT WHEN THE DEPARTMENT UTILIZES THE DESIGN-BUILD DELIVERY METHOD FOR A HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, THE AMOUNT OF THE PERFORMANCE AND INDEMNITY BOND AND PAYMENT BONDS REQUIRED BY THIS PROVISION RELATE ONLY TO THE PORTION OF THE CONTRACT CONCERNING CONSTRUCTION; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 12-28-2920, 57-3-200, 57-3-615, 57-3-618, 57-5-1490, AND 57-5-1495 RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF TOLL ROADS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE DEPARTMENT'S AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH VARIOUS ENTITIES TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN HIGHWAY FACILITIES, THE PROJECTS THAT MAY BE CONSTRUCTED WITH TOLL REVENUES, THE IMPOSITION AND COLLECTION OF A TOLL ALONG INTERSTATE 73, THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO PAY A TOLL, AND THE COLLECTION OF TOLLS.

H. 4479 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, M. A. Pitts, D. C. Moss, Crawford and Viers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-1140, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEDUCTIONS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TAXABLE INCOME OF INDIVIDUALS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX ACT, SO AS TO INCLUDE DETENTION OFFICERS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS PERSONNEL WITHIN THE CATEGORY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM THE EIGHT DOLLARS A DAY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE DEDUCTION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PERSONNEL.

H. 4610--ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was taken up:

H. 4610 (Word version) -- Reps. Duncan, Willis, M. A. Pitts, Bowen, Hardwick, Bedingfield, Rice, Forrester, Owens and Clemmons: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO MEMORIALIZE CONGRESS TO ADOPT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD POSTPONE THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S (EPA) EFFORT TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES USING EXISTING CLEAN AIR ACT AUTHORITY UNTIL CONGRESS ADOPTS A BALANCED APPROACH TO ADDRESS CLIMATE AND ENERGY SUPPLY ISSUES WITHOUT CRIPPLING THE ECONOMY.

The Resolution was adopted.

H. 4606--INTERRUPTED DEBATE

The following Concurrent Resolution was taken up:

H. 4606 (Word version) -- Reps. Duncan, Willis, M. A. Pitts, Bowen, Hardwick, Bedingfield, Rice, Forrester, Owens and Clemmons: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO MEMORIALIZE CONGRESS TO ADOPT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD POSTPONE THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S (EPA) EFFORT TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES USING EXISTING CLEAN AIR ACT AUTHORITY UNTIL CONGRESS ADOPTS A BALANCED APPROACH TO ADDRESS CLIMATE AND ENERGY SUPPLY ISSUES WITHOUT CRIPPLING THE ECONOMY.

Rep. DUNCAN explained the Concurrent Resolution.

Rep. HART moved to adjourn debate on the Concurrent Resolution.

Rep. DUNCAN moved to table the motion.

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

Yeas 69; Nays 30

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allison                Anthony                Ballentine
Bannister              Barfield               Battle
Bedingfield            Bingham                Bowen
Brady                  H. B. Brown            Cato
Chalk                  Cole                   Crawford
Daning                 Delleney               Duncan
Erickson               Forrester              Gambrell
Haley                  Hamilton               Hardwick
Harrell                Harrison               Hearn
Herbkersman            Hiott                  Horne
Huggins                Jennings               Kelly
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Loftis
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Merrill                Millwood               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Nanney                 Norman
Ott                    Owens                  M. A. Pitts
Sandifer               Scott                  Simrill
Skelton                D. C. Smith            G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            J. R. Smith            Sottile
Spires                 Stewart                Stringer
Toole                  Umphlett               Viers
White                  Whitmire               Willis
Wylie                  A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--69

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Anderson               Bales                  Branham
R. L. Brown            Cobb-Hunter            Dillard
Funderburk             Gilliard               Gunn
Hart                   Hodges                 Hosey
Hutto                  Jefferson              King
Knight                 McEachern              Miller
J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal             Neilson
Parks                  Sellers                J. E. Smith
Stavrinakis            Weeks                  Williams

Total--30

So, the motion to adjourn debate was tabled.

Rep. SELLERS spoke against the Concurrent Resolution.

Rep. J. E. SMITH moved that the House recede until 1:30 p.m., which was agreed to.

Further proceedings were interrupted by the House receding, the pending question being consideration of the Concurrent Resolution.

THE HOUSE RESUMES

At 1:30 p.m. the House resumed, Acting Speaker WYLIE in the Chair.

POINT OF QUORUM

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

SPEAKER IN CHAIR

H. 4606--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Debate was resumed on the following Concurrent Resolution, the pending question being the consideration of the Concurrent Resolution:

H. 4606 (Word version) -- Reps. Duncan, Willis, M. A. Pitts, Bowen, Hardwick, Bedingfield, Rice, Forrester, Owens and Clemmons: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO MEMORIALIZE CONGRESS TO ADOPT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD POSTPONE THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S (EPA) EFFORT TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES USING EXISTING CLEAN AIR ACT AUTHORITY UNTIL CONGRESS ADOPTS A BALANCED APPROACH TO ADDRESS CLIMATE AND ENERGY SUPPLY ISSUES WITHOUT CRIPPLING THE ECONOMY.

Rep. SKELTON moved to adjourn debate on the Concurrent Resolution until Thursday, March 11, which was agreed to.

MOTION PERIOD

The motion period was dispensed with on motion of Rep. J. E. SMITH.

H. 3608--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. CLEMMONS moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Thursday, March 11, which was adopted:

H. 3608 (Word version) -- Reps. Mack, Alexander, Allen, R. L. Brown, Williams, Weeks, Whipper, Gilliard and Jefferson: 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 SHALL 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 REGISTER TO VOTE AND CAST A BALLOT DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS, AND TO REQUIRE THESE LOCATIONS AND TIMES TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 30-4-80.

H. 4282--AMENDED AND ORDERED TO THIRD READING

The following Bill was taken up:

H. 4282 (Word version) -- Reps. D. C. Smith, Owens, Littlejohn, Gilliard, Daning, Hosey, Clemmons, Harrison and Bales: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3890 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR CERTAIN PERSONS WHO ARE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO USE A TEXT MESSAGING DEVICE OR A HAND-HELD MOBILE TELEPHONE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THIS PROVISION.

The Education and Public Works Committee proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (COUNCIL\BBM\9570HTC10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Article 31, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-3890.   (A)   As contained in this section:

(1)   'text messaging device' means an electronic wireless communications device used to manually type, send or read a written communication, including without limitation a text message or an electronic message, or electronic mail, but does not include a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle's architecture; and

(2)   'mobile telephone' means a device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone service to access or respond to such service; and

(3)   'hands-free mode' means the use of a mobile telephone or text messaging device by way of an internal feature or function, or an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such telephone or device, by which a user engages in a conversation or communication without the use of either hand; provided, however, this definition shall not preclude the use of either hand to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of such telephone or device.

(B)   A person may not use a text messaging device to read, or to manually write or send, a written communication, including without limitation text message, or electronic mail while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway.

(C)   A person may not use a mobile telephone while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway.

(D)   This section does not apply to:

(1)   an authorized emergency vehicle;

(2)   a moving motor vehicle using a mobile telephone or a text messaging device in hands-free mode; or

(3)   a moving motor vehicle using a mobile telephone or a text messaging device to:

(a)   report illegal activity;

(b)   summon medical or other emergency help; or

(c)   prevent injury to a person or property.

(E)   A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars and have two points assessed against his driving record.

(F)   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all penalties imposed pursuant to this section shall be divided between the South Carolina State Trauma Care Fund to be used by the Department of Health and Environmental Control as established and provided for in Section 44-61-540 and the Office of Highway Safety in the Department of Public Safety to fund highway safety education programs highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

(G)   This Section occupies the entire field and preempts any ordinance, resolution, or similar matter adopted by a municipality, county, or other local governmental entity regarding the use of a text messaging device or a mobile telephone, or both, by an operator of a motor vehicle."
SECTION   2.   Article 31, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-3895.   (A)   For purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean:

(1)   'text messaging device' means text messaging device as defined in Section 56-5-3890(A)(1);

(2)   'mobile telephone' means mobile telephone as defined in Section 56-5-3890(A)(2);

(3)   'emergency situation' means circumstances such as medical concerns, unsafe road conditions, matters of public safety, or mechanical problems that create a risk of harm for the operator or passengers of a school bus or intended passengers of a school bus;

(4)   'school bus' means every motor vehicle owned by a public or governmental agency and operated for the transportation of children to or from school or privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of children to or from school, the motor vehicle is defined in Section 56-5-195 a 'school bus' under 49 U.S.C. Section 30125, as defined on April 5, 2000, meeting federal school bus safety standards, as contained in 49 U.S.C. Section 30101, et seq., or any successor statutes, and all applicable federal regulations; and

(5)   'Great bodily injury' means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss of or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.

(B)   Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person may not use a text messaging device to manually write or send a text message; or a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device whether hands-free or otherwise; while operating a school bus in motion or in the travel portion of a roadway or while monitoring the loading and unloading of students.

(C)   The provisions of subsection (B) of this section shall not apply to the use of a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device whether hands-free or otherwise, or a text messaging device, for the sole purpose of communicating in an emergency situation. However, this exception applies only if the school bus is not in motion.

(D)   A person who violates subsection (A):

(1)   for a first offense where no great bodily injury or death resulted from the violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred and fifty dollars, and loss of the school bus driver's school bus driving certification issued by the South Carolina Department of Education for a period of one year. The violator shall have two points assessed against his driving record in accordance with Section 56-1-720.

(2)   for a second or subsequent offense or any offense where great bodily injury or death results from the violation, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined five hundred dollars , and imprisoned for not more than three years. The school bus driver's school bus driving certification issued by the South Carolina Department of Education is revoked and the person is therefore permanently ineligible to apply for certification. The violator shall have triple the points assessed against his driving record as are otherwise assessed pursuant to Section 56-1-720, for using a text messaging device or an otherwise prohibited communications device while driving.

(E)   To assist in enforcing this and the state seatbelt laws, all state or district owned school buses, and school buses contracted by school districts for student transportation service, shall have a sticker attached to the interior of the school bus in a location that is clearly readable by the school bus passengers that confirms that the school bus driver is required to wear a seat belt and that use of a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device is prohibited while driving. The sticker should also include the appropriate law citation for each of these requirements and ask the passengers to report violations to a toll free phone number at the South Carolina Department of Education. Upon receipt of a violation report the South Carolina Department of Education shall record the complaint and forward the information to the appropriate school district that employs the school bus driver to initiate an investigation. The South Carolina Department of Education shall design and publish these stickers free of charge to school districts."
SECTION   3.   Section 56-1-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-1-720.   There is established a point system for the evaluation of the operating record of persons to whom a license to operate motor vehicles has been granted and for the determination of the continuing qualifications of these persons for the privileges granted by the license to operate motor vehicles. The system shall have as its basic element a graduated scale of points assigning relative values to the various violations in accordance with the following schedule:
VIOLATION POINTS
Reckless driving   6
Passing stopped school bus   6
Hit-and-run, property damages only   6
Driving too fast for conditions, or speeding:
(1) No more than 10 m.p.h. above the posted limits   2
(2) More than 10 m.p.h. but less than 25 m.p.h. above the posted limits   4
(3) 25 m.p.h. or above the posted limits   6
Disobedience of any official traffic control device   4
Disobedience to officer directing traffic   4
Failing to yield right of way   4
Driving on wrong side of road   4
Passing unlawfully   4
Turning unlawfully   4
Driving through or within safety zone   4
Failing to give signal or giving improper signal for stopping, turning, or suddenly decreased speed   4
Shifting lanes without safety precaution   2
Improper dangerous parking   2
Following too closely   4
Failing to dim lights   2
Operating with improper lights   2
Operating with improper brakes   4
Operating a vehicle in unsafe condition   2
Driving in improper lane   2
Improper backing   2
Using a text messaging device or an otherwise prohibited communications device while driving   2."
SECTION   4.   This act takes effect ninety days after approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. D. C. SMITH spoke in favor of the amendment.

Rep. BEDINGFIELD moved to continue the Bill.

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

Yeas 30; Nays 76

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Ballentine             Bedingfield            Brantley
Cato                   Crawford               Delleney
Duncan                 Frye                   Haley
Hamilton               Kennedy                Knight
Merrill                Millwood               V. S. Moss
Nanney                 Norman                 M. A. Pitts
Scott                  Simrill                G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            Stringer               Thompson
Toole                  Viers                  Weeks
White                  Willis                 Wylie

Total--30

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anthony                Bales
Bannister              Barfield               Battle
Bingham                Bowen                  Bowers
Branham                G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Clemmons               Clyburn
Cole                   Cooper                 Daning
Dillard                Edge                   Erickson
Forrester              Funderburk             Gambrell
Gilliard               Govan                  Gunn
Harrell                Harrison               Hart
Hayes                  Hearn                  Herbkersman
Hiott                  Hodges                 Horne
Hutto                  Jefferson              Jennings
Kelly                  King                   Kirsh
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Long
Lowe                   Lucas                  Mack
McLeod                 Miller                 Mitchell
D. C. Moss             J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal
Neilson                Ott                    Owens
Parker                 Pinson                 Sandifer
Skelton                D. C. Smith            J. E. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Umphlett
Whitmire               Williams               A. D. Young
T. R. Young

Total--76

So, the House refused to continue the Bill.

Rep. VIERS moved to adjourn debate on the Bill until Thursday, March 11.

Rep. OWENS moved to table the motion.

Rep. G. M. SMITH demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 68; Nays 39

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Allison                Anthony
Bales                  Bannister              Battle
Bingham                Bowen                  Bowers
Branham                G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Chalk                  Clyburn
Cole                   Cooper                 Daning
Erickson               Forrester              Funderburk
Gambrell               Gunn                   Hardwick
Harrell                Harrison               Hart
Hayes                  Herbkersman            Hiott
Horne                  Hutto                  Jennings
Kelly                  Kirsh                  Knight
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Long
Lucas                  McEachern              McLeod
Miller                 D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss
J. M. Neal             Neilson                Norman
Ott                    Owens                  Parker
Pinson                 Sandifer               Scott
Simrill                Skelton                D. C. Smith
J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith            Sottile
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Umphlett
Whitmire               Willis                 Wylie
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--68

Those who voted in the negative are:

Alexander              Allen                  Ballentine
Barfield               Bedingfield            Cato
Clemmons               Crawford               Delleney
Dillard                Duncan                 Edge
Frye                   Gilliard               Govan
Haley                  Hamilton               Hearn
Hodges                 Jefferson              Kennedy
King                   Lowe                   Mack
Merrill                Millwood               Mitchell
Nanney                 J. H. Neal             M. A. Pitts
G. M. Smith            Spires                 Stringer
Thompson               Toole                  Viers
Weeks                  White                  Williams

Total--39

So, the motion to adjourn debate was tabled.

The question then recurred to the adoption of Amendment No. 1.

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

Yeas 65; Nays 34

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Anthony                Bales
Bannister              Barfield               Battle
Bowen                  Branham                Brantley
G. A. Brown            R. L. Brown            Chalk
Clemmons               Cole                   Cooper
Crawford               Daning                 Dillard
Edge                   Erickson               Forrester
Funderburk             Gambrell               Gilliard
Govan                  Hardwick               Harrell
Harrison               Hayes                  Herbkersman
Hiott                  Hodges                 Horne
Hutto                  Jennings               Kelly
Kennedy                Kirsh                  Knight
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Long
Lowe                   Lucas                  McLeod
Mitchell               V. S. Moss             J. H. Neal
J. M. Neal             Neilson                Owens
Parker                 Pinson                 Skelton
D. C. Smith            G. R. Smith            J. R. Smith
Sottile                Spires                 Stavrinakis
Umphlett               White                  Whitmire
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--65

Those who voted in the negative are:

Allen                  Ballentine             Bedingfield
Bingham                Bowers                 Cato
Delleney               Duncan                 Frye
Gunn                   Haley                  Hamilton
Hart                   Hearn                  Jefferson
King                   Loftis                 Mack
Merrill                Millwood               Nanney
Norman                 M. A. Pitts            Scott
Simrill                G. M. Smith            Stringer
Thompson               Toole                  Viers
Weeks                  Williams               Willis
Wylie

Total--34

So, the amendment was adopted.

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE IN CHAIR

Reps. DANING and D. C. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (COUNCIL\BBM\9588HTC10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking Section 56-5-3895(D)(2) as contained in SECTION 2, beginning on page 4282-3 and inserting:

/ (2)     for a second or subsequent offense or any offense where great bodily injury or death results from the violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined five hundred dollars. The school bus driver's school bus driving certification issued by the South Carolina Department of Education is revoked and the person is permanently ineligible to apply for certification. The violator shall have triple the points assessed against his driving record as are otherwise assessed pursuant to Section 56-1-720, for using a text messaging device or an otherwise prohibited communications device while driving. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. DANING explained the amendment.
Rep. VIERS spoke against the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.

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

Yeas 76; Nays 25

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Anthony                Bales                  Barfield
Battle                 Bowen                  Bowers
Brady                  Branham                G. A. Brown
H. B. Brown            R. L. Brown            Cato
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter
Cole                   Crawford               Daning
Delleney               Dillard                Duncan
Erickson               Frye                   Funderburk
Gilliard               Govan                  Hardwick
Harrison               Harvin                 Hayes
Hearn                  Hiott                  Hodges
Horne                  Huggins                Hutto
Jefferson              Jennings               Kennedy
Kirsh                  Knight                 Limehouse
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Mack                   McLeod                 Miller
Mitchell               V. S. Moss             J. H. Neal
J. M. Neal             Norman                 Ott
Owens                  Parks                  Pinson
Sandifer               Sellers                Simrill
Skelton                D. C. Smith            G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Thompson
Toole                  Umphlett               White
Whitmire               Wylie                  A. D. Young
T. R. Young

Total--76

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Allen                  Allison
Ballentine             Bannister              Bedingfield
Brantley               Forrester              Gambrell
Gunn                   Haley                  Hamilton
Hart                   Kelly                  King
Littlejohn             Loftis                 Millwood
Nanney                 Parker                 Scott
Stringer               Viers                  Weeks
Willis

Total--25

So, the amendment was adopted.

Rep. G. R. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 3 (COUNCIL\BBM\9591HTC10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 56-5-3890, as contained in SECTION 1, page 4282-2, by adding a new subsection immediately after subsection (G) to read:

/ (H)   Violations of this section may be introduced as evidence of comparative negligence in a civil action. /
Amend further, as and if amended, in Section 56-5-3895, as contained in SECTION 2, page 4282-4, by adding a new subsection immediately after subsection (E) to read:

/ (F)   Violations of this section may be introduced as evidence of comparative negligence in a civil action. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. G. R. SMITH explained the amendment.

Rep. GUNN moved to table the amendment.

Rep. G. R. SMITH demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 20; Nays 82

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Allen                  Brantley               G. A. Brown
Gilliard               Gunn                   Hart
Harvin                 Hodges                 Hutto
Kennedy                King                   J. H. Neal
Ott                    Sellers                J. E. Smith
Stavrinakis            Thompson               Viers
Weeks                  Williams

Total--20

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Allison                Anthony
Bales                  Ballentine             Bannister
Barfield               Battle                 Bedingfield
Bowen                  Bowers                 Brady
Branham                H. B. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Clemmons               Cole
Crawford               Daning                 Delleney
Duncan                 Erickson               Forrester
Frye                   Funderburk             Gambrell
Govan                  Hamilton               Hardwick
Harrell                Harrison               Hayes
Hearn                  Hiott                  Horne
Huggins                Jefferson              Jennings
Kelly                  Kirsh                  Knight
Limehouse              Littlejohn             Loftis
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Mack                   McLeod                 Miller
Millwood               Mitchell               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Nanney                 J. M. Neal
Neilson                Norman                 Owens
Parker                 Parks                  Pinson
Sandifer               Scott                  Simrill
Skelton                D. C. Smith            G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stewart                Stringer               Toole
Umphlett               White                  Whitmire
Willis                 Wylie                  A. D. Young
T. R. Young

Total--82

So, the House refused to table the amendment.
The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. HALEY proposed the following Amendment No. 4 (COUNCIL\SWB\7058CM10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(B) and (C) as contained in SECTION 1, by striking Section 56-5-3890(B) and (C) and inserting:
/   (B)   A person who is less than eighteen years of age may not use a text messaging device to read, or to manually write or send, a written communication, including without limitation text message, or electronic mail while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway.

(C)   A person who is less than eighteen years of age may not use a mobile telephone while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. HALEY explained the amendment.
Rep. HALEY spoke in favor of the amendment.
Rep. HART spoke upon the amendment.
Rep. D. C. SMITH spoke against the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.

Rep. D. C. SMITH moved to table the amendment.

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

Yeas 74; Nays 30

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Allison                Anthony
Bales                  Bannister              Barfield
Bingham                Bowen                  Brady
Branham                G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Cato                   Chalk
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cole
Crawford               Daning                 Edge
Erickson               Funderburk             Gambrell
Gilliard               Govan                  Hardwick
Harrell                Harrison               Hart
Harvin                 Hayes                  Hearn
Herbkersman            Hiott                  Hodges
Huggins                Hutto                  Jefferson
Jennings               Kelly                  Kennedy
Knight                 Limehouse              Littlejohn
Long                   Lucas                  Mack
McEachern              McLeod                 Miller
Mitchell               D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss
J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal             Neilson
Ott                    Owens                  Parker
Pinson                 Sandifer               Skelton
D. C. Smith            G. R. Smith            J. E. Smith
Sottile                Stavrinakis            Toole
Umphlett               White                  Whitmire
Wylie                  T. R. Young

Total--74

Those who voted in the negative are:

Allen                  Ballentine             Battle
Bedingfield            Bowers                 Delleney
Duncan                 Forrester              Frye
Gunn                   Haley                  Hamilton
Horne                  King                   Loftis
Lowe                   Millwood               Norman
M. A. Pitts            Scott                  Simrill
G. M. Smith            Spires                 Stringer
Thompson               Viers                  Weeks
Williams               Willis                 A. D. Young

Total--30

So, the amendment was tabled.

Rep. R. L. BROWN proposed the following Amendment No. 5 (COUNCIL\BBM\9607CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking the bill in its entirety and inserting:
/ SECTION   1.   Article 31, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-3890.   (A)   As contained in this section 'text messaging device' means an electronic wireless communications device used to manually type, send or read a written communication, including without limitation a text message or an electronic message, or electronic mail, but does not include a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle's architecture; and

(B)   A person may not use a text messaging device to read, or to manually write or send, a written communication, including without limitation text message, or electronic mail while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway.

(C)   This section does not apply to:

(1)   an authorized emergency vehicle;

(2)   a moving motor vehicle using a mobile telephone or a text messaging device to:

(a)   report illegal activity;

(b)   summon medical or other emergency help; or

(c)   prevent injury to a person or property.

(D)   A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars and have two points assessed against his driving record.

(E)   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all penalties imposed pursuant to this section shall be divided between the South Carolina State Trauma Care Fund to be used by the Department of Health and Environmental Control as established and provided for in Section 44-61-540 and the Office of Highway Safety in the Department of Public Safety to fund highway safety education programs highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

(F)   This Section occupies the entire field and preempts any ordinance, resolution, or similar matter adopted by a municipality, county, or other local governmental entity regarding the use of a text messaging device or a mobile telephone, or both, by an operator of a motor vehicle."

SECTION   2.   Article 31, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-3895.   (A)   For purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean:

(1)   'text messaging device' means text messaging device as defined in Section 56-5-3890(A)(1);

(2)   'mobile telephone' means a device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone service to access or respond to such service;

(3)   'emergency situation' means circumstances such as medical concerns, unsafe road conditions, matters of public safety, or mechanical problems that create a risk of harm for the operator or passengers of a school bus or intended passengers of a school bus;

(4)   'school bus' means every motor vehicle owned by a public or governmental agency and operated for the transportation of children to or from school or privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of children to or from school, the motor vehicle is defined in Section 56-5-195 a 'school bus' under 49 U.S.C. Section 30125, as defined on April 5, 2000, meeting federal school bus safety standards, as contained in 49 U.S.C. Section 30101, et seq., or any successor statutes, and all applicable federal regulations; and

(5)   'Great bodily injury' means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss of or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.

