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Sponsors: Senator Alexander
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3749
Introduced in the Senate on January 11, 2011
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Novelty Lighter Prohibition Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/1/2010 Senate Prefiled 12/1/2010 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/11/2011 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 44) 1/11/2011 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 44) 1/9/2012 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Knotts (ch), Massey, Coleman
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND TITLE 23 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING CHAPTER 52, THE "NOVELTY LIGHTER PROHIBITION ACT", TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEFINITIONS AND THE PROHIBITION OF THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF NOVELTY LIGHTERS AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 23-52-10. This chapter may be cited as the 'Novelty Lighter Prohibition Act'.
Section 23-52-20. As used in this chapter:
(1) 'Novelty lighter' means a mechanical or electrical device typically used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes that is designed to appear to be a toy, feature a flashing light, or make musical sounds.
(2) 'Novelty lighter' does not include:
(a) a lighter manufactured prior to January 1, 1980;
(b) a lighter incapable of being fueled or lacking a device necessary to produce combustion or a flame; or
(c) any mechanical or electrical device primarily used to ignite fuel for fireplaces or for charcoal or gas grills.
Section 23-52-30. A person may not sell as retail, offer for retail sale, or distribute for retail sale or promotion in this State a novelty lighter.
Section 23-52-40. A person who violates this probation is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both. This section may be enforced by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement or code enforcement officer.
Section 23-52-50. The Office of the State Fire Marshal may investigate any complaints received concerning a violation of this chapter. Upon finding a violation, the Office of the State Fire Marshal may impose a civil penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars and may seize the novelty lighters offered for sale."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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