South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014
Journal of the Senate

                                                  NO. 38

JOURNAL

OF THE

SENATE

OF THE

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

REGULAR SESSION BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 10:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

A quorum being present, the proceedings were opened with a devotion by the Chaplain as follows:

In Proverbs we read:

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)

Bow in prayer with me, if you will:

O Lord, here in this governmental complex it is a given that "words" are very much a leader's stock-in-trade. Over and over we hear individuals speaking: in committee meetings, out along the sidewalks, under the dome, here in the Senate Chamber. We pray, dear God, that these Senators all continue to think carefully and fully about the words they use. May what is said always reflect the heartfelt good intentions of each leader; may each word capture love for our State and for our fellow-citizens; and may all that is said in one way or another bring ultimate glory to You, O God. We offer these words to You in love, dear Lord. Amen.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

Point of Quorum

At 10:08 A.M., Senator PEELER made the point that a quorum was not present. It was ascertained that a quorum was not present.

Call of the Senate

Senator PEELER moved that a Call of the Senate be made. The following Senators answered the Call:

Alexander                 Bennett                   Bright
Campbell                  Campsen                   Cleary
Coleman                   Corbin                    Courson
Cromer                    Davis                     Fair
Grooms                    Hayes                     Hutto
Johnson                   Kimpson                   Leatherman
Lourie                    Malloy                    Martin, Larry
Massey                    McGill                    Nicholson
O'Dell                    Peeler                    Pinckney
Scott                     Setzler                   Turner
Young

A quorum being present, the Senate resumed.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

The following appointment was transmitted by the Honorable Nikki Randhawa Haley:

Local Appointment

Initial Appointment, Spartanburg County Magistrate, with the term to commence April 30, 2011, and to expire April 30, 2015
Edward Gene Addington, Post Office Box 1301, Cowpens, SC 29330 VICE None-Part Time Magistrate

Doctor of the Day

Senator TURNER introduced Dr. Robert R. Morgan of Greenville, S.C., Doctor of the Day. Dr. Morgan is on the Board of Trustees at SC Medical Association and past Chair of MedPac. Joining him as Doctor of the Day is Chris Parsons, 2nd year medical student from USC School of Medicine in Greenville.

Leave of Absence

On motion of Senator GROOMS, at 10:17 A.M., Senator VERDIN was granted a leave of absence for the balance of the day.

Leave of Absence

On motion of Senator MALLOY, at 10:17 A.M., Senator SHANE MARTIN was granted a leave of absence until 2:30 P.M.

Leave of Absence

On motion of Senator COURSON, at 10:17 A.M., Senator BRYANT was granted a leave of absence until 2:00 P.M.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator GREGORY, with unanimous consent, Senators GREGORY, YOUNG, MASSEY, TURNER and COLEMAN were granted leave to attend a subcommittee meeting and were granted leave to vote from the balcony.

ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES

Senator LARRY MARTIN assumed the Chair.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator COURSON, the Senate agreed to recede at 11:45 A.M. for the purpose of attending the Joint Assembly and at the conclusion of the Joint Assembly, the Senate will reconvene at 2:30 P.M.

CO-SPONSORS ADDED

The following co-sponsors were added to the respective Bills:
S. 890 (Word version)     Sen. Rankin
S. 1085 (Word version)   Sen. Bennett

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

The following were introduced:

S. 1186 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION - OFFICE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF VIOLATIONS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4446, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 1187 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING BOARD, RELATING TO FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4438, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 1188 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE CONTRACTORS LICENSING BOARD, RELATING TO REGULATIONS ADMINISTERING FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ACT, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4418, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 1189 (Word version) -- Senators Gregory, Reese, McElveen, Hembree, Hutto, Lourie, Campsen, Cleary, Allen, Shealy, O'Dell, Campbell, Cromer, Hayes, Verdin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ADD CHAPTER 39 TO TITLE 58, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO SET GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THE PROGRAM AND COST RECOVERY; TO ADD CHAPTER 40 TO TITLE 58 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM, INCLUDING COSTS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF PURSUANT TO THIS PROGRAM; TO ADD ARTICLE 23 TO CHAPTER 27, TITLE 58, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEASE OF RENEWABLE ELECTRIC GENERATION FACILITIES PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LEASE PROGRAM, INCLUDING AN APPLICATION PROCESS AND REGISTRATION WITH THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF AND PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LEASE PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF TO REPORT TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ON COSTS AND CHARGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES WITHIN CURRENT COSTS OF SERVICE RATE MAKING METHODOLOGIES; TO REQUIRE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO PROMULGATE STANDARDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY INTERCONNECTION; TO REQUIRE EACH DISTRIBUTION ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE BOARD TO CONSIDER NET ENERGY METERING POLICIES AND MAKE A REPORT TO THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF; TO REQUIRE EACH ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE TO INVESTIGATE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COSTS AND CHARGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES WITHIN CURRENT COST OF SERVICE RATEMAKING METHODOLOGIES AND REPORT ITS FINDINGS WITH THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 1190 (Word version) -- Senator Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE INTERCHANGE LOCATED AT THE JUNCTURE OF INTERSTATE 26 AND UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 601 IN ORANGEBURG COUNTY "SCHP PATROLMAN FIRST CLASS ROY O. CAFFEY MEMORIAL INTERCHANGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS INTERCHANGE THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "SCHP PATROLMAN FIRST CLASS ROY O. CAFFEY MEMORIAL INTERCHANGE".
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 1191 (Word version) -- Senator Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE INTERSECTION LOCATED AT THE JUNCTURE OF UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 15 AND UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 301 IN ORANGEBURG COUNTY "SCHP PATROLMAN HARRY B. RAY MEMORIAL INTERSECTION" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS INTERSECTION THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "SCHP PATROLMAN HARRY B. RAY MEMORIAL INTERSECTION".
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 1192 (Word version) -- Senator Allen: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO DECLARE APRIL 2014 AS "SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO ENCOURAGE THE CITIZENS OF THE PALMETTO STATE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS DISEASE AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR ITS VICTIMS.
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator GREGORY, with unanimous consent, Senators GREGORY, BRIGHT, COLEMAN, McELVEEN and TURNER were granted leave to attend a subcommittee meeting and were granted leave to vote from the balcony.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Senator GREGORY from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 356 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander and Reese: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 26, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO NOTARIES PUBLIC, SO AS TO DEFINE TERMS, TO MAKE GRAMMATICAL CORRECTIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT TO BE QUALIFIED FOR A NOTARIAL COMMISSION, A PERSON MUST BE REGISTERED TO VOTE AND READ AND WRITE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, TO AUTHORIZE AND PROHIBIT CERTAIN ACTS OF A NOTARY PUBLIC, TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM FEE A NOTARY MAY CHARGE, TO PROVIDE THE PROCESS FOR GIVING A NOTARIAL CERTIFICATE, TO SPECIFY CHANGES FOR WHICH A NOTARY MUST NOTIFY THE SECRETARY OF STATE, TO PROVIDE THE ELEMENTS AND PENALTIES OF CERTAIN CRIMES RELATING TO NOTARIAL ACTS, AND TO PROVIDE THE FORM FOR A NOTARIZED DOCUMENT SENT TO ANOTHER STATE, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 536 (Word version) -- Senators Gregory, Reese, McElveen, Hembree, Hutto, Lourie, Campsen, Cleary, Allen, Shealy, O'Dell, Campbell, Cromer, Hayes, Verdin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "ENERGY SYSTEM FREEDOM OF OWNERSHIP ACT" BY ADDING ARTICLE 14 TO CHAPTER 52, TITLE 48 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A THIRD PARTY MAY SELL ELECTRICITY PRODUCED BY A RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY AS DEFINED IN THIS ACT, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE SALE OF ELECTRICITY FROM A RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY BY THIRD PARTIES DOES NOT SUBJECT THE SELLER TO REGULATION AS A PUBLIC UTILITY, TO PROVIDE RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE, TO IMPOSE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS ON FEES CHARGED BY A UTILITY TO A RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE MAY PROMULGATE NECESSARY REGULATIONS; AND BY ADDING SECTION 58-27-25 SO AS TO EXEMPT RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES FROM PROVISIONS GOVERNING ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 779 (Word version) -- Senator Davis: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 19, TITLE 16 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO GAMBLING AND LOTTERIES, BY ADDING SECTION 16-19-60, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN SOCIAL CARD AND DICE GAMES ARE NOT UNLAWFUL.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator CAMPSEN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a majority favorable with amendment and Senator SCOTT a minority unfavorable report on:

S. 810 (Word version) -- Senators Peeler, McGill, Alexander and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 20, TITLE 2, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO NONJUDICIAL SCREENING AND ELECTION, SO AS TO CREATE THE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE SCREENING COMMISSION TO CONSIDER THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR TRUSTEES TO STATE-SUPPORTED COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE INVESTIGATIVE, NOMINATION, AND ELECTION PROCESSES.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator MCELVEEN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 813 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Peeler, O'Dell, Alexander, McElveen, McGill, Pinckney, Johnson, Williams and Verdin: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-11-625 SO AS TO PROVIDE A PERSON WHO, WITHOUT LEGAL CAUSE OR GOOD EXCUSE, ENTERS A PUBLIC LIBRARY AFTER HAVING BEEN WARNED BY AN EMPLOYEE, AGENT, OR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LIBRARY NOT TO DO SO OR WITHOUT HAVING BEEN WARNED FAILS AND REFUSES, WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE OR GOOD EXCUSE, TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY UPON BEING ORDERED OR REQUESTED TO DO SO IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR TRIABLE IN A MUNICIPAL OR MAGISTRATES COURT, AND TO PROVIDE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION MUST BE CONSTRUED AS IN ADDITION TO, AND NOT AS SUPERSEDING, ANOTHER STATUTE RELATING TO TRESPASS OR UNLAWFUL ENTRY ON LANDS OF ANOTHER.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator YOUNG from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a majority favorable and Senator MALLOY a minority unfavorable report on:

S. 915 (Word version) -- Senator Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 19-1-180, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ADMISSIBILITY OF OUT-OF-COURT STATEMENTS MADE BY CHILDREN, SO AS TO ADD AN EXCEPTION FOR STATEMENTS MADE TO EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS OF CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a majority favorable with amendment and Senator SHANE MARTIN a minority unfavorable report on:

S. 1011 (Word version) -- Senator Hembree: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 37, TITLE 58 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO ENERGY SUPPLY AND EFFICIENCY, BY ADDING SECTION 58-37-60, TO PROVIDE THAT "OFFSHORE WIND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES" MEANS INITIATIVES UNDERTAKEN BY AN ELECTRICAL UTILITY FOR THE LONG-TERM ADVANCEMENT OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CLEAN ENERGY BENEFITS RELATED TO OFFSHORE WIND, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS THAT ENCOURAGE ELECTRICAL UTILITIES SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION TO INVEST IN OFFSHORE WIND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES THAT PROVIDE INCENTIVES AND COST RECOVERY FOR ENERGY SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS WHO INVEST IN OFFSHORE WIND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES THAT ARE INTENDED TO RESULT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO THE MANUFACTURING AND DEPLOYMENT OF OFFSHORE WIND, AND THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS ENCOURAGING INVESTMENT IN OFFSHORE WIND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2015.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

S. 1189--Polled from the Committee on Judiciary

Senator LARRY MARTIN from the Committee on Judiciary has polled out S. 1189 majority favorable and Senator SHANE MARTIN a minority unfavorable report on:

S. 1189 (Word version) -- Senators Gregory, Reese, McElveen, Hembree, Hutto, Lourie, Campsen, Cleary, Allen, Shealy, O'Dell, Campbell, Cromer, Hayes, Verdin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ADD CHAPTER 39 TO TITLE 58, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO SET GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THE PROGRAM AND COST RECOVERY; TO ADD CHAPTER 40 TO TITLE 58 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM, INCLUDING COSTS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF PURSUANT TO THIS PROGRAM; TO ADD ARTICLE 23 TO CHAPTER 27, TITLE 58, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEASE OF RENEWABLE ELECTRIC GENERATION FACILITIES PROGRAM, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LEASE PROGRAM, INCLUDING AN APPLICATION PROCESS AND REGISTRATION WITH THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF AND PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LEASE PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF TO REPORT TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ON COSTS AND CHARGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES WITHIN CURRENT COSTS OF SERVICE RATE MAKING METHODOLOGIES; TO REQUIRE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO PROMULGATE STANDARDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY INTERCONNECTION; TO REQUIRE EACH DISTRIBUTION ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE BOARD TO CONSIDER NET ENERGY METERING POLICIES AND MAKE A REPORT TO THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF; TO REQUIRE EACH ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE TO INVESTIGATE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COSTS AND CHARGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES WITHIN CURRENT COST OF SERVICE RATEMAKING METHODOLOGIES AND REPORT ITS FINDINGS WITH THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF.

Poll of the Judiciary Committee
Polled 21; Ayes 17; Nays 2; Abstain 0; Not Voting 4

AYES

Larry Martin              Rankin                    Hutto
Campsen                   Massey                    Bright
Coleman                   Scott                     Gregory
Allen                     Bennett                   Corbin
Hembree                   Johnson                   McElveen
Turner                    Young                     Kimpson

Total--17

NAYS

Bright                    Shane Martin

Total--2

NOT VOTING

Malloy                    Sheheen                   Shealy
Thurmond                  

Total--4

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator BRYANT from the Committee on Invitations polled out S. 1153 favorable:

S. 1153 (Word version) -- Senator Courson: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE PALMETTO GIRLS STATE TO USE THE CHAMBERS OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 9; Ayes 9; Nays 0; Abstain 0; Not Voting 2

AYES

Bryant                    Alexander                 McGill
Campsen                   Cromer                    Malloy
Cleary                    Johnson                   Kimpson

Total--9

NOT VOTING

Reese                     Verdin

Total--2

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator ALEXANDER from the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry submitted a majority favorable with amendment and Senator SCOTT a minority unfavorable report on:

H. 3941 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer, Harrell, Bannister, Daning, Erickson, Forrester and Gambrell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 6-1-130, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION'S AUTHORITY TO SET A MINIMUM WAGE, SO AS TO ALSO PROHIBIT THE MANDATE OF AN EMPLOYEE BENEFIT.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator BRYANT from the Committee on Invitations polled out H. 4942 favorable:

H. 4942 (Word version) -- Rep. Allison: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE APRIL 18, 2014, AS "SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION DAY," AND TO ENCOURAGE THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO OBSERVE THE DAY WITH APPROPRIATE CEREMONIES AND ACTIVITIES.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 9; Ayes 9; Nays 0; Abstain 0; Not Voting 2

AYES

Bryant                    Alexander                 McGill
Campsen                   Cromer                    Malloy
Cleary                    Johnson                   Kimpson

Total--9

NOT VOTING

Reese                     Verdin

Total--2

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator BRYANT from the Committee on Invitations polled out H. 4986 favorable:

H. 4986 (Word version) -- Rep. Dillard: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE DEDICATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S CHILDREN AND TO DECLARE THE WEEK OF APRIL 6 THROUGH 12, 2014, AS "WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD" IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 9; Ayes 9; Nays 0; Abstain 0; Not Voting 2

AYES

Bryant                    Alexander                 McGill
Campsen                   Cromer                    Malloy
Cleary                    Johnson                   Kimpson

Total--9

NOT VOTING

Reese                     Verdin

Total--2

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., April 1, 2014

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4819 (Word version) -- Reps. Norman, King, Long, D.C. Moss, Delleney, Felder, V.S. Moss and Simrill: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 470 OF 2000, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ELECTION DISTRICTS OF MEMBERS OF ROCK HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 IN YORK COUNTY, SO AS TO ESTABLISH AND REAPPORTION THESE ELECTION DISTRICTS.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Received as information.