(B)   Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person may not use a text messaging device to manually write or send a text message; or a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device whether hands-free or otherwise; while operating a school bus in motion or in the travel portion of a roadway or while monitoring the loading and unloading of students.

(C)   The provisions of subsection (B) of this section shall not apply to the use of a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device whether hands-free or otherwise, or a text messaging device, for the sole purpose of communicating in an emergency situation. However, this exception applies only if the school bus is not in motion.

(D)   A person who violates subsection (A):

(1)   for a first offense where no great bodily injury or death resulted from the violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred and fifty dollars, and lose his school bus driver's school bus driving certification issued by the South Carolina Department of Education for a period of one year. The violator shall have two points assessed against his driving record.

(2)   for a second or subsequent offense or any offense where great bodily injury or death results from the violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined five hundred dollars. The school bus driver's school bus driving certification issued by the South Carolina Department of Education must be revoked and the person is permanently ineligible to apply for certification. The violator shall have triple the points assessed against his driving record.

(E)   To assist in enforcing this and the state seatbelt laws, all state or district owned school buses, and school buses contracted by school districts for student transportation service, shall have a sticker attached to the interior of the school bus in a location that is clearly readable by the school bus passengers that confirms that the school bus driver is required to wear a seat belt and that use of a mobile telephone, radio or other communication device is prohibited while driving. The sticker should also include the appropriate law citation for each of these requirements and ask the passengers to report violations to a toll free phone number at the South Carolina Department of Education. Upon receipt of a violation report the South Carolina Department of Education shall record the complaint and forward the information to the appropriate school district that employs the school bus driver to initiate an investigation. The South Carolina Department of Education shall design and publish these stickers free of charge to school districts."

SECTION   3.   Section 56-1-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-1-720.   There is established a point system for the evaluation of the operating record of persons to whom a license to operate motor vehicles has been granted and for the determination of the continuing qualifications of these persons for the privileges granted by the license to operate motor vehicles. The system shall have as its basic element a graduated scale of points assigning relative values to the various violations in accordance with the following schedule:

VIOLATION                     POINTS

Reckless driving                   6

Passing stopped school bus             6

Hit-and-run, property damages only       6

Driving too fast for conditions, or speeding:

(1)   No more than 10 m.p.h. above the posted

limits                         2

(2)   More than 10 m.p.h. but less than 25 m.p.h. above the

posted limits                     4

(3)   25 m.p.h. or above the posted limits:     6

Disobedience of any official traffic control

device                         4

Disobedience to officer directing traffic     4

Failing to yield right of way             4

Driving on wrong side of road           4

Passing unlawfully                 4

Turning unlawfully                 4

Driving through or within safety zone       4

Failing to give signal or giving improper

signal for stopping, turning, or suddenly

decreased speed                   4

Shifting lanes without safety precaution     2

Improper dangerous parking             2

Following too closely                 4

Failing to dim lights                 2

Operating with improper lights           2

Operating with improper brakes           4

Operating a vehicle in unsafe condition     2

Driving in improper lane               2

Improper backing                   2

Using a text messaging device while driving   2

Using a text messaging device or an otherwise prohibited communication device while driving a school bus     2."

SECTION   4.   This act takes effect ninety days after approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. R. L. BROWN explained the amendment.
Rep. D. C. SMITH spoke against the amendment.
Rep. SKELTON spoke upon the amendment.
Rep. GOVAN spoke in favor of the amendment.
Rep. UMPHLETT spoke against the amendment.
Rep. M. A. PITTS spoke upon the amendment.

The question then recurred to the adoption of the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

RECORD FOR VOTING

I was temporarily out of the Chamber on constituent business during the debate considering Amendment No. 5 to H. 4282, which deletes the restriction on hand-held cell phone use. If I had been present, I would have voted against the Amendment.

Rep. Tom Young
Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 6 (COUNCIL\NBD\12007AC10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:

/( )   In addition to prohibitions provided for in this section while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway, a person may not:

(1)   light or smoke any tobacco product;

(2)   put on or remove any garment or item of clothing;

(3)   eat any type of food;

(4)   drink any beverage;

(5)   use, operate, or manipulate any electronic device;

(6)   apply any item of makeup./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. CRAWFORD explained the amendment.

Rep. D. C. SMITH moved to table the amendment.

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

Yeas 80; Nays 21

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allison
Anthony                Bannister              Barfield
Battle                 Bingham                Bowen
Bowers                 Brady                  Branham
G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Chalk                  Clemmons
Clyburn                Cole                   Daning
Delleney               Edge                   Erickson
Forrester              Frye                   Funderburk
Gambrell               Gilliard               Govan
Gunn                   Hardwick               Harrison
Hayes                  Hearn                  Hiott
Horne                  Huggins                Hutto
Jefferson              Jennings               Kelly
Knight                 Limehouse              Littlejohn
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Mack                   McLeod                 Merrill
Miller                 Millwood               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal
Neilson                Norman                 Ott
Owens                  Parker                 Pinson
Sellers                Simrill                Skelton
D. C. Smith            J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith
Sottile                Spires                 Stavrinakis
Stewart                Toole                  White
Whitmire               Williams               Wylie
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--80

Those who voted in the negative are:

Allen                  Bales                  Ballentine
Brantley               Crawford               Duncan
Hart                   Kennedy                King
Kirsh                  Loftis                 Nanney
M. A. Pitts            Scott                  G. M. Smith
Stringer               Thompson               Umphlett
Viers                  Weeks                  Willis

Total--21

So, the amendment was tabled.

Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 7 (COUNCIL\NBD\12009AC10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:
/   ( )   In addition to other prohibitions provided for in this section, a person may not put on or remove any garment or item of clothing while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway.   /
Reletter subsections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. CRAWFORD explained the amendment.

Rep. D. C. SMITH moved to table the amendment.
Rep. CRAWFORD demanded the yeas and nays which were taken, resulting as follows:

Yeas 75; Nays 20

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anthony                Bannister
Barfield               Battle                 Bingham
Bowen                  Bowers                 Brady
Branham                G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Cato                   Chalk
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cole
Daning                 Delleney               Edge
Forrester              Frye                   Funderburk
Gambrell               Gilliard               Govan
Haley                  Harrison               Hiott
Hodges                 Horne                  Huggins
Hutto                  Jefferson              Jennings
Kelly                  Kirsh                  Knight
Littlejohn             Long                   Lowe
Lucas                  Mack                   McEachern
McLeod                 Merrill                Miller
Millwood               D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss
J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal             Norman
Owens                  Parker                 Pinson
Simrill                Skelton                D. C. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Toole
White                  Whitmire               Willis
Wylie                  A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--75

Those who voted in the negative are:

Bales                  Ballentine             Bedingfield
Crawford               Duncan                 Hamilton
Kennedy                King                   Limehouse
Loftis                 Nanney                 Neilson
M. A. Pitts            Scott                  G. M. Smith
Stringer               Thompson               Umphlett
Viers                  Williams

Total--20

So, the amendment was tabled.

Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 8 (COUNCIL\NBD\12010AC10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:
/   ( )   In addition to other prohibitions provided for in this section, a person may not light or smoke any tobacco product while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway./
Reletter subsections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. CRAWFORD explained the amendment.

Rep. D. C. SMITH moved to table the amendment.

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

Yeas 83; Nays 16

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anthony                Bannister
Barfield               Battle                 Bingham
Bowen                  Bowers                 Brady
Branham                G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Cato                   Chalk
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cole
Daning                 Delleney               Dillard
Edge                   Erickson               Forrester
Frye                   Funderburk             Gambrell
Gilliard               Govan                  Haley
Harrison               Hearn                  Hiott
Hodges                 Horne                  Huggins
Hutto                  Jefferson              Jennings
Kelly                  King                   Kirsh
Knight                 Limehouse              Littlejohn
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Mack                   McEachern              McLeod
Miller                 Millwood               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             J. H. Neal             J. M. Neal
Norman                 Ott                    Owens
Parker                 Pinson                 Scott
Simrill                Skelton                D. C. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Stewart                Toole
Vick                   Weeks                  White
Whitmire               Willis                 Wylie
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--83

Those who voted in the negative are:

Bales                  Ballentine             Crawford
Duncan                 Hamilton               Hart
Loftis                 Merrill                Nanney
M. A. Pitts            G. M. Smith            Stringer
Thompson               Umphlett               Viers
Williams

Total--16

So, the amendment was tabled.

Reps. NEILSON, BALES, HARRISON, JENNINGS, RUTHERFORD, SELLERS, J. E. SMITH, HART, OTT, J. H. NEAL, GUNN and MCEACHERN proposed the following Amendment No. 13 (COUNCIL\NBD\12034AC10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:
/   ( )   Fifty percent of the fines collected for a violation of the provisions of this section must be distributed evenly among Level I trauma centers in this State. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. JENNINGS explained the amendment.
Rep. CRAWFORD spoke in favor of the amendment.
Rep. GOVAN spoke in favor of the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. VIERS proposed the following Amendment No. 16 (COUNCIL\MS\7722AHB10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(D), as contained in SECTION 1, by deleting Section 56-5-3890(D) and inserting:
/   (D)   A person who violates subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined twenty-five dollars. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. VIERS explained the amendment.

Rep. OWENS moved to table the amendment.

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

Yeas 18; Nays 81

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Anthony                Bowen                  Brady
Cole                   Daning                 Gambrell
Harrison               Hiott                  Horne
Jennings               Littlejohn             Mack
McLeod                 J. M. Neal             Owens
D. C. Smith            Sottile                A. D. Young

Total--18

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Allen                  Allison
Bales                  Ballentine             Bannister
Barfield               Battle                 Bedingfield
Bingham                Bowers                 Branham
Brantley               G. A. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Chalk                  Clemmons
Clyburn                Crawford               Delleney
Dillard                Duncan                 Edge
Erickson               Forrester              Frye
Funderburk             Gilliard               Govan
Gunn                   Haley                  Hamilton
Hardwick               Hart                   Harvin
Hayes                  Hearn                  Hodges
Huggins                Hutto                  Jefferson
Kelly                  King                   Kirsh
Knight                 Limehouse              Loftis
Lowe                   Lucas                  McEachern
Miller                 Millwood               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Nanney                 J. H. Neal
Neilson                Norman                 Ott
Parker                 Scott                  Simrill
G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith            J. E. Smith
J. R. Smith            Spires                 Stewart
Stringer               Thompson               Toole
Umphlett               Vick                   Viers
Weeks                  White                  Williams
Willis                 Wylie                  T. R. Young

Total--81

So, the House refused to table the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. VIERS proposed the following Amendment No. 19 (COUNCIL\MS\7725AHB10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(B), as contained in SECTION 1, by deleting Section 56-5-3890(B) and inserting:
/   (B)   A person may not use a text messaging device to read or to manually write or send a written communication including, without limitation, a text message or electronic mail or use an ipod or mp 3 player while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform

Rep. VIERS explained the amendment.
Rep. HARVIN moved to table the amendment.

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

Yeas 83; Nays 14

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anthony                Bales
Bannister              Barfield               Battle
Bingham                Bowen                  Bowers
Brady                  Branham                Brantley
G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Chalk                  Clemmons
Clyburn                Cole                   Cooper
Daning                 Delleney               Edge
Erickson               Forrester              Frye
Funderburk             Gambrell               Gilliard
Govan                  Haley                  Hamilton
Harrison               Harvin                 Hayes
Hearn                  Hiott                  Hodges
Horne                  Huggins                Hutto
Jefferson              Jennings               Kelly
Kirsh                  Limehouse              Littlejohn
Lowe                   Lucas                  Mack
McEachern              McLeod                 Merrill
Millwood               D. C. Moss             Nanney
J. H. Neal             Ott                    Owens
Parker                 Pinson                 Simrill
Skelton                D. C. Smith            G. R. Smith
J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith            Sottile
Spires                 Stavrinakis            Stringer
Toole                  Weeks                  White
Whitmire               Williams               Wylie
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--83

Those who voted in the negative are:

Ballentine             Crawford               Duncan
Gunn                   King                   Knight
Loftis                 Long                   Scott
G. M. Smith            Thompson               Umphlett
Viers                  Willis

Total--14

So, the amendment was tabled.

Rep. VIERS proposed the following Amendment No. 20 (COUNCIL\MS\7726AHB10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(B), as contained in SECTION 1, by deleting Section 56-5-3890(B) and inserting:
/   (B)   A person may not use a text messaging device to read or to manually write or send a written communication including, without limitation, text message or electronic mail or have a GPS device in his car while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. VIERS explained the amendment.

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

Rep. VIERS proposed the following Amendment No. 23 (COUNCIL\MS\7729AHB10), which was tabled:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(B), as contained in SECTION 1, by deleting Section 56-5-3890(B) and inserting:
/   (B)   A person may not use a text messaging device to read or to manually write or send a written communication including, without limitation, A text message or electronic mail or have a laptop computer in his front seat while operating a motor vehicle in motion or in the travel portion of the roadway. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. VIERS explained the amendment.

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

Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 33 (COUNCIL\SWB\7194CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890 as contained in SECTION 1, by adding the following appropriately lettered subsection:
/   (__)   A vehicle, driver, or occupant in a vehicle may not be searched, nor may consent to search be requested by a law enforcement officer, solely because of a violation of this section. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 34 (COUNCIL\SWB\7195CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890 as contained in SECTION 1, by adding the following appropriately lettered subsection:
/   (__)   A law enforcement agency may not obtain telephone, cellular telephone, e-mail, text communication, or other electronic communications records, messages, or any data associated with a violation of this provision as evidence to obtain a conviction. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Rep. T. R. YOUNG proposed the following Amendment No. 35 (COUNCIL\7189CM10KRL), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-3-3890(C)(1), as contained in SECTION 1 by inserting:
/ , or two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers used by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the amateur Radio Service when assisting with public safety, emergency, and disaster communications / after /vehicle /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. T. R. YOUNG explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. G. R. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 36 (COUNCIL\MS\7720AHB10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890, as contained in SECTION 1, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:

/ ( )   A violation of this section may be introduced as evidence of comparative negligence in a civil action. /
Amend the bill further, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3895, as contained in SECTION 2, by adding an appropriately numbered subsection at the end to read:

/ ( )   A violation of this section may be introduced as evidence of comparative negligence in a civil action. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. G. R. SMITH explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. CRAWFORD proposed the following Amendment No. 37 (COUNCIL\SWB\7197CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890 as contained in SECTION 1, by adding the following appropriately lettered subsection:
/   (__)   Neither a law enforcement agency nor the court may confiscate a text messaging device, mobile telephone, or any other wireless telecommunications device that was used in violation of this section. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Rep. CLYBURN proposed the following Amendment No. 43 (COUNCIL\SWB\8000CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding the following appropriately numbered SECTION:
/   SECTION   __.   A law enforcement officer may not stop a person for a violation of this act in the absence of another violation of the state's motor vehicle laws during the first six months after this act becomes effective. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Rep. OTT proposed the following Amendment No. 44 (COUNCIL\SWB\7199CM10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(E) as contained in SECTION 1, by deleting / and have two points assessed against his driving record / after dollars/ in Section 56-5-3890(E).
Amend the bill, further, as and if amended, Section 56-5-3890(E) as contained in SECTION 1, by adding after the period at the end of this subsection:
/ The Department of Motor Vehicles may not report this violation to the person's motor vehicle insurance carrier. /
Amend the bill further, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 3 in its entirety.
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

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

Rep. BALLENTINE spoke against the Bill.

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 98; Nays 18

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anderson               Anthony
Bales                  Bannister              Barfield
Battle                 Bingham                Bowen
Bowers                 Brady                  Branham
Brantley               G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown
R. L. Brown            Cato                   Chalk
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter
Cole                   Cooper                 Crawford
Daning                 Delleney               Dillard
Erickson               Forrester              Frye
Funderburk             Gambrell               Gilliard
Govan                  Gunn                   Harrell
Harrison               Hart                   Harvin
Hayes                  Hearn                  Herbkersman
Hiott                  Hodges                 Horne
Howard                 Huggins                Hutto
Jefferson              Jennings               Kelly
Kennedy                King                   Kirsh
Knight                 Limehouse              Littlejohn
Long                   Lowe                   Lucas
Mack                   McEachern              McLeod
Merrill                Miller                 Mitchell
D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss             J. M. Neal
Neilson                Norman                 Ott
Owens                  Parker                 Parks
Pinson                 Sandifer               Sellers
Simrill                Skelton                D. C. Smith
G. R. Smith            J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith
Sottile                Spires                 Stavrinakis
Stewart                Toole                  Weeks
White                  Whitmire               Williams
A. D. Young            T. R. Young

Total--98

Those who voted in the negative are:

Ballentine             Bedingfield            Duncan
Edge                   Haley                  Hamilton
Loftis                 Millwood               Nanney
M. A. Pitts            Scott                  G. M. Smith
Stringer               Thompson               Umphlett
Viers                  Willis                 Wylie

Total--18

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

STATEMENT FOR THE JOURNAL

As an active supporter of "Alive @ 25", including donating personal funds to pay for the inaugural class at Irmo High School, I am well aware of the risks each face driving on the roads of South Carolina. In particular, the risks to our youth (and by our youth), who do not have the years of experience that our adult drivers possess.

For that reason, I would support a ban on texting and mobile phones for those under 18 years of age.

The bill seems to be a duplication of laws already on the book (reckless driving). Furthermore, the bill would create additional burdens on law enforcement (to actually enforce the legislation). Lastly, the votes cast today do not seem consistent with providing true safety, awareness, or enforcement of other equally distracting events drivers see every day on our roads.

Distractions are distractions.

Whether it is 5 seconds or 15 seconds averting our eyes off the road or simply changing the radio station or putting a CD in the player. Whether "correcting" children's behavior in the back seat or females putting on makeup or males shaving. All are actions everyone will agree are not only dangerous, but also put lives in jeopardy.   "Inattention" is the true danger while driving and it comes in more shapes than texting. Today we did not acknowledge that.

It was and is my intention not to vote for legislation that "feels good" - especially when it comes at the expense of more government intrusion, duplicity, and ineffective penalties to curb the problem.

Rep. Nathan Ballentine

STATEMENT FOR THE JOURNAL

I believe that any and all distractions while driving can create an unsafe condition on the roadways.

Law enforcement officers have the authority to stop a vehicle for any reason they might determine, if they consider the vehicle is being operated in an unsafe manner.

Present Code of Laws allowing an officer to stop and ticket a distracted driver, operating a vehicle in an unsafe condition, includes distraction due to texting.

I am not in favor of texting while driving and support current laws allowing tickets and fines for this activity, which results in unsafe operation of a vehicle, thus making additional code sections unnecessary. Enforcement will be difficult and may cause other court complications with the State attempting to obtain necessary proof in a court setting. Other activities such as eating, changing the radio or GPS device, putting on makeup, smoking, or tending to misbehaving children are also distracting to the driver of a vehicle and can be considered as a detriment to safely operating a vehicle and could also result in a traffic violation.

Rep. Dwight Loftis

SPEAKER IN CHAIR

RECURRENCE TO THE MORNING HOUR

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

HOUSE RESOLUTION

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

H. 4729 (Word version) -- Rep. Millwood: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LANDRUM HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS - COUNTRY TEAM, COACH, AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS, AT A DATE AND TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING THEM ON THEIR OUTSTANDING SEASON AND FOR CAPTURING THE 2009 CLASS A/AA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

The Resolution was adopted.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4730 (Word version) -- Rep. Millwood: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE THE LANDRUM HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS - COUNTRY TEAM ON CAPTURING THE 2009 CLASS A/AA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, AND TO COMMEND THE RUNNERS AND COACH ON A SUCCESSFUL SEASON.

The Resolution was adopted.

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4731 (Word version) -- Rep. McEachern: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM FOR CAPTURING THE 2010 CLASS AA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, AND TO HONOR THE TEAM'S EXCEPTIONAL PLAYERS, COACHES, AND STAFF.

The Resolution was adopted.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4732 (Word version) -- Reps. Barfield, Viers, Simrill, G. R. Smith, Harrison, Bedingfield, Cato, Clemmons, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, T. R. Young, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Battle, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, G. A. Brown, H. B. Brown, R. L. Brown, Chalk, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Daning, Delleney, Dillard, Duncan, Edge, Erickson, Forrester, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Gilliard, Govan, Gunn, Hart, Harvin, Hayes, Hearn, Herbkersman, Hiott, Hodges, Horne, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Hutto, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, King, Kirsh, Knight, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, McEachern, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Millwood, Mitchell, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Nanney, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Norman, Ott, Owens, Parker, Parks, Pinson, E. H. Pitts, M. A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scott, Sellers, Skelton, D. C. Smith, G. M. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Stringer, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Willis, Wylie and A. D. Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE HONORABLE HALEY BARBOUR, GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI, FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO EXTEND TO HIM A CORDIAL WELCOME TO THE PALMETTO STATE ON MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010.

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

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

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

H. 4733 (Word version) -- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, RELATING TO REGULATION OF REAL PROPERTY OWNED AND LEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4110, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Without Reference

H. 4734 (Word version) -- Rep. Cooper: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO STATE INCOME TAX LAWS, SO AS TO UPDATE THE REFERENCE TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO THE YEAR 2009; TO ADOPT THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC LAW 111-126 RELATING TO THE TIMING OF DEDUCTIONS FOR CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR HAITI RELIEF; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-50, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROVISIONS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE NOT ADOPTED BY STATE LAW, SO AS TO ADD PROVISIONS TO THOSE NOT ADOPTED; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3910, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ESTIMATED STATE INCOME TAX PAYMENTS, SO AS TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO WAIVE PENALTIES ON CORPORATE TAXPAYERS WHO CALCULATE SOUTH CAROLINA ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENTS BASED ON FEDERAL ESTIMATED TAX PERIODS THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO STATE LAW; AND TO AMEND ACT 110 OF 2007 AND ACT 16 OF 2009, RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE PROVISIONS AND CONFORMITY OF STATE INCOME TAX LAW TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, SO AS TO DELETE OBSOLETE PROVISIONS.
Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

H. 4735 (Word version) -- Rep. Sellers: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-760 SO AS TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SECTION AND TO PROVIDE AN ENHANCED PENALTY FOR PERSONS AFFILIATED WITH A SCHOOL IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY WHO COMMIT SEXUAL BATTERY AGAINST A STUDENT.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary

S. 1130 (Word version) -- Senator Grooms: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-15-65, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ALLIGATOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH ALLIGATORS MAY BE HUNTED OR TAKEN, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A DEPREDATION PERMIT HOLDER TO SELL, BARTER, OR TRADE THE PRIVILEGE TO TAKE AN ALLIGATOR; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DURATION OF HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES, PERMITS, STAMPS, AND TAGS, SO AS TO FURTHER SPECIFY THESE DURATIONAL REQUIREMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-30, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A RESIDENT HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE, SO AS TO FURTHER SPECIFY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-920, RELATING TO THE DEPOSITING OF REVENUE GENERATED BY THE SALE OF LICENSES INTO CERTAIN FUNDS, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE GAME PROTECTION FUND TO THE FISH AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION FUND AND TO PROVIDE THAT REVENUE GENERATED FROM APPLICATION FEES, PERMITS, AND TAGS FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF TAKING ALLIGATORS MUST BE USED TO SUPPORT THE ALLIGATOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM; AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 9, TITLE 50 SO AS TO PROVIDE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND FEES FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF TAKING ALLIGATORS.
Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

S. 1174 (Word version) -- Senators Leatherman, O'Dell and Setzler: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO STATE INCOME TAX LAWS, SO AS TO UPDATE THE REFERENCE TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO THE YEAR 2009; TO ADOPT THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC LAW 111-126 RELATING TO THE TIMING OF DEDUCTIONS FOR CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR HAITI RELIEF; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-50, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROVISIONS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE NOT ADOPTED BY STATE LAW, SO AS TO ADD PROVISIONS TO THOSE NOT ADOPTED; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3910, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ESTIMATED STATE INCOME PAYMENTS, SO AS TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO WAIVE PENALTIES ON CORPORATE TAXPAYERS WHO CALCULATE SOUTH CAROLINA ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENTS BASED ON FEDERAL ESTIMATED TAX PERIODS THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO STATE LAW; AND TO AMEND ACT 110 OF 2007 AND ACT 16 OF 2009, RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE PROVISIONS AND CONFORMITY OF STATE INCOME TAX LAW TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, SO AS TO DELETE OBSOLETE PROVISIONS.
Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following was introduced:

H. 4736 (Word version) -- Rep. Bowers: A HOUSE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF THE HONORABLE AND MRS. CLYDE ALFRED ELTZROTH, AND TO CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS FINE SON AND DAUGHTER OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

Whereas, it is altogether fitting that the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives pause in their deliberations to consider the significant contributions and noteworthy legacy of Sara Carolina Platts Eltzroth and Clyde Alfred Eltzroth; and

Whereas, born in McElroy, Louisiana, on July 10, 1916, Clyde Eltzroth moved to Varnville the following year with his parents, the late Angele Crosby Eltzroth Pinckney and Clyde Eltzroth; and

Whereas, he graduated from Varnville High School in 1932 and served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946; and

Whereas, Sara Carolina Platts was born to the late Rose Trowbridge Platts and Carl Shelton Platts on February 28, 1917, in the Hickory Grove Community of Hampton County; and

Whereas, the valedictory graduate from the high school in Brunson in 1933, she went to Augusta to complete her education at Armstrong Business College; and

Whereas, married in 1937, Sara and Clyde Eltzroth raised three fine children, Rose-Marie Eltzroth Williams, Judith Eltzroth Perryman, and Clyde A. "Jack" Eltzroth, who blessed them with seven adoring grandchildren and six great-grandsons; and

Whereas, a devoted homemaker and church worker at Varnville United Methodist Church, Sara Eltzroth served as treasurer for the Orangeburg District and vice president for the Walterboro District United Methodist Women; and

Whereas, for over forty years she raised money for the Cancer Society, and her extensive involvement in the American Legion Auxiliary led to her appointment as chaplain of the state organization for many years; and

Whereas, she also served with grace and kindness as the chaplain and senior counselor for Girls State for twenty-three years and as the director of Girls State for three years; and

Whereas, a charter member of the Hampton County Historical Society and the Varnville Area Housing Commission, Sara Eltzroth exhibited commitment to her local community and was well named 1978-1979 Citizen of the Year by the Lion's Club; and

Whereas, beginning a long and illustrious career, Clyde Eltzroth was appointed tax collector after World War II for Hampton County from 1946 to 1953; and

Whereas, during this time, he studied law at night with Randolph (Buster) Murdaugh, and from 1952 until 1975 they practiced law with J. Robert Peters, Jr., while Clyde Eltzroth also served on the board of visitors for Clemson University and as chairman of the South Carolina Marine and Resources Commission; and

Whereas, from 1961 to 1964, he represented Hampton County in the South Carolina Legislature, and in 1975, he was elected Fourteenth Judicial Circuit judge by the General Assembly and also served as a special circuit judge from 1980 to 1991; and

Whereas, he was named 1968 Conservationist of the Year by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and was influential in establishing the Marine Resource Center in Charleston and the wildlife management graduate degree at Clemson University; and

Whereas, in 2007, he was awarded a certificate for sixty-one years of continuous membership by the American Legion Post 108 of Hampton, and community appreciation for his exceptional contributions was recognized in many awards such as being named Hampton County's 1975 Outstanding Citizen by the Hampton County Rotary Club; and

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are grateful for the extraordinary contributions of this remarkable couple to their community and to our great State. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, recognize and honor the lives and service of the Honorable and Mrs. Clyde Alfred Eltzroth, and celebrate the accomplishments of this fine son and daughter of South Carolina.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to the family of the Honorable and Mrs. Clyde Alfred Eltzroth.

