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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-17-56 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO EMPLOY OR CONTRACT WITH A LOBBYIST AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 17, Title 2 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 2-17-56. It is unlawful for a state agency, authority, or department to directly or indirectly hire or retain an independent contractor as a lobbyist as defined in Section 2-17-10(13). The provisions of this section do not include foundations established by state-sponsored universities or institutions of higher education which do not receive appropriated funds on an annual basis."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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