HOUSE CONCURRENCE

The following Resolution was returned from the House with concurrence and received as information:

S. 1188 (Word version) -- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE CONTRACTORS LICENSING BOARD, RELATING TO REGULATIONS ADMINISTERING FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ACT, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4418, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.

Returned with concurrence.

Received as information.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED LOCAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR.

ORDERED ENROLLED FOR RATIFICATION

The following Bill was read the third time and, having received three readings in both Houses, it was ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and enrolled for Ratification:

H. 4633 (Word version) -- Reps. Gambrell, Gagnon, Bowen, Putnam, Thayer and White: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 510 OF 1982, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ANDERSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO REAPPORTION THE DISTRICTS FROM WHICH BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED; AND TO AMEND ACT 509 OF 1982, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF TRUSTEES OF THE FIVE ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SO AS TO REAPPORTION THESE DISTRICTS.

HOUSE BILL RETURNED

The following House Bills were read the third time and ordered returned to the House with amendments:

H. 4820 (Word version) -- Reps. Norman, King, Long, D.C. Moss, Delleney, Felder, V.S. Moss, Pope and Simrill: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 473 OF 2002, RELATING TO THE ELECTION DISTRICTS OF MEMBERS OF CLOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 IN YORK COUNTY, SO AS TO ESTABLISH AND REAPPORTION THESE ELECTION DISTRICTS.

H. 3919 (Word version) -- Reps. Owens, Bowen, Patrick, Taylor, Anderson, Allison, Brannon, Loftis, Ballentine, Rivers, Huggins, Knight, Simrill, King, Willis, Whitmire, McCoy, Anthony, Crosby, Neal, Clyburn, Barfield, Bedingfield, R.L. Brown, Cobb-Hunter, George, Hayes, Hiott, Hixon, Hosey, Lucas, Pope, Putnam, G.R. Smith, Wells, Wood, Whipper, Mitchell, Robinson-Simpson and Dillard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-18-310, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE EXIT EXAM REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE EXIT EXAM TO GRADUATE BUT NEED NOT ATTAIN ANY MINIMUM SCORE ON THE EXIT EXAM TO GRADUATE, TO PROVIDE AN ELIGIBLE STUDENT WHO PREVIOUSLY FAILED TO RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR WAS DENIED GRADUATION SOLELY FOR FAILING THE EXIT EXAM MAY REENROLL IN HIGH SCHOOL AND WILL NOT HAVE TO PASS THE EXIT EXAM TO RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO REMOVE ANY CONFLICTING REQUIREMENTS AND PROMULGATE CONFORMING CHANGES IN ITS APPLICABLE REGULATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-48-35, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR A DIPLOMA FROM THE SPECIAL SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, AND SECTION 59-139-60, RELATING TO THE DUTY OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REVIEW STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON ASSESSMENT TESTING AND TO MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS, ALL SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES; AND TO CREATE THE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT STUDY COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM SHOULD REMAIN THE ACCOUNTABILITY ASSESSMENT USED BY THE STATE AND TO RECOMMEND AN ALTERNATIVE IF NECESSARY, TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPOSITION AND STAFFING OF THE STUDY COMMITTEE, TO REQUIRE THE COMMITTEE REPORT CERTAIN INFORMATION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE STUDY COMMITTEE.

THIRD READING BILL

The following Joint Resolution was read the third time and ordered sent to the House of Representatives:

S. 900 (Word version) -- Senator Allen: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE THE "STUDY COMMITTEE ON EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES" TO REVIEW THE CRIMINAL LAWS OF THE STATE AND DETERMINE CRIMINAL OFFENSES APPROPRIATE FOR EXPUNGEMENT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP AND STAFFING OF THE STUDY COMMITTEE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S TERMINATION.

READ THE SECOND TIME

H. 4574 (Word version) -- Reps. Hardwick and W.J. McLeod: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION BOARD, SO AS TO REVISE AND ADD DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-90, RELATING TO BOARD INVESTIGATIONS OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST LICENSEES, SO AS TO CHANGE THE MANNER IN WHICH AN INITIAL COMPLAINT MAY BE REFERRED TO AN INVESTIGATOR; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-95, RELATING TO REFERRALS OF VIOLATIONS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION TO THE BOARD, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO REPORTS OF CERTAIN VIOLATIONS THAT DO NOT ALLEGE UNLICENSED PRACTICE; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-230, RELATING TO LICENSEES, SO AS TO ELIMINATE A PROVISION THAT ENABLES CERTAIN LICENSEES FROM OBTAINING CLASS "A" OR CLASS "B" WELL DRILLER LICENSES WHEN MEETING CERTAIN CRITERIA; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-300, RELATING TO CERTIFICATION CLASSES OF WATER TREATMENT OPERATORS, SO AS TO REVISE CRITERIA FOR TRAINEE WATER OPERATORS AND CLASS "E" WATER TREATMENT OPERATORS; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-310, RELATING TO WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATOR LICENSES, SO AS TO REVISE CRITERIA FOR TRAINEE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATOR AND A CLASS "D" WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATOR; TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-320, RELATING TO LICENSURE AS A CLASS "C" ENVIRONMENTAL, COASTAL, OR ROCK WELL DRILLER, SO AS TO REPLACE THE REQUIREMENT OF HAVING AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE AS AN APPRENTICE WITH AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE AS A CLASS "D" WELL DRILLER; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-23-340, RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON WELL DRILLERS ACCORDING TO CLASSIFICATION OF THE WELL DRILLER, SO AS TO REVISE RESTRICTIONS ON CLASS "D" AND CLASS "C" WELL DRILLERS.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the second reading of the Bill.

The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

  Ayes 35; Nays 0

AYES

Alexander                 Allen                     Bennett
Bright                    Campbell                  Campsen
Cleary                    Coleman                   Corbin
Courson                   Cromer                    Davis
Gregory                   Grooms                    Hayes
Hutto                     Johnson                   Kimpson
Lourie                    Malloy                    Martin, Larry
Massey                    McElveen                  McGill
Nicholson                 O'Dell                    Peeler
Pinckney                  Reese                     Scott
Setzler                   Thurmond                  Turner
Williams                  Young

Total--35

NAYS

Total--0

The Bill was read the second time and ordered placed on the Third Reading Calendar.

COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
AMENDED, CARRIED OVER

S. 894 (Word version) -- Senator Massey: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 14 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO COURTS, BY ADDING SECTION 14-1-240, TO PROVIDE THAT A FIVE DOLLAR SURCHARGE TO FUND TRAINING AT THE SOUTH CAROLINA CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY SHALL BE LEVIED ON ALL FINES, FORFEITURES, ESCHEATMENTS, OR OTHER MONETARY PENALTIES IMPOSED IN THE GENERAL SESSIONS COURT OR IN MAGISTRATES OR MUNICIPAL COURT FOR MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC OFFENSES OR FOR NONTRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of the amendment proposed by the Committee on Judiciary.

The Committee on Judiciary proposed the following amendment (JUD0894.001), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 1, by striking lines 38-42 and inserting:

/     (B)   The revenue collected pursuant to subsection (A) must be collected by the jurisdiction which heard or processed the case and transmitted pursuant to the guidelines in Section 14-1-220. The funds should be clearly designated as Criminal Justice Academy Surcharge Collections when transmitted to the municipal and county treasurer and then to the State Treasurer. The State Treasurer shall transfer the revenue quarterly to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MASSEY explained the committee amendment.

The committee amendment was adopted.

Senator Massey proposed the following amendment (JUD0894.002), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 2, by striking line 9 and inserting:

/   SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and terminates on June 30, 2016. All funds collected by the date of termination shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer and then to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.     /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MASSEY explained the amendment.

The amendment was adopted.

The question then was second reading of the Bill.

On motion of Senator SCOTT, the Bill was carried over.

COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
CARRIED OVER

S. 1085 (Word version) -- Senators Campbell, Grooms, Matthews, McGill and O'Dell: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 4-37-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, RELATING TO THE USE OF LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX OR TOLL REVENUES TO FINANCE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN A COUNTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY IN WHICH THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX IS CURRENTLY IMPOSED FOR LESS THAN THE TWENTY-FIVE YEAR MAXIMUM IMPOSITION PERIOD, UPON REFERENDUM APPROVAL, MAY EXTEND WITHOUT INTERRUPTION THE INITIAL IMPOSITION FOR AN IMPOSITION PERIOD IN THE AGGREGATE NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, TO PROVIDE WHAT QUESTIONS MUST APPEAR ON THE REFERENDUM BALLOT, TO PROVIDE THAT A REFERENDUM FOR OTHER THAN THE INITIAL IMPOSITION OF THE TAX MAY BE HELD AT THE TIME OF EITHER A GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION IN THE COUNTY, AS THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE COUNTY MAY DETERMINE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY IN WHICH THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX IS CURRENTLY IMPOSED, WITHIN TWO YEARS OF THE TERMINATION OF THE TAX OR THE ANTICIPATED TERMINATION OF THE TAX AND UPON REFERENDUM APPROVAL, MAY RENEW WITHOUT INTERRUPTION THE IMPOSITION OF THE TAX AND PROVIDE THAT NO MORE THAN ONE REFERENDUM RELATING TO THIS TAX BE HELD IN A CALENDAR YEAR.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of the amendment proposed by the Committee on Finance.

The Senate Finance Committee proposed the following amendment (BH\1085C001.BH.DG14), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/   SECTION   1.   Items (2) and (4) of Section 4-37-30(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 368 of 2000, are further amended to read:

"(2)   Upon receipt of the ordinance, the county election commission shall conduct a referendum on the question of imposing the optional special sales and use tax in the jurisdiction. A referendum for this purpose must be held at the time of the general election. A referendum for the initial imposition of the sales and use tax within a county pursuant to this chapter and all subsequent referendums to impose, extend, or renew the tax must be held at the time of the general election. The commission shall publish the date and purpose of the referendum once a week for four consecutive weeks immediately preceding the date of the referendum in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction. A public hearing must be conducted at least fourteen days before the referendum after publication of a notice setting forth the date, time, and location of the public hearing. The notice must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fourteen days before the date fixed for the public hearing.

(4)(a)   If a county has imposed a tax pursuant to this chapter for less than the maximum twenty-five year term allowed and the tax remains in effect, the governing body of the county at any time may call for a referendum to extend the term of the tax for up to seven years, and thereafter call for referendums to the extend the term of the tax for up to seven years, for an aggregate total not to exceed twenty-five years. The referendum to extend the term of the tax must be held at the general election. A separate question must be included on the referendum ballot for each purpose which purpose, as determined by the governing body of a county, may be set forth as a single question relating to several of the projects and the question must indicate whether the project is an existing project or new project. A new project or projects may only be listed on the ballot to the extent that the county has, or will, complete existing projects. The question must read substantially as follows:

'I approve the extension of a special sales and use tax in the amount of (fractional amount of one percent) (one percent) to be imposed in (county) not to exceed ___ years to fund the completion of the following existing project or projects and/or to fund the following new project or projects:

Project (1) for _________ $ ____________ (new or existing)

  Yes _____

No _____

Project (2), etc.'

(b)   All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of imposing the tax for a particular purpose shall vote 'yes' and all qualified electors opposed to levying the tax for a particular purpose shall vote 'no'. If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of imposing the tax for one or more of the specified purposes, then the tax is imposed as provided in this section; otherwise, the tax is not imposed. The election commission shall conduct the referendum pursuant to the election laws of this State, mutatis mutandis, and shall certify the result no later than November thirtieth after the date of the referendum to the appropriate governing body and to the Department of Revenue. Included in the certification must be the maximum cost of the project or projects or facilities to be funded in whole or in part from proceeds of the tax, the maximum time specified for the imposition of the tax, and the principal amount of bonds to be supported by the tax receiving a favorable vote. Expenses of the referendum must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the referendum. If the tax is approved in the referendum, the tax is imposed effective the first day of May following the date of the referendum. If the reimposition of the tax pursuant to this article is approved in the referendum, the new or existing tax must be imposed, extended, or renewed immediately following the termination of the earlier imposed tax. If the certification is not made timely to the Department of Revenue, the imposition is postponed for twelve months."

SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator CAMPBELL explained the committee amendment.

The committee amendment was adopted.

On motion of Senator BRIGHT, the Bill was carried over.

CARRIED OVER

H. 3459 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer, Bales, J.E. Smith and Erickson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION SHALL DESIGNATE CERTAIN PERSONNEL FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE BOARD, TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT FROM ASSIGNING OTHER WORK TO THESE PERSONNEL WITHOUT APPROVAL OF THE BOARD, AND TO PROVIDE THESE PERSONNEL MAY BE TERMINATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF A MAJORITY OF THE BOARD; TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-30, RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF ACCOUNTANCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT LICENSED BY THE BOARD IS EXEMPT FROM LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS OF PRIVATE SECURITY AND INVESTIGATION AGENCIES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-70, RELATING TO POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE BOARD MAY CONDUCT PERIODIC INSPECTIONS OF LICENSEES OR FIRMS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-80, RELATING TO INVESTIGATIONS OF ALLEGED VIOLATIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DIRECT THE INVESTIGATOR ASSIGNED TO THE BOARD TO INVESTIGATE AN ALLEGED VIOLATION TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OF PROBABLE CAUSE MERITING FURTHER PROCEEDINGS.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3797 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer and Erickson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-90-165 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE MAY DECLARE A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY INACTIVE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT THE DIRECTOR MAY MODIFY THE MINIMUM TAX PREMIUM APPLICABLE TO THE COMPANY DURING INACTIVITY; BY ADDING SECTION 38-90-215 SO AS TO PROVIDE A PROTECTED CELL MAY BE EITHER INCORPORATED OR UNINCORPORATED, AND TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH; BY ADDING SECTION 38-90-250 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT MUST CONSIDER A LICENSED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN INSURER FOR ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY TO ACT AS AN INSURER; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TERMS AND REVISE DEFINITIONS OF CERTAIN EXISTING TERMS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR LICENSING CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT OF A CERTIFICATE OF GENERAL GOOD ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-35, RELATING TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION CONCERNING CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, SO AS TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS FOR MAKING THE INFORMATION SUBJECT TO DISCOVERY IN A CIVIL ACTION; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CAPITALIZATION REQUIREMENTS, SECURITY REQUIREMENTS, AND RESTRICTIONS ON DIVIDEND PAYMENTS FOR CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO REVISE THE FORM OF CAPITAL REQUIRED FOR A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT IS NOT A SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT ASSUMES RISK, AND TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY INCORPORATED AS A NONPROFIT, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-50, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO FREE SURPLUS REQUIREMENTS OF A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY, SO AS TO REVISE THE FORM OF CAPITAL REQUIRED FOR A CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT IS NOT A SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT ASSUMES RISK; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-55, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE INCORPORATION OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO DELETE PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE MINIMUM NUMBER AND STATUS OF INCORPORATORS, PREREQUISITES TO TRANSMITTING ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, AND THE ISSUANCE OF CAPITAL STOCK AT PAR VALUE; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO INCORPORATION OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO REVISE THE AVAILABLE OPTIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO INSPECTIONS AND EXAMINATIONS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES BY THE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO DELETE REFERENCES TO PURE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND SPECIAL PURPOSE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-90, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF A CAPTIVE INSURANCE LICENSE, SO AS TO MAKE A GRAMMATICAL CHANGE; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-100, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LOANS BY CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MAY MAKE LOANS TO ITS PARENT COMPANY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-130, AS AMENDED, RELATING THE PROHIBITION AGAINST PARTICIPATION IN PLAN, POOL, ASSOCIATION, GUARANTY, OR INSOLVENCY FUNDS BY CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, INCLUDING PURE CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, MAY PARTICIPATE IN A POOL FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMERCIAL RISK SHARING, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-180, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO INSURANCE, SO AS TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NAME OF NEW CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, TO PROVIDE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY MAY ESTABLISH PROTECTED CELLS, INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS FOR A PLAN OF OPERATION, THE ATTRIBUTIONS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES BETWEEN A PROTECTED CELL AND THE GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY, AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-210, RELATING TO THE SEPARATE ACCOUNTING OF PROTECTED CELLS WHEN ESTABLISHED, SO AS TO REQUIRE THIS ACCOUNTING MUST REFLECT THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE PROTECTED CELL IN ADDITION TO EXISTING REQUIREMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-220, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO SPONSORS OF CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO REVISE THE REQUIREMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-230, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PARTICIPANTS IN SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT PROTECTED CELLS ASSETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO CREDITORS OF THE SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY AND RELATED REQUIREMENTS, AND TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING OBLIGATIONS OF SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES WITH RESPECT TO PROTECTED CELLS AND ITS GENERAL ACCOUNT; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-240, RELATING TO THE ELIGIBILITY OF A LICENSED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY TO ACT AS INSURER, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXISTING LANGUAGE AND TO PROVIDE FOR WHO MAY PARTICIPATE IN A SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY AND OBLIGATIONS OF THESE PARTICIPANTS, AND TO PROVIDE SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES MAY NOT BE USED TO FACILITATE INSURANCE SECURITIZATION TRANSACTIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-90-450, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ORGANIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL PURPOSE FINANCIAL CAPTIVES, SO AS TO DELETE PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE MINIMUM NUMBER AND STATUS OF INCORPORATORS, AND PREREQUISITES TO TRANSMITTING ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 38-90-235 RELATING TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PROTECTED CELL INSURANCE COMPANIES TO APPLY TO SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was carried over.