The Resolution was adopted.

H. 3354--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. SANDIFER moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Thursday, March 11, which was adopted:

H. 3354 (Word version) -- Reps. Chalk, Brantley, G. A. Brown, Clyburn, Erickson, Herbkersman and Sottile: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-11-360, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM STATUTES APPLICABLE TO LICENSED CONTRACTORS, SO AS TO PROVIDE AN OWNER OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WHO MAKES CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROPERTY OWES TO A SUBSEQUENT OWNER OF THE PROPERTY THE SAME DUTY AS A LICENSED CONTRACTOR TO COMPLY WITH APPLICABLE BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS.

S. 168--DEBATE ADJOURNED

Rep. SANDIFER moved to adjourn debate upon the following Bill until Thursday, March 11, which was adopted:

S. 168 (Word version) -- Senators Cleary, Campsen, Rose, Bryant, Elliott and Hutto: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WHO RENDERS MEDICAL SERVICES VOLUNTARILY AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION, AND SEEKS NO REIMBURSEMENT FROM CHARITABLE AND GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES, AND PROVIDES NOTICE TO THE PATIENT OR PATIENT'S PROVIDER IN A NON-EMERGENCY, IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CIVIL DAMAGES FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION UNLESS THE ACT OR OMISSION WAS THE RESULT OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER'S GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. BOWEN asked unanimous consent to recall H. 4285 (Word version) from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.
Rep. WILLIAMS objected.

S. 391--RECALLED FROM COMMITTEE ON
WAYS AND MEANS

On motion of Rep. BINGHAM, with unanimous consent, the following Bill was ordered recalled from the Committee on Ways and Means:

S. 391 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, McConnell, Verdin, Bryant, Cleary, Campsen, Shoopman, Campbell, Rose, Davis, Bright, S. Martin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-300 SO AS CREATE THE WORKFORCE DEPARTMENT APPELLATE PANEL WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILLING OF A VACANCY, TO REQUIRE THE PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION MUST CONSTITUTE THE INITIAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW PANEL, TO PROVIDE THE PANEL SHALL DISSOLVE WHEN THE MEMBERS' TERMS EXPIRE IN 2012, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED APPELLATE PROCEDURES; BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-310 SO AS TO TRANSFER THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT PROGRAM FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-10, RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN CHAPTERS WITHIN TITLE 41 MUST BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AND TO DELETE REFERENCES TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-20, RELATING TO THE CHAIRMAN, QUORUM, AND FILLING OF A VACANCY ON THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE MUST BE MANAGED AND OPERATED BY A DIRECTOR APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, AND THAT THE DIRECTOR IS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL BY THE GOVERNOR AT HIS DISCRETION BY EXECUTIVE ORDER; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-30, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A SECRETARY OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND PROVIDE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE OR HIS DESIGNEE MUST RECEIVE ANNUAL COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OFFICIAL EXPENSES AS PROVIDED BY LAW FOR EXECUTING THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 8-17-370, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCE PROCESS, SO AS TO INCLUDE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AMONG THOSE EXEMPTED; TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-27-10, 41-27-30, 41-27-150, 41-27-160, 41-27-190, 41-27-210, AS AMENDED, 41-27-230, 41-27-235, AS AMENDED, 41-27-260, AS AMENDED, 41-27-360, 41-27-370, AS AMENDED, 41-27-380, 41-27-390, 41-27-510, 41-27-550, 41-27-560, 41-27-570, 41-27-580, 41-27-600, 41-27-610, 41-27-620, 41-27-630, 41-27-670, 41-29-40, 41-29-50, 41-29-60, 41-29-70, 41-29-80, 41-29-90, 41-29-100, 41-29-110, 41-29-120, AS AMENDED, 41-29-130, 41-29-140, 41-29-150, 41-29-170, AS AMENDED, 41-29-180, 41-29-190, 41-29-200, 41-29-210, 41-29-220, 41-29-230, 41-29-240, 41-29-250, 41-29-270, 41-29-280, 41-29-290, 41-33-10, 41-33-20, 41-33-30, 41-33-40, 41-33-45, 41-33-80, AS AMENDED, 41-33-90, 41-33-100, 41-33-110, 41-33-120, 41-33-130, 41-33-170, 41-33-180, 41-33-190, 41-33-200, 41-33-210, 41-33-430, 41-33-460, 41-33-470, 41-33-610, 41-33-710, 41-35-10, 41-35-30, 41-35-100, 41-35-110, AS AMENDED, 41-35-115, AS AMENDED, 41-35-120, AS AMENDED, 41-35-125, 41-35-126, 41-35-130, AS AMENDED, 41-35-140, 41-35-330, 41-35-340, 41-35-410, 41-35-420, AS AMENDED, 41-35-450, 41-35-610, 41-35-630, 41-35-640, AS AMENDED, 41-35-670, 41-35-680, AS AMENDED, 41-35-690, 41-35-700, 41-35-710, AS AMENDED, 41-35-720, 41-35-730, 41-35-740, 41-35-750, AS AMENDED, 41-37-20, 41-37-30, 41-39-30, 41-39-40, 41-41-20, AS AMENDED, 41-41-40, AS AMENDED, 41-41-50, 41-42-10, 41-42-20, 41-42-30, AND 41-42-40, ALL RELATING TO VARIOUS DEPARTMENT PROVISIONS, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE REPLACEMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 41-29-260 RELATING TO THE ABILITY OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION TO FILE OPINIONS OR OFFICIAL MINUTES.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. KENNEDY asked unanimous consent to recall H. 3340 (Word version) from the Committee on Education and Public Works.
Rep. HAYES objected.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. BOWEN asked unanimous consent to recall H. 3132 (Word version) from the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.
Rep. MCLEOD objected.

OBJECTION TO RECALL

Rep. KENNEDY asked unanimous consent to recall H. 3492 (Word version) from the Committee on Ways and Means.
Rep. CRAWFORD objected.

H. 3442--SENATE AMENDMENTS AMENDED AND RETURNED TO THE SENATE

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

H. 3442 (Word version) -- Reps. Bingham, Harrell, Duncan, Harrison, Owens, Toole, Merrill, Brady, E. H. Pitts, G. M. Smith, Daning, Haley, Huggins, Cato, Ballentine, D. C. Smith, J. R. Smith, Rice, T. R. Young, Horne, Wylie, Bedingfield, Clemmons, Bales, Lucas, Neilson, Long, J. M. Neal and M. A. Pitts: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-300 SO AS CREATE THE WORKFORCE DEPARTMENT APPELLATE PANEL WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILLING OF A VACANCY, TO REQUIRE THE PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION MUST CONSTITUTE THE INITIAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW PANEL, TO PROVIDE THE PANEL SHALL DISSOLVE WHEN THE MEMBERS' TERMS EXPIRE IN 2012, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED APPELLATE PROCEDURES; BY ADDING SECTION 41-29-310 SO AS TO TRANSFER THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT PROGRAM FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-10, RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN CHAPTERS WITHIN TITLE 41 MUST BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AND TO DELETE REFERENCES TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-20, RELATING TO THE CHAIRMAN, QUORUM, AND FILLING OF A VACANCY ON THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE MUST BE MANAGED AND OPERATED BY A DIRECTOR APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, AND THAT THE DIRECTOR IS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL BY THE GOVERNOR AT HIS DISCRETION BY EXECUTIVE ORDER; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-30, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A SECRETARY OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND PROVIDE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE OR HIS DESIGNEE MUST RECEIVE ANNUAL COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OFFICIAL EXPENSES AS PROVIDED BY LAW FOR EXECUTING THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 8-17-370, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCE PROCESS, SO AS TO INCLUDE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE AMONG THOSE EXEMPTED; TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-27-10, 41-27-30, 41-27-150, 41-27-160, 41-27-190, 41-27-210, AS AMENDED, 41-27-230, 41-27-235, AS AMENDED, 41-27-260, AS AMENDED, 41-27-360, 41-27-370, AS AMENDED, 41-27-380, 41-27-390, 41-27-510, 41-27-550, 41-27-560, 41-27-570, 41-27-580, 41-27-600, 41-27-610, 41-27-620, 41-27-630, 41-27-670, 41-29-40, 41-29-50, 41-29-60, 41-29-70, 41-29-80, 41-29-90, 41-29-100, 41-29-110, 41-29-120, AS AMENDED, 41-29-130, 41-29-140, 41-29-150, 41-29-170, AS AMENDED, 41-29-180, 41-29-190, 41-29-200, 41-29-210, 41-29-220, 41-29-230, 41-29-240, 41-29-250, 41-29-270, 41-29-280, 41-29-290, 41-33-10, 41-33-20, 41-33-30, 41-33-40, 41-33-45, 41-33-80, AS AMENDED, 41-33-90, 41-33-100, 41-33-110, 41-33-120, 41-33-130, 41-33-170, 41-33-180, 41-33-190, 41-33-200, 41-33-210, 41-33-430, 41-33-460, 41-33-470, 41-33-610, 41-33-710, 41-35-10, 41-35-30, 41-35-100, 41-35-110, AS AMENDED, 41-35-115, AS AMENDED, 41-35-120, AS AMENDED, 41-35-125, 41-35-126, 41-35-130, AS AMENDED, 41-35-140, 41-35-330, 41-35-340, 41-35-410, 41-35-420, AS AMENDED, 41-35-450, 41-35-610, 41-35-630, 41-35-640, AS AMENDED, 41-35-670, 41-35-680, AS AMENDED, 41-35-690, 41-35-700, 41-35-710, AS AMENDED, 41-35-720, 41-35-730, 41-35-740, 41-35-750, AS AMENDED, 41-37-20, 41-37-30, 41-39-30, 41-39-40, 41-41-20, AS AMENDED, 41-41-40, AS AMENDED, 41-41-50, 41-42-10, 41-42-20, 41-42-30, AND 41-42-40, ALL RELATING TO VARIOUS DEPARTMENT PROVISIONS, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE REPLACEMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 41-29-260 RELATING TO THE ABILITY OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION TO FILE OPINIONS OR OFFICIAL MINUTES.

Rep. BINGHAM proposed the following Amendment No. 3A (COUNCIL\AGM\19924AB10), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/ Part I
Creation of Workforce Department Appellate Panel,
Transfer of Workforce Management Act Program to Department of Workforce, Creation of Department of Workforce, and
Replacement of the Employment Security Department
With the Department of Workforce

SECTION   1.   Chapter 29, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-29-300.     (A)   There is created the Workforce Department Appellate Panel within the Department of Workforce, which is separate and distinct from the department's divisions. The sole purpose of the panel is to hear and decide appeals from decisions of the department's divisions.

(B)(1)   The panel initially must be comprised of the members of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission serving on the day before the effective date of this act. These initial panel members may serve in that temporary capacity until their successors are elected pursuant to this section.

(2)   The members of the appellate panel must be elected by the General Assembly, in joint session, for terms of four years and until their successors have been elected and qualified, commencing on the first day of July in each presidential election year. Initial elections for members of the appellate panel must be held before May 22, 2010.

(3)   The appellate panel must elect one of its members to be chairman. A vacancy must be filled by the Governor through a temporary appointment until the next session of the General Assembly, at which time a joint session of the General Assembly shall elect an appellate panelist to fill the unexpired term.     (4)   The appellate panelists shall receive such compensation as may be established under the provisions of Section 8-11-160 and for which funds have been authorized in the general appropriations act but not to exceed compensation that is commensurate with their hearing duties.

(C)(1)   A party may only appeal from a decision of the department directly to the panel. A party may only appeal a decision of the panel to administrative law court in the manner provided in Section 41-35-750.

(D)   A quorum must consist of two panel members and is necessary to hear or decide an appeal under item (C)(1). A decision of the panel must be rendered in writing and is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

(E)(1)   The Department of Workforce Review Committee must screen a person and find him qualified before he may be elected to serve as a member of the appellate panel. The qualifications that each panelist must possess, include, but are not limited to:

(a) a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from:

(i) a recognized institution of higher learning requiring face-to-face contact between its students and instructors prior to completion of the academic program;

(ii) an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting body; or

(iii) an institution of higher learning chartered before 1962; or

(b) a background of at least five years in any combination of the following fields of expertise:

(i)     general business administration;

(ii)   general business management;

(iii)   management at the Department of Workforce, or its predecessor;

(iv)   human resources management;

(v)   finance; or

(vi)   law.

(2)   A member of the General Assembly may not be elected to serve as a panelist or appointed to be a panelist while serving in the General Assembly; nor shall a member of the General Assembly be elected or appointed to be a panelist for a period of two years after the member either:

(a)   ceases to be a member of the General Assembly; or

(b)   fails to file for election to the General Assembly in accordance with Section 7-11-15.

(3)   When screening an appellate panel candidate and making its findings regarding the candidate, the South Carolina Department of Workforce Review Committee must give due consideration to a person's ability, area of expertise, dedication, compassion, common sense, and integrity.

(F)(1)   A panelist is bound by the Code of Judicial Conduct, as contained in Rule 501 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, and the State Ethics Commission is responsible for enforcement and administration of Rule 501 pursuant to Section 8-13-320. A panelist must also comply with the applicable requirements of Chapter 13 of Title 8.

(2)   A panelist and his administrative assistant must annually attend and successfully complete a workshop of at least three continuing education hours in ethics.
SECTION   2.   Chapter 29, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-29-310.   The Workforce Investment Act program created by the Workforce Investment Act of 1988 and transferred to the Department of Commerce by Executive Order 2005-09 is transferred to the Department of Workforce on the effective date of this section."
SECTION   3.   Section 1-30-10(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)   There are hereby created, within the executive branch of the state government, the following departments:

1.   Department of Agriculture

2.   Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

3.   Department of Commerce

4.   Department of Corrections

5.   Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

6.   Department of Education

7.   Department of Health and Environmental Control

8.   Department of Health and Human Services

9.   Department of Insurance

10.   Department of Juvenile Justice

11.   Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

12.   Department of Mental Health

13.   Department of Natural Resources

14.   Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

15.   Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services

16.   Department of Public Safety

17.   Department of Revenue

18.   Department of Social Services

19.   Department of Transportation

20.   Department of Workforce"
SECTION   4.   Section 41-29-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-10.     Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall be administered by the South Carolina Employment Security Commission Department of Workforce. The Commission shall consist of three members to be elected by the General Assembly, in joint session, for terms of four years and until their successors have been elected and qualified, commencing on the first day of July in each presidential election year. Any vacancy occurring shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the temporary period until the next session of the General Assembly, whereupon the General Assembly shall elect a commissioner to fill the unexpired term. Each commissioner shall receive an annual salary payable in monthly installments."
SECTION   5.   Section 41-29-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-20.   (A)   The Commission shall elect one of its members as chairman. Any two commissioners shall constitute a quorum and no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all of the powers of the Commission through action of a quorum. There is hereby created the South Carolina Department of Workforce which must be managed and operated by an executive director nominated by the State Department of Workforce Review Committee and appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate. The term of the executive director is conterminous with that of the Governor and until a successor is appointed pursuant to this act. The executive director is subject to removal by the Governor as provided in Section 1-3-240(B). The executive director shall receive compensation as established under the provisions of Section 8-11-160 and for which funds have been authorized in the general appropriations act. For the purposes of this chapter, 'department' means the South Carolina Department of Workforce.

(B)   Notwithstanding another provision of law and according to the procedure in this subsection, the Governor must appoint a person meeting the experience and educational requirements for executive director provided in this act to serve as interim executive director before April 15, 2010. this interim executive director shall serve until a successor is appointed pursuant to this act but may not serve as interim director after March 31, 2011. The interim executive director must be appointed upon the advice and consent of the Senate."
SECTION   6.   Section 8-17-370 of the 1976 Code, is further amended by adding a new item at the end appropriately numbered to read:

"( )   the executive director, assistant directors, and the area directors of the South Carolina Department of Workforce created pursuant to Section 1-30-10(A)(20)."
SECTION   7.   Chapter 27, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-27-650.   (A)   The Department of Commerce and the Department of Workforce must work in conjunction to develop or procure computer hardware, software, and other equipment that are compatible with each other as needed to efficiently address the state's policy goals as set forth in Section 41-27-20. Once information technology is attained, the departments must regularly develop reports that address relevant workforce issues and make the reports available to workforce training entities, including, but not limited to, the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the State Agency of Vocational Rehabilitation. Additionally, the departments must promptly respond to inquiries for information made by education and workforce training entities.

(B)   The department must work in conjunction with the State Budget and Control Board to coordinate its computer system with computer systems of other state agencies so that the department may more efficiently match unemployed persons with available jobs. The department must provide a progress report concerning implementation of this subsection to the Chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, the Department of Workforce Review Committee, and the Governor every three months until fully implemented.

(C)   This section is not intended to restrict or hinder the development of an unemployment benefits system financed in whole or in part by the United States Department of Labor."
SECTION   8.   Section 41-33-45 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-45.   (A)   The commission department shall report, by October first of each year, to the Senate Finance Committee General Assembly, the Review Committee, and to the House Ways and Means Committee Governor the amount in the unemployment trust fund and make an assessment of its funding level.

(B)(1)   The annual assessment report must contain a trend chart concerning the unemployment trust fund's annual balance each year for at least the previous five years. The chart must compare the ending balance for each year with the minimum reserves needed to withstand an average recession and a severe recession.

(2)   The annual assessment report must also contain an analysis of the cost paid to beneficiaries and cost-shifting, if any, from companies without a negative balance in their account fund to companies with a negative balance in their fund account. The analysis must be conducted with accepted actuarial principles on the basis of statistics of employment, business activity, and other relevant factors for the longest possible period. The analysis must also include recommendations for adjusting the tax structure to address inequities that arise due to cost shifting."
SECTION   9.   Section 41-31-10(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-31-10.   (A)   Each employer shall pay contributions equal to five and four-tenths percent of wages paid by him during each year except as may be otherwise provided in Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. Employers may prepay their required contributions to the fund. The department must promulgate regulations regarding the methodology by which the allowed prepayment amounts will be calculated and the manner in which they will be credited to the employer's account."
SECTION   10.   The department must file a report with the General Assembly, the Review Committee, and the Governor on or about January 1, 2011, making recommendations concerning restoration of the solvency of the unemployment trust fund.
Part II
Conforming and Miscellaneous Amendments
SECTION   11.   Section 41-27-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-10.   Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall be known and may be cited as the 'South Carolina Employment Security Law Department of Workforce.'
SECTION   12.   Section 41-27-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-30.   Nothing in Chapters 27 through 41 of this
title shall must be construed to cause the Commission department or the courts of this State in interpreting such these chapters to be bound by interpretations as to liability or nonliability of employers by Federal administrative agencies, nor is it the intent of the General Assembly to require an identical coverage of employers under such these chapters with that under coverage requirements pursuant to Section 3101 et seq. of the Federal Internal Revenue Code."
SECTION   13.   Section 41-27-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-150.   'Base period' means the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of an individual's benefit year; provided that. However, in the case of a combined wage claim filed by an individual in accord with an arrangement entered into by the commission under department pursuant to the provision provisions of Section 41-29-140(2), the base period shall be is that applicable under provided by the law of the paying state."
SECTION   14.   Section 41-27-160 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-160.   'Benefit year' means the one-year period beginning with the day as of which an insured worker first files a request for determination of his insured status, and thereafter afterward the one-year period beginning with the day as of by which he next files such this request after the end of his last preceding 'benefit year'; provided, that in the case of a combined wage claim filed by an individual in accord with an arrangement entered into by the commission under department pursuant to the provisions of Section 41-29-140(2), the benefit year shall be is that applicable under provided by the law of the paying state. The filing of a notice of unemployment shall be deemed is considered a request for determination of insured status if a current benefit year has not previously been established. Requests A request for determination of insured status shall must be made in accordance with such pursuant to regulations as the commission may prescribe department prescribes."
SECTION   15.   Section 41-27-190 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-190.   'Commission Department' means the South Carolina Employment Security Commission Department of Workforce."
SECTION   16.   Section 41-27-210(11) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(11)   For purposes of paragraphs (2), (6), (7), and (8), employment shall include includes service which that would constitute employment but for the fact that such the service is deemed considered to be performed entirely within another state pursuant to an election under provided by an arrangement entered into in accordance with Section 41-27-550 by the commission department and an agency charged with the administration of any other another state or federal unemployment compensation law."
SECTION   17.   Section 41-27-230(10) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(10)   Services A service not covered under item 7 of this section and performed entirely without this State, with respect to no part of which contributions are required and paid under an unemployment compensation law of any other another state or of the federal government, shall be deemed to be is considered employment subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title if the individual performing such services is a resident of this State and the department approves the election of the employing unit for whom such the services are performed that the entire service of such the individual shall be deemed to be is considered employment subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title."
SECTION   18.   Section 41-27-235(C)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 170 of 2004, is further amended to read:

"(2)   A Native American tribes tribe or tribal units unit that elect elects to pay benefits a benefit attributable to service in their employ but fail fails to reimburse the required payments payment, including an interest and penalty assessments assessment, within ninety days of the receipt of a bill, cause causes the Native American tribe to lose the option to make payments a payment in lieu of contributions a contribution for the following tax year unless payment in full is received before the contribution rates for the next year are computed. The commission department shall notify the United States Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Labor of a tribe or tribal unit's failure to make a required payments payment within ninety days of a final notice of delinquency."
SECTION   19.   Section 41-27-260 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 306 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-27-260.   The term 'employment' as used in Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall does not include:

(1)   labor engaged in the seafood industry, which is defined as persons employed in the commercial netting, catching, and gathering of seafood, and the processing of such seafood for the fresh market;

(2)   casual labor not in the course of the employing unit's trade or business;

(3)   service performed by an individual in the employ of his son, daughter, or spouse and service performed by a child under the age of eighteen in the employ of his father or mother;

(4)   service performed in the employ of the United States Government or any an instrumentality of the United States immune under the Constitution of the United States from the contributions imposed by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, except that to the extent that the Congress of the United States shall permit permits states to require instrumentalities of the United States to make payments into an unemployment fund under a state unemployment compensation act, all of the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall be are applicable to such those instrumentalities and to services performed for such those instrumentalities, in the same manner, to the same extent and on the same terms as to all other employers; provided, that if this State shall not be is not certified for any a year by the Secretary of Labor or his successors under the Federal Internal Revenue Code, the payments required of such those instrumentalities with respect to such year shall must be refunded by the commission department from the funds in the same manner and within the same period as is provided in Section 41-31-360 with respect to contributions erroneously collected;

(5)   service performed after December 31, 1977, in the employ of a governmental entity referred to in Section 41-27-230(2)(b), if such the service is performed by an individual in the exercise of his duties; as:

(a)   As an elected official or as the appointed successor of an elected official;

(b)   As a member of a legislative body, or a member of the judiciary of a state or political subdivision;

(c)   As a member of the State National Guard or Air National Guard;

(d)   As an employee serving on a temporary basis in case of fire, storm, snow, earthquake, flood, or similar emergency; or

(e)   in a position which that, under or pursuant to the laws of this State, is designated as a major nontenured policymaking or advisory position, or a policymaking position the performance of the duties of which ordinarily does not require more than eight hours per week.;

(6)   service with respect to which unemployment compensation is payable under an unemployment compensation system established by an act of Congress; provided, that the commission shall department must enter into agreements with the proper agencies under such act of Congress, which agreements shall become effective ten days after publication thereof of it in the manner provided in Section 41-29-130 for general rules, to provide reciprocal treatment to individuals who have after acquiring potential rights to benefits under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, acquired rights to unemployment compensation under such act of Congress or who have, after acquiring potential rights to unemployment compensation under such act of Congress, acquired rights to benefits under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title;

(7)   service other than service performed as defined in Section 41-27-230(3) performed in the employ of a corporation, community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any a political campaign on behalf of any a candidate for public office, provided, that service performed in the employ of an organization operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit shall may not be exempt on the ground that all of its profits are payable to one or more organizations exempt under this paragraph;

(8)   service other than service performed as defined in Section 41-27-230(3) which that is performed in any a calendar quarter in the employ of any an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) (other than an organization described in Section 401(a)) or under Section 521 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1954, if the remuneration for such service is less than fifty dollars;

(9)   the term 'employment' shall does not include:

(a)   service performed in the employ of a school, college, or university, if such the service is performed by:

(i)   by a student who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes at such the school, college or university,; or

(ii)   by the spouse of such a student, if such the spouse is advised, at the time such the spouse commences to perform such the service that (I) the employment of such the spouse to perform such the service is provided under a program to provide financial assistance to such the student by such his school, college, or university, and (II) such the employment will is not be covered by any a program of unemployment insurance;

(b)   service performed by an individual under the age of twenty-two who is enrolled at a nonprofit or public educational institution which that normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly organized body of students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are carried on as a student in a full-time program, taken for credit at such the institution, which combines academic instruction with work experience, if such the service is an integral part of such the program, and such the institution has so certified this to the employer, except that this subparagraph shall does not apply to service performed in a program established for or on behalf of an employer or group of employers;

(c)   service performed in the employ of a hospital, if such the service is performed by a patient of the hospital, as defined in Section 41-27-280.;

(10)   for the purposes of Section 41-27-230(2) and (3), 'employment' does not include service performed:

(a)   in the direct employ of a church, convention, or association of churches or an organization operated primarily for religious purposes and which is operated, supervised, controlled, or principally supported by a church, convention, or association of churches; or

(b)   by an ordained, a commissioned, or a licensed minister of a church in the exercise of his ministry or by a member of a religious order in the exercise of duties required by the order; or

(c)   in a facility conducted for the purpose of carrying out a program of rehabilitation for individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury or providing remunerative work for individuals who because of their impaired physical or mental capacity cannot be absorbed readily in the competitive labor market by an individual receiving rehabilitation or remunerative work; or

(d)   before January 1, 1978, for a hospital in a state prison or other state correctional institution by an inmate of the prison or correctional institution and after December 31, 1977, by an inmate of a custodial or penal institution; or

(e)   as part of an unemployment work-relief or work-training program assisted or financed in whole or in part by a federal agency, an agency or political subdivision of a state, or an individual receiving work relief or work training, unless a federal law, rule, or regulation mandates unemployment insurance coverage to individuals in a particular work-relief or work-training program; or

(f)   by an inmate who participates in a project designated by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance pursuant to Public Law 90-351.;

(11)   service performed by an individual under the age of eighteen in the delivery or distribution of newspapers or shopping news, not including delivery or distribution to any point for subsequent delivery or distribution;

(12)   service performed as a student nurse in the employ of a hospital or a nurses' training school by an individual who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes in a nurses' training school chartered or approved pursuant to state law, and service performed as an intern in the employ of a hospital by an individual who has completed a four years' four-year course in a medical school chartered and approved pursuant to state law;

(13)   service performed by an individual for an employer as an insurance agent or as an insurance solicitor, if all such this service is performed by such the individual for such his employer is performed for remuneration solely by way of commission department;

(14)   service other than service performed as defined in Section 41-27-230(3) by an individual for an employer as a real estate salesman or agent, if all such this service is performed by such the individual for such his employer is performed for remuneration solely by way of commission department;

(15)   service performed in the employ of a foreign government, including service as a consular or other officer or employee or a nondiplomatic representative.;

(16)   'agricultural labor' as such term is defined by Section 41-27-120 and when performed by students who are enrolled and regularly attending classes for at least five months during a particular year at a secondary school or at an accredited college, university, or technical school and also when performed by part-time persons who do not qualify as students hereunder pursuant to this section but who at the conclusion of their agricultural labor would not qualify for any benefits under pursuant to the provisions of the South Carolina Employment Security Law. department;

(17)   services service performed as a member of a Native American tribal council or services service in a fishing rights related activity of a Native American tribe by a member of such the tribe for another member of such the tribe or by a qualified Native American entity."
SECTION   20.   Section 41-27-360 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-360.   'Statewide average weekly wage' means the amount computed by the commission department as of July first of each year which shall be that is the aggregate amount of wages, (irrespective of the limitation on the amount of wages subject to contributions by reason of Section 41-27-380(2)), reported by employers as paid during the first four of the last six completed calendar quarters prior to such before this date, divided by a figure representing fifty-two times the twelve-month average of the number of employees in the pay period containing the twelfth day of each month during the same four calendar quarters as reported by such those employers."
SECTION   21.   Section 41-27-370 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 349 of 2000, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-27-370.   (1)   An individual is deemed considered 'unemployed' in any a week during which he performs no services and with respect to which no wages are payable to him or in any a week of less than full-time work if the wages payable to him with respect to such that week are less than his weekly benefit amount. The commission department must prescribe regulations applicable to unemployed individuals, making such distinctions in the procedures as to total unemployment, part-total unemployment, partial unemployment of individuals attached to their regular jobs, and other forms of short-time work, as the commission deems department considers necessary.

(2)   An individual is deemed considered 'unemployed' in any a week during which no governmental or other pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment which is attributable to his employment is payable to him or, if such that payment is payable to him with respect to such those weeks, the amount thereof of it is less than his weekly benefit amount. Each An eligible individual who is unemployed in any a week and who is receiving a governmental government or other pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment which is attributable to his employment must be paid with respect to such this week a benefit in an amount equal to his weekly benefit amount less the pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment payable to him with respect to such week. Such This benefit, if not a multiple of one dollar, must be computed to the next lower multiple of one dollar. The amount of benefits payable to an individual for any a week which that begins after the effective date of the applicable provision in the Federal Unemployment Tax Act and which that begins in a period with respect to which such this individual is receiving a governmental or other pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment which is based on the previous work of such the individual must be reduced (but not below zero) but by an amount equal to the amount of such this pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other payment which is reasonably attributable to such week. However, if the provisions of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act permit, the requirements of this subsection shall only apply in the case of a pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment under a plan maintained, (or contributed to,) by a base period employer or chargeable employer.

In the event the individual has participated in any a pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar plan of the base period employer or chargeable employer by having made contributions to such this plan, the weekly benefit amount payable to such the individual for such that week shall must be reduced, (but not below zero), by:

(a)   by the pro-rated weekly amount of the pension after deductions of that portion of the pension that is directly attributable to the percentage of the contributions made to the plan by such individual; or

(b)   by no part of the pension if the entire contributions to the plan were provided by such individual, or by the individual and an employer, (or any other person or organization), who is not a base period employer or chargeable employer; or

(c)   by the entire pro-rated prorated weekly amount of the pension if item subitem (a) or item (b) does not apply.

This provision is effective for all weeks commencing on or after August 29, 1982.

For purposes of this subsection, social security benefits are not considered a governmental or other pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment attributable to the beneficiary's employment. As a result, the offset of social security will be reduced from 50% to 0% fifty to zero percent based on the fact that individuals are required to contribute to social security.

(3)   No An individual may not be considered as unemployed in any a week in which the commission department finds that his unemployment is due to a vacation week with respect to which the individual is receiving or has received his regular wages. This subsection is not applicable does not apply to any a claimant whose employer fails to comply, in respect to such the vacation period, with the requirements of all regulations a regulation or procedures procedure of the commission department regarding the filing of notices, reports a notice, report, information, or claims claim in connection with individual, group, or mass separations separation arising from the vacation.

(4)   No An individual may not be considered as unemployed in any a week, (not to exceed two in any benefit year), in which the commission department finds that his unemployment is due to a vacation week which that is constituted a vacation period without pay by reason of a written contract between the employer and the employees or by reason of the employer's vacation policy and practice to his employees. This provision applies only if it is found by the commission that department finds employment will be available for the claimant with the employer at the end of a vacation period as described in this section. This subsection is not applicable to any a claimant whose employer fails to comply, in respect to such this vacation period, with the requirements of all regulations a regulation or procedures procedure of the commission department regarding the filing of notices, reports a notice, report, information, or claims claim in connection with an individual, group, or mass separations separation arising from the vacation."
SECTION   22.   Section 41-27-380 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-380.   (1)(A)   'Wages' means all remuneration paid for personal services, including commissions and bonuses, any sums paid to an employee by an employer pursuant to an order of the National Labor Relations Board or by private agreement, consent, or arbitration for loss of pay by reason of discharge and cash value of all remuneration paid in any medium other than cash. The reasonable cash value of remuneration paid in any a medium other than cash is estimated and determined in accordance with pursuant to regulations prescribed by the commission department. 'Wages' includes all tip income, (including charged tips), which are received while performing services which constitute a service that constitutes employment and are included in a written statement furnished to the employer. 'Wages' does not include:

(a)(1)   the amount of any a payment with respect to services performed in behalf of an individual in its employ underprovided by a plan or system established by an employing unit which makes provision for individuals in its employ generally or for a class or classes of individuals, (including any an amount paid by an employing unit for insurance or annuities or into a fund to provide for any such payment), on account because of:

(i)(a)   retirement,

(ii)(b)   sickness or accident disability,

(iii)(c)   medical and hospitalization expenses in connection with sickness or accident disability, or

(iv)(d)   death, provided the individual is in its employ has not the:

(A)(i)   has not the option to receive, instead of provisions for death benefits, any part of payment or, if the death benefit is insured, any part of the premiums (or contributions to premiums) paid by his employing unit; and

(B)(ii)   has not the right, under the provisions a provision of the plan, system, or policy of insurance providing for a death benefit, to assign the benefit or receive a cash consideration in lieu of the benefit either upon his withdrawal from the plan or system providing for the benefit or upon termination of the plan, system, or policy of insurance or of his services service with the employing unit.;

(b)(2)   Any amounts an amount received from this State or the Federal Government by members a member of the South Carolina National Guard, the United States Naval Reserve, the Officers Reserve Corps, the Enlisted Reserve Corps, and the Reserve Corps of Marines as drill pay, including a longevity pay and allowances allowance.;

(c)(3)   the payment by an employing unit, (without deduction from the remuneration of the individual in its employ), of the tax imposed upon an individual in its employ, under pursuant to Section 3101 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, only if the service is agricultural labor or domestic service in a private home of the employer.;

(d)(4)   Anya payment, (other than vacation pay or sick pay), made to an employee after the month in which he attains the age of sixty-five, if he did not work for the employer in the period for which payment is made.;

(e)(5)   Anya remuneration paid in a medium other than cash for a service performed in an agricultural labor or domestic service.

(2)   For the purpose of Chapter 31, Article 1, of this title, 'wages' does not include that part a portion of remuneration which that, after remuneration equal to seven thousand dollars has been paid in a calendar year to an individual by an employer or his predecessor or with respect to employment during any a calendar year, is paid to the individual by the employer during the calendar year unless that part of the remuneration is subject to a tax under a federal law imposing a tax against which credit may be taken for contributions required to be paid into a state unemployment fund. For the purposes of this subsection, employment includes service constituting employment under any unemployment compensation law of another state."
SECTION   23.   Section 41-27-390 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-390.   'Week' means calendar week or such a period of seven consecutive days as that the commission may by department prescribes by regulation prescribe. The commission may department likewise may determine that a week shall be deemed to be is considered 'in', 'within', or 'during' that benefit year which includes the greater part of such that week."
SECTION   24.   Section 41-27-510 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-510.   The commission department shall prescribe must promulgate regulations applicable to unemployed individuals, making such distinctions in the procedures as to regarding total unemployment, part-total unemployment, partial unemployment of the individuals attached to their regular jobs and other forms of short-time work as the commission deems department considers necessary."
SECTION   25.   Section 41-27-550 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-550.   The commission department may enter into agreements with the appropriate agencies of other states or the Federal Government whereby individuals performing services in this and other States for a single employing unit under circumstances not specifically provided for in Section 41-27-230 or under similar provisions in the unemployment compensation laws of such other states shall be deemed to be engaged in employment performed entirely within this State or within one of such other states and whereby potential rights to benefits accumulative under the unemployment compensation laws of one or more states or under such the law of the Federal Government or both may constitute the basis for the payment of benefits through a single appropriate agency under terms which the commission finds will be department considers fair and reasonable as to all affected interests and will not result in any a substantial loss to the fund, and the commission department may enter into agreements with appropriate agencies of other states or the Federal Government administering unemployment compensation laws to provide that contributions on wages for services performed by an individual in more than one state for the same employer may be paid to the appropriate agency of one state."
SECTION   26.   Section 41-27-560 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-560.   No A report, communication, or any other such similar matter, either oral or written from an employee or employer to the other or to the commission department or any of its agents, representatives, or employees which shall that have been written, sent, delivered, or made in connection with the requirements and the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall must not be made the subject matter or basis of any a suit for slander or libel in any a court of the this State."
SECTION   27.   Section 41-27-570 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-570.   In case of a suit to enjoin the collection of the contributions provided for in Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, to test the validity of such those chapters or for any other another purpose connected with its duties, the commission shall department must be made a party thereto to it and the Attorney General or counsel for the commission department shall defend such the suit in accordance with the provisions of Section 41-27-580."
SECTION   28.   Section 41-27-580 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-580.   In any a civil action to enforce the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, the commission department and the State may be represented by any a qualified attorney who is employed by the commission department and is designated by it for this purpose or, at the commission's department's request, by the Attorney General."
SECTION   29.   Section 41-27-600 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-600.   The commission department may compromise any a civil penalty or cause or of action arising under the provisions pursuant to a provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title instead of commencing suit thereon on them and may compromise any such the case after suit thereon has been commenced on it commences. In such these cases the commission department shall keep on file in its office the reasons for settlement by compromise,; together with a statement on the amount of contribution imposed,; the amount of additional contribution, penalty, or interest imposed by law in consequence of neglect or delinquency; and the amount actually paid in accordance with pursuant to the terms of the compromise."
SECTION   30.   Section 41-27-610 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-610.   The failure to do any an act required by or under the provisions pursuant to a provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title shall be deemed is considered an act committed in part at the office of the commission in Columbia department."
SECTION   31.   Section 41-27-620 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-620.   The certificate of the commission department to the effect that a contribution has not been paid, that a report has not been made, that information has not been furnished, or that records have not been produced or made available for inspection, as required under pursuant to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, shall be is prima facie evidence thereof of the alleged action."
SECTION   32.   Section 41-27-630 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-630.   Benefits shall be deemed to be A benefit is considered due and payable under pursuant to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title only to the extent provided in such those chapters and to the extent that moneys are money is available therefor for them to the credit of the unemployment compensation fund and neither the State nor the commission shall department must be liable for any an amount in excess of such sums that sum."
SECTION   33.   Section 41-29-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-40.   There are created under the commission department two coordinate divisions, the South Carolina State Employment Service Division created pursuant to Section 41-5-10, and a division to be known as the Unemployment Compensation Division. Each division shall must be administered by a full-time salaried director, who shall be is subject to the supervision and direction of the commission department. The commission department may appoint, fix the compensation of, and prescribe the duties of the directors of said these divisions. Such These appointments shall must be made on a nonpartisan merit basis in accordance with the provisions of Section 41-29-90. The director of each division shall be responsible to the commission department for the administration of his particular respective division and shall have such powers has the power and authority as may be vested in him by the commission department."
SECTION   34.   Section 41-29-50 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-50.     The commission shall appoint a State advisory council and executive director may appoint local or industry advisory councils, composed in each case of equal numbers of employer representatives and employee representatives, who may fairly be regarded as representatives because of their vocation, employment or affiliations, and of such members representing the general public as the commission may designate executive director designates. Such councils Local councils shall aid the commission department in formulating policies a policy and discussing problems relating to the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, and in assuring impartiality and freedom from political influence in the solution of such those problems. Such Members of local advisory councils shall must serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for any necessary expenses must receive per diem, mileage, and subsistence as provided by law for members of boards, commissions, and committees."
SECTION   35.   Section 41-29-70 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-70.   Subject to the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, the Commission department may appoint and fix the compensation (subject to the approval of the State Budget and Control Board unless otherwise provided by the General Assembly) and prescribe the duties and powers of such officers, employ or retain on a contract basis other accountants, attorneys, experts and other persons as may be necessary in the performance of its to perform the department's duties under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title."
SECTION   36.   Section 41-29-80 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-80.     The Commission department shall:

(1)   classify all positions under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, except those exempted by the Federal Social Security Act or regulations of the Secretary of Labor or his successors under authority thereof,; and

(2)   shall establish salary schedules and minimum personnel standards. Such These standards shall must conform to the minimum standards prescribed under the provisions of Section 303(a)(1) of the Federal Social Security Act, as amended, and applicable state law and regulations."
SECTION   37.   Section 41-29-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-110.   The Commission shall administer Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title and it may adopt, amend or rescind such rules and department must promulgate regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, employ such persons personnel, make such expenditures, require such reports as are not otherwise provided for in such these chapters, make such investigations and take such conduct investigations or take other action as it deems considers necessary or suitable to that end administer its duties and exercise its powers pursuant to the title."
SECTION   38.   Section 41-29-120 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 203 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-29-120.   (A)(1)   The commission department, with the advice and aid of its advisory councils and through its appropriate divisions, shall take all appropriate steps to:

(a)   reduce and prevent unemployment,;

(b)   to encourage and assist in the adoption of adopting practical methods of vocational training, retraining, and vocational guidance,;

(c)   to investigate, recommend, advise, and assist in the establishment and operation establishing and operating, by municipalities, counties, school districts a municipality, county, school district, and the State, of reserves for public works to be used in times of business depression and unemployment; and

(d)   to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers throughout the State in every other way that may be is feasible; and to these ends

(e)   promote the joint electronic filing of Employer Unemployment Insurance Benefits Payments and Reports in conjunction with South Carolina Business One Stop to provide employment units a single point of contact for reporting and paying state taxes.

(2)   While pursuing these goals, the department also shall carry on and publish the results of statistical surveys, investigations, and research studies.

(B)   The commission department may require from an employing unit for the commission's department's cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor or its successor agency the following reports the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to:

(1)   The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to assign industry codes to South Carolina employers under the ES-202 Covered Employment and Wages Program;

(2)   The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to collect employment information on multiple worksites for South Carolina employers under the ES-202 Covered Employment and Wages Program;

(3)   The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to collect monthly employment, hours, and earnings from South Carolina employers under the BLS-790 Current Employment Statistics Program;

(4)   The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to collect employment information from federal employers under the ES-202 Covered Employment and Wages Program; and

(5)   The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics report to collect occupational employment and wage information from South Carolina employers under the Occupational Employment Statistics Program.

(C)   As used in this section, 'employing unit' means those entities an entity employing more than twenty individuals.

(D)   The department must institute the following measures to the fullest extent possible under state and federal law:

(1)   increase eligibility reviews and investigations as to violations of Sections 41-35-110 and 41-35-120 and enforce appropriate disqualifications and penalties;

(2)   increase investigations of violations of Chapter 41, Title 41 and enforce appropriate penalties;

(3)   increase investigations of violations of Article 3, Chapter 31, Title 41 and enforce appropriate penalties;

(4)   keep detailed voting and attendance records at all department and appellate panel hearings and make them available to the General Assembly;

(5)   keep detailed travel and expense records for department employees and appellate panelists and make them available to the General Assembly;

(6)   continue to work with the South Carolina Budget and Control Board and Office of Research and Statistics to develop and continuously improve a customer service portal, to include increased interagency integration and data sharing, and keep the General Assembly regularly informed of its progress in upgrading its computer system through a possible multistate compact in cooperation with the federal government;

(7)   report to the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee within five days of the effective date of this act as to the degree the department can accomplish or cannot accomplish each subitem in this subsection, and provide reasons why a subitem cannot be accomplished if the department cannot do so;

(8)   report to the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee on the first day of each month in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 on the progress of each request; and

(9)   take all other actions necessary and prudent to effectively and efficiently manage the state's unemployment benefits program."
SECTION   39.   Section 41-29-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-140.   The Commission department may enter into arrangements an arrangement with the appropriate agencies agency of other states another state or of the Federal Government with respect to the combination of wages, viz.:

(1)   The Commission may enter into An agreement with the Federal Government whereby where wages or services, upon the basis of which an individual may become entitled to benefits under any an unemployment compensation law of the Federal Government, shall be deemed to be are considered wages for employment by employers an employer for the purpose of Sections 41-35-10 to 41-35-100; provided, such if the agency of the Federal Government has agreed agrees to reimburse the fund for such the portion of benefits paid under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title upon on the basis of such these wages or services as the Commission department finds will be fair and reasonable and the Commission department will reimburse such the agency of the Federal Government with such a reasonable portion of benefits paid under any law of the Federal Government upon on the basis of employment or wages for employment by employers as the Commission department finds will be fair and reasonable to all affected interests.

(2)   The Commission department shall participate in any arrangements an arrangement for the payment of compensation on the basis of combining an individual's wages and employment covered under Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title with his wages and employment covered under the unemployment compensation laws of other states which are law of another state approved by the United States Secretary of Labor in consultation with the state unemployment compensation agencies as reasonably calculated to assure the prompt and full payment of compensation in such those situations and which include that includes provisions for:

(a)   applying the base period of a single state law to a claim involving the combining of an individual's wages and employment covered under two or more state unemployment compensation laws, and

(b)   avoiding the duplicate use of wages and employment by reason of such this combining.