S. 459 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Rankin: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-1-55, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON WHO HOLDS A BEGINNER'S PERMIT OR A RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENSE TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE USING A CELLULAR TELEPHONE OR TEXT MESSAGING DEVICE; AND TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE THROUGH A SCHOOL ZONE WHILE USING A CELLULAR TELEPHONE OR TEXT MESSAGING DEVICE WHEN THE SCHOOL ZONE'S WARNING LIGHTS HAVE BEEN ACTIVATED.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was carried over.

S. 862 (Word version) -- Senators Shealy and Turner: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-59-260 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE EXCEPTION FOR PROJECTS BY A PROPERTY OWNER FOR PERSONAL USE, TO PROVIDE THAT AN OWNER OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WHO IMPROVES THE PROPERTY OR WHO BUILDS OR IMPROVES THE STRUCTURES OR APPURTENANCES ON THE PROPERTY AT A COST OF MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS SHALL NOT WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OR ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OFFER THE STRUCTURE FOR SALE OR RENT, AND CONSTRUCTION OR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STRUCTURE, GROUP OF STRUCTURES, OR APPURTENANCES THAT COST THE OWNER-BUILDER LESS THAN TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ARE NOT EVIDENCE OF "SALE" OR "RENT" FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.

On motion of Senator BENNETT, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3412 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Lucas, Clemmons, Herbkersman, Loftis, Barfield, Huggins, Bowen, K.R. Crawford, Allison, Merrill, Ballentine, McCoy, Wood, Erickson, Putnam, Bannister, Branham, Taylor, Limehouse, Southard, Atwater, Bingham, Brannon, Chumley, Cole, Crosby, Daning, Delleney, Gagnon, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Henderson, Hiott, Hixon, Kennedy, Lowe, D.C. Moss, V.S. Moss, Murphy, Newton, Owens, Patrick, Pitts, Pope, Rivers, Ryhal, Sandifer, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stringer, Tallon, Thayer, Toole, White, Whitmire, Willis, Hardwick, Quinn, Hamilton, Forrester and Edge: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-36-2647 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SALES, USE, AND CASUAL EXCISE TAX REVENUES IN A FISCAL YEAR FROM THE SALE, USE, OR TITLING OF A VEHICLE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED AND LICENSED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES MUST BE CREDITED TO THE STATE NON-FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY FUND, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF THESE REVENUES.

On motion of Senator CLEARY, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3853 (Word version) -- Reps. Owens, Patrick, Bedingfield, Loftis, Taylor, Allison, Anthony, Brannon, Southard, Bowen, Whitmire, Limehouse, Cole, Erickson, Forrester, Harrell, Herbkersman, Hixon, Lucas, D.C. Moss, Norman, Pitts, Pope, Putnam, Simrill, G.R. Smith, Sottile, Stringer, Wells and Willis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-40-111 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE AN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CAMPUS (AEC) TO BE ESTABLISHED BY A CHARTER SCHOOL SPONSOR WHICH SHALL CONSTITUTE A CHARTER SCHOOL SERVING A SPECIFIC STUDENT POPULATION, AND TO PROVIDE THE CRITERIA FOR A CHARTER SCHOOL TO BE DESIGNATED AS AN AEC; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-55, RELATING TO A CHARTER SCHOOL SPONSOR'S POWERS AND DUTIES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THESE POWERS AND DUTIES INCLUDING THE ADOPTION OF NATIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS FOR THE SCHOOL, AND THE CLOSURE OF LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS AND THE FORMATION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION MUST BE BASED ON AN APPLICATION TEMPLATE WITH COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATION AND FOR LETTERS OF INTENT TO BE SUBMITTED BY AN APPLICANT AND A CHARTER COMMITTEE; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-70, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND ITS DUTY TO REVIEW CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS, SO AS TO DELETE THE COMMITTEE, TO REVISE THE PROCEDURES REQUIRED OF A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICANT IN REGARD TO A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON COMPLIANCE TO BOTH SPONSORS AND APPLICANTS, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE STANDARDS FOR A SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES OR AREA COMMISSION TO FOLLOW WHEN CONSIDERING THE DENIAL OF AN APPLICATION; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-90, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO APPEAL OF FINAL DECISIONS OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO THE ADMINISTRATION LAW COURT, SO AS TO ALSO INCLUDE FINAL DECISIONS OF A PUBLIC OR INDEPENDENT INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING SPONSOR; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-110, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DURATION OF A CHARTER SCHOOL SPONSOR AND THE RENEWAL OR TERMINATION OF A CHARTER BY THE SPONSOR, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN A CHARTER SCHOOL SHALL AUTOMATICALLY AND PERMANENTLY CLOSE, TO REVISE THE CRITERIA TO CONSIDER WHEN REVOKING OR NOT RENEWING A CHARTER, TO PROVIDE FOR WHEN A SPONSOR SUMMARILY MAY REVOKE A CHARTER, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH STAYS OF THE REVOCATION OR NONRENEWAL OF THE CHARTER TAKE EFFECT OR MAY BE GRANTED; TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-115, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE TERMINATION OF A CHARTER SCHOOL'S CONTRACT WITH A SPONSOR, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-40-180, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES PERTAINING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was carried over.

S. 890 (Word version) -- Senators Cleary and Rankin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 48-39-130, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PERMITS REQUIRED FOR COASTAL ZONE CRITICAL AREAS, SO AS TO DELETE THE EMERGENCY ORDER EXCEPTION TO ORDERS BY APPOINTED OFFICIALS OF COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 48-39-280, RELATING TO THE SHORELINE FORTY-YEAR RETREAT POLICY, SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE SEAWARD MOVEMENT OF THE BASELINE AFTER JULY 1, 2014, AND TO ELIMINATE THE RIGHT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LANDOWNERS TO PETITION THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT TO MOVE THE BASELINE SEAWARD UPON COMPLETION OF A BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT; AND TO AMEND SECTION 48-39-290, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION RESTRICTIONS SEAWARD OF THE BASELINE, EXCEPTIONS TO RESTRICTIONS, AND SPECIAL PERMITS, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE EXCEPTION OF GOLF COURSES FROM A PERMIT REQUIREMENT AND TO SUBSTITUTE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL'S COASTAL DIVISION AS THE DIVISION TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL PERMITS.

On motion of Senator CLEARY, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3124 (Word version) -- Reps. Bingham, Taylor, Long and M.S. McLeod: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 63-7-315 SO AS TO PROHIBIT AN EMPLOYER FROM DISMISSING, DEMOTING, SUSPENDING, OR DISCIPLINING AN EMPLOYEE WHO REPORTS CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, WHETHER REQUIRED OR PERMITTED TO REPORT; AND TO CREATE A CAUSE OF ACTION FOR REINSTATEMENT AND BACK PAY WHICH AN EMPLOYEE MAY BRING AGAINST AN EMPLOYER WHO VIOLATES THIS PROHIBITION.

On motion of Senator MASSEY, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3191 (Word version) -- Reps. Cole and Tallon: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 56-5-130 AND 56-5-140, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERMS "MOTOR VEHICLE" AND "MOTORCYCLE", SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MOPEDS ARE MOTOR VEHICLES AND NOT MOTORCYCLES.

On motion of Senator HUTTO, the Bill was carried over.

H. 4259 (Word version) -- Reps. Goldfinch and Clemmons: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-760 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY SERVICE INTEGRITY AND PRESERVATION ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO, WITH THE INTENT OF SECURING A TANGIBLE BENEFIT, KNOWINGLY AND FALSELY REPRESENTS HIMSELF TO HAVE SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OR TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED A DECORATION, MEDAL, RIBBON, OR OTHER DEVICE AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS OR PURSUANT TO FEDERAL LAW FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR.

On motion of Senator SCOTT, the Bill was carried over.

S. 1036 (Word version) -- Senator Cleary: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 TO CHAPTER 15, TITLE 40 SO AS TO ENACT THE "DENTAL SEDATION ACT", TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF VARYING LEVELS OF SEDATION TO DENTAL PATIENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 40-15-85, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN THE DENTISTRY PRACTICE ACT, SO AS TO ADD NECESSARY DEFINITIONS; AND TO DESIGNATE THE EXISTING SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 15, TITLE 40 AS ARTICLE 1 "GENERAL PROVISIONS".

On motion of Senator CAMPBELL, the Bill was carried over.

H. 3631 (Word version) -- Reps. Daning, Crosby, Sottile, Atwater, Sabb, Erickson, Newton and Herbkersman: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-3-115 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF GOLF CART PERMITS, TO REGULATE THE OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 56-2-105 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF GOLF CART PERMITS AND THE OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS.

On motion of Senator HUTTO, the Bill was carried over.

S. 1093 (Word version) -- Senators Fair, Campbell, Young, Turner, Williams, Massey, Shealy and Thurmond: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 24-3-965, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE MAGISTRATES COURT TO TRY CASES INVOLVING THE OFFENSE OF FURNISHING TO AN INMATE AND THE POSSESSION BY AN INMATE OF CERTAIN CONTRABAND, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CONTRABAND COVERED BY THIS SECTION DOES NOT INCLUDE TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES, AND TO DEFINE THE TERM "TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE".

On motion of Senator FAIR, the Bill was carried over.

S. 1099 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Bryant: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 41-27-260 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PURPOSES, TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FOR MOTOR CARRIERS THAT UTILIZE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS.

On motion of Senator PINCKNEY, the Bill was carried over.

S. 1100 (Word version) -- Senators Bryant and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 27, TITLE 41 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND CLAIMS, BY ADDING SECTION 41-27-265, TO PROVIDE THAT CORPORATE OFFICERS ARE EXEMPT FROM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS UNLESS THE EMPLOYER ELECTS COVERAGE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESS OF ELECTING COVERAGE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERALLY REQUIRED EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION FOR INDIVIDUALS EMPLOYED BY AN INDIAN TRIBE AND RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL, OR OTHER FEDERALLY DEFINED ORGANIZATIONS.

On motion of Senator ALEXANDER, the Bill was carried over.

H. 4604 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer, Mack and Toole: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-22-280, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE LICENSURE REQUIREMENT TO PRACTICE ENGINEERING, SO AS TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES PERFORMED BY FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES OR OTHER PERSONNEL OF A MANUFACTURING COMPANY, AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

On motion of Senator THURMOND, the Bill was carried over.

H. 4644 (Word version) -- Rep. Sandifer: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-60-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, AND SECTIONS 40-60-31, 40-60-33, 40-60-34, 40-60-35, AS AMENDED, 40-60-36, 40-60-37, 40-60-38, 40-60-80, AND 40-60-220, ALL RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION ACT, SO AS TO CONFORM THE PROVISIONS TO CERTAIN REVISED NATIONAL UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR LICENSING, CERTIFYING, AND RECERTIFYING REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS.

On motion of Senator THURMOND, the Bill was carried over.

H. 4873 (Word version) -- Rep. Cobb-Hunter: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE DEDICATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO THE PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND TO DECLARE THE MONTH OF APRIL AS "CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH" IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

On motion of Senator NICHOLSON, the Concurrent Resolution was carried over.

OBJECTION

H. 4482 (Word version) -- Rep. Ridgeway: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMBLEMS, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-712A, SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH AS THE OFFICIAL STATE FOSSIL.

Senator JOHNSON explained the Bill.

Senator PEELER objected to further consideration of the Bill.

H. 4482--Amended, Read The Second Time

H. 4482 (Word version) -- Rep. Ridgeway: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMBLEMS, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-712A, SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH AS THE OFFICIAL STATE FOSSIL.

Senator PEELER asked unanimous consent to remove his previous objection from the Bill and take the Bill up for immediate consideration.

There was no objection.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the second reading of the Bill.

Senator PEELER proposed the following amendment (NBD\ 4482C001.NBD.AC14), which was adopted:

Amend the joint resolution, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   __.   Subsequent to this act's effective date there is a moratorium on the enactment of legislation establishing official state symbols and emblems until such time as the General Assembly directly by legislative enactment removes this moratorium. /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator PEELER explained the amendment.

The amendment was adopted.

The question then was second reading of the Bill.

The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 35; Nays 0

AYES

Alexander                 Allen                     Bennett
Bright                    Bryant                    Campsen
Cleary                    Coleman                   Corbin
Courson                   Cromer                    Davis
Fair                      Grooms                    Hayes
Hembree                   Hutto                     Jackson
Johnson                   Kimpson                   Malloy
Martin, Larry             Martin, Shane             Massey
McElveen                  Nicholson                 O'Dell
Peeler                    Pinckney                  Reese
Scott                     Thurmond                  Turner
Williams                  Young

Total--35

NAYS

Total--0

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read the second time and ordered placed on the Third Reading Calendar.

THE CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE MOTION PERIOD.

MOTION ADOPTED

At 11:22 A.M., on motion of Senator PEELER, the Senate agreed to dispense with the balance of the Motion Period.

PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 11:23 A.M., the PRESIDENT assumed the Chair.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE INTERRUPTED DEBATE.