(3)   Reimbursement so payable shall be deemed to be benefits This reimbursement is considered a benefit for the purpose of Section 41-35-50 and Article 1, of Chapter 33 of this title. The Commission department may make to other another state or Federal agencies agency and receive from such another state or Federal agencies reimbursements agency reimbursement from or to the fund, in accordance with arrangements an made pursuant to this section."
SECTION   40.   Section 41-29-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-150.   Each An employing unit shall must keep true and accurate work records, containing such information as the Commission may prescribe department prescribes. Such These records shall must be open to inspection and be subject to being copied by the Commission department or its authorized representatives representative at any a reasonable time and as often as may be necessary. The Commission department and the chairman of any an appeal tribunal may require from any an employing unit any a sworn or unsworn report with respect to persons employed by it which that he or it deems considers necessary for the effective administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. Information thus obtained, in this manner or obtained from an individual pursuant to the administration of such these chapters, shall, except to the extent necessary for the proper administration of such chapters, shall be held confidential and shall may not be published or be open to public inspection, other than to the public employees in the performance of their public duties, in any manner revealing the individual's or employing unit's identity, but any. However, a claimant or his legal representative at a hearing before an appeal tribunal shall must be supplied with information from such these records to the extent necessary for the proper presentation of his claim. Any An employee or member of the Commission department who violates any a provision of this section shall must be fined not less than twenty dollars nor or more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not longer than ninety days, or both."
SECTION   41.   Section 41-29-170 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 203 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-29-170.   (A)   A claimant or a claimant's his legal representative must be supplied with information from the records, to the extent necessary for the proper presentation of the his claim in any a proceeding under pursuant to Chapters 27 through 41, subject to restrictions the commission department may prescribe by regulation prescribe.

(B)(1)     Upon written request, the commission department may furnish information obtained through the administration of Chapters 27 through 42 including, but not limited to, the name, address, ordinary occupation, wages, and employment status of each a covered worker or recipient of benefits and the recipient's rights to further additional benefits under pursuant to Chapters 27 through 41, to:

(1)(a)   an agency or agent of the United States charged with the administration of public works or assistance through public employment;

(2)(b)   a state agency similarly charged; or and

(3)(c)   an agency or entity to which disclosure is permitted or required by federal statute or regulation or by state law.

(2)   This disclosure must be made is subject to restrictions the commission department may prescribe by regulation prescribe.

(C)(1)   The State Employment Office shall must furnish, upon request of a public agency administering the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and or child support programs, a state agency administering food stamp coupons, the a state or federal agency administering the new hire directory, or any a public housing authority, any information in its possession relating to:

(1)(a)   individuals an individual who are is receiving, have has received, or have has applied for unemployment insurance;

(2)(b)   the amount of benefits being received;

(3)(c)   the current home address of these individuals;

(4)(d)   whether any an offer of work has been refused and, if so, a description of the job and the terms, conditions, and rate of pay;

(5)(e)   in the case of requests from a public housing authority, a listing of the current employer and previous employers for the available preceding six calendar quarters;

(6)(f)   in the case of requests from the state or federal agency which that issues food stamp coupons or the new hire directory, a listing of the current employer and address and any previous employers and their addresses, including wage information, for the available preceding six calendar quarters.

The requesting agency is responsible for reimbursing the South Carolina Employment Security Commission department for actual costs incurred in supplying the information. This information must be provided in the most useful and economical format possible."
SECTION   42.   Section 41-29-180 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-180.   The Commission department shall endeavor, both for the relief of the clerical work of employers and its own office, to confine reporting to the minimum necessary for the proper administration of the law, and, except for necessary separation, low earnings, special reports or notices, or wage and employment reports required under pursuant to Section 41-29-140, it shall not require reports as to the earnings of individual employees more frequently than quarterly."
SECTION   43.   Section 41-29-190 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-190.   In the discharge of the duties imposed by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, the Commission department or any a duly authorized representative thereof as designated by its rules of it may administer oaths and affirmations an oath and affirmation, take depositions a deposition, certify to an official acts act and issue subpoenas a subpoena to compel the attendance of witnesses a witness and the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda and other records deemed considered necessary as evidence in connection with a disputed claim or the administration of such chapters Chapters 27 through 41 of this title."
SECTION   44.   Section 41-29-200 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 49-21-200.   No A person shall must not be excused from attending and testifying or from producing books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, or other records before the Commission department, an appeal tribunal, or any their duly authorized representative of either of them or in obedience to the subpoena of either of them in any a cause or proceeding before the Commission department or an appeal tribunal on the ground that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to a penalty or forfeiture. But no An individual shall must not be prosecuted or subjected to any a penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any a transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after having claimed his privilege against self incrimination, to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, except that such the individual so testifying shall must not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying."
SECTION   45.   Section 41-29-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-210.   (1)   In case of contumacy by any a person or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any a person, any a court of this State or judge thereof of this State within the jurisdiction of which such the person guilty of contumacy or refusal to obey is found, resides, or transacts business, upon application by the Commission department or any a duly authorized representative may issue to such person him an order requiring him to appear before the Commission department or any a duly authorized representative thereof of the department to produce evidence if so ordered to do so or to give testimony touching the matter under investigation or in question. Any Failure to obey an order of the court may be punished as a contempt thereof of the order.

(2)   Any A person who shall, without just cause, fail or refuse fails or refuses to attend and testify,; to answer any a lawful inquiry; or to produce books, papers, correspondence, memoranda and other records, if it is in his power to do so this in accordance with a subpoena of the Commission department or any a duly authorized representative shall must be punished by a fine of not less than twenty nor more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days. Each failure to obey a subpoena shall constitute constitutes a separate offense."
SECTION   46.   Section 41-29-220 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-220.   The Commission department may request the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States to cause an examination of the correctness of any a return or report of any a national banking association rendered pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, and may in connection with such this request transmit any such this report or return it to the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States as provided in Section 3305(c) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code."
SECTION   47.   Section 41-29-230 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-230.   (1)   In the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, the Commission shall department must cooperate with the United States Secretary of Labor to the fullest extent consistent with the provisions of such these chapters, and shall take such action act, through the adoption promulgation of appropriate rules, regulations, administrative methods and standards, as may be necessary to secure to this State and its citizens all advantages available under the provisions of the Social Security Act that relate to unemployment compensation, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970.

(2)   In the administration of the provisions in Chapter 35, Article 3 of this Title, which are enacted to conform with the requirements of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, the Commission shall take such action as may be department must act as necessary to:

(a)   to ensure that the provisions are so interpreted and applied as to meet the requirements of such the Federal act as interpreted by the United States Secretary of Labor,; and

(b)   to secure to this State the full reimbursement of the Federal share of extended benefits paid under pursuant to this title that are reimbursable under the Federal act."
SECTION   48.   Section 41-29-240 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-240.   The Commission department may make the State's record relating to the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title available to the Railroad Retirement Board and may furnish the Railroad Retirement Board, at the board's expense of such Board, such copies thereof of this record as the Railroad Retirement Board deems considers necessary for its purposes. The Commission department may afford reasonable cooperation with every an agency of the United States charged with the administration of an unemployment insurance law."
SECTION   49.   Section 41-29-250 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-250.   The commission shall cause to be printed for distribution to the public the text of Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title, the Commission's regulations, its general and special rules, its annual reports to the Governor and General Assembly and any other material the Commission deems relevant and suitable and shall furnish such material to any person upon application therefor. The department must:

(A)   print and make available for public distribution the text of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and its:

(1)   regulations;

(2)   annual reports to the Governor and General Assembly; and

(3)   other material the department considers relevant and suitable; and

(B)   furnish this material to a person on request and make it available on its internet web site."
SECTION   50.   Section 41-29-270 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-270.   Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, the Commission may issue such department must promulgate regulations as deemed necessary for the operation of an emergency unemployment compensation system in the event of an enemy attack which that disrupts or endangers the department's usual procedures or facilities of the Commission."
SECTION   51.   Section 41-29-280 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-280.   Not later than the fifteenth day of January of each year the Commission annually, the department shall submit to the Governor and to the General Assembly a report covering the administration and operation of Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title during the preceding fiscal year and shall make such recommendations for amendments to such these chapters as the Commission deems department considers proper. Such These reports shall must include a balance sheet of the moneys money in the fund in which there shall must be provided, if possible, a reserve against the liability in future years to pay benefits in excess of the then current contributions, which reserves shall must be set up by the Commission department in accordance with accepted actuarial principles on the basis of statistics of employment, business activity, and other relevant factors for the longest possible period."
SECTION   52.   Section 41-29-290 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-290.   Whenever the Commission When the department believes that a change in contribution or benefit rates will become is necessary to protect the solvency of the fund, it shall promptly so must inform the Governor and the General Assembly of this information and make recommendations with respect thereto regarding it."
SECTION   53.   Section 41-33-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-10.   There is established a special fund, to be known as the unemployment compensation fund, which shall must be administered separate and apart from all public moneys or funds of the State. This fund shall must consist of:

(1)   All contributions and payments in lieu of contributions collected under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title;

(2)   interest earned upon on any moneys money in the fund;

(3)   Any property or securities acquired through the use of moneys money belonging to the fund;

(4)   All earnings of such property those properties or securities;

(5)   All money credited to this State's account in the unemployment trust fund pursuant to Section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended;

(6)   All money received from the Federal Government as reimbursements pursuant to Section 204 of the Federal-State Extended Compensation Act of 1970; and

(7)   All money received for the fund from any other another source. All Money in the fund shall must be comingled and undivided."
SECTION   54.   Section 41-33-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-20.   Subject to the provisions of Chapter 27 through 41 of this title, the Commission department is invested with the full power, authority, and jurisdiction over the fund, including all moneys and money, property or, and securities belonging thereto to it, and may perform any and all acts, whether or not herein specifically designated in this title, which are necessary or convenient in the administration thereof of this title consistent with the provisions of such those Chapters."
SECTION   55.   Section 41-33-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-30.   The State Treasurer shall be is ex officio treasurer and custodian of the fund and he shall administer the fund in accordance with it pursuant to the directions of the Commission department and shall issue his warrants upon it in accordance with such pursuant to regulations as the Commission shall prescribe promulgated by the department.
SECTION   56.   Section 41-33-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to
read:

"Section 41-33-40.   All moneys money in the fund shall must be mingled and undivided, but the State Treasurer shall maintain within the fund three separate accounts:

(a)   A a clearing account,;

(b)   an unemployment trust fund account; and

(c)   a benefit account.
All moneys money payable to the fund shall, upon receipt thereof of the money by the Commission department, must be forwarded to the State Treasurer who shall immediately shall credit them it to the clearing account."
SECTION   57.   Section 41-33-80 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 306 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-33-80.   Except as provided in Section 41-33-180, monies money must be requisitioned from this state's account in the unemployment trust fund solely for the payment of benefits or refunds pursuant to Section 41-31-360 or item (6) of Section 41-27-260 and in accordance with regulations prescribed by the commission, department; except that money credited to this account pursuant to Section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended, must be used exclusively as provided in Sections 41-33-130 to 41-33-160."
SECTION   58.   Section 41-33-90 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-90.   The Commission department shall from time to time issue its requisition for a lump sum amount for the payment of benefits or refunds upon the Comptroller General who shall draw his warrant on the State Treasurer in the form provided by law. The Treasurer shall pay such this amount to the Commission department by a check drawn on the benefit account, notwithstanding any provisions of law in this State relating to deposit, administration, release and disbursement of moneys money in the possession or custody of this State to the contrary notwithstanding. The Commission department in requisitioning lump sum withdrawals from the State Treasurer for the payment of individual benefit claims shall not exceed in any event the balance of funds in the benefit account, and such the requisition shall must be in an amount estimated to be necessary for benefit payments for such a period as that the Commission department may by regulation prescribe by regulation."
SECTION   59.   Section 41-33-100 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-100.   Such lump sum amounts when received by the Commission department from the State Treasurer shall must be immediately deposited by the Commission department in a benefit payment account maintained in the name of the Commission department in such that bank or public depository and under such conditions as the Commission department determines necessary. Such The bank or public depository shall must be one in which general funds of the State may be deposited, but no public deposit insurance charge or premium shall be paid out of the fund or benefit payment account. The Commission department shall require of such the bank or depository as it may select selects as the depository of the benefit payment account security in an amount equal to the amount on deposit at any time. Such This security shall must consist of securities or a surety bond as required by law of depositories of State state funds."
SECTION   60.   Section 41-33-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-110.   The Commission department shall delegate to designated representatives the authority to sign checks on the benefit payment account and the signature of one of such the designated representatives shall must be required on each such check. The Commission department shall require each such the representative to give a bond in such an amount as the Commission shall determine department determines for his faithful performance of his duties in connection with the benefit payment account in such a form as may be prescribed by law or approved by the Attorney General. Premiums for such these bonds shall must be paid from the unemployment compensation administration fund. Any A duly authorized representative of the Commission department may draw and issue its checks on the benefit payment account for the payment of individual benefit claims."
SECTION   61.   Section 41-33-120 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-120.   Refunds A refund payable pursuant to Section 41-31-360 or item (6) of Section 41-27-260 may be paid from the clearing or benefit accounts upon requisition by the Commission department to the Comptroller General, who shall draw his warrant in the usual form provided by law on the State Treasurer, who shall pay them the refund from such the proper account."
SECTION   62.   Section 41-33-130 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-130.   Expenditures of moneys An expenditure of money in the benefit account and refunds a refund from the clearing account shall must not be subject to any provisions a provision of law requiring a specific appropriations appropriation or other formal release by State state officers of money in their custody. All warrants A warrant issued for the payment of benefits a benefit and refunds shall a refund must bear the signature of the Commission department or a duly authorized agent for that purpose."
SECTION   63.   Section 41-33-170 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-170.   Any A balance of moneys money requisitioned from the unemployment trust fund under Section 41-33-80 which remains unclaimed or unpaid in the benefit account and the benefit payment account after the expiration of the period for which such those sums were requisitioned shall either must be deducted from estimates an estimate for, and may be utilized used for the payment of, benefits a benefit during a succeeding periods period or, in the discretion of the Commission, shall department, must be redeposited with the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to the credit of this State's account in the unemployment trust fund, as provided in Section 41-33-50."
SECTION   64.   Section 41-33-180 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-180.   Moneys may also Money also may be requisitioned from this State's account in the unemployment trust fund for the payment of benefits under any an unemployment compensation, unemployment insurance, or unemployment benefit law administered by a bureau, department, division, agency, or instrumentality of the United States to which the Commission department has made available its personnel and facilities for the taking, processing, determination, and paying of claims under the authority of pursuant to Section 41-29-230. But no moneys No money may be drawn from the unemployment trust fund for the purpose of paying benefits for or on behalf of the United States unless a provision be first is made by law, agreement, or contract for the reimbursement thereof of the money by the bureau, department, division, agency, or instrumentality of the United States for or on behalf of which such the benefits have been paid."
SECTION   65.   Section 41-33-190 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-190.   The Commission department may establish bank accounts other than the benefit payment account and deposit therein moneys in them money requisitioned from the unemployment trust fund for the payment of benefits for or on behalf of the United States as provided in Section 41-33-180. All provisions of this article governing the deposit, administration, mode of check signing, and safeguarding of the benefit payment account shall must apply to any accounts an account established by the Commission department under the authority of this section."
SECTION   66.   Section 41-33-200 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-200.   Any A balance of moneys money requisitioned from the unemployment trust fund under Section 41-33-180 which remains unclaimed or not disbursed in such account or those accounts after the expiration of the period for which such the sums were requisitioned shall either must be deducted from estimates for, and utilized used in the payment of, benefits during succeeding periods or, in the discretion of the Commission, shall department, must be redeposited with the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to the credit of this State's account in the unemployment trust fund, as provided in Section 41-33-50."
SECTION   67.   Section 41-33-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-210.   The provisions of this article to the extent that they relate to the unemployment trust fund shall must be operative only so long as the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States continues to maintain for this State a separate book account of all funds deposited therein in the trust fund by this State for benefit purposes, together with this State's proportionate share of the earnings of such the unemployment trust fund, from which no other State is permitted to make withdrawals. If and when such the unemployment trust fund ceases to exist or such a separate book account is no longer maintained, all moneys money, properties, or securities therein in the trust fund belonging to the unemployment compensation fund of this State shall must be transferred to the treasurer of the unemployment compensation fund, who shall hold, invest, transfer, sell, deposit, and release such moneys the money, properties, or securities in a manner approved by the Commission department in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. But such moneys shall This money must be invested only in the readily marketable bonds or other interest bearing obligations of the United States or of this State or a political subdivision thereof of this State and such these investments shall at all times must be so made so that all the assets of the fund shall always must be readily convertible into cash when needed for the payment of benefits. The treasurer shall dispose of securities or other properties belonging to the unemployment compensation fund only under the direction of the Commission department in accordance with the purposes and provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title."
SECTION   68   Section 41-33-430 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-430.   All moneys which are Money deposited or paid into the fund are appropriated and made available to the Commission department. All moneys Money in this fund shall must be expended solely for the purpose of defraying the cost of the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and for no other purpose whatsoever. Any balances A balance in the fund shall may not lapse at any time but shall be continuously must be available to the Commission department for expenditure consistent with Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. The Commission department shall issue its requisition approved by the chairman or any a designated member, officer, or agent for payment of such the costs of administration to the Comptroller General who shall draw his warrant in the usual form provided by law on the State Treasurer, who shall pay it by check on the employment security administration fund."
SECTION   69.   Section 41-33-460 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-460.   If any Money in the employment security administration fund, paid to this State under Title III of the Social Security Act, and the Wagner-Peyser Act, is found by the Secretary of Labor, or his successors, because of any an action or contingency, to have been lost or to have been expended for purposes a purpose other than, or in amounts an amount in excess of, those found necessary by the Secretary of Labor, or his successors, for the proper administration of the employment security program, it is the policy of this State that such the money shall must be replaced by money appropriated for such purposes this purpose from the general funds of this State to the employment security administration fund for expenditures as provided in Section 41-33-430. But Funds which that have been expended by the Commission department or its agents in accordance with pursuant to a budget approved by the Secretary of Labor, or his successors, or in accordance with pursuant to the general standards and limitations promulgated by the Secretary of Labor, or his successors, prior to such before this expenditure, when proposed expenditures have not been specifically disapproved by the Secretary of Labor or his successors, shall must not be deemed considered to require replacement."
SECTION   70.   Section 41-33-470 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-470.   The Commission department shall report to the State Budget and Control Board in the same manner as is required generally for the submission of financial requirements for the ensuing year and the board shall include in its request for general appropriations presented to the General Assembly at its next regular session a statement of the amounts required for any replacement required by Section 41-33-460."
SECTION   71.   Section 41-33-610 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-610.   (aA)   There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the employment security special administration fund, which shall must consist of all penalties and interest collected on contributions due pursuant to Sections 41-31-330 and 41-31-350 and interest collected on unpaid contributions pursuant to Section 41-31-370. All Money in the special administration fund shall must be deposited, administered, and disbursed in accord with pursuant to the provisions of Section 41-33-420 applicable to the employment security administration fund.

(bB)   All moneys which are Money deposited in the special administration fund are is appropriated and made available to the Commission department. All moneys Money in the fund shall must be expended solely for:

(1)   replacements in the employment security administration fund as provided in Section 41-33-460.;

(2)   refunds pursuant to Section 41-31-360 of interest erroneously collected.; and

(3)   special, extraordinary, and incidental expenses incurred in the administration of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title not provided for in the employment security administration fund and for which federal funds are not granted by the Federal Government through the Secretary of Labor or its other agencies.

(C)   Any balances A balance in the fund shall not lapse at any time but shall must be continuously available to the Commission department for expenditure consistent with Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. The Commission department shall issue its requisition approved by the chairman its director or any his designated member, officer, or agent for the purposes set forth herein in this section to the Comptroller General who shall draw his warrant in the usual form provided by law on the State Treasurer, who shall pay it by check on the special administration fund."
SECTION   72.   Section 41-33-710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-33-710.   (aA)   There is created in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the employment security administrative contingency fund, which consists of all assessments collected pursuant to Section 41-27-410. All Money in the employment security administrative contingency fund must be deposited, administered, and disbursed in accordance with the provisions of Section 41-33-420 applicable to the employment security administration fund.

(bB)   All monies which are Money deposited in the employment security administrative contingency fund are is appropriate and made available to the commission department. All monies Money in the fund must be expended to:

(1)   assist with the reemployment of unemployed workers using the most efficient and effective means of service delivery;

(2)   undertake any a program or activity which that furthers the goal of the Employment Security Commission department as provided for in Chapter 42 of this title;

(3)   supplement basic employment security services, with special job search and claimant placement assistance designed to assist unemployment insurance claimants to obtain employment;

(4)   provide employment services, such as like recruitment, screening, and referral of qualified workers, to agricultural areas where those services have in the past contributed to positive economic conditions for the agricultural industry; and

(5)   provide otherwise unobtainable information and analysis to the legislature and program managers about issues related to employment and unemployment.

(C)   Any balances A balance in the fund dodoes not lapse at any time, but are is continuously available to the commission department for expenditure consistent with Chapter 42 of this title. The commission shall department must issue its requisition approved by the chairman its director or any his designated member, officer, or agent for the purpose purposes set forth herein in this section to the Comptroller General who shall draw his warrant in the usual form provided by law on the State Treasurer, who shall pay it by check on the employment security administrative contingency fund."
SECTION   73.   Section 41-35-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-30.   (A)   When benefits a benefit due an individual have has been unpaid at the time of death and the estate of such the individual has not been administered upon in the probate court within sixty days after the time of death, the Commission department may pay such benefit amounts as the deceased may have been entitled to:

(1)   To the surviving wife or husband and, if there be is none;

(2)   To the minor children and, if there be are none;

(3)   To the adult children and, if there be are none;

(4)   To the parents of the deceased and, if there be are none;

(5)   To any a person or persons who were dependent upon on the deceased.

(B)   And, If there be is no person within the foregoing those classifications, the payments due the deceased shall must lapse and revert into to the unemployment trust fund.

(C)   Payment to any a responsible adult with whom minor children are making their home, upon a written pledge to use such the payment for the benefit of such these minors, will be is considered proper and legal payment to such the minor children without the requirement of formal appointment of a guardian."
SECTION   74.   Section 41-35-100 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-100.   The Commission shall department must pass such promulgate regulations as may be necessary to preserve the benefit rights of individuals who have volunteered or enlisted volunteer, enlist, or who have been are called or drafted into any a branch of the military, or naval service, or any an organization affiliated with the defense of the United States or this State. Such These regulations shall, with respect to such these individuals, must supersede any an inconsistent provisions provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, but so far as where practicable shall must secure results reasonably similar to those provided in the analogous provisions of such these chapters."
SECTION   75.   Section 41-35-110 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 497 of 1994, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-110.   An unemployed insured worker shall be is eligible to receive benefits with respect to any a week only if the Commission department finds that he:

(1)   He has made a claim for benefits with respect to such that week in accordance with such pursuant to regulations as the Commission may prescribe prescribed by the department;

(2)   He has registered for work and thereafter after work has continued to report at an employment office in accordance with such regulations as the Commission may prescribe, except that the Commission may department, by regulation, may waive or alter either or both of the requirements of this paragraph as to individuals attached to regular jobs; provided, that no such regulation shall conflict conflicts with Sections 41-35-10 or 41-35-30;

(3)   He is able to work and is available for work at his usual trade, occupation, or business or in such other another trade, occupation, or business as his for which he is qualified based on his prior training or experience shows him to be fitted or qualified; is available for such this work either at a locality at which he earned wages for insured work during his base period or, if the individual has moved, to a locality where it may reasonably be expected that work suitable for him under the provisions of Section 41-35-120(3)(b) is available; and, in addition to having complied with subsection (2), is himself actively seeking work; provided, however,:

(a)   notwithstanding any other provisions another provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, no an otherwise eligible individual shall may not be denied benefits a benefit with respect to any a week in which he is in training with the approval of the Commission department by reason of the application of the provision herein of this section relating to availability for work and an active search for work;

(b)   No a claimant shall may not be eligible to receive benefits a benefit or waiting period credit if engaged in self-employment of such a nature as to return or promise remuneration in excess of the weekly benefit amounts he would have received if otherwise unemployed over such this period of time;

(c)   no claimant shall be eligible to receive benefits or waiting period credit following the completion of a temporary work assignment unless the claimant shows that he informed the temporary employment agency that provided the assignment of the assignment's completion, has maintained on-going weekly contact with the agency after completion of the assignment, and that the agency has not provided a subsequent assignment for which the claimant's prior training or experience shows him to be fitted or qualified.