DEBATE INTERRUPTED BY RECESS

S. 516 (Word version) -- Senators Peeler, Fair, Hayes, Courson and Young: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA READ TO SUCCEED ACT"; BY ADDING CHAPTER 155 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA READ TO SUCCEED OFFICE AND A READING PROFICIENCY PANEL WITHIN THE OFFICE, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, SCHOOL DISTRICTS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES THAT OFFER CERTAIN RELATED GRADUATE EDUCATION, AND EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

The Senate resumed consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of Amendment No. P1A, which was printed in the Journal of Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Senator MALLOY spoke on the perfecting amendment.

ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES

Senator LARRY MARTIN assumed the Chair.

RECESS

At 11:45 A.M., The Seante receded from business for the purpose of attending the Joint Assembly.

JOINT ASSEMBLY
Elections

At 12:00 P.M., the Senate appeared in the Hall of the House.

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE of the Senate called the Joint Assembly to order and announced that it had convened under the terms of a Concurrent Resolution adopted by both Houses.

S. 914 (Word version) -- Senators Peeler, Alexander, Hayes and McGill: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO FIX WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014, AT NOON, AS THE DATE AND TIME FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE TO MEET IN JOINT SESSION IN THE HALL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS OF TRUSTEES FOR THE CITADEL, CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY, LANDER UNIVERSITY, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, WINTHROP UNIVERSITY, AND WIL LOU GRAY OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL TO SUCCEED THOSE MEMBERS WHOSE TERMS EXPIRE ON JUNE 30, 2014, OR WHOSE POSITIONS OTHERWISE MUST BE FILLED; AND TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE REGARDING NOMINATIONS AND SECONDING SPEECHES FOR THE CANDIDATES FOR THESE OFFICES DURING THE JOINT SESSION.

Election to Two At-Large Positions
on the Board of Trustees for The Citadel

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the two at-large positions on the Board of Trustees for The Citadel.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Stanley L. Myers, Mr. Fred L. Price, and Mr. Douglas A. Snyder had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Douglas A. Snyder was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER placed the names of Mr. Stanley L. Myers and Mr. Fred L. Price in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Stanley L. Myers and the Honorable Fred L. Price had been elected to the two at-large positions on the Board of Trustees for The Citadel for the term to expire 2020.

Election to Three At-Large Positions
on the Board of Trustees for Clemson University

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the three at-large positions on the Board of Trustees for Clemson University.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Ms. Patricia H. McAbee, Mr. John N. McCarter, Jr and Mr. Joseph D. Swann had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Senator PEELER placed the names of Ms. Patricia H. McAbee, Mr. John N. McCarter, Jr and Mr. Joseph D. Swann in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominees.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honable Patricia H. McAbee, the Honorable John N. McCarter, Jr and the Honorable Joseph D. Swann had been elected to the three at-large positions on the Board of Trustees for Clemson University for the term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Coastal Carolina University, 2nd Congressional District, Seat #2

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, 2nd Congressional District, seat #2.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Oran P. Smith had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Oran P. Smith was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, 2nd Congressional District, seat #2 for a term to expire 2017.

Election to the Board of Trustees for the
Coastal Carolina University, 4th Congressional District, Seat #4

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, 4th Congressional District, seat #4.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. D. Wyatt Henderson and Ms. Rebecca C. Faulkner had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Ms. Rebecca C. Faulkner was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominees.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable D. Wyatt Henderson was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, 4th Congressional District, seat #4 for the term to expire 2017.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Coastal Carolina University, At-large, Seat #8

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #8.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Fred F. DuBard had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Fred F. DuBard was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #8 for a term to expire 2017.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Coastal Carolina University, At-large, Seat #10

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #10.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Dr. Samuel J. Swad had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Samuel J. Swad was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #10 for a term to expire 2017.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Coastal Carolina University, At-large, Seat #14

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #14.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Daniel W.R. Moore, Sr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Daniel W. R. Moore, Sr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Coastal Carolina University, at-large, seat #14 for a term to expire 2017.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 1st Congressional District, Seat #1

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 1st Congressional District, seat #1.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Joseph F. Thompson and Mr. R. Scott Woods had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. R. Scott Woods was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Joseph F. Thompson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 1st Congressional District, seat #1 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 2nd Congressional District, Seat #3

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 2nd Congressional District, seat #3.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. John H. Busch and Mr. Randolph R. Lowell had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Randoph R. Lowell was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable John H. Busch was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 2nd Congressional District, seat #3 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 3rd Congressional District, Seat #5

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 3rd Congressional District, seat #5.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Ms. Annaliza O. Moorhead had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Annaliza O. Moorhead was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 3rd Congressional District, seat #5 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 4th Congressional District, Seat #7

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 4th Congressional District, seat #7.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. John B. Wood, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable John B. Wood, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 4th Congressional District, seat #7 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 5th Congressional District, Seat #9

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 5th Congressional District, seat #9.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Frank M. Gadsden had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Frank M. Gadsden was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 5th Congressional District, seat #9 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 6th Congressional District, Seat #11

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 6th Congressional District, seat #11.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Demetria N. Clemons had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Demetria N. Clemons was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 6th Congressional District, seat #11 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, 7th Congressional District, Seat #13

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 7th Congressional District, seat #13.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Henrietta U. Golding had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Henrietta U. Golding was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, 7th Congressional District, seat #13 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, At-large, Seat #15

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, at-large, seat #15.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Daniel Ravenel had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote be taken by acclamation.

Senator GROOMS objected.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Bright                 Campbell               Campsen
Courson                Cromer                 Fair
Hayes                  Hembree                Hutto
Johnson                Kimpson                Lourie
Malloy                 Martin, Larry          Massey
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              Peeler                 Pinckney
Reese                  Scott                  Setzler
Thurmond               Turner                 Williams
Young

Total--31

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Grooms

Total--1

The following named Senators voted present:

Cleary                 Corbin                 Leatherman
O'Dell

Total--4

Representative Hixon requested unanimous consent that the House vote by electronic roll call.

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Daniel Ravenel:

Allison
  Ballentine   Bannister
Bernstein   Brannon   Finlay
Goldfinch   Henderson   Horne
Huggins   Limehouse   Mack
McCoy   W. J. McLeod   V. S. Moss
Munnerlyn   Murphy   Norman
Ridgeway   G. R. Smith   J. E. Smith
Sottile   Taylor   Wells
Whipper

Total--25

Those who voted in the negative are:
Anderson   Anthony   Atwater
Bales   Barfield   Bedingfield
Bingham   Bowers   Branham
G. A. Brown   Burns   Chumley
Clemmons   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   H. A. Crawford   K. R. Crawford
Crosby   Daning   Delleney
Dillard   Douglas   Edge
Forrester   Gagnon   George
Gilliard   Hamilton   Hardwick
Harrell   Hart   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hixon
Hosey   Howard   Jefferson
Kennedy   King   Knight
Loftis   McEachern   M. S. McLeod
Merrill   Mitchell   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Neal   Newton
Norrell   R. L. Ott   Owens
Parks   Patrick   Pitts
Putnam   Quinn   Riley
Rivers   Robinson-Simpson   Ryhal
Sabb   Sandifer   Simrill
J. R. Smith   Southard   Spires
Stringer   Tallon   Thayer
Toole   Vick   Weeks
White   Whitmire   Williams
Willis   Wood

Total--80

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that Mr. Daniel Ravenel was not elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, at-large, seat #15 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
College of Charleston, At-large, Seat #17

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, at-large, seat #17.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Donald H. Belk had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Donald H. Belk was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, at-large, seat #17 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, 1st Congressional District, Seat #1

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, 1st Congressional District, seat #1.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Mark S. Moore had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Mark S. Moore was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, 1st Congressional District, seat #1 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, Seat #5

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, seat #5.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. J. Mark Bunch had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable J. Mark Bunch was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, seat #5 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, 6th Congressional District, Seat #6

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, 6th Congressional District, seat #6.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Floyd L. Keels had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Floyd L. Keels was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University,6th Congressional District, seat #6 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, At-large, Seat #8

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #8.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Robert E. Lee had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Robert E. Lee was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #8 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, At-large, Seat #10

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #10.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Kenneth W. Jackson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #10 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, At-large, Seat #12

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #12.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. William E. Gunn had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable William E. Gunn was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #12 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, At-large, Seat #13

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #13.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. R. Tracy Freeman and Ms. Deborah Adams had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Ms. Deborah Adams was withdrawn from consideration.     Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable R. Tracy Freeman was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #13 for the term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, At-large, Seat #14

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #14.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. L. Franklin Elmore had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable L. Franklin Elmore was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Francis Marion University, at-large, seat #14 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #8

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #8.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Robert A. Barber, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Robert A. Barber, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #8 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #9

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #9.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Maurice Holloway had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Maurice Holloway was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #9 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #10

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #10.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Mamie W. Nicholson had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Mamie W. Nicholson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #10 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #11

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #11.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Claude C. Robinson had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Claude C. Robinson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #11 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #12

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #12.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. John V. Nicholson, Jr., Donald H. Scott and Mr. DeWitt B. Stone, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the names of Mr. John V. Nicholson and Mr. Donald H. Scott were withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER placed the name of Mr. DeWitt B. Stone, Jr. in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable DeWitt B. Stone, Jr. was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #12 for the term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #13

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #13.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Ray D. Hunt had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Ray D. Hunt was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #13 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #14

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #14.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Marcia T. Hydrick and Ms. Rosemary K. Wicker had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Ms. Rosemary K. Wicker was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Marcia T. Hydrick was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #14 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Lander University, At-large, Seat #15

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #15.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Bobby M. Bowers had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Bobby M. Bowers was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Lander University, at-large, seat #15 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
1st Congressional District, Medical Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 1st Congressional District, medical seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. Donald R. Johnson II had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Donald R. Johnson II was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 1st Congressional District, medical seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
2nd Congressional District, Medical Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 2nd Congressional District, medical seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. C. Guy Castles III and Dr. James Lemon had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Dr. C. Guy Castles III was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable James Lemon was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 2nd Congressional District, medical seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
3rd Congressional District, Medical Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 3rd Congressional District, medical seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. Stanley C. Baker, Jr. and Dr. Richard M. Christian, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Dr. Richard M. Christian, Jr. was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Stanley C. Baker, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 3rd Congressional District, medical seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
4th Congressional District, Lay Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 4th Congressional District, lay seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Thomas L. Stephenson had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Thomas L. Stephenson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 4th Congressional District, lay seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
5th Congressional District, Lay Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 5th Congressional District, lay seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Terri R. Barnes had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Terri R. Barnes was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 5th Congressional District, lay seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
6th Congressional District, Medical Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 6th Congressional District, medical seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. Ragin C. Monteith had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Ragin C. Monteith was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 6th Congressional District, medical seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Medical University of South Carolina,
7th Congressional District, Lay Seat

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 7th Congressional District, lay seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. James A. Battle, Jr. and Mr. Robin Tallon had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Robin Tallon was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable James A. Battle, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 7th Congressional District, lay seat for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
South Carolina State University,
3rd Congressional District, Seat 3

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina State University, 3rd Congressional District, seat 3.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Erika A. Abraham had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Erika A. Abraham was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina State University, 3rd Congressional District, seat 3 for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for the
South Carolina State University, At-large, Seat #8

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina State University, at-large, seat #8.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Sidney J. Evering II and Mr. Robert Porcher, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Robert Porcher, Jr. was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Sidney J. Evering II was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina State University, at-large, seat #8 for the term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
South Carolina State University, At-Large, Seat 10

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina State University, At-Large, seat 10.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Harrison Rearden had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Harrison Rearden was withdrawn from consideration.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 1st Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 1st Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Charles H. Williams had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and asked unanimous consent that he be elected by acclamation.

Senator BRIGHT objected.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Jackson
Johnson                Kimpson                Lourie
Malloy                 Martin, Larry          Matthews
McElveen               McGill                 Nicholson
O'Dell                 Peeler                 Pinckney
Reese                  Scott                  Setzler
Thurmond               Turner                 Williams
Young

Total--28

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Senators abstained:

Hutto

Total--1

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Charles H. Williams:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Charles H. Williams was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 1st Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 3rd Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 3rd Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. C. Dorn Smith III had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. C. Dorn Smith:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable C. Dorn Smith III was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 3rd Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 5th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 5th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. William C. Hubbard and J. Preston Strom, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. J. Preston Strom, Jr. was withdrawn from consideration.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. William C. Hubbard:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable William C. Hubbard was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 5th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 7th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 7th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Toney J. Lister had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Toney J. Lister:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Toney J. Lister was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 7th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 9th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 9th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. John C. von Lehe, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. John C. von Lehe, Jr.:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable John C. von Lehe, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 9th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 11th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 11th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Thad H. Westbrook had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Thad H. Westbrook:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Thad H. Westbrook was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 11th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 12th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 12th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Dr. C. Edward Floyd had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Dr. C. Edward Floyd:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable C. Edward Floyd was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 12th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
University of South Carolina, 13th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 13thJudicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Mack I. Whittle, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campsen                Coleman                Courson
Cromer                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Thurmond               Turner
Williams               Young

Total--29

The following named Senators voted in the negative:

Bright                 Corbin                 Fair
Grooms

Total--4

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Mack I. Whittle:

Alexander
  Anderson   Anthony
Bales   Ballentine   Bannister
Barfield   Bernstein   Bingham
Bowers   Branham   Brannon
G. A. Brown   Clyburn   Cobb-Hunter
Cole   K. R. Crawford   Crosby
Daning   Delleney   Dillard
Douglas   Edge   Erickson
Felder   Finlay   Funderburk
Gagnon   George   Gilliard
Goldfinch   Govan   Hardee
Hardwick   Harrell   Hayes
Herbkersman   Hiott   Hodges
Horne   Hosey   Howard
Huggins   Jefferson   King
Knight   Limehouse   Lucas
Mack   McCoy   McEachern
M. S. McLeod   W. J. McLeod   Merrill
Mitchell   V. S. Moss   Munnerlyn
Murphy   Neal   Newton
Norman   Norrell   R. L. Ott
Owens   Parks   Patrick
Pitts   Pope   Quinn
Ridgeway   Riley   Rivers
Robinson-Simpson   Sabb   Sandifer
Simrill   Skelton   G. M. Smith
J. E. Smith   J. R. Smith   Sottile
Southard   Spires   Stavrinakis
Tallon   Taylor   Vick
Weeks   Wells   Whipper
Whitmire   Williams

Total--92

Those who voted in the negative are:
Allison   Bedingfield   Burns
Chumley   Forrester   Hamilton
Henderson   Loftis   D. C. Moss
Nanney   Putnam   G. R. Smith
Stringer   Thayer   Toole
Willis   Wood

Total--17

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Mack I. Whittle, Jr. was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 13th Judicial Circuit for a term to expire 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Winthrop University, 2nd Congressional District, Seat #2

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, 2nd Congressional District, seat #2.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Donna T. Holley and Mr. Brian J. Prahl had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Mr. Brian J. Prahl was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Donna T. Holley was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, 2nd Congressional District, seat #2 for a term to expire 2020.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Winthrop University, 6th Congressional District, Seat #6

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, 6th Congressional District, seat #6.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Ms. Ashlye Wilkerson had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Ashlye Wilkerson was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, 6th Congressional District, seat #6 for a term to expire 2020.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Winthrop University, At-Large, Seat #9

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, at-large, Seat #9.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated Mr. Randy Imler and Quida K. Page had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, the name of Quida K. Page was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Randy Imler was elected to the position on the Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, at-large, Seat #9 for a term to expire 2020.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School
Two At-Large Seats

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect successors to two at-large positions on the Board of Trustees for the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, two at-large seats.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Mr. Robert N. Collar, Ms. Marilyn Edwards-Taylor, and Mr. Thomas Hamilton had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

Senator PEELER placed the names of Mr. Robert N. Collar, Ms. Marilyn Edwards-Taylor, and Mr. Thomas Hamilton in nomination.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted for Mr. Robert N. Collar:

Total--0

The following named Senators voted for Ms. Marilyn Edwards-Taylor:

Alexander              Allen                  Bright
Campsen                Cleary                 Coleman
Corbin                 Cromer                 Fair
Grooms                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Turner                 Williams
Young

Total--31

The following named Senators voted for Mr. Thomas Hamilton:

Alexander              Allen                  Bright
Campsen                Cleary                 Coleman
Corbin                 Cromer                 Fair
Grooms                 Hayes                  Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Lourie                 Malloy                 Martin, Larry
Matthews               McElveen               McGill
Nicholson              O'Dell                 Peeler
Pinckney               Reese                  Scott
Setzler                Turner                 Williams
Young

Total--31

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Robert N. Collar:

Total--0

The following named Representatives voted for Ms. Marilyn Edwards-Taylor:

Alexander              Anderson               Anthony
Ballentine             Bannister              Barfield
Bedingfield            Bingham                Bowers
Branham                Brannon                G. A. Brown
Chumley                Clemmons               Clyburn
Cobb-Hunter            Cole                   H. A. Crawford
K. R. Crawford         Crosby                 Daning
Delleney               Dillard                Douglas
Erickson               Felder                 Finlay
Forrester              Funderburk             Gagnon
George                 Gilliard               Goldfinch
Govan                  Hamilton               Hardee
Hardwick               Harrell                Henderson
Herbkersman            Hodges                 Hosey
Huggins                King                   Knight
Limehouse              Lucas                  Mack
McCoy                  McEachern              W. J. McLeod
Merrill                D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss
Munnerlyn              Nanney                 Neal
Newton                 Norman                 R. L. Ott
Parks                  Patrick                Pitts
Pope                   Norrell                Putnam
Quinn                  Ridgeway               Riley
Rivers                 Ryhal                  Sabb
Sandifer               Simrill                Skelton
G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith            J. E. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stringer               Tallon                 Taylor
Thayer                 Toole                  Vick
Weeks                  Wells                  Whipper
Whitmire               Willis                 Wood

Total--93

The following named Representatives voted for Mr. Thomas Hamilton:

Alexander              Anderson               Anthony
Ballentine             Bannister              Barfield
Bedingfield            Bingham                Bowers
Branham                Brannon                Chumley
Clemmons               Cobb-Hunter            Cole
H. A. Crawford         Crosby                 Delleney
Dillard                Felder                 Finlay
Forrester              George                 Gilliard
Goldfinch              Govan                  Hamilton
Hardee                 Hardwick               Harrell
Henderson              Hodges                 Horne
Hosey                  Huggins                Jefferson
King                   Knight                 Loftis
Lucas                  Mack                   McCoy
McEachern              W. J. McLeod           D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             Munnerlyn              Nanney
Neal                   Norman                 R. L. Ott
Parks                  Patrick                Pitts
Pope                   Norrell                Putnam
Quinn                  Ridgeway               Riley
Rivers                 Robinson-Simpson       Ryhal
Sabb                   Sandifer               Simrill
Skelton                G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith
J. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stringer               Tallon                 Taylor
Toole                  Wells                  Whipper
Whitmire               Williams               Willis
Wood

Total--82

RECAPITULATION

Total number of Senators voting   31
Total number of Representatives voting   98
Grand Total   129
Necessary to a choice   63
Of which Mr. Robert N. Collar received   0
Of which Ms. Marilyn Edwards-Taylor received   124
Of which Mr. Thomas Hamilton received   113

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Marilyn Edwards-Taylor and the Honorable Thomas Hamilton were elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School at-large Seats for the term to expire 2018.

Election to the Consumer Affairs Commission
At-Large Position, Seat #1

The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to an at-large position on the Consumer Affairs Commission, Seat #1.

Senator O'DELL, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for the Consumer Affairs Commission, indicated that Ms. Caroline B. Ballington had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed her name in nomination.

Senator O'DELL moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE announced that the Honorable Carolina B. Ballington was elected to an at-large position on the Consumer Affairs Commission, Seat #1 for the term to expire 2018.

The purposes of the Joint Assembly having been accomplished, the PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE declared it adjourned, whereupon the Senate returned to its Chamber and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

At 2:42 P.M., the Senate resumed.

AFTERNOON SESSION

The Senate reassembled at 2:42 P.M. and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator PINCKNEY, with unanimous consent, Senators RESSE, FAIR, PEELER, O'DELL, PINCKNEY and KIMPSON were granted leave to attend a subcommittee meeting and were granted leave to vote from the balcony.

DEBATE INTERRUPTED

S. 516 (Word version) -- Senators Peeler, Fair, Hayes, Courson and Young: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA READ TO SUCCEED ACT"; BY ADDING CHAPTER 155 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO CREATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA READ TO SUCCEED OFFICE AND A READING PROFICIENCY PANEL WITHIN THE OFFICE, AND TO PROVIDE RELATED REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, SCHOOL DISTRICTS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES THAT OFFER CERTAIN RELATED GRADUATE EDUCATION, AND EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

The Senate resumed consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of Amendment No. P1A, which was printed in the Journal of Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Senator MALLOY resumed speaking the amendment.

Motion Adopted

Senator CLEARY asked unanimous consent, with Senator MALLOY holding the floor on S. 516, to take up H. 3412 on an uncontested basis.

There was no objection.

COMMITTEE AMENDMENT AMENDED AND ADOPTED
CARRIED OVER

H. 3412 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Lucas, Clemmons, Herbkersman, Loftis, Barfield, Huggins, Bowen, K.R. Crawford, Allison, Merrill, Ballentine, McCoy, Wood, Erickson, Putnam, Bannister, Branham, Taylor, Limehouse, Southard, Atwater, Bingham, Brannon, Chumley, Cole, Crosby, Daning, Delleney, Gagnon, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Henderson, Hiott, Hixon, Kennedy, Lowe, D.C. Moss, V.S. Moss, Murphy, Newton, Owens, Patrick, Pitts, Pope, Rivers, Ryhal, Sandifer, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stringer, Tallon, Thayer, Toole, White, Whitmire, Willis, Hardwick, Quinn, Hamilton, Forrester and Edge: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-36-2647 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SALES, USE, AND CASUAL EXCISE TAX REVENUES IN A FISCAL YEAR FROM THE SALE, USE, OR TITLING OF A VEHICLE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED AND LICENSED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES MUST BE CREDITED TO THE STATE NON-FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY FUND, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF THESE REVENUES.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill/Resolution, the question being the adoption of the amendment proposed by the Committee on Finance.

Senator CLEARY proposed the following amendment (3412R048.REC), which was adopted:

Amend the committee amendment, as and if amended, by striking the committee amendment in its entirety and inserting:

/     SECTION   1.   A.   Section 12-36-2110(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-2110.   (A)   The maximum tax imposed by this chapter is three hundred dollars for each sale made after June 30, 1984, or lease executed after August 31, 1985, of each:

(1)   aircraft, including unassembled aircraft which is to be assembled by the purchaser, but not items to be added to the unassembled aircraft;

(2)   motor vehicle;

(3)   motorcycle;

(4)(2)   boat;

(5)(3)   trailer or semitrailer, pulled by a truck tractor, as defined in Section 56-3-20, and horse trailers, but not including house trailers or campers as defined in Section 56-3-710 or a fire safety education trailer;

(6)   recreational vehicle, including tent campers, travel trailer, park model, park trailer, motor home, and fifth wheel; or

(7)(4)   self-propelled light construction equipment with compatible attachments limited to a maximum of one hundred sixty net engine horsepower.

In the case of a lease, the total tax rate required by law applies on each payment until the total tax paid equals three hundred dollars. Nothing in this section prohibits a taxpayer from paying the total tax due at the time of execution of the lease, or with any payment under the lease. To qualify for the tax limitation provided by this section, a lease must be in writing and specifically state the term of, and remain in force for, a period in excess of ninety continuous days."

B.   Section 12-36-2120 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately numbered new items to read:

"( )   sales of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, including tent campers, travel trailers, park models, park trailers, motor homes, and fifth wheels;

( )   leases of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, including tent campers, travel trailers, park models, park trailers, motor homes, and fifth wheels that are in writing and specifically state the term of, and remain in force for, a period in excess of ninety continuous days;"

C.   Section 12-36-1710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-1710.   (A)   In addition to all other fees prescribed by law there is imposed an excise tax for the issuance of every certificate of title, or other proof of ownership, for every motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane, required to be registered, titled, or licensed. The tax is five percent of the fair market value of the motor vehicle, motorcycle, airplane, boat, and motor.

(B)   Excluded from the tax are:

(1)   motor vehicles, motorcycles, boats, motors, or airplanes:

(a)   transferred to members of the immediate family;

(b)   transferred to a legal heir, legatee, or distributee;

(c)   transferred from an individual to a partnership upon formation of a partnership, or from a stockholder to a corporation upon formation of a corporation;

(d)   transferred to a licensed motor vehicle or motorcycle dealer for the purpose of resale;

(e)   transferred to a financial institution for the purpose of resale;

(f)   transferred as a result of repossession to any other secured party, for the purpose of resale;

(2)   the fair market value of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane, transferred to the seller or secured party in partial payment;

(3)   gross proceeds of transfers of motor vehicles, motorcycles, or airplanes specifically exempted by Section 12-36-2120 from the sales or use tax;

(4)   motor vehicles, motorcycles, boats, motors, or airplanes, where a sales or use tax has been paid on the transaction necessitating the transfer.

(C)   'Fair market value' means the total purchase price less any trade-in, or the valuation shown in a national publication of used values adopted by the department, less any trade-in.

(D)   'Total purchase price' means the price of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane agreed upon by the buyer and seller with an allowance for a trade-in, if applicable.

(E)   'Immediate family' means spouse, parents, children, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and grandchildren.

(F)   The department shall require every applicant for a certificate of title to supply information it considers necessary as to the time of purchase, the purchase price, and other information relative to the determination of fair market value. If the excise tax is based upon total purchase price as defined in this section, the department shall require a submission of a bill of sale and the signature of the owner subject to the perjury statutes of this State.

(G)   The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of Commerce Budget and Control Board may not issue a license or transfer of title without first procuring from the Department of Revenue information showing that the excise tax has been collected. The Department of Natural Resources may not license any boat or register any motor without first procuring from the Department of Revenue information showing that the excise tax has been collected."

D.   Section 12-36-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-150.   'Transient construction property' means motor vehicles, machines, machinery, tools, or other equipment, other tangible personal property brought, imported, or caused to be brought into this State for use, or stored for use, in constructing, building, or repairing any building, highway, street, sidewalk, bridge, culvert, sewer or water system, drainage or dredging system, railway system, reservoir or dam, power plant, pipeline, transmission line, tower, dock, wharf, excavation, grading or other improvement or structure, or any part of it."

E.   Section 12-36-930(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-930.   (A)   The tax imposed by this article on sales of motor vehicles, as defined in Section 56-1-10, trailers, semitrailers, or pole trailers of a type to be registered and licensed, to a resident of another state, is the lesser of:

(1)   an amount equal to the sales tax, which would be imposed in the purchasers state of residence, or

(2)   the tax that would be imposed under this chapter."

F.   Sections 12-36-90(1)(c)(v), 12-36-90(2)(e), and 12-36-110(1)(c)(v) are repealed.

G.   Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-3-450.   (A)   For the purposes of this section, 'recreational vehicle' shall include, but is not limited to tent campers, travel trailers, park models, park trailers, motor homes, and fifth wheels.

(B)(1)   A person registering a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle must pay an initial road impact registration fee equal to five percent of the gross proceeds of the sale of the motor vehicle, not to exceed three hundred dollars. The initial road impact registration fee shall not be collected on renewals of registration as required by law.

(2)   In the case of a lease, a person registering the motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle must pay an initial road impact registration fee equal to five percent of the gross proceeds of the lease, not to exceed three hundred dollars.

(C)(1)   Except for a person subject to the provisions contained in subsection (B), there is imposed a proof of ownership road maintenance fee for the issuance of every certificate of title, or other proof of ownership, for every motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle. The fee is equal to five percent of the fair market value of the motor vehicle, not to exceed three hundred dollars.

(2)   Excluded from the fee are:

(a)   motor vehicles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, including tent campers, travel trailers, park models, park trailers, motor homes, and fifth wheels:

(i)     transferred to members of the immediate family;

(ii)   transferred to a legal heir, legatee, or distributee;

(iii)   transferred from an individual to a partnership upon formation of a partnership, or from a stockholder to a corporation upon formation of a corporation;

(iv)   transferred to a licensed motor vehicle or motorcycle dealer for the purpose of resale;

(v)   transferred to a financial institution for the purpose of resale;

(vi)   transferred as a result of repossession to any other secured party, for the purpose of resale;

(b)   the fair market value of a motor vehicle, motor cycle, or recreational vehicle transferred to the seller or secured party in partial payment.

(3)   For the purposes of this subsection:

(a)   'Fair market value' means the total purchase price less any trade-in, or the valuation shown in a national publication of used values adopted by the department, less any trade-in.

(b)   'Total purchase price' means the price of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle agreed upon by the buyer and seller with an allowance for a trade-in, if applicable.

(c)   'Immediate family' means spouse, parents, children, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and grandchildren.

(4)   The department shall require every applicant for a certificate of title, or other proof of title, to supply information it considers necessary as to the time of purchase, the purchase price, and other information relative to the determination of fair market value. If the fee is based upon total purchase price as defined in this section, the department shall require a submission of a bill of sale and the signature of the owner subject to the perjury statutes of this State.

(5)   The fees contained in this section apply only to the last sale before the application for title.

(D)(1)   Upon the sale of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle to a resident of another state, the seller must collect from the purchaser a transfer fee equal to the lesser of:

(a)   an amount equal to a similar fee or tax on the transaction, which would be imposed in the purchasers state of residence, or

(b)   the initial road impact registration fee that would be imposed under this section.

(2)   At the time of the sale, the seller shall:

(a)   obtain from the purchaser a notarized statement of the purchasers intent to license the motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle, including tent campers, travel trailers, park models, park trailers, motor homes, and fifth wheels, within ten days, in the purchasers state of residence; and

(b)   retain a signed copy of the notarized statement. The purchaser shall give a copy to the appropriate agency of the purchasers state of residence.

(3)   No fee is due if a nonresident will not receive credit in his state of residence for the fee paid to this State under this section.

(E)   Beginning with Fiscal Year 2015-16, the revenue generated pursuant to this section shall be credited to:

(1)   the South Carolina Education Improvement Act Fund, an amount that shall not exceed the amount that the South Carolina Education Improvement Act Fund recieved in Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 from the sale of transportation devices that were subject to the provisions of Section 12-36-2110; and

(2)   the remainder of the revenue generated after the South Carolina Education Improvement Act fund has recieved the proper amount of revenue shall be distributed to the Department of Transportation. Upon receiving the revenue distribution pursuant to this item, the Department of Transportation shall transfer fifty percent of that revenue to the South Carolina State Transportation Infrastructure Bank. Revenue transferred to the bank pursuant to this item may not be used for projects approved by the bank before July 1, 2013. The bank shall submit all projects proposed to be financed by revenue generated pursuant to this section to the Joint Bond Review Committee as provided in Section 11-43-180, prior to approving a project for financing. The other fifty percent of the revenue transferred to the department pursuant to this item shall be retained by the department and credited to the State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund to be used exclusively for highway, road, and bridge maintenance, construction, and repair."