(4)   He has been unemployed for a waiting period of one week, but no a week shall may not be counted as a week of unemployment for the purposes of this paragraph:

(a)   unless it occurs within the benefit year which that included the week with respect to which he claims payment of benefits, a benefit;

(b)   if benefits have a benefit has been paid with respect thereto nor to it; and

(c)   unless the individual was eligible for benefits a benefit with respect thereto to it as provided in this section and Section 41-35-120, except for the requirements of this item (4) and of item (5) of Section 41-35-120.;

(5)   Claimant is has separated, through no fault of his own, from his most recent bona fide employer; provided, however, the term 'most recent bona fide employer' shall mean means the work or employer from which the individual separated regardless of any work subsequent to his separation in which he earned less than eight times his weekly benefit amount.; and

(6)   He participates in reemployment services, such as job search assistance services, if he has been is determined to be likely to exhaust regular benefits and need a reemployment services service pursuant to a profiling system established by the commission department, unless the commission department determines that:

(a)   the individual has completed such services; or

(b)   there is justifiable cause for the claimant's failure to participate in such those services."
SECTION   76.   Section 41-35-115 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 21 of 1993, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-115.   Notwithstanding any other another provision of law, no an individual otherwise eligible for benefits shall a benefit may not be denied benefits a benefit with respect to any a week in which he is required by law to appear in court as a witness or to serve as a juror. However, an unemployment benefits benefit received by a person pursuant to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title must be reduced by any per diem received for service as a juror. The commission shall department must promulgate regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section."
SECTION   77.   Section 41-35-120 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 50 of 2005, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-120.   Any insured worker is ineligible for benefits for:

(1)   leaving work voluntarily. If the Commission department finds that he has left voluntarily, without good cause, his most recent work prior to filing a request for determination of insured status or a request for initiation of a claim series within an established benefit year, with ineligibility beginning with the effective date of the request and continuing until he has secured employment and shows to the satisfaction of the Commission department that he has performed services in employment as defined by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and earned wages for such those services equal to at least eight times the weekly benefit amount of his claim.

(2)   Discharge for cause connected with the employment. If the commission department finds that he has been discharged for cause connected with his most recent work prior to filing a request for determination of insured status or a request for initiation of a claim series within an established benefit year, with ineligibility beginning with the effective date of the request, and continuing not less than five nor more than the next twenty-six weeks, in addition to the waiting period, with a corresponding and mandatory reduction of the insured worker's benefits to be calculated by multiplying his weekly benefit amount by the number of weeks of his disqualification. The ineligibility period must be determined by the commission department in each case according to the seriousness of the cause for discharge. A charge of discharge for cause connected with the employment may not be made for failure to meet production requirements unless the failure is occasioned by wilful failure or neglect of duty. 'Cause connected with the employment' as used in this item requires more than a failure in good performance of the employee as the result of inability or incapacity.

(3)(a)   Discharge for illegal drug use, and is ineligible for benefits beginning with the effective date of the request and continuing until he has secured employment and shows to the satisfaction of the department that he has performed services in employment as defined by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and earned wages for those services equal to at least eight times the weekly benefit amount of his claim if the:

(i)     company has communicated a policy prohibiting the illegal use of drugs, the violation of which may result in termination; and

(ii)   insured worker fails or refuses to provide a specimen pursuant to a request from the employer, or otherwise fails or refuses to cooperate by providing an adulterated specimen; or

(iii)   insured worker provides a blood, hair, or urine specimen during a drug test administered on behalf of the employer, which tests positive for illegal drugs or legal drugs used unlawfully, provided:

(A)   the sample was collected and labeled by a licensed health care professional or another individual authorized to collect and label test samples by federal or state law, including law enforcement personnel; and

(B)   the test was performed by a laboratory certified by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the College of American Pathologists or the State Law Enforcement Division; and

(C)   any an initial positive test was confirmed on the specimen using the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry method, or an equivalent or a more accurate scientifically accepted methods method approved by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

(iv)   for purposes of this item, 'unlawfully' means without a prescription.

(cb)   If an insured worker makes an admission pursuant to the employer's policy, which provides that voluntary admissions made before the employer's request to the employee to submit to testing may protect an employee from immediate termination, then the admission is inadmissible for purposes of this section as long as the:

(A)(i)   employer has communicated a written policy, which provides protection from immediate termination for employees who voluntarily admit prohibited drug use before the employer's request to submit to a test; and

(B)(ii)   employee makes the admission specifically pursuant to the employer's policy.

(dc)   Information, interviews, reports, and drug-test results, written or otherwise, received by an employer through a drug-testing program may be used or received in evidence in proceedings conducted pursuant to the provisions of this title for the purposes of determining eligibility for unemployment compensation, including any administrative or judicial appeal.

(34)   Discharge for gross misconduct, and is ineligible for benefits beginning with the effective date of the request and continuing until he has secured employment and shows to the satisfaction of the department that he has performed services in employment as defined by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and earned wages for those services equal to at least eight times the weekly benefit amount of his claim if he is discharged due to:

(i)   wilful or reckless employee damage to employer property that results in damage of more than fifty dollars;

(ii)   employee consumption of alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol on employer property in violation of a written company policy restricting or prohibiting consumption of alcohol;

(iii)   employee theft of items valued at more than fifty dollars;

(iv)   failure to comply with applicable state or federal drug and alcohol testing and use regulations including, but not limited to, 49 C.F.R. part 40 and part 382 of the federal motor carrier safety regulations, while on the job or on duty, and regulations applicable for employees performing transportation and other safety sensitive job functions as defined by the federal government;

(v)   employee committing criminal assault or battery of another employee or a customer;

(vi)   employee committing criminal abuse of patient or child in his professional care;

(vii)   employee insubordination, which is defined as willful failure to comply with a lawful, reasonable order of a supervisor directly related to the employee's employment as described in an applicable written job description; or

(viii)   employee wilful neglect of duty directly related to the employee's employment as described in an applicable written job description.

(5)   failure to accept work.

(a)   If the Commission department finds that he has failed, without good cause,;

(i)(a A)   either to apply for available suitable work, when so directed by the employment office or the Commission department;

(ii)(B)   to accept available suitable work when offered to him by the employment office or an employer,; or

(iii)(C)   to return to his customary self-employment, (if any), when so directed by the Commission department, the ineligibility begins with the week the failure occurred and continues until he has secured employment and shows to the satisfaction of the Commission department that he has performed services in employment as defined in Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and earned wages for services equal to at least eight times his weekly benefit amount of his claim.

(b)   In determining whether or not any work is suitable for an individual, the Commission shall department must consider, based on a standard of reasonableness as it relates to the particular individual concerned, the degree of risk involved to his health, safety, and morals, his physical fitness and prior training, his experience and prior earnings, his length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in his customary occupation, and the distance of the available work from his residence.

(c)   Notwithstanding any other provisions another provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, no work is not considered suitable and benefits may not be denied under such these chapters to any an otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work under any of the following conditions:;

(i)   if the position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute,;

(ii)   if the wages, hours, or other conditions of the work offered are substantially less favorable to the individual than those prevailing for similar work in the locality,; or

(iii)   if, as a condition of being employed, the individual would be required to join a company union or to resign from or refrain from joining any bona fide labor organization.

(d)   Notwithstanding any other provisions another provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, no an otherwise eligible individual may not be denied benefits a benefit for any a week for failure to apply for, or refusal to accept, suitable work because he is in training with the approval of the Commission department.

(e)   Notwithstanding any other another provision of this chapter, no an otherwise eligible individual may not be denied benefits a benefit for any a week because he is in training approved under Section 236(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, nor may the individual be denied benefits by reason of leaving work to enter training, so long as if the work left is not suitable employment, or because of the application to any a week in training of provisions in this law (or any an applicable federal unemployment compensation law), relating to availability for work, active search for work, or refusal to accept work. For purposes of this subitem, 'suitable employment' means, with respect to an individual, work of a substantially equal or higher skill level than the individual's past adversely affected employment, (as defined for purposes of the Trade Act of 1974), and wages for the work at not less than eighty percent of the individual's average weekly wage as determined for the purposes of the Trade Act of 1974.

(46)   labor dispute.     For any a week in which the Commission department finds that his total or partial unemployment is directly due to a labor dispute in active progress in the factory, establishment, or other premises at which he was last employed. This paragraph does not apply if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commission department that he:

(a)   He is not participating in, financing, or directly interested in the labor dispute;

(b)   He does not belong to a grade or class of workers of which, immediately before he became unemployed by reason of the dispute, there were members employed at the premises at which the dispute exists, any of whom are participating in or directly interested in the dispute. If in any case separate branches of work, which are commonly conducted as separate businesses in separate premises, are conducted in separate departments of the same premises, each department for the purpose of this item is considered to be a separate factory, establishment, or other premises.

(57)   receiving benefits elsewhere. -For any a week in which or a part of which he has received or is seeking unemployment benefits under an unemployment compensation law of another state or of the United States. If the appropriate agency of the other state or of the United States finally determines that he is not entitled to unemployment benefits, this disqualification does not apply.

(68)   voluntary retirement. If the Commission department finds that he voluntarily retired from his most recent work with the ineligibility beginning with the effective date of his claim and continuing for the duration of his unemployment and until the individual submits satisfactory evidence of having had new employment and of having earned wages of not less than eight times his weekly benefit amount as defined in Section 41-35-40. For the purpose of this section, 'most recent work' means the work from which the individual retired regardless of any work subsequent to his retirement in which he earned less than eight times his weekly benefit amount."
SECTION   78.   Section 41-35-125 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 50 of 2005, is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-125.   (A)   Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 41-35-120, an individual is eligible for waiting week credit and for unemployment compensation if the commission department finds that the individual has left work voluntarily or has been discharged because of circumstances directly resulting from domestic abuse and:

(1)   reasonably fears future domestic abuse at or en route to the workplace;

(2)   needs to relocate to avoid future domestic abuse; or

(3)   reasonably believes that leaving work is necessary for his safety or the safety of his family.

(B)   When determining if an individual has experienced domestic abuse for the purpose of receiving unemployment compensation, the commission shall department must require him to provide documentation of domestic abuse including, but not limited to, police or court records or other documentation of abuse from a shelter worker, attorney, member of the clergy, or medical or other professional from whom the individual has sought assistance.

(C)   All Documentation or evidence of domestic abuse acquired by the commission department pursuant to this section must be kept confidential unless consent for disclosure is given, in writing, by the individual."
SECTION   79.   Section 41-35-126 of the 1976 Code. as added by Act 67 of 2007, is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-126.   Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 41-35-120, an individual is eligible for waiting week credit and for unemployment compensation if the commission department finds that the individual has left work voluntarily to relocate because of the transfer of a spouse who has been reassigned from one military assignment to another, provided that the separation from employment occurs within fifteen days of the scheduled relocation date."
SECTION   80.   Section 41-35-130 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 67 of 2007, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-130.   (a)(A)   Benefits A benefit paid to any a claimant for unemployment immediately after the expiration of disqualification for:

(1)   voluntarily leaving his most recent work without good cause,;

(2)   discharge from his most recent work for misconduct; or,         (3)   refusal of suitable work without good cause shall must not be charged to the account of any an employer.

(b)(B)   Benefits A benefit paid to any a claimant shall must not be charged against the account of any an employer by reason of the provisions of this subparagraph only if the Commission department determines under Section 41-35-120 that such the individual:

(1)   voluntarily left his most recent employment with that employer without good cause,;

(2)   was discharged from his most recent employment with that employer for misconduct connected with his work,; or

(3)   subsequent to his most recent employment refused without good cause to accept an offer of suitable work made by that employer if, in any such case, such the employer furnishes the Commission department with such those notices regarding the separation of the individual from work or the refusal of the individual to accept an offer of work as are or may be required by the law and the regulations of the Commission department.

(c)(C)   If benefits are a benefit is paid pursuant to a decision which that is finally reversed in subsequent proceedings with respect thereto to it, no an employer's account shall must not be charged with benefits so a benefit paid.

(d)(D)   Any benefits A benefit paid to any a claimant for a week in which he is in training with the approval of the Commission shall department must not be charged to any an employer.

(e)(E)   The provisions of paragraphs (a)subsections (A) through (d)(D, all inclusive, hereof with respect to the noncharging of benefits paid shall must be applicable only to those employers an employer subject to the payment of contributions.

(f)(F)   Benefits A benefit paid to a claimant during an extended benefit period as defined in Chapter 35, Article 3, shall must not be charged to any an employer; provided, however, except that any a non-profit organization electing to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions in accord with Section 41-31-620 shall be required to must reimburse fifty percent of extended benefits attributable to services performed in its employ and provided, further, that after January 1, 1979, the State or any a political subdivision or any instrumentality thereof of it as defined in Section 41-27-230(2)(b) electing to become liable for payment in lieu of contributions in accord with Section 41-31-620 shall be required to must reimburse all extended benefits attributable to services performed in its employ.

(g)(G)   Any A nonprofit organization which that elects to make payments a payment in lieu of contributions into a contribution to the unemployment compensation fund as provided in Section 41-31-620(2) or Section 41-31-810 shall not be is not liable to make such those payments with respect to the benefits paid to any an individual whose base period wages include wages for previously uncovered services as defined in Section 41-35-65 to the extent that the unemployment compensation fund is reimbursed for such those benefits pursuant to Section 121 of P.L. 94-566.

(h)(H)   Benefits A benefit paid to any an individual whose base period wages include wages for previously uncovered services as defined in Section 41-35-65 shall must not be charged against the account of any an employer to the extent that the unemployment compensation fund is reimbursed for such those benefits pursuant to Section 121 of P.L. 94-566.

(i)(I)   Benefits A benefit paid to an individual pursuant to Section 41-35-125 must not be charged to the account of a contributing employer.

(j)(J)   Benefits A benefit paid to an individual pursuant to Section 41-35-126 must not be charged to the account of a contributing employer."
SECTION   81.   Section 41-35-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-140.   (a)(A)   The commission department may require an individual filing a new claim for unemployment compensation to disclose, at the time of filing the claim, whether or not the individual he owes child support obligations as defined under subsection (gG), or, pursuant to an agreement between the commission department and the state or local child support enforcement agency, the state or local child support enforcement agency must notify the commission department whether a particular individual who has filed a new or continued claim for unemployment compensation, at the time of filing the claim, owes child support obligations, or if the state or local child support enforcement agency advises the commission department that the individual owes child support obligations and the individual is determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation, the commission department must notify the state or local child support enforcement agency enforcing the obligations that the individual has been determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation.

(b)(B)   The commission department must deduct and withhold from any unemployment compensation payable to an individual who owes a child support obligations obligation as defined under subsection (gG):

(1)   the amount specified by the individual to the commission department to be deducted and withheld under this section, if neither (2) nor (3) of this subsection (bB) is applicable;

(2)   the amount, if any, determined pursuant to an agreement submitted to the commission department under Section 454 (20)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act by the state or local child support enforcement agency unless (3) is applicable; or

(3)   Any An amount otherwise required to be deducted and withheld from unemployment compensation pursuant to legal process, as that term is defined in Section 462(e) of the Social Security Act properly served upon the commission department.

(c)(C)   Any An amount deducted and withheld under subsection (bB) must be paid by the commission department to the appropriate state or local child support enforcement agency.

(d)(D)   Any An amount deducted and withheld under subsection (bB) must for all purposes be treated as if it were paid to the individual as unemployment compensation and paid by the individual to the state or local child support enforcement agency in satisfaction of the individual's child support obligations obligation.

(e)(E)   For the purposes of subsections (aA) through (dD), the term 'unemployment compensation' means any compensation payable under this act, including amounts payable by the commission department pursuant to an agreement under any federal law providing for compensation, assistance, or allowances with respect to concerning unemployment.

(f)(F)   This section applies only if appropriate arrangements have been made for reimbursement by the state or local child support enforcement agency for the administrative costs incurred by the commission department under this section which are by the state or local child support enforcement agency.

(g)(G)   The term 'child support obligations' is defined obligation' means for purposes of these provisions, as attributable to a child support obligations being obligation enforced including only obligations which are being an obligation enforced pursuant to a plan described in Section 454 of the Social Security Act which has been and approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act.

(h)(H)   The term 'state or local child support enforcement agency' as used in these provisions means any an agency of this State or a political subdivision of this State operating pursuant to a plan described in subsection (gG).

(i)(I)   This section is effective for all weeks commencing on or after October 1, 1982."
SECTION   82.   Section 41-35-330 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section-41-35-330.   (1)(A)   There is a 'state 'on' indicator' for this State for a week if the commission department determines, in accordance with pursuant to the regulations of the U. S. Secretary of Labor, that for the period consisting of such that week and the immediately preceding twelve weeks the rate of insured unemployment, (not seasonally adjusted), under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title:

(a)(1)   equaled or exceeded one hundred twenty percent of the average of such those rates for the corresponding thirteen week period ending in each of the preceding two calendar years,; and

(b)(2)   equaled or exceeded five percent. With respect to benefits for weeks of unemployment beginning after July 1, 1977, the determination of whether there has been a 'state 'on' or 'off' indicator' for this State beginning or ending any an extended benefit period must be made under this section as if:

(i)(a)   paragraph (1)subsection (A) did not contain subparagraph (a)item (1); and

(ii)(b)   the word 'five' contained in subparagraph (b) thereof item (2) of this subsection were 'six' except that, notwithstanding any such a provision of this section, any a week for which there would otherwise be a 'state 'on' indicator' for this State must continue to be such a week and shall must not be determined to be a week for which there is a 'state 'off' indicator' for this State.

(2)(B)   There is a 'state 'off' indicator' for this State for a week if, for the period consisting of such that week and the immediately preceding twelve weeks, either subparagraph (a) or (b) of paragraph (1) was items (1) or (2) of subsection (A) are not satisfied.

(3)(C)   This section is applicable for all applies to weeks beginning after September 25, 1982."
SECTION   83.   Section 41-35-340 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-340."Rate of insured unemployment", For purposes of Section 41-35-330, 'rate of insured unemployment' means the percentage derived by dividing the:

(1)   The average weekly number of individuals filing claims for regular state compensation in this State for weeks of unemployment with respect to the most recent thirteen-consecutive-week thirteen consecutive week period, as determined by the commission department on the basis of its reports to the U. S. Secretary of Labor, by

(2)   The average monthly employment covered under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title for the first four of the most recent six completed calendar quarters ending before the end of such this thirteen-week period."
SECTION   84.   Section 41-35-410 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-410.   Except when the result would be inconsistent with the other provisions of this section, as provided in the regulations of the Commission department, the provisions of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title which apply to claims for, or the payment of, regular benefits shall must apply to claims for, and the payment of, extended benefits."
SECTION   85.   Section 41-35-420 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 125 of 1993, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-420.   (1)(A)   An individual shall be is eligible to receive extended benefits with respect to any week of unemployment in his eligibility period only if the commission department finds that with respect to such that week:

(a)(1)   He is an 'exhaustee' as defined in Section 41-35-390.

(b)(2)   He has satisfied the requirements of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title for the receipt of regular benefits that are applicable to individuals claiming extended benefits, including not being subject to a disqualification for the receipt of benefits.

(c)(3)   Except as provided in item (d4), an individual shall must not be eligible for extended benefits for any a week if:

(i)(a)   Extended benefits are payable for such that week pursuant to an interstate claim filed in any a state under the interstate benefit payment plan; and

(ii)(b) No extended benefit period is in effect for such that week in such the State.

(d)(4)   Item (c3) of subsection (1A) shall does not apply with respect to the first two weeks for which extended benefits are payable, (determined without regard to this subsection), pursuant to an interstate claim filed under the interstate benefit payment plan to the individual with respect to the benefit year.

(2)(a)(B)(1)   Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 41-35-410 and 41-35-420, effective for weeks beginning after March 31, 1981, an individual is disqualified for from receipt of extended benefits if the commission department finds that during any week of his eligibility period he has failed either to apply for, or to accept an offer of, suitable work, (as defined under item (d4) of this subsection), to which he was referred by the commission department.

(b)(2)   Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 41-35-410 and 41-35-420, effective for weeks beginning after March 31, 1981, an individual is disqualified for from receipt of extended benefits if the commission department finds that during any week of his eligibility period he has failed to furnish evidence that he has actively engaged in a systematic and sustained effort to find work.

(c)(3)   Such This disqualification begins with the week in which such the failure occurred and continues until he has been employed in each of four subsequent weeks, (whether or not consecutive), and has earned remuneration equal to not less than four times his weekly extended benefit amount.

(d)(4)   For the purposes of this subsection, the term "suitable work' means any work which is within the individual's capabilities to perform if:

(i)(a)   The gross average weekly remuneration payable for the work exceeds the sum of the individual's weekly extended benefit amount plus the amount, if any, of supplemental unemployment benefits, (as defined in Section 501(c)(17)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954), payable to such the individual for such that week;

(ii)(b)   The wages payable for the work equal the higher of the minimum wages provided by Section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, (without regard to any an exemption), or the state or local minimum wage;

(iii)(c)   The position was offered to the individual in writing or was listed with the State Employment Service;

(iv)(d)   Such The work otherwise meets the definition of 'suitable work' for regular benefits contained in item (3) subsection (5)(b) of Section 41-35-120 to the extent that such the criteria of suitability are not inconsistent with the provisions of this item; and

(v)(e)   The individual cannot furnish satisfactory evidence to the commission department that his prospects for obtaining work in his customary occupation within a reasonably short period of time are good. If such the evidence is deemed satisfactory for this purpose, the determination of whether any work is suitable with respect to such the individual must be made in accordance with pursuant to the definition of suitable work contained in Section 41-35-120 without regard to the definition specified by this item (d4).

(3)(C)   Notwithstanding any provisions a provision of item (d) of this subsection to the contrary, no work shall may not be deemed to be considered suitable work for an individual which does if it is not accord consistent with item (c) of subsection (3) of Section 41-35-120(5)(b).

(4)(D)   For the purposes of item (b)(2) of subsection (2)(B), an individual shall must be treated as actively engaged in seeking work during any a week if the individual:

(a)(1)   The individual has engaged in a systematic and sustained effort to obtain work during such the week;

(b)(2)   The individual furnishes tangible evidence that he has engaged in such an effort during such the week.

(5)(E)   The Employment Service shall must refer any claimant entitled to extended benefits under this chapter to any suitable work which that meets the criteria prescribed in item (d)(4) subsection (2)(B).

(6)(F)   An individual shall must not be eligible to receive an extended benefits benefit with respect to any a week of unemployment in his eligibility period if such individual he has been disqualified for regular or extended benefits under the chapter because he or she voluntarily left work, was discharged for cause, or failed to accept an offer of or apply for suitable work unless the disqualification imposed for such these reasons has been terminated in accordance with pursuant to specific conditions established under the South Carolina Employment Security Law requiring the individual to perform service for remuneration subsequent to the date of such the disqualification.

If the disqualification which was imposed did not require the individual to perform service for remuneration subsequent to the date of such the disqualification, such the individual will be is ineligible for an extended benefits benefit beginning with the effective date of the request for initiation of an extended benefit claim series and continuing until he has secured secures employment and shows to the department's satisfaction of the commission that he has worked in each of at least four different weeks, whether or not such those weeks are consecutive, and earned wages equal to at least four times the weekly benefit amount of his claim."
SECTION   85.   Section 41-35-450 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-450.   Whenever When an extended benefit period is to become effective in this State as a result of a state 'on' indicator, or an extended benefit period is to be terminated in this State as a result of a state 'off' indicator, the commission department must make an appropriate public announcement. Computations A computation required by the provisions of Section 41-35-340 must be made by the commission, in accordance with department pursuant to regulations prescribed by the U. S. Secretary of Labor."
SECTION   86.   Section 41-35-610 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-610.   Requests A request for determination of insured status, requests a request for initiation of a claim series in a benefit year, notices a notice of unemployment, certifications a certification for waiting-week credit, and claims a claim for benefits shall must be made in accordance with such pursuant to regulations as the Commission may prescribe department promulgates. Each employer shall An employer must post and maintain in places readily accessible to individuals in his service printed statements concerning such regulations or such other related matters as the Commission may department prescribes by regulation prescribe. Each employer shall An employer must supply such those individuals copies of such the printed statements or materials as the Commission may department prescribes by regulation prescribe. Such These statements or materials shall must be supplied by the Commission department to each an employer without cost to him the employer."
SECTION   87.   Section 41-35-630 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-630.   (1)(A)   In any a case in which where the payment or denial of benefits a benefit will be determined by the provisions of item (4) of Section 41-35-120(6), the Commission shall department must designate a special examiner to make an initial determination with respect thereto to it. The determination of the examiner may be appealed in the same manner, within the same time, and through the same procedures as any other determination. The Commission department may, upon written request by a group of workers or their authorized representative, allow one of a group representing a grade or class of workers similarly situated to file an appeal which shall be known as a 'Group Test Appeal', and the decision of the appeal tribunal or the Commission as to department regarding the disqualification of the group representative because of the application of item (4) of Section 41-35-120(6) shall be is binding as to on the entire group.