H.   This SECTION takes effect on July 1, 2015.

SECTION   2.   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   3.   The General Assembly finds that the sections presented in this act constitute one subject as required by Article III, Section 17 of the South Carolina Constitution, in particular finding that each change and each topic relates directly to or in conjunction with other sections to the subject of directing additional funding for transportation infrastructure projects as clearly enumerated in the title.

The General Assembly further finds that a common purpose or relationship exists among the sections, representing a potential plurality but not disunity of topics, notwithstanding that reasonable minds might differ in identifying more than one topic contained in the act.

SECTION   4.   This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator CLEARY explained the amendment.

The amendment was adopted.

The Committee on Finance proposed the following amendment (3412R001.RWC), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/   SECTION   1.   A.   Section 12-36-2110(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-2110.   (A)   The maximum tax imposed by this chapter is three hundred dollars for each sale made after June 30, 1984, or lease executed after August 31, 1985, of each:

(1)   aircraft, including unassembled aircraft which is to be assembled by the purchaser, but not items to be added to the unassembled aircraft;

(2)   motor vehicle;

(3)(2)   motorcycle;

(4)(3)   boat;

(5)(4)   trailer or semitrailer, pulled by a truck tractor, as defined in Section 56-3-20, and horse trailers, but not including house trailers or campers as defined in Section 56-3-710 or a fire safety education trailer;

(6)(5)   recreational vehicle, including tent campers, travel trailer, park model, park trailer, motor home, and fifth wheel; or

(7)(6)   self-propelled light construction equipment with compatible attachments limited to a maximum of one hundred sixty net engine horsepower.

In the case of a lease, the total tax rate required by law applies on each payment until the total tax paid equals three hundred dollars. Nothing in this section prohibits a taxpayer from paying the total tax due at the time of execution of the lease, or with any payment under the lease. To qualify for the tax limitation provided by this section, a lease must be in writing and specifically state the term of, and remain in force for, a period in excess of ninety continuous days."

B.   Section 12-36-2120 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately numbered new item to read:

"( )   sales and leases of motor vehicles;"

C.   Section 12-36-1710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-1710.     (A)   In addition to all other fees prescribed by law there is imposed an excise tax for the issuance of every certificate of title, or other proof of ownership, for every motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane, required to be registered, titled, or licensed. The tax is five percent of the fair market value of the motor vehicle, motorcycle, airplane, boat, and motor.

(B)   Excluded from the tax are:

(1)   motor vehicles, motorcycles, boats, motors, or airplanes:

(a)   transferred to members of the immediate family;

(b)   transferred to a legal heir, legatee, or distributee;

(c)   transferred from an individual to a partnership upon formation of a partnership, or from a stockholder to a corporation upon formation of a corporation;

(d)   transferred to a licensed motor vehicle or motorcycle dealer for the purpose of resale;

(e)   transferred to a financial institution for the purpose of resale;

(f)   transferred as a result of repossession to any other secured party, for the purpose of resale;

(2)   the fair market value of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane, transferred to the seller or secured party in partial payment;

(3)   gross proceeds of transfers of motor vehicles, motorcycles, or airplanes specifically exempted by Section 12-36-2120 from the sales or use tax;

(4)   motor vehicles, motorcycles, boats, motors, or airplanes, where a sales or use tax has been paid on the transaction necessitating the transfer.

(C)   'Fair market value' means the total purchase price less any trade-in, or the valuation shown in a national publication of used values adopted by the department, less any trade-in.

(D)   'Total purchase price' means the price of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, motor, or airplane agreed upon by the buyer and seller with an allowance for a trade-in, if applicable.

(E)   'Immediate family' means spouse, parents, children, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and grandchildren.

(F)   The department shall require every applicant for a certificate of title to supply information it considers necessary as to the time of purchase, the purchase price, and other information relative to the determination of fair market value. If the excise tax is based upon total purchase price as defined in this section, the department shall require a submission of a bill of sale and the signature of the owner subject to the perjury statutes of this State.

(G)   The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of Commerce may not issue a license or transfer of title without first procuring from the Department of Revenue information showing that the excise tax has been collected. The Department of Natural Resources may not license any boat or register any motor without first procuring from the Department of Revenue information showing that the excise tax has been collected."

D.   Section 12-36-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-150.   'Transient construction property' means motor vehicles, machines, machinery, tools, or other equipment, other tangible personal property brought, imported, or caused to be brought into this State for use, or stored for use, in constructing, building, or repairing any building, highway, street, sidewalk, bridge, culvert, sewer or water system, drainage or dredging system, railway system, reservoir or dam, power plant, pipeline, transmission line, tower, dock, wharf, excavation, grading or other improvement or structure, or any part of it."

E.   Section 12-36-930(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-930.   (A)   The tax imposed by this article on sales of motor vehicles, as defined in Section 56-1-10, trailers, semitrailers, or pole trailers of a type to be registered and licensed, to a resident of another state, is the lesser of:

(1)   an amount equal to the sales tax, which would be imposed in the purchasers state of residence, or

(2)   the tax that would be imposed under this chapter."

F.   Sections 12-36-90(1)(c)(v), 12-36-90(2)(e), and 12-36-110(1)(c)(v) are repealed.

G.   Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-3-450.   (A)   A person registering a motor vehicle for the first time after purchasing the motor vehicle must pay an initial road impact registration fee equal to equal to five percent of the gross proceeds of the sale of the motor vehicle, not to exceed three hundred dollars. In the case of a lease, a person registering the motor vehicle for the first time after executing the lease must pay an initial registration fee of three hundred dollars.

(B)(1)   There is imposed a proof of ownership road maintenance fee for the issuance of every certificate of title, or other proof of ownership, for every motor vehicle required to be registered, titled, or licensed. The fee is five percent of the fair market value of the motor vehicle.

(2)   Excluded from the fee are:

(a)   motor vehicles:

(i)     transferred to members of the immediate family;

(ii)   transferred to a legal heir, legatee, or distributee;

(iii)   transferred from an individual to a partnership upon formation of a partnership, or from a stockholder to a corporation upon formation of a corporation;

(iv)   transferred to a licensed motor vehicle dealer for the purpose of resale;

(v)   transferred to a financial institution for the purpose of resale;

(vi)   transferred as a result of repossession to any other secured party, for the purpose of resale;

(b)   the fair market value of a motor vehicle transferred to the seller or secured party in partial payment;

(3)   For the purposes of this subsection:

(a)   'Fair market value' means the total purchase price less any trade-in, or the valuation shown in a national publication of used values adopted by the department, less any trade-in.

(b)   'Total purchase price' means the price of a motor vehicle agreed upon by the buyer and seller with an allowance for a trade-in, if applicable.

(c)   'Immediate family' means spouse, parents, children, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and grandchildren.

(4)   The department shall require every applicant for a certificate of title to supply information it considers necessary as to the time of purchase, the purchase price, and other information relative to the determination of fair market value. If the fee is based upon total purchase price as defined in this section, the department shall require a submission of a bill of sale and the signature of the owner subject to the perjury statutes of this State.

(C)(1)   Upon the sale of a motor vehicle to a resident of another state, the seller must collect from the purchaser a transfer fee equal to the lesser of:

(a)   an amount equal to a similar fee or tax on the transaction, which would be imposed in the purchasers state of residence, or

(b)   the initial road impact registration fee that would be imposed under this section.

(2)   At the time of the sale, the seller shall:

(a)   obtain from the purchaser a notarized statement of the purchasers intent to license the vehicle, within ten days, in the purchasers state of residence; and

(b)   retain a signed copy of the notarized statement. The purchaser shall give a copy to the appropriate agency of the purchasers state of residence.

(3)   No fee is due if a nonresident will not receive credit in his state of residence for the fee paid to this State under this section.

(D)(1)   In fiscal year 2013-14, the revenue generated pursuant to this section must be credited as follows:

(a)   twenty percent to the South Carolina Education Improvement Act fund as provided in Section 59-21-1010(B);

(b)   forty percent to the General Fund; and

(c)   forty percent to the Interstate and Bridge Improvement Fund at the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank.

(2)   For each fiscal year following Fiscal Year 2013-14, the revenue generated pursuant to this section must be credited as follows:

(a)   twenty percent South Carolina Education Improvement Act fund as provided in Section 59-21-1010(B); and

(b)   eighty percent to the Interstate and Bridge Improvement Fund at the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank."

SECTION   2.   Article 3, Chapter 43, Title 11 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 11-43-430.   (A)There is established in the State Treasury the Interstate and Bridge Improvement Fund. This fund is separate and distinct from the general fund of the State and all other funds, and any earnings shall be retained in the fund. The fund shall consist of revenues collected pursuant to Section 56-3-450. The fund must be utilized for existing mainline capacity, interstate, and bridge projects chosen by the Department of Transportation Commission in accordance with project ranking criteria contained in Section 57-1-370(B)(8), notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary. The revenue in this account may not be used for any purpose other than those enumerated in this section.

(B)   The revenue in the Interstate and Bridge Improvement Fund may be pledged to secure the issuance of bonds pursuant to this article, provided the proceeds of the bonds are applied as prescribed in subsection (A), except that proceeds of the bonds may be applied to defray costs of issuance, fund any reserve, or procure any surety or credit enhancement in connection with the issuance of the bonds. Funds in excess of annual debt service and not restricted by covenant for any bonds issue pursuant to this subsection must be retained in the fund and may be expended on projects pursuant to subsection (A)."

SECTION   3.   A.     Chapter 11, Title 57 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

  "Article 5

State Bonds for Transportation Infrastructure Act

Section 57-11-510.   This article may be cited as the 'State Bonds for Transportation Infrastructure Act'.

Section 57-11-520.   It is declared that, for the benefit of the people of the State, the increase of their commerce, welfare, and prosperity, and the improvement of their health and living conditions, it is essential that additional funds be made available for transportation infrastructure projects of this State.

Section 57-11-530.   As used in this article:

(1)   'Department' means the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

(2)   'Transportation infrastructure purposes' means those projects necessary to improve interstate highways and bridges along exiting mainline interstate highways throughout the state and for projects related to widening non-interstate highways and repairing bridges along non-interstate highways contained in existing major strategic corridors.

(3)   'State bonds for transportation infrastructure' (SBTI) means general obligation bonds of the State of South Carolina issued under the authority of this article.

Section 57-11-540.   In order to obtain funds for the Department of Transportation to be allocated for transportation infrastructure purposes, there must be issued from time to time SBTI bonds under the conditions prescribed by this article. Bonds may be issued pursuant to this article no earlier than July 1, 2016.

Section 57-11-550.   The maximum principal amount of SBTI bonds that may be issued pursuant to this article may not exceed five hundred million dollars except that this limitation does not apply to any SBTI bonds issued for the purpose of refunding issues of such bonds. The General Assembly directs the Department of Transportation to allocate up to five hundred million dollars for transportation infrastructure purposes in accordance with project ranking criteria contained in Section 57-1-370(B)(8). The authority to issue bonds under this article expires four years from the date of the first bond issuance. The four-year limitation, however, does not apply to bonds issued to retire bond anticipation notes or for the purpose of refunding issues of such bonds.

Section 57-11-560.   The South Carolina Department of Transportation, by resolution, shall notify the State Budget and Control of the following:

(1)   the amount and purposes for which SBTI bonds are to be issued;

(2)   a tentative time schedule setting forth the period of time during which the sum requested will be expended;

(3)   a debt service table showing the annual principal and interest requirements for all SBTI bonds then outstanding; and

(3)   the total amount of all SBTI bonds issued.

This notification must be presented to the State Budget and Control Board by January first of each year.

Section 57-11-570.   Following the receipt of the notification presented pursuant to Section 57-11-560, the State Budget and Control Board, by resolution duly adopted, shall effect the issuance of SBTI bonds, or pending the issuance thereof, effect the issuance of bond anticipation notes pursuant to Chapter 17, Title 11.

Section 57-11-580.   Pursuant to the provisions of Section 13(6)(c), Article X of the Constitution of this State, as amended, and by enactment of this article, the General Assembly provides that general obligation debt may be issued pursuant to this article only at such times as:

(1)   the maximum annual debt service on all general obligation bonds of the State, including the bonds issued pursuant to this article, but excluding economic development bonds authorized pursuant to Section 11-41-50(A), and Section 11-41-50(B) of Chapter 41, Title 11, research university infrastructure bonds authorized pursuant to Chapter 51, Title 11, highway bonds, state institution bonds, tax anticipation notes, and bond anticipation notes, will not exceed five percent of the general revenues of the State for the fiscal year next preceding, excluding revenues that are authorized to be pledged for state highway bonds and state institution bonds; and

(2)   the maximum annual debt service on all general obligation bonds of the State, including the bonds issued pursuant to this article, and including economic development bonds issued pursuant to Section 11-51-50(A) and Section 11-41-50(C) of Chapter 41, Title 11 and research university infrastructure bonds issued pursuant to Chapter 51, Title 11, but excluding economic development bonds issued pursuant to Section 11-41--50(B) of Chapter 41, Title 11, highway bonds, state institution bonds, tax anticipation notes, and bond anticipation notes, will not exceed six percent of the general revenues of the State for the fiscal year next preceding, excluding revenues that are authorized to be pledged for state highway bonds and state institution bonds.

Section 57-11-590.   In order to effect the issuance of SBTI bonds, the State Budget and Control Board shall adopt a resolution providing for the issuance of SBTI bonds pursuant to the provisions of this article. The authorizing resolution must include:

(1)   a schedule setting forth the aggregate of all general obligation debt of the State (excluding economic development bonds authorized pursuant to Section 11-41-50(A) and Section 11-41-50(B) of Chapter 41, Title 11, research university infrastructure bonds authorized pursuant to Chapter 51, Title 11, highway bonds, state institution bonds, tax anticipation notes, and bond anticipation notes);

(2)   a schedule setting forth the aggregate of all general obligation debt of the State (excluding economic development bonds issued pursuant to Section 11-41-50(B) of Chapter 41, Title 11, highway bonds, state institution bonds, tax anticipation notes, and bond anticipation notes);

(3)   a schedule showing the aggregate of SBTI bonds issued, the annual payments required to retire the SBTI bonds, and the interest on those bonds;

(4)   a schedule showing the amount of any special funds applicable to the retirement of the outstanding SBTI bonds; and

(5)   forms of certificates of the State Treasurer and State Auditor evidencing compliance with the provisions of Section 13(6)(c), Article X of the South Carolina Constitution.

Section 57-11-600.   The SBTI bonds must bear the date and mature at the time that the resolution provides, except that no SBTI bond may mature more than thirty years from its date of issue. The SBTI bonds may be in the denominations, be payable in the medium of payment, be payable at the place and at the time, and be subject to redemption or repurchase and contain other provisions determined by the State Budget and Control Board before their issuance. The bonds may bear interest payable at the times and at the rates as determined by the State Budget and Control Board.

Section 57-11-610.   All SBTI bonds issued under this article are exempt from taxation as provided in Section 12-2-50.

Section 57-11-620.   All SBTI bonds issued under this article must be signed by the Governor and the State Treasurer. The Governor and the State Treasurer may sign these obligations by a facsimile of their signatures. The Great Seal of the State must be affixed to, impressed on, or reproduced upon each of them and each must be attested by the Secretary of State. The delivery of the SBTI bonds executed and authenticated is valid notwithstanding changes in officers or seal occurring after the execution or authentication.