(2)(B)   Whenever When a determination involves multiple claimants and difficult issues of fact or law, the Commission department in its discretion may designate a special examiner to render such the determination. The A determination, of the examiner which may be appealed in the same manner, within the same time, and through the same procedures as any other determination. The Commission shall department must allow any and all claimants a claimant affected by the same this determination to join in one appeal and the decision of the appeal tribunal or the Commission shall be is binding upon on all those claimants who are parties to such the consolidated appeal."
SECTION   88.   Section 41-35-640 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 203 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-640.   (1)(A)   An initial determination may for good cause be reconsidered. A party entitled to notice of an initial determination may apply for a reconsideration not later than ten days after the determination was mailed to his last known address. Notice of the redetermination must be promptly given in the manner prescribed in this article with respect to notice of an initial determination.

(2)(B)   An initial determination shall must be reconsidered whenever when the Commission department finds that an error in computation, or an error of a similar character, has occurred in connection therewith with it or that wages of the claimant pertinent to the determination, but not considered in connection therewith with it, have been newly discovered,. but no such However, this redetermination shall must not be made after one year from the date of the original determination. The reconsidered determination shall supersede supersedes the original determination. Notice of any such this redetermination shall be promptly must be given, in the manner prescribed in this article with respect to notice of an original determination. Subject to the same limitations and for the same reasons, the Commission department may reconsider a determination in any a case in which the where a final decision has been is rendered by an appeal tribunal, the Commission department, or a court, and, after notice to and the expiration of the period for appeal by the persons entitled to notice of the final decision, may apply to the body or court which that rendered the final decision to issue and seek a revised decision. In the event that an appeal involving an original determination is pending as of on the date a redetermination thereof is issued, such the appeal, unless withdrawn, shall must be treated as an appeal from such the redetermination."
SECTION   89.   Section 41-35-670 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section   41-35-670.   (1)(A)   Notwithstanding any other another provision contained in this Article, benefits shall must be paid in accordance with pursuant to a determination, redetermination, or the decision of an appeal tribunal, the Commission department, or a reviewing court upon the issuance of such that determination, redetermination, or decision, regardless of the pendency of the period to apply for reconsideration, file an appeal, or petition for judicial review that is provided with respect thereto, as the case may be, to it or the pendency of any such an application, filing, or petition, unless and until such the determination, redetermination, or decision has been modified or reversed by a subsequent redetermination or decision, in which event benefits shall must be paid or denied for weeks of unemployment thereafter in accordance with such afterward pursuant to the modifying or reversing redetermination or decision.

(2)(B)   If a determination or redetermination allowing benefits a benefit is affirmed by the appeal tribunal, or by the Commission department, or if a decision of an appeal tribunal allowing benefits a benefit is affirmed by the Commission, such department, those benefits shall must be paid promptly regardless of any a further appeal which that may be taken, and no injunction, supersedeas, stay, or other writ or process suspending the payment of the benefits shall must be issued by any court."
SECTION   90.   Section 41-35-680 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 203 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-680.   Unless an appeal is withdrawn, an appeal tribunal, after affording the parties reasonable opportunity for a fair hearing, after notice of not less than seven days, shall must make findings and conclusions promptly and on the basis of the findings and conclusions affirm, modify, or reverse the determination or redetermination within thirty days from the date of the hearing. Each party must be furnished promptly must be furnished with a copy of the decision, including the reasons for the decision,. which This must be considered to be the final decision of the commission department, unless within ten days after the date of mailing the decision a further appeal is initiated pursuant to Section 41-35-710."
SECTION   91.   Section 41-35-690 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-690.   The procedure herein provided in this chapter for appeals from any a determination or redetermination to the appeal tribunal and for decisions thereon and for appeals therefrom from the tribunal, first to the Commission Workforce Department Appellate Panel, as established by Section 41-29-300, and thereafter afterward to the courts, shall be administrative law court, pursuant to Section 41-29-300(C)(1), is the sole and exclusive appeal procedure notwithstanding any other provision of law."
SECTION   92.   Section 41-35-700 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-700.   (A)   To hear and decide appeal claims, the Commission shall executive director must appoint one or more impartial appeal tribunals consisting in each case of either:

(1)   a referee, selected in accordance with pursuant to Section 41-29-70,; or

(2)   a body consisting of three members, one of whom:

(a)   shall be must be a referee, who shall must serve as chairman,;

(b)   one of whom shall must be a representative of employers; and

(c)   the other third of whom shall must be a representative of employees.

(B)   Each of the latter two members shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission executive director and shall be paid a per diem as fixed in the annual state appropriation act for boards, commissions, and committees for each day of active service on such a tribunal plus necessary expenses, as likewise fixed in the annual appropriation act. No A person shall must not participate on behalf of the Commission department in any case in which he is an interested party. The Commission department may designate alternates to serve in the absence or disqualification of any a member of an appeal tribunal. The chairman shall must act alone in the absence or disqualification of any other another member and his alternate. In no case shall The hearings must not proceed unless the chairman of the appeal tribunal is present."
SECTION   93.   Section 41-35-710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-710.   The Commission Workforce Department Appellate Panel may on its own motion affirm, modify, or set aside any a decision of an appeal tribunal on the basis of the evidence previously submitted in such the case; or direct the taking of additional evidence; or may permit any of the parties a party to such the decision to initiate further appeals before it. The Commission shall appellate panel must permit such further appeal appeals by any of the parties a party to a decision of an appeal tribunal and by the examiner whose decision has been overruled or modified by an appeal tribunal. The Commission appellate panel may remove to itself or transfer to another appeal tribunal the proceedings on any a claim pending before an appeal tribunal. Any proceedings so Proceedings removed to the Commission shall appellate panel must be heard by a quorum thereof in accordance with pursuant to the requirements of Sections 41-35-690 and 41-35-720. The Commission shall appellate panel promptly must notify the parties a party to any a proceeding of its findings and decision."
SECTION   94.   Section 41-35-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-720.   The manner in which appealed claims shall be presented and the conduct of hearings and appeals shall be in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Commission department must promulgate regulations establishing rules of procedure for proceedings, hearings, and appeals to the appellate panel and the appeal tribunals pursuant to Section 41-35-790. The rules of procedure must address the manner for determining the rights of the parties, whether or not such regulations each party to an appeal. The rules of procedure are not required to conform to common law or statutory rules of evidence and other technical rules of procedure. A full and complete record shall must be kept of all proceedings in connection with an appealed claim. All Testimony at any a hearing upon before an appeals tribunal on an appealed claim shall must be recorded, but shall must not be transcribed unless the claim is further appealed to the appellate panel."
SECTION   95.   Section 41-35-730 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-730.   Witnesses subpoenaed pursuant to this article shall must be allowed fees and mileage at a rate fixed by the Commission department, which shall must not exceed that allowed for witnesses in the court of common pleas in the county in which a hearing is held by the administrative law court. Such These fees shall must be deemed considered a part of the expense of administering Chapters 27 through 41 of this title."
SECTION   96.   Section 41-35-740 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-35-740.   Any A decision of the Commission department, in the absence of an appeal therefrom from it as provided in this article, shall become becomes final ten days after the date of notification or mailing thereof of it, and judicial review thereof shall be is permitted only after any a party claiming to be aggrieved thereby by it has exhausted his administrative remedies as provided by Chapters 27 through 41 of this title. The Commission shall department must be deemed considered to be a party to any a judicial action involving any such a decision and may be represented in any such the judicial action by any a qualified attorney employed by the Commission department and designated by it the department for that purpose or, at the Commission's department's request, by the Attorney General."
SECTION   97.   Section 41-35-750 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 387 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-35-750.   Within thirty days from the date of mailing of the commission's department's decision, a party to the proceeding whose benefit rights or whose employer account may be affected by the commission's department's decision may secure judicial review of the decision by commencing initiate an action in the court of common pleas, either in the county in which the employee resides or the county in which he was last employed, administrative law court against the commission department for the review of its decision, in which action every other party to the proceeding before the commission department must be made a defendant. In this action a petition, which need not be verified but which must state the grounds upon on which a review is sought, must be served upon a member of the commission on the executive director or upon on a person as the commission may designate designated by the department within the time specified by this section. Service is deemed considered complete service on all parties, but there must be left with the person served as many copies of the petition as there are defendants, and the commission department promptly shall mail one copy to each defendant. With its answer the commission shall department must certify and file with the court all documents and papers and a transcript of all testimony taken in the matter and its findings of fact and decision. The commission department also may certify to the court questions of law involved in any a decision by the commission department. In a judicial proceeding under this chapter, the findings of the commission as to the department regarding facts, if supported by evidence and in the absence of fraud, must be conclusive and the jurisdiction of the administrative law court must be confined to questions of law. These actions, and the questions so certified, must be heard in a summary manner and must be given precedence over all other civil cases except cases arising under the Workers' Compensation laws of this State. An appeal may be taken from the decision of the administrative law court of common pleas in the manner provided by pursuant to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules and Section 1-23-610. It is not necessary in a judicial proceeding under this article to enter exceptions to the rulings of the commission department, and no bond is required for entering the appeal. Upon the final determination of the judicial proceeding, the commission shall department must enter an order in accordance with the determination. In no event shall A petition for judicial review must not act as a supersedeas or stay unless the commission department orders a supersedeas or stay."
SECTION   98.   Chapter 35, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-35-760.     (A)   The department must promulgate all regulations described in this chapter and regulations governing procedures at all proceedings, hearings, and appeals before the department or any member or employee of the department, including claims for benefit determinations, and all appeals of determinations regarding those claims, and publish all regulations on an electronic website.

(B)   Regulations governing procedures at hearings and appeals before the department shall include, at a minimum:

(1)   procedures for seeking a hearing, review, or appeal;

(2)   procedures for notifying parties;

(3)   evidentiary rules;

(4)   procedures for making findings of fact and conclusions of law;

(5)   procedures for making and maintaining an appropriate record of interviews and proceedings before the department; and

(6)   procedures for seeking review or appeal of the department's decision.

(C)   All regulations must be promulgated in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 23 of Title 1 of the South Carolina Code of Laws."
SECTION   99.   Section 41-37-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-37-20.   (1)(A)   An employing unit not otherwise subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title, which files with the Commission department its written election to become an employer subject to such these chapters for not less than two calendar years, shall, with the written approval of such the election by the Commission, department, must become an employer subject to the same extent as all other employers as of the date stated in such the approval and shall must cease to be subject to such these chapters as of January first of any a calendar year subsequent to such the two calendar years if by the thirtieth day of April of such that year it has filed with the Commission department a written notice to that effect.

(2)(B)   Any An employing unit, for which services that do not constitute employment as defined in Chapters 27 through 41 of this title are performed, may file with the Commission department a written election that all such services performed by individuals an individual in its employment in one or more distinct establishments or places of business shall be deemed must be considered to constitute employment by an employer for all the purposes of such those chapters for not less than two calendar years. Upon On the written approval of such this election by the Commission such department, these services shall be deemed must be considered to constitute employment subject to such those chapters from and after the date stated in such the approval. Such These services shall cease to be deemed considered employment subject to such these chapters as of January first of any a calendar year subsequent to such those two calendar years if by the thirtieth day of April of such that year such the employing unit has filed files with the Commission department a written notice to that effect."
SECTION   100.   Section 41-37-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-37-30.   Except as otherwise provided in Section 41-37-20:

(1)(A)   As of January 1, 1972, an employing unit shall must cease to be an employer subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title only if it files with the Commission department by the thirtieth day of April of that year an application for termination of coverage and the Commission department finds that there were no twenty different weeks within the preceding calendar year within which such the employing unit had four or more individuals in employment subject to such these chapters.

(2)(B)   As of January 1, 1973, an employing unit shall cease to be an employer subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title only if it files with the Commission department by the thirtieth day of April of any a calendar year an application for termination of coverage and the Commission department finds that there were no twenty different weeks within the preceding calendar year within which such the employing unit had at least one individual in employment subject to such these chapters and that there was no calendar quarter within the preceding calendar year in which such the employing unit paid fifteen hundred dollars or more in wages for service in employment; provided, however, except that no employing unit for which service is performed in employment as defined in Section 41-27-230 (3) shall may cease to be an employer subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title unless it files with the Commission department by the thirtieth day of April of any calendar year an application for termination of coverage and the Commission department finds that there were no not twenty different weeks within the preceding calendar year within each of which such the employing unit had four or more persons in employment.

(3)(C)   As of January 1, 1979, any an employing unit, as defined in Section 41-27-230(5), shall must cease to be an employer subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title only if it files with the Commission department by the thirtieth day of April of any a calendar year an application for termination of coverage and the Commission department finds that there were no not twenty different weeks within the preceding calendar year within which such the employing unit had at least ten individuals in employment subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title and that there was no calendar quarter within the preceding calendar year in which such the employing unit paid twenty thousand dollars or more in wages for service in employment.

(4)(D)   As of January 1, 1979, any an employing unit, as defined in Section 41-27-230(6), shall must cease to be an employer subject to Chapters 27 through 41 of this title only if it files with the Commission department by the thirtieth day of April of any a calendar year an application for termination of coverage and the Commission department finds that there was no calendar quarter within the preceding calendar year in which such the employing unit paid one thousand dollars or more in wages for service in employment.

(5)(E)   Any An employer who shall have has rendered no employment and paid no wages in the State for a continuous period of one calendar year may submit an application for termination of coverage upon the resumption of employment in the State. Provided, further, that However, when a successor employer acquired substantially all of the business of a predecessor employer and the experience rating reserve of the predecessor is transferred to the successor, the liability of the predecessor may be terminated at the end of the calendar year during which such this succession occurred, provided that the predecessor did not within such the calendar year subsequent to the date of succession render employment or pay wages sufficient to remain an employer as defined in Section 41-27-210.

(6)(F)   The provisions of this section shall must not be applicable to any an employing unit for services a service performed in employment as defined by Section 41-27-230(2).

For the purpose of this section, the two or more employing units mentioned in items (3) and (4) of Section 41-27-210 shall must be treated as a single employing unit."
SECTION   101.   Section 41-39-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-39-30.   No An individual claiming benefits shall may not be charged fees of any kind a fee in any a proceeding under Chapters 27 through 41 of this title by the Commission department or its representatives or by any a court or any an officer (except an attorney), thereof of it. Any An individual claiming benefits a benefit in any a proceeding before the Commission department or a court may must be represented by an attorney or other duly authorized agent, but no such an attorney or agent shall either must not charge or receive for such services this service more than an amount approved by the Commission department. Any A person who violates any a provision of this section shall, for each such offense, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both."
SECTION   102.   Section 41-39-40 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 306 of 1996, is amended to read:

"Section 41-39-40.   (A)   As of January 1, 1997, an individual filing an initial claim for unemployment compensation must be advised at the time of the filing of the claim that:

(1)   unemployment compensation is subject to federal and state income taxation;

(2)   requirements exist pertaining to estimated tax payments;

(3)   the individual may elect to have federal income tax deducted and withheld from the individual's payment of unemployment compensation at the rate specified in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(4)   the individual may elect to have South Carolina state income tax deducted and withheld from the individual's payment of unemployment compensation at the rate of seven percent;

(5)   the individual is permitted to change a previously elected withholding of income tax at least once.

(B)   Amounts deducted and withheld from unemployment compensation shall must remain in the Unemployment Trust Fund until transferred to the federal or state taxing authority as a payment of income tax. The date of transfer to the South Carolina Department of Revenue must be the same date as the transfer to the Internal Revenue Service.

(C)   The commission department shall follow all procedures specified by the United States Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to the deducting and withholding of income tax.

(D)   Amounts must be deducted and withheld under this section only after amounts are deducted and withheld for any overpayments of unemployment compensation, child support obligations, or any other amount required to be deducted and withheld under this title."
SECTION   103.   Section 41-41-20 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 202 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-41-20.   (A)   A claimant found by the commission department knowingly to have made a false statement or who knowingly failed to disclose a material fact when filing a compensable claim to establish his right to or increase the amount of his benefits is ineligible to receive benefits for any week for which the claim was filed and is ineligible to receive further benefits for not less than ten and not more than fifty-two consecutive weeks as determined by the commission department according to the circumstances of the case, these weeks to commence with the date of the determination.

(B)If the commission department finds that a fraudulent misrepresentation has been made by a claimant with the object of obtaining benefits under this chapter to which he was not entitled, in addition to any other penalty or prosecution provided under this chapter, the commission department may make a determination that there must be deducted from benefits to which the claimant might become entitled during this present benefit year or the next subsequent benefit year, or both, an amount not less than two times his weekly benefit amount and not more than his maximum benefit amount payable in a benefit year, as determined under Chapter 35. This deduction takes effect on the date of the determination. An appeal from this determination must be made in the manner prescribed in Chapter 35, Article 5."
SECTION   104.   Section 41-41-40 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 202 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 41-41-40.(A)(1)   A person who has received a sum as benefits under Chapters 27 through 41 while conditions for the receipt of benefits imposed by these chapters were not fulfilled or while he was disqualified from receiving benefits is liable to repay the commission department for the unemployment compensation fund a sum equal to the amount received by him.

(2)   If full repayment of benefits, to which an individual was determined not entitled, has not been made the sum must be deducted from future benefits payable to him under Chapters 27 through 41, and the sum must be collectible in the manner provided in Sections 41-31-380 to 41-31-400 for the collection of past due contributions.

(3)   The commission department may attempt collection of overpayments through the South Carolina Department of Revenue in accordance with Section 12-56-10, et seq. If the overpayment is collectible in accordance with Section 12-56-60, the commission department shall add to the amount of the overpayment a collection fee of not more than twenty-five dollars for each collection attempt to defray administrative costs.

(4)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no action to enforce recovery or recoupment of any overpayment may begin after five years from the date of the final determination.

(B)(1)   A person who is overpaid any amounts as benefits under Chapters 27 through 41 is liable to repay those amounts, except as otherwise provided by this subsection.

(2)   Upon written request by the person submitted to the commission department within the statutory appeal period from the issuance of the determination of overpayment, the commission department may waive repayment if the commission department finds that the:

(a)   overpayment was not due to fraud, misrepresentation, or wilful nondisclosure on the part of the person;

(b)   overpayment was received without fault on the part of the person; and

(c)   recovery of the overpayment from the person would be contrary to equity and good conscience.

(3)   Decisions denying waiver requests are subject to the appeal provisions of Chapter 35.

(C)   A person who has received a sum as benefits under the comparable unemployment law of any other state while conditions imposed by that law were not fulfilled or while he was disqualified from receiving benefits by that law is liable to repay the commission department for the corresponding unemployment compensation fund of the other state a sum equal to the amount received by him if the other state has entered into an Interstate Reciprocal Overpayment Recovery Agreement with the State and has furnished the commission department with verification of the overpayment as required by the agreement. Recovery of overpayments under this subsection are not subject to the provisions of subsections (A)(3) and (B)."
SECTION   105.   Section 41-41-50 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-41-50.   Any An employing unit or person who shall wilfully violate any violates a provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this title or any an order, rule, or regulation thereunder under this title, the violation of which is made unlawful or the observance of which is required under the terms of such these chapters, shall be is liable to a penalty of one thousand dollars, to be recovered by the Commission department in an appropriate civil action in any a court of competent jurisdiction, and shall also be is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not less than twenty nor dollars but not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for not longer than thirty days, and each day such the violation continues shall be deemed to be is considered a separate offense."
SECTION   106.   Section 41-42-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-42-10.   The South Carolina Employment Security Commission shall department must create a division to be known as the 'South Carolina State Employment Service' which shall that must establish and maintain free public employment offices in such a number and in such places as may be necessary for the proper administration of Chapters 27 through 42 of this title and for the purpose of performing such duties as are within the purview of the act of Congress, entitled 'An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Employment System and for Cooperation With the States in the Promotion of Such System, and for Other Purposes', approved June 6, 1933 (48 Stat. 113, U. S. Code, Title 29, Section 49(c) as amended). All duties and powers formerly conferred upon any other on another department, agency or officer of this State relating to the establishment, maintenance, and operation of free public employment offices shall be are vested in such this division."
SECTION   107.   Section 41-42-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-42-20.   The division shall must be administered by a full-time salaried director, who shall cooperate with any an official or agency of the United States having powers or duties under provisions of such act of Congress and shall do and perform all things necessary to secure to this State the benefits of that act of Congress in the promotion and maintenance of a system of public employment offices. The Commission executive director shall appoint the director and other officers and employees of the State Employment Service. Such appointments shall be made in accordance with regulations issued under Section 41-29-90."
SECTION   108.   Section 41-42-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-42-30.   The provisions of the act of Congress mentioned in Section 41-42-10 are hereby accepted by this State, in conformity with Section 4 of that act and this State will observe and comply with the requirements thereof of the act. The South Carolina Employment Security Commission department is hereby designated and constituted the agency of this State for the purposes of that act."
SECTION   109.   Section 41-42-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-42-40.   For the purpose of establishing and maintaining free public employment offices the division may enter into agreement with any a political subdivision of this State or with any a private nonprofit organization and as a part of any such agreement the Commission department may accept moneys money, services, or quarters as a contribution to the unemployment compensation administration fund."
SECTION   110.   In making appointments and hiring decisions for positions pursuant to this act, the governing authority or individual tasked with making such appointment or hiring decision must consider race, gender, and other demographic factors to assure nondiscrimination, inclusion, and representation to the greatest extent possible of all segments of the population of this State; however, consideration of these factors in no way creates a cause of action or basis for an employee grievance for a person appointed or for a person who fails to be appointed.
SECTION   111.   The Legislative Audit Council shall contract for three independent management audits of the department's finance and operations. This first audit must be completed by July 1, 2011, the second audit must be completed by July 1, 2013, and the third audit must be completed by July 1, 2018. The Legislative Audit Council may contract for follow-up audits or conduct follow-up audits as needed based upon the audit's initial findings.

At minimum, the audits required pursuant to this SECTION must:

(1)   provide a detailed accounting of the revenues and expenditures from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund since 2000;

(2)   determine the adequacy of the process for notifying state officials of the financial status of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund;

(3)   assess alternatives for maintaining the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund;

(4)   examine the unemployment eligibility benefit process for efficiency and compliance with law and agency policy; and

(5)   evaluate the effectiveness of the Department of Workforce's programs for assisting claimants in returning to work.

The costs of these audits, including related administrative and management expenses of the Legislative Audit Council, are an operating expense of the department. The department shall pay directly to the Legislative Audit Council the cost of the audits.
SECTION   112.   (A)   There is created the Workforce Initiative/Economic Development Research Committee. This committee shall review, examine, and make recommendations regarding steps that should be taken to improve the economy of this State, the employment of South Carolinians, and to restore a substantially greater sense of financial security to the citizens of this State. The review must include an inventory of workforce training and recruitment programs and their adequacy towards meeting the needs of South Carolina's businesses. In addition, the review and recommendations must place emphasis on the goal of matching unemployed citizens with jobs.

(B)   The twenty-five member committee is composed of:

(1)   one member appointed by the Governor;

(2)   one member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;

(3)   one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(4)   the Secretary of Commerce, or his designee;

(5)   the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, or his designee;

(6)   a county economic development director from each Congressional district chosen by the economic development person or his designee from the office of the member of Congress representing each district;

(7)   the Dean of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, the Dean of the Francis Marion University School of Business, the Dean of the South Carolina State University School of Business, the Dean of the College of Charleston School of Business and Economics, the Dean of the Clemson University College of Business, and the Dean of the Winthrop University College of Business Administration;

(8)   the Chairman of the Board of Economic Advisors;

(9)   the Secretary of Agriculture, or his designee;

(10)   the Executive Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce;

(11)   the Chairman of the State Ports Authority, or his designee;

(12)   the Director of the Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance;

(13)   the President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, or his designee;

(14)   the President of the South Carolina Manufacturers' Alliance, or his designee; and

(15)   the Executive Director of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, or his designee.

(C)   The Governor shall serve as the chairperson of the committee.

(D)   A vacancy occurring on the committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(E)   The staffing for the committee must be provided by the appropriate committees of the Senate and House of Representatives that oversee legislation affecting economic development and finance in this State and the staff of the Workforce Investment Program.

(F)   The committee shall submit its report to the General Assembly and Governor before January 1, 2011, at which time the Workforce Initiative/Economic Development Research Committee is abolished.
SECTION   113.   The Code Commissioner is directed to change all references to the "Department of Workforce" to the "Department of Employment and Workforce."
SECTION   114.   Chapter 35, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-35-615.   All notices given to an employer concerning a request for determination of insured status, a request for initiation of a claim series in a benefit year, a notice of unemployment, a certification for waiting-week credit, a claim for benefits, and any reconsideration of a determination must be made by United States mail or electronic mail. The employer may designate with the department its preferred method of notice. If an employer does not make a designation, then notices must be made by United States mail. The employer may not be required to respond to the notice until twelve business days after the postmark on notices sent via United States Mail or ten business days after the date a notice is sent via electronic mail."
SECTION   115.   Section 41-27-590 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-27-590.   (A)   All criminal actions for violation of any provision of Chapters 27 through 41 of this Title title or of any rules or regulations issued pursuant thereto shall be prosecuted by the Attorney General of the State or at his request and under his direction by the solicitor of any circuit or any prosecuting attorney in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the employer has a place of business or the violator resides.

(B)   The department must refer all cases of significant claimant and/or employer fraud to the Attorney General to determine whether to prosecute the offender."
SECTION   116.   Chapter 13, Title 38 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Article 7
Examinations, Investigations, and Reports of the Department of
Workforce

Section 38-13-700.     (A)   At least every five years, or upon request pursuant to Section 38-13-710, the director must conduct an examination of the unemployment compensation fund administered by the Department of Workforce. Examinations scheduled by the director must include at least a detailed accounting of the revenue and expenditures of the fund and an analysis of the current and future solvency of the fund.

(B)   In scheduling and determining the nature, scope, and frequency of examinations, the director shall consider compliance with relevant federal and South Carolina laws and regulations, the results of previous examinations, changes in management, and reports of the audits performed by the Legislative Audit Council.

(C)   For purposes of completing an examination of an insurer under this article, the director may examine or investigate the Department of Workforce in a manner considered necessary or material by the director.

Section 38-13-710.     (A)   An examination of the unemployment compensation fund may be initiated upon the request of either:

(1)   the chairman of the Senate Labor Commerce and Industry Committee or the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the President Pro Tempore; or

(2)   the chairman of the House of Representatives Labor Commerce and Industry Committee or the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(B)   The request must describe the issues upon which the requestor would like for the examination to focus.

(C)   The director must consult with the requestors to determine the appropriate scope of the examination.

Section 38-13-720.     (A)   The Department of Workforce must provide timely, convenient, and free access to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents, and computer or other recordings relating to the subject of the examination. If the director considers it necessary to the conduct of the examination, he may require that the Department of Workforce furnish the original books and records. The executive director of the Department of Workforce shall facilitate the examination and aid in the examination.

(B)   The director may issue subpoenas, administer oaths, and examine under oath a person as to matters pertinent to the examination. Upon the failure or refusal of a person to obey a subpoena, the director may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and upon proper showing the court may enter an order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order is punishable as contempt of court.

(C)   When making an examination pursuant to this article, the director may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants, or other professionals and specialists as examiners. The cost of the retainment must be borne by the Department of Workforce. Examination fees must be retained by the department and are considered 'other funds'.

Section 38-13-730.     In addition to any other recognized and appropriate examination methodologies, when conducting an examination the department must utilize sample data testing to verify the accuracy of information provided by the Department of Workforce.

Section 38-13-740.     The results of each examination must be compiled in a report. Examination reports must be comprised of only facts appearing on the books, records, or other documents maintained by the Department of Workforce and as ascertained from the testimony of the executive director and any other employees examined concerning the subject of the examination, and the conclusions and recommendations of the director that he finds warranted from the facts. The reports must be submitted to the General Assembly, the Review Committee, and the Governor, and made available on the Internet web sites maintained by the Department of Insurance and the Department of Workforce.

Section 38-13-750.     The director may not assign an examiner that has a conflict of interest.

Section 38-13-760.     The Department of Workforce shall pay the charges incurred in the examination, including the expenses of the director and the expenses and compensation of his examiners and assistants.

Section 38-13-770.     The director may require the Department of Workforce to answer any inquiry in relation to the administration of the unemployment compensation fund. The executive director of the Department of Workforce must promptly reply in writing."
SECTION   117.   Chapter 27, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 7
South Carolina Department of Workforce Review Committee

Section 41-27-700.   There is created the Department of Workforce Review Committee which must exercise the powers and fulfill the duties described in this article.

Section 41-27-710.   (A)   The committee must be composed of nine members, three of whom must be members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker at least one of whom must be a member of the minority party; three of whom must be members of the Senate appointed by the President pro Tempore at least one of whom must be a member of the minority party; and three of whom shall be appointed by the governor from the general public at large, of which one must represent businesses with fewer than fifty employees and one of whom must represent businesses with fewer than five hundred employees. A member of the general public appointed by the governor may not be a member of the General Assembly.

(B)   The committee must meet as soon as practicable after appointment and organize itself by electing one of its members as chairman and other officers as the committee considers necessary. Afterward, the committee at least annually shall meet and at the call of the chairman or a majority of the members. A quorum consists of five members.

(C)   Unless the committee finds a person qualified to serve as the executive director of the Department of Workforce, the person may not be appointed.

(D)   A member of the committee that misses three consecutive scheduled meetings at which a quorum is present must be removed from and replaced on the committee by the person that appointed that member.

(E)   The committee must discharge its duties related to screening and nominating qualified individuals for appointment by the Governor in the manner provided in Chapter 20, Title 2.

Section 41-27-720.   The committee shall:

(1)   nominate three qualified applicants for the Governor to consider in appointing the executive director. In order to be found qualified, the person must meet the minimum requirements as provided in Section 41-29-35. The committee must consider a person's experience and expertise in matters related to unemployment, workforce development, and economic development. A person may not be appointed to serve as the permanent executive director unless he is found qualified by the committee. If the Governor rejects all of the nominees, the committee must reopen the nominating process;

(2)   screen Department of Workforce Appellate Panel candidates for qualifications. In order to be found qualified, the person must meet the minimum requirements as provided in Section 41-29-300(E). The committee must consider a person's experience and expertise in matters related to unemployment, workforce development, and economic development. A person may not be elected to serve on the Department of Workforce Appellate Panel unless he is found qualified by the committee.

(3)   conduct an annual performance review of the executive director, which must be submitted to the General Assembly and the Governor. A draft of the executive director's performance review must be submitted to him, and the executive director must be allowed an opportunity to be heard before the committee before the final draft of the performance review is submitted to the General Assembly and the Governor;

(4)   submit to the General Assembly and the Governor, on an annual basis, the committee's evaluation of the performance of the Department of Workforce. A proposed draft of the evaluation must be submitted to the Executive Director of the Department of Workforce before submission to the General Assembly and the Governor, and the Executive Director of the Department of Workforce must be given an opportunity to be heard before the committee before the completion of the evaluation and its submission to the General Assembly and the Governor;

(5)   assist in developing an annual workshop of at least six contact hours concerning ethics and the Administrative Procedures Act for the executive director and employees of the Department of Workforce as the committee considers appropriate;

(6)   make reports and recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor on matters relating to the powers and duties set forth in this section;

(7)   submit a letter to the General Assembly with the annual budget proposals of the Department of Workforce, indicating the committee has reviewed the proposals; and

(8)   undertake additional studies or evaluations as the committee considers necessary.

Section 41-27-725.   (A)   The committee in the discharge of its duties may administer oaths and affirmations, take depositions, and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records considered necessary in connection committee's investigation.

(B)   No person shall be excused from attending and testifying or from producing books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, or other records before the committee on the ground that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to a penalty or forfeiture. However, no individual shall be prosecuted or subjected to any criminal penalty based upon testimony or evidence submitted or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after having claimed his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, except that the individual so testifying shall not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury and false swearing committed in so testifying.

(C)   In case of contumacy by any person or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person, any circuit court of this State or circuit judge thereof within the jurisdiction of which the person guilty of contumacy or refusal to obey is found, resides, or transacts business, upon application by the committee may issue to the person an order requiring him to appear before the committee to produce evidence if so ordered or to give testimony touching the matter under investigation. Any failure to obey an order of the court may be punished as a contempt hereof. Subpoenas shall be issued in the name of the committee and shall be signed by the committee chairman. Subpoenas shall be issued to those persons as the committee may designate.

Section 41-27-730.   (A)   The committee members are entitled to mileage, subsistence, and per diem as authorized by law for members of boards, committees, and commissions while in the performance of the duties for which they are appointed. These expenses must be paid from the general fund of the State on warrants duly signed by the chairman of the committee and payable by the authorities from which they are appointed, except as provided in subsection (B) of this section.

(B)   The committee may request that it be reimbursed for expenses associated with its duties with funds from the employment security administration fund. The expenses of the committee must be advanced by a legislative body and the legislative body incurring this expense must be reimbursed by the State.

Section 41-27-740.   (A)   The committee must use clerical and professional employees of the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee and the House of Representatives Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee for its staff, who must be made available to the committee.

(B)   The committee may employ or retain other professional staff, upon the determination of the necessity for other staff by the committee.

Section 41-27-750.   The committee may conduct a comprehensive study of other states' unemployment and workforce agency structures, responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation. The committee may prepare and deliver this report along with its recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor."
SECTION   118.   Chapter 29, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-29-35.   (A)   The executive director of the Department of Workforce must be appointed pursuant to the procedure set forth in Section 41-27-720.

(B)   The committee must nominate three applicants found qualified to serve as executive director for the Governor's consideration. In making nominations to the Governor, the committee should consider race, gender, national origin, and other demographic factors to ensure nondiscrimination to the greatest extent possible as to all segments of the population of the State. The committee must also give due consideration to a person's ability, area of expertise, dedication, compassion, common sense, and integrity. If fewer than three applicants are found qualified to serve as executive director, the committee must resolicit for applicants and continue the screening process until three applicants are found qualified and nominated.

(1)   A person may not be appointed to serve as permanent executive director unless the committee finds the person qualified.

(2)   The Governor must transmit the name of his appointee to the Senate for advice and consent.

(3)   If the Governor rejects all of the nominees, the committee must reopen the nominating process.

(C)   For the committee to find a person qualified, he must have:

(1)   a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from:

(a)   a recognized institution of higher learning requiring face to face contact between its students and instructors prior to completion of the academic program;

(b)   an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting body; or

(c)   an institution of higher learning chartered before 1962; and

(2)   a background of substantial duration and expertise in business, labor and employment, employment benefits, human resource management, or five years experience as a practicing attorney.

(D)   The committee may find a person qualified although he does not have a background of substantial duration and expertise in one of the five enumerated areas contained in subsection (C)(2) of this section if two-thirds of the committee vote to qualify this candidate and provide written justification of their decision in the report as to the qualifications of the candidates.
SECTION   119.   Chapter 29, Title 41 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 41-29-25.   (A)   The executive director shall discharge his duties:

(1)   in good faith;

(2)   with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances; and

(3)   in a manner he reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the department. As used in this chapter, best interests means a balancing of the following:

(a)   achieving the purposes of the department;

(b)   preservation of the financial integrity of the department and its ongoing operations; and

(c)   exercise of the powers of the department in accordance with good business practices and the requirements of applicable laws, and regulations.

(B)   In discharging his duties, the executive director is entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports, or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, if prepared or presented by:

(1)   one or more officers or employees of the State whom the executive director reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented; or

(2)   legal counsel, public accountants, or other persons as to matters the executive director reasonably believes are within the person's professional or expert competence;

(C)   The executive director is not acting in good faith if he has knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes reliance otherwise permitted by subsection (B) unwarranted.

(D)   Nothing in this section gives rise to a cause of action against the executive director or any decision made by the executive director concerning departmental operations or development."
SECTION   120.   The Code Commissioner is directed to change all references in the to the 1976 Code to the "Employment Security Commission" to the "Department of Employment and Workforce" and all references to the "Chairman of the Employment Security Commission" or "chairman" that refer to the Chairman of the Employment Security Commission to "Executive Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce" or "executive director", as appropriate.
SECTION   121.   Sections 41-29-30, 41-29-60, 41-29-90, 41-29-100, 41-29-130, and 41-29-260 are repealed.
SECTION   122.   If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.
SECTION   123.   (A)   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

(B)   The provisions of this act requiring the name of the Employment Security Commission to be changed do not take effect until funding becomes available through appropriations by the General Assembly or until sufficient federal funds are available.

(C)   Where the provisions of this act transfers the duties and responsibilities of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission (transferring agency) to the Department of Workforce (receiving agency), the employees, authorized appropriations, and real and personal property of the transferring agency are also transferred to and become part of the receiving agency. All classified or unclassified personnel of the transferring agency shall become employees of the receiving agency, with the same compensation, classification, and grade level, as applicable. Where necessary and appropriate, the Budget and Control Board shall cause all necessary actions to be taken to accomplish this transfer and shall in consultation with the agency head of the transferring and receiving agencies prescribe the manner in which the transfer provided for in this section shall be accomplished. The board's action in facilitating the provisions of this section are ministerial in nature and shall not be construed as an approval process over any of the transfers.

(D)   Employees or personnel of the transferring agency transferred to or made a part of the receiving agency shall continue to occupy the same office locations and facilities which they now occupy unless or until otherwise changed by appropriate action and authorization. The rent and physical plant operating costs of these offices and facilities, if any, shall continue to be paid by the transferring agency until otherwise provided by the General Assembly. The records and files of the transferring agency shall remain the property of the transferring agency, except that the transferred personnel shall have complete access to these records and files in the performance of their duties as new employees of the receiving agency.

(E)   All remaining costs necessary for the implementation and operation of the Department of Workforce shall be provided for by the General Assembly in the annual appropriations act, however, for fiscal year 2009-2010, the funds appropriated to the South Carolina Employment Security Commission shall be credited to the Department of Workforce for the implementation of this act and for the operation needs of the department. /
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Rep. BINGHAM explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. SANDIFER proposed the following Amendment No. 2A (COUNCIL\AGM\19928AB10), which was adopted:
Amend the Amendment bearing document no. AGM/19924AB10, SECTION 5, by deleting the SECTION in its entirety and inserting:
/ SECTION   5.   Section 41-29-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 41-29-20.   (A)   The Commission shall elect one of its members as chairman. Any two commissioners shall constitute a quorum and no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all of the powers of the Commission through action of a quorum. There is hereby created the South Carolina Department of Workforce which must be managed and operated by an executive director nominated by the State Department of Workforce Review Committee and appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate. The term of the executive director is conterminous with that of the Governor and until a successor is appointed pursuant to this act. The executive director is subject to removal by the Governor as provided in Section 1-3-240(B). The executive director shall receive compensation as established under the provisions of Section 8-11-160 and for which funds have been authorized in the general appropriations act. For the purposes of this chapter, 'department' means the South Carolina Department of Workforce.

(B)   Notwithstanding another provision of law and according to the procedure in this subsection, the Governor must appoint a person meeting the experience and educational requirements for executive director provided in this act to serve as interim executive director before April 15, 2010. this interim executive director shall serve until a successor is appointed pursuant to this act but may not serve as interim director after March 31, 2011. The interim executive director must be appointed upon the advice and consent of the Senate. The interim executive director may only be submitted to the Senate for advice and consent upon the advice and consent of the Review Committee. The interim executive director may only be appointed if both the Review Committee and the Senate consent." /
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Rep. SANDIFER explained the amendment.
Rep. BINGHAM spoke in favor of the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

The Senate Amendments, as amended, were then agreed to and the Bill was ordered returned to the Senate.

STATEMENT FOR THE JOURNAL

Due to a potential conflict of interest, I did not vote on any amendments to H. 3442.

Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk

RECURRENCE TO THE MORNING HOUR

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

H. 3305--SENATE AMENDMENTS CONCURRED IN AND BILL ENROLLED

The Senate Amendments to the following Joint Resolution were taken up for consideration:

H. 3305 (Word version) -- Reps. Bedingfield, Merrill, Bingham, Duncan, Loftis, G. R. Smith, Cato, Owens, Crawford, A. D. Young, Nanney, Bannister, Daning, Harrison, Horne, Kirsh, Lowe, Lucas, E. H. Pitts, Stringer, Thompson, Toole, Wylie, T. R. Young, Long, Rice, Parker, Allison, Littlejohn, Cole, Hiott, Edge, Whitmire, Hearn, Hardwick, D. C. Smith, Pinson, J. R. Smith, Simrill, Brantley, Willis, Hamilton, Erickson, Sottile, Scott, Harrell, Delleney, Gullick, Frye, Clemmons, G. M. Smith, Battle, Sandifer, Millwood, Haley, Ballentine, M. A. Pitts, Cooper, White, Gambrell, Bowen, Umphlett, Forrester, Barfield, Chalk, Herbkersman, Viers, Spires, Huggins, Limehouse, Stewart, Kelly, Brady and D. C. Moss: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE, BY ADDING SECTION 12 SO AS TO GUARANTEE THE RIGHT OF AN INDIVIDUAL TO VOTE BY SECRET BALLOT FOR A DESIGNATION, A SELECTION, OR AN AUTHORIZATION FOR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION BY A LABOR ORGANIZATION.

Rep. DELLENEY explained the Senate Amendments.

The yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 106; Nays 12

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Agnew                  Alexander              Allen
Allison                Anderson               Anthony
Bales                  Ballentine             Bannister
Barfield               Battle                 Bedingfield
Bingham                Bowen                  Bowers
Brady                  Branham                Brantley
G. A. Brown            H. B. Brown            R. L. Brown
Cato                   Chalk                  Clemmons
Clyburn                Cole                   Cooper
Crawford               Daning                 Delleney
Dillard                Duncan                 Edge
Erickson               Forrester              Frye
Funderburk             Gambrell               Govan
Haley                  Hamilton               Hardwick
Harrell                Harrison               Hayes
Hearn                  Herbkersman            Hiott
Horne                  Howard                 Huggins
Hutto                  Jennings               Kelly
Kirsh                  Knight                 Limehouse
Littlejohn             Loftis                 Long
Lowe                   Lucas                  Mack
McEachern              McLeod                 Merrill
Miller                 Millwood               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Nanney                 J. M. Neal
Neilson                Norman                 Ott
Owens                  Parker                 Parks
Pinson                 M. A. Pitts            Sandifer
Scott                  Simrill                Skelton
D. C. Smith            G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith
J. E. Smith            J. R. Smith            Sottile
Spires                 Stavrinakis            Stewart
Stringer               Thompson               Toole
Umphlett               Vick                   Viers
Weeks                  White                  Whitmire
Willis                 Wylie                  A. D. Young
T. R. Young

Total--106

Those who voted in the negative are:

Cobb-Hunter            Gilliard               Gunn
Hart                   Harvin                 Hodges
Jefferson              Kennedy                King
Mitchell               J. H. Neal             Williams

Total--12

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

H. 3395--COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE APPOINTED

The following was received from the Senate:

Columbia, S.C., March 10, 2010
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House:
The Senate respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it nonconcurs in the amendments proposed by the House to H. 3395:

H. 3395 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Thompson, Cooper, Erickson, Bingham, A. D. Young, Edge, Bedingfield, J. R. Smith, G. R. Smith, D. C. Smith, Bannister, Brady, Cato, Chalk, Forrester, Gambrell, Hamilton, Hiott, Horne, Long, Nanney, Parker, E. H. Pitts, Rice, Scott, Sottile, Stewart, Viers, White, Willis, Toole, Neilson, Bales, T. R. Young and Wylie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 11-11-310, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO REFLECT ANY CHANGE IN THE AMOUNT REQUIRED TO BE HELD IN THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND PURSUANT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE AND THE RATE OF REPLENISHMENT OF THAT AMOUNT.

Very respectfully,
President

On motion of Rep. COOPER, the House insisted upon its amendments.

Whereupon, the Chair appointed Reps. COOPER, BINGHAM and BATTLE to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House and a message was ordered sent to the Senate accordingly.

H. 3396--COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE APPOINTED

The following was received from the Senate:

Columbia, S.C., March 10, 2010
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House:
The Senate respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it nonconcurs in the amendments proposed by the House to H. 3396:

H. 3396 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Thompson, Scott, Cooper, Erickson, Bingham, A. D. Young, Edge, J. R. Smith, G. R. Smith, Bedingfield, Whitmire, Hiott, D. C. Smith, Bannister, Brady, Cato, Chalk, Forrester, Gambrell, Hamilton, Horne, Long, Nanney, Parker, E. H. Pitts, Rice, Sottile, Stewart, Viers, White, Willis, Toole, Neilson, Bales, T. R. Young and Wylie: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 36, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND AND THE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND, SO AS TO INCREASE FROM THREE TO FIVE PERCENT THE AMOUNT OF STATE GENERAL FUND REVENUE IN THE LATEST COMPLETED FISCAL YEAR REQUIRED TO BE HELD IN THE GENERAL RESERVE FUND.

Very respectfully,
President

On motion of Rep. COOPER, the House insisted upon its amendments.

Whereupon, the Chair appointed Reps. COOPER, BINGHAM and BATTLE to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House and a message was ordered sent to the Senate accordingly.

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

RETURNED WITH CONCURRENCE

The Senate returned to the House with concurrence the following:

H. 4699 (Word version) -- Reps. Haley, Ballentine, Bingham, Brantley, Chalk, Erickson, Frye, Herbkersman, Hodges, Huggins, McLeod, Ott, E. H. Pitts, Spires and Toole: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR JIM MANSHIP OF BEAUFORT COUNTY FOR UNCOMMON VALOR IN THE HEROIC RESCUE OF TWO WOMEN TRAPPED IN A SINKING CAR.

H. 4713 (Word version) -- Reps. Forrester, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, G. A. Brown, H. B. Brown, R. L. Brown, Cato, Chalk, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Daning, Delleney, Dillard, Duncan, Edge, Erickson, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Gilliard, Govan, Gunn, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Hayes, Hearn, Herbkersman, Hiott, Hodges, Horne, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Hutto, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, King, Kirsh, Knight, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, McEachern, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Millwood, Mitchell, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Nanney, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Norman, Ott, Owens, Parker, Parks, Pinson, E. H. Pitts, M. A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scott, Sellers, Simrill, Skelton, D. C. Smith, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Stringer, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Willis, Wylie, A. D. Young and T. R. Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR AUSTIN SPARKS BOBO OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY, AND TO COMMEND HIM FOR A LIFETIME OF DEVOTED AND COMPASSIONATE SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY.

H. 4714 (Word version) -- Reps. King, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, G. A. Brown, H. B. Brown, R. L. Brown, Cato, Chalk, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Daning, Delleney, Dillard, Duncan, Edge, Erickson, Forrester, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Gilliard, Govan, Gunn, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Hayes, Hearn, Herbkersman, Hiott, Hodges, Horne, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Hutto, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirsh, Knight, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, McEachern, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Millwood, Mitchell, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Nanney, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Norman, Ott, Owens, Parker, Parks, Pinson, E. H. Pitts, M. A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scott, Sellers, Simrill, Skelton, D. C. Smith, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Stringer, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Willis, Wylie, A. D. Young and T. R. Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPON THE PASSING OF OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, THE HONORABLE JUANITA CANARY WILLMON GOGGINS AND TO EXTEND THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HER FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.

ADJOURNMENT

At 5:09 p.m. the House, in accordance with the motion of Rep. BOWERS, adjourned in memory of the Honorable Clyde Alfred Eltzroth of Varnville, to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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