Section 57-11-630.   For the payment of the principal and interest on all SBTI bonds issued and outstanding pursuant to this article there is pledged the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the State of South Carolina, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 13(4), Article X of the South Carolina Constitution, the General Assembly allocates on an annual basis sufficient tax revenues to provide for the punctual payment of the principal and interest on the debt authorized by this article.

Section 57-11-640.   SBTI bonds must be sold by the Governor and the State Treasurer upon sealed proposals, after publication of notice of the sale one or more times at least seven days before the sale, in a financial publication which regularly publishes notices of sale of state or municipal bonds. The SBTI bonds may be awarded only to the bidder offering the lowest interest cost, as determined by the State Treasurer. The right to reject all bids and to readvertise the SBTI bonds for sale must be reserved. For the purpose of bringing about successful sales of the bonds, the State Budget and Control Board may do all things ordinarily and customarily done in connection with the sale of state or municipal bonds. All expenses incident to the sale of the bonds must be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the bonds.

Section 57-11-650.   The proceeds of the sale of SBTI bonds must be received by the State Treasurer and applied by the State Treasurer to the purposes for which issued, except that the accrued interest, if any, must be used to discharge in part the first interest to become due on the bonds. Purchasers of the bonds are not liable for the proper allocation of the proceeds to the purposes for which they are intended.

Section 57-11-660.   It is lawful for all executors, administrators, guardians, and other fiduciaries to invest any monies in their hands in bonds issued pursuant to this article.

Section 57-11-670.   The proceeds received from the issuance of SBTI bonds, after deducting the costs of issuance, must be allocated to the Department of Transportation for transportation infrastructure purposes chosen by the Department of Transportation Commission utilizing the project ranking system contained in Section 57-1-370(B)(8)."

B.   This SECTION takes effect July 1, 2013.

SECTION   4.   A.   Section 12-28-310 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 12-28-310.   (A)   Subject to the exemptions provided in this chapter, a user fee of sixteen cents a gallon is imposed on:

(1)   all gasoline, gasohol, or blended fuels containing gasoline that are used or consumed for any purpose in this State; and

(2)   all diesel fuel, substitute fuels, or alternative fuels, or blended fuels containing diesel fuel that are used or consumed in this State in producing or generating power for propelling motor vehicles.

(B)   The user fee levied on motor fuel subject to the user fee pursuant to this chapter is a levy and assessment on the consumer, and the levy and assessment on other persons as specified in this chapter are as agents of the State for the collection of the user fee. This section does not affect the method of collecting the user fee as provided in this chapter. The user fee imposed by this section must be collected and paid at those times, in the manner, and by the persons specified in this chapter.

(C)   The license user fee imposed by this section is instead of all sales, use, or other excise tax that may be imposed otherwise by any municipality, county, or other local political subdivision of the State.

(D)(1)   The department shall increase the amount of the user fee imposed pursuant to subsection (A) on an annual basis by an inflation factor equal to the annual average percentage adjustment over the last ten completed calendar years of the Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Upon determining the increase, the department shall round the user fee to the nearest one-tenth of a cent. If the user fee is exactly between two one-tenths of a cent, the department must round the rate up to the higher of the two. The department shall determine the increase in the user fee by March thirty-first of each year, and the increase shall take effect the following July first. The department must notify affected taxpayers of the user fee to be in effect for the coming July first to June thirtieth period.

(2)   Notwithstanding the provisions of item (1), the user fee may not be increased by more than one and one-half cent in a single year."

B.   The first CPI adjustment made pursuant to this SECTION shall take effect July 1, 2014.

SECTION   5.   A.   Section 56-11-410 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-11-410.   A road tax for the privilege of using the streets and highways in this State is imposed upon every motor carrier. The tax is equivalent to sixteen cents a gallon, calculated on the amount of gasoline or other motor fuel used by the motor carrier in its operations within this State. Except as credit for certain taxes as provided for in this chapter, taxes imposed on motor carriers by this chapter are in addition to taxes imposed upon the carriers by any other provision of law. The department shall increase the amount of the road tax imposed pursuant to this section in the same manner as it adjusts the user fee imposed pursuant to Section 12-28-310(D)."

B.   The first CPI adjustment made pursuant to this SECTION shall take effect July 1, 2014.

SECTION   6.   A.     Section 56-1-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-1-140.   (A) Upon payment of a fee of twelve seventeen dollars and fifty cents for a license that is valid for five years, or twenty-five thirty-five dollars for a license that is valid for ten years, the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue to every qualified applicant a driver's license as applied for by law. The license must bear on it a distinguishing number assigned to the licensee, the full name, date of birth, residence address, a brief description and laminated colored photograph of the licensee, and a facsimile of the signature of the licensee, or a space upon which the licensee shall write his usual signature with pen and ink immediately upon receipt of the license. No license is valid until it has been so signed by the licensee. The license authorizes the licensee to operate only those classifications of vehicles as indicated on the license.

(B)   An applicant for a new, renewed, or replacement South Carolina driver's license may apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a veteran designation on the front of his driver's license by providing:

(1)   a United States Department of Defense discharge certificate, also known as a DD Form 214, that shows a characterization of service, or discharge status of 'honorable' or 'general under honorable conditions' and establishes the person's qualifying military service in the United States Armed Forces; and

(2)   payment of a one dollar fee that must be retained by the department.

The Department of Motor Vehicles may determine the appropriate form of the veteran designation on the driver's license authorized pursuant to this section.

(C)   The Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, ten dollars from each ten-year license, and five dollars from each five-year license, must be credited to the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund, and the remainder must be credited to the Department of Transportation State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund."

B.   Section 56-3-620 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-620.   (A)   For persons sixty-five years of age or older or persons who are handicapped, as defined in Section 56-3-1950, the biennial registration fee for every private passenger motor vehicle, excluding trucks, is twenty thirty-two dollars.

(B)   Beginning July 1, 1987 2013, for persons under the age of sixty-five years the biennial registration fee for every private passenger motor vehicle, excluding trucks, is twenty-four thirty-six dollars.

(C)   For persons sixty-five years of age or older, the biennial registration fee for a property-carrying vehicle with a gross weight of six thousand pounds or less is thirty forty-two dollars.

(D)   For persons who are sixty-four years of age, the biennial registration fee for a private passenger motor vehicle, excluding trucks, is twenty-two thirty-four dollars.

(E)   Applicable truck fees, established by Section 56-3-660, are not negated by this section.

(F)   Annual license plate validation stickers which are issued for nonpermanent license plates on certified South Carolina public law enforcement vehicles must be issued without charge.

(G)   From each biennial registration and license fee collected pursuant to this section, twelve dollars must be deposited in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund."

C.   Section 56-3-640 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-640.   (A)   For every common carrier passenger vehicle the biennial registration and license fee is according to weight:

(1)   not over 2000 pounds: $18.00;

(2)   2001 to 2500 pounds: $24.00;

(3)   2501 to 3000 pounds: $30.00;

(4)   3001 to 3500 pounds: $36.00;

(5)   3501 to 4000 pounds: $42.00;

(6)   4001 to 4500 pounds: $48.00;

(7)   4501 to 5000 pounds: $54.00;

(8)   over 5000 pounds: $54.00 plus $6.00 for each 500 pounds' weight or fraction over 5000 pounds.

(B)   In addition to the biennial registration and license fee collected pursuant to subsection (A), an additional twelve dollars for every common carrier passenger vehicle must be collected and deposited in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund.

(B)(C)   The Department of Motor Vehicles must include in this classification every motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer designed, used, or maintained for the transportation of persons for compensation as a regular business. This classification does not include a trackless trolley bus.

(C)(D)   The manufacturer's rating on the weight of a vehicle must be accepted as the weight of the vehicle for the purpose of fixing the license fee under this section."

D.     Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-3-667.   (A)   In addition to the biennial fees imposed by Section 56-3-660, there is imposed a biennial Highway Infrastructure Improvement Fee based upon the gross weight of self-propelled property carrying vehicles.

(B)   The determination of gross vehicle weight to for the purposes of the fee imposed pursuant to this section is the empty weight of the vehicle or combination of vehicles and the heaviest load to be transported by the vehicle or combination of vehicles as declared by the registered owner. All determinations of weight must be made in units of one thousand pounds or major fraction of one thousand pounds. The declared gross vehicle weight applies to all self-propelled property carrying vehicles operating in tandem with trailers or semitrailers except that the gross weight of a trailer or semitrailer is not required to be included when the operation is to be in tandem with a self-propelled property carrying vehicle licensed for six thousand pounds or less gross weight, and the gross vehicle weight of the combination does not exceed nine thousand pounds.

(C)   The Department of Motor Vehicles may collect the Highway Infrastructure Improvement Fee on a vehicle of this classification for which the biennial registration and license fee imposed by Section 56-3-667 is one hundred sixty dollars or more for an annual or one-year period beginning on April first and ending on March thirty-first of the next year upon application to the department by the owner and the payment of one-half the specified biennial fee imposed by this section or for a semiannual or one-half year beginning on April first and ending on September thirtieth of the same year upon application to the department by the owner and the payment of the appropriate fees. The Highway Infrastructure Improvement Fee for vehicles in this classification which are registered for the remaining twenty-four months or less of the twenty-four month biennial period or for the eleven months or less of the twelve-month year ending on March thirty-first or the remaining five months or less for the one-half period ending on September thirtieth is the proportionate part of the specified biennial fee for the remainder of the twenty-four month period or year or one-half year based on one twenty-fourth of the specified twenty-four-month fee for each month or part of a month remaining in the biennial registration period or license year or one-half year. No proportionate fee may be reduced lower than ten dollars. A person making application for a registration and license for a motor vehicle of this classification shall declare the true unloaded or empty weight of the vehicle.

(D)   The biennial fees for the gross vehicle weight are :

(1)   not over 4,000 pounds:       $     5.00;

(2)   4,001 to 5,000 pounds:       $     6.00;

(3)   5,001 to 6,000 pounds:       $     10.00;

(4)   6,001 to 7,000 pounds:       $     11.00;

(5)   7,001 to 8,000 pounds:       $     13.00;

(6)   8,001 to 9,000 pounds:       $     14.00;

(7)   9,001 to 10,000 pounds:       $     16.00;

(8)   10,001 to 11,000 pounds:     $     18.00;

(9)   11,001 to 12,000 pounds:     $     19.00;

(10)   12,001 to 13,000 pounds:     $     21.00;

(11)   13,001 to 14,000 pounds:     $     22.00;

(12)   14,001 to 15,000 pounds:     $     24.00;

(13)   15,001 to 16,000 pounds:     $     29.00;

(14)   16,001 to 17,000 pounds:     $     31.00;

(15)   17,001 to 18,000 pounds:     $     33.00;

(16)   18,001 to 19,000 pounds:     $     35.00;

(17)   19,001 to 20,000 pounds:     $     42.00;

(18)   20,001 to 21,000 pounds:     $     44.00;

(19)   21,001 to 22,000 pounds:     $     49.00;

(20)   22,001 to 23,000 pounds:     $     52.00;

(21)   23,001 to 24,000 pounds:     $     58.00;

(22)   24,001 to 25,000 pounds:     $     60.00;

(23)   25,001 to 26,000 pounds:     $     63.00;

(24)   26,001 to 27,000 pounds:     $     65.00;

(25)   27,001 to 28,000 pounds:     $     68.00;

(26)   28,001 to 29,000 pounds:     $     70.00;

(27)   29,001 to 30,000 pounds:     $     72.00;

(28)   30,001 to 31,000 pounds:     $     75.00;

(29)   31,001 to 32,000 pounds:     $     77.00;

(30)   32,001 to 33,000 pounds:     $     80.00;

(31)   33,001 to 34,000 pounds:     $     82.00;

(32)   34,001 to 35,000 pounds:     $     84.00;

(33)   35,001 to 36,000 pounds:     $     87.00;

(34)   36,001 to 37,000 pounds:     $     89.00;

(35)   37,001 to 38,000 pounds:     $     92.00;

(36)   38,001 to 39,000 pounds:     $     94.00;

(37)   39,001 to 40,000 pounds:     $     97.00;

(38)   40,001 to 41,000 pounds:     $     99.00;

(39)   41,001 to 42,000 pounds:     $     101.00;

(40)   42,001 to 43,000 pounds:     $     104.00;

(41)   43,001 to 44,000 pounds:     $     106.00;

(42)   44,001 to 45,000 pounds:     $     109.00;

(43)   45,001 to 46,000 pounds:     $     111.00;

(44)   46,001 to 47,000 pounds:     $     113.00;

(45)   47,001 to 48,000 pounds:     $     116.00;

(46)   48,001 to 49,000 pounds:     $     118.00;

(47)   49,001 to 50,000 pounds:     $     121.00;

(48)   50,001 to 51,000 pounds:     $     123.00;

(49)   51,001 to 52,000 pounds:     $     125.00;

(50)   52,001 to 53,000 pounds:     $     128.00;

(51)   53,001 to 54,000 pounds:     $     130.00;

(52)   54,001 to 55,000 pounds:     $     133.00;

(53)   55,001 to 56,000 pounds:     $     135.00;

(54)   56,001 to 57,000 pounds:     $     138.00;

(55)   57,001 to 58,000 pounds:     $     140.00;

(56)   58,001 to 59,000 pounds:     $     142.00;

(57)   59,001 to 60,000 pounds:     $     145.00;

(58)   60,001 to 61,000 pounds:     $     147.00;

(59)   61,001 to 62,000 pounds:     $     149.00;

(60)   62,001 to 63,000 pounds:     $     152.00;

(61)   63,001 to 64,000 pounds:     $     154.00;

(62)   64,001 to 65,000 pounds:     $     181.00;

(63)   65,001 to 66,000 pounds:     $     184.00;

(64)   66,001 to 67,000 pounds:     $     187.00;

(65)   67,001 to 68,000 pounds:     $     189.00;

(66)   68,001 to 69,000 pounds:     $     192.00;

(67)   69,001 to 70,000 pounds:     $     195.00;

(68)   70,001 to 71,000 pounds:     $     198.00;

(69)   71,001 to 72,000 pounds:     $     214.00;

(70)   72,001 to 72,000 pounds:     $     217.00;

(71)   73,001 to 74,000 pounds:     $     220.00;

(72)   74,001 to 75,000 pounds:     $     223.00;

(73)   75,001 to 76,000 pounds:     $     226.00;

(74)   76,001 to 77,000 pounds:     $     243.00;

(75)   77,001 to 78,000 pounds:     $     246.00;

(76)   78,001 to 79,000 pounds:     $     249.00;

(77)   79,001 to 80,000 pounds:     $     256.00;

Vehicles in excess of 80,000 pounds are registered pursuant to Section 56-3-660, and are not subject to the fee imposed by this section.

(E)   A vehicle registered in this State and found to be operating in excess of the gross vehicle weight for which a fee was paid pursuant to this section may be impounded by the department until the proper fee is paid or satisfactory arrangements for payment of the fees and penalties, if any, to the department have been made.

(F)   Upon evidence of reliability in the payment of its obligations, the department may accept the check of a motor carrier company in payment of applicable fees and assessments.

(G)   The fees collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund."

E.   Section 56-3-670 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-670.   (A)   For the purpose of this section, 'farm truck' is defined as a truck used exclusively by the owner for agricultural, horticultural, dairying, livestock, and poultry operations and includes transporting farm processed horticultural products, including soil amendments and mulches owned by the truck's owner or another person, including first market. However, farm trucks with an empty weight of less than seven thousand five hundred pounds may be used for ordinary domestic purposes and general transportation but must not be used to transport persons or property for hire. No part of this definition may be interpreted to exempt any commercial motor vehicle less than 26,001 pounds GVW/GVWR/GCW/GCWR from all or part of state laws or regulations applicable to intrastate commerce if the vehicle:

(1)   transports hazardous materials requiring a placard; or

(2)   is designed or used to transport sixteen or more people, including the driver.

(B)   The Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue to bona fide farmers special farm vehicle licenses on an annual basis for farm trucks for a fee as follows according to the gross vehicle weight of the truck:

Gross Vehicle Weight                   Fee

(1)   Up to 26,499 pounds                 $   12.00

(2)   26,500 to 32,499 pounds             $   15.00

(3)   32,500 to 42,500 pounds             $   30.00

(4)   42,501 to 52,500 pounds             $   60.00

(5)   52,501 to 62,500 pounds             $   80.00

(6)   62,501 to 72,500 pounds             $   100.00

(7)   72,501 to 80,000 pounds             $   120.00.

Nothing in this section exempts farm vehicles from gross weight-axle requirements contained in Section 56-5-4140.

(C)   In addition to the fee collected pursuant to subsection (B), an additional twelve dollars for bona fide farmers special farm vehicles must be collected and deposited in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund.

(C)(D)   A person who is issued a farm license plate for the purpose defined in this section and uses the license plate for purposes other than those defined is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both."

E.   Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-3-645.   (A)   In addition to the registration fees imposed by this chapter, motor vehicles that are powered:

(1)   exclusively by electricity, hydrogen, or any fuel other than motor fuel, as defined in Section 12-28-110(39), that are not subject to motor fuel user fees imposed by Chapter 28, Title 12 shall pay a biennial road user fee of one hundred twenty dollars; and

(2)   by a combination of motor fuel subject to motor fuel user fees imposed by Chapter 28, Title 12 and electricity, hydrogen, or any fuel other than motor fuel that are not subject to motor fuel user fees imposed by Chapter 28, Title 12 shall pay a biennial road user fee of sixty dollars.

(B)   The fees collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used pursuant to Section 12-28-2760.

(C)   The Department of Motor Vehicles shall collect this fee at the same time as the vehicle subject to the fee is registered."

F.   Chapter 28, Title 12 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 12-28-2760.   (A)There is established in the State Treasury the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund. This fund is separate and distinct from the general fund of the State and all other funds, and any earnings shall be retained in the fund. The fund shall consist of fees, or portions of fees, collected pursuant to Sections 56-1-140, 56-3-620, 56-3-640(B), 56-3-645, 56-3-667, and Article 23, Chapter 37 of Title 12. The funds shall be distributed as provided in subsection (B) and utilized in the manner provided in subsection (C).

(B)   The revenue in the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund shall be distributed as follows:

(1)   five hundred thousand dollars to each county transportation committee;

(2)   five hundred thousand dollars to the county transportation committee in each county that imposes a one cent sales tax pursuant to Article 10, Chapter 10, Title 4 for each year that the sales tax is imposed; and

(3)   the remainder, including earnings of the fund, to each county transportation committee in equal amounts.

(C)   Funds received by a County Transportation Committee pursuant to this section must be applied to road and bridge improvement projects in the state highway system following consideration of the Department of Transportation's rankings pursuant to Section 57-1-370(B)(8)."

SECTION   7.   A.     Chapter 37, Title 12 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

  "Article 23

Motor Carriers Commercial Motor Vehicles

Section 12-37-2810.   As used in this article, unless the context requires otherwise:

(A)   'Motor carrier' means a person who owns, controls, operates, manages, or leases a motor vehicle or bus for the transportation of property or persons in intrastate or interstate commerce except for scheduled intercity bus service and farm vehicles using FM tags as allowed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. A motor carrier is defined further as being a South Carolina-based International Registration Plan registrant or owning or leasing real property within this State used directly in the transportation of freight or persons. Reserved

(B)   'Commercial motor vehicle' means a motor propelled vehicle used on a public highway for the transportation of property on a public highway with a gross vehicle weight of greater than twenty-six thousand pounds.

(C)   'Highway' means all public roads, highways, streets, and ways in this State, whether within a municipality or outside of a municipality.

(D)   'Person' means any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, company or association, and includes a guardian, trustee, executor, administrator, receiver, conservator, or a person acting in a fiduciary capacity.

(E)   'Semitrailers' means every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and constructed so that a part of its weight and of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.

(F)   'Trailers' means every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and constructed so that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.

(G)   'Bus' means every motor vehicle designed for carrying more than sixteen passengers and used for the transportation of persons, for compensation, other than a taxicab or intercity bus.

(H)   'South Carolina apportionment factor' means the ratio of miles operated by a fleet of vehicles in South Carolina to the miles operated by the fleet of vehicles everywhere which is used to apportion the registration fees of the fleet under the International Registration Plan.

Section 12-37-2820.   (A)   The Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles annually shall assess, equalize, and apportion the valuation of all commercial motor vehicles of motor carriers registered for use in this State under the International Registration Plan or otherwise pursuant to Section 56-3-190. The valuation must be based on fair market value for the motor vehicles and an assessment ratio of nine and one-half percent as provided by Section 12-43-220(g). Fair market value is determined by depreciating the gross capitalized cost of each commercial motor vehicle by an annual percentage depreciation allowance down to ten percent of the cost as follows:

(1)   Year One           --           .90

(2)   Year Two         --           .80

(3)   Year Three         --           .65

(4)   Year Four         --           .50

(5)   Year Five         --           .35

(6)   Year Six           --           .25

(7)   Year Seven         --           .20

(8)   Year Eight         --           .15

(9)   Year Nine         --           .10

(B)   'Gross capitalized cost', as used in this section, means the original cost upon acquisition for income tax purposes, not to include taxes, interest, or cab customizing.

Section 12-37-2830.   The value of a commercial motor carrier's vehicles vehicle registered under the International Registration Plan and subject to property taxes road use fees in this State must be determined based on the ratio of total mileage operated within this State during the preceding calendar year to the total mileage of its fleet operated within and without this State during the same preceding calendar year according to the South Carolina apportionment factor for the fleet of which, for purposes of registration under the International Registration Plan, the commercial vehicle is a part.

Section 12-37-2840.   (A)   Motor carriers must file an annual property tax return with the Department of Revenue no later than June 30 for the preceding calendar year and remit one-half of the tax due or the entire tax due as stated on the return. If the motor carrier fails to pay either one-half of the tax due or the entire tax due as of June 30, the department must issue a proposed assessment for the entire tax to the motor carrier. The tax as shown in the proposed assessment must be paid in full by cashier's check, money order, or cash within thirty days of the issuance of the proposed assessment, or the taxpayer may appeal the proposed assessment within thirty days using the procedures provided in subarticle 1, Article 5, Chapter 60 of this title.

(B)(1)   If one-half of the tax is remitted on or before June 30, the remaining one-half of the tax due must be paid to the Department of Revenue on or before December 31 of that year. If the motor carrier fails to remit the remaining tax due pursuant to this section, the department shall issue a proposed assessment to the motor carrier.

(2)   The tax shown in the proposed assessment must be paid in full by cashier's check, money order, or cash or appealed within thirty days of the issuance of the proposed assessment. The taxpayer may appeal the proposed assessment using the procedures provided in subarticle 1, Article 5, Chapter 60 of this title.

(C)   If a motor carrier fails to timely file the return as required by this section, the department shall issue a proposed assessment which assumes all mileage of the motor carrier's fleet was driven within this State. A taxpayer may appeal this proposed assessment using the procedures provided in subarticle 1, Article 5, Chapter 60 of this title.

(D)   A twenty-five percent penalty must be added to the property tax due if the motor carrier fails to file a return or pay any tax due, including the one-half of the tax due on June 30, as required by this section. The penalty must be applied the day after the date that the return was due to be filed or the tax was due to be paid. This penalty is instead of all other penalties and interest required by law, except those provided in Section 12-54-44.

(E)   If the motor carrier fails to remit the tax due within thirty days of receipt of the proposed assessment and the taxpayer fails to appeal the proposed assessment as provided in subsection (B), the department shall assess the tax. Tax due pursuant to this section is subject to the collection procedures provided in Chapter 54, of this title, except that the penalty provisions of Section 12-54-43 do not apply A person registering a commercial motor vehicle shall pay the road use fee due on the vehicle at the time and in the manner the person pays the registration fees on the vehicle pursuant to Section 56-3-660 and the Highway Infrastructure Improvement Fee pursuant to Section 56-3-670. A person choosing to pay registration fees on a commercial motor vehicle in two installments pursuant to Section 56-3-660 and Section 56-3-670 also must pay the road use fee on the vehicle in the same installments.

Section 12-37-2842.     (A)   The Department of Motor Vehicles, at the time of first registration by a motor carrier as defined in this article, shall notify the registrant of the Department of Revenue's registration and filing requirements and supply the required registration forms.

(B)   The motor carrier must register with the Department of Revenue within thirty days following the year in which the vehicle or bus was first registered for operation in South Carolina.

(C)   A motor carrier must notify the Department of Revenue, on forms supplied by the department, of a motor vehicle or bus that is disposed of before December 31.

Section 12-37-2850.   The Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles shall assess annually the taxes road use fee due on commercial motor vehicles based on the value determined in Section 12-37-2820 and an average millage for all purposes statewide for the preceding calendar year and shall publish the average millage for the preceding year by June 1 first of each year. The taxes road use fee assessed must be paid to the Department of Revenue no later than December 31 of each year and may be made in two equal installments Motor Vehicles at the time and in the manner that the registration fees on the vehicle are paid pursuant to Section 56-3-660 and Section 56-3-670. Distribution of the taxes fees paid must be made by the State Treasurer's Office Office of the State Treasurer based on the distribution formula contained provided in Section 12-37-2870 Sections 12-37-2865 and 12-37-2870.

Section 12-37-2860.   (A)   In addition to the property tax exemptions allowed pursuant to Section 12-37-220, one hundred percent of the fair market value of semitrailers and trailers as defined in Section 12-37-2810, and commonly used in combination with a commercial motor vehicle as defined pursuant to Section 12-37-2810(B), is exempt from property tax.

(B)   Instead of the any property taxes tax and the registration requirements contained provided in Sections 56-3-110 and 56-3-700 on semitrailers and trailers of motor carriers as defined in Section 12-37-2810, and commonly used in combination with a commercial motor vehicle, a one-time fee payable to the Department of Motor Vehicles in the amount of eighty-seven dollars is due imposed on all semitrailers and trailers currently registered and subsequently on each semitrailer and trailer before being placed in service.

(C)   The fee imposed pursuant to subsection (B) and the registration requirements of this article are in lieu of any local road use fee, registration fees, or any other vehicle related fee imposed by a political subdivision of this State on a trailer or semitrailer.

(B)(D)   Twelve dollars of the one-time fee must be distributed to the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles and may be retained by the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles and expended in budgeted operations to record and administer the fee. The remaining seventy-five dollars of the fee must be distributed based on the distribution formula contained provided in Section Sections 12-37-2865 and 12-37-2870, and must occur by the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which the fees are collected.

(C)   The fee required by this section is due on or before March 31, 1998, for the initial registration.

(D)(E)   The Department of Motor Vehicles shall design a permanent tag for display on the exterior of the rear of the trailer or semitrailer in a conspicuous place.

Section 12-37-2865.   (A)   The fee revenues not retained by the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Section 12-37-2860 and the revenues of the road use fee assessed pursuant to Section 12-37-2850 must be distributed as provided in subsections (B) and (C). Distributions must be made by the last day of the next month succeeding the month in which the fee is paid.

(B)   The first seventeen million dollars of fee revenues in a fiscal year must be distributed as provided pursuant to Section 12-37-2870.

(C)   Fiscal year revenues in excess of seventeen million dollars of the fees described in subsection (A) must be credited to the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund.

Section 12-37-2870.   The distribution of the fee revenues required to be distributed pursuant to Section 12-37-2865(B) for each county must be determined on the ratio of total federal and state highway miles within each county during the preceding calendar year to the total federal and state highway miles within all counties of this State during the same preceding calendar year. The county must distribute the revenue from the payment-in-lieu of taxes received pursuant to this section within thirty days of its receipt to every governmental entity levying a property tax in the manner set forth below. For each governmental entity levying a property tax, the entire assessed value of the taxable property within its boundaries and the county area must be multiplied by the millage rate imposed by the governmental entity. That figure constitutes the numerator for that governmental entity. The total of the numerators for all property tax levying entities within the county area constitutes the denominator. The numerator for each governmental entity must be divided by the denominator. The resulting percentage must be multiplied by the payment-in-lieu of tax fee revenue received pursuant to this section and that amount distributed to the general fund of the appropriate governmental entity. The distribution of taxes and fees paid must be made by the last day of the next month succeeding the month in which the taxes and fees were paid.

Section 12-37-2880.   (A)   In addition to the property tax exemptions allowed pursuant to Section 12-37-220, one hundred percent of the fair market value of all commercial motor vehicles registered for use in this State under the International Registration Plan or otherwise pursuant to Section 56-3-190, is exempt from property tax and is instead subject to the road use fee imposed pursuant to this article.

(B)   The ad valorem taxes authorized road use fee imposed by this article are is in lieu of all other ad valorem taxes upon the commercial motor vehicles of motor carriers, and any road use or other vehicle related fees imposed by a political subdivision of this State if the vehicle is registered under the International Registration Plan. The fee-in-lieu of property taxes and registration requirements authorized by this article are in lieu of all other ad valorem taxes upon trailers and semitrailers of motor carriers.

Section 12-37-2890.   (A)   Upon request by the Department of Revenue, and after the time period for all appeals of tax due is exhausted, the Department of Motor Vehicles shall suspend the driver's license and vehicle registration of a person that fails to file or pay a motor carrier property tax on a vehicle, pursuant to this article. The request to suspend must be an electronic notification from the Department of Revenue to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Before notification is sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Revenue shall notify the delinquent taxpayer by certified letter of the pending suspension and of the steps necessary to prevent the suspension from being entered on the taxpayer's driving and registration records. The department shall allow thirty days for payment of taxes before notifying the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend the driver's license and vehicle registration.

(B)   Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 56-1-460 and 56-9-500, a charge of driving under suspension when the suspension is solely for failure to file or pay a motor carrier property tax or the reinstatement fee required for the property tax does not require proof of financial responsibility. A person is not subject to a custodial arrest solely for being under suspension pursuant to this section. Upon conviction of a violation of this section, the taxpayer is subject to:

(1)   for a first offense a fine not to exceed fifty dollars;

(2)   for a second offense a fine not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars; and

(3)   for a third or subsequent offense under this section, the penalty is a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or imprisonment not to exceed thirty days, or both.

(C)   Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (A) and (B) of this section or the provisions of Section 56-1-460, a charge of driving under suspension issued solely as a result of this section must be dismissed if the taxpayer provides proof on the taxpayer's court date that the personal property taxes on the vehicle which resulted in the charge being issued have been paid.

(D)   Before the reinstatement of a driver's license or vehicle registration suspended due to a violation of this section, a fee of fifty dollars must be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles may retain revenues generated by payment of the reinstatement fees pursuant to this section for use in defraying costs associated with suspension and reinstatement actions pursuant to this section. Fees collected in excess of actual departmental direct costs related to suspension and reinstatement actions pursuant to this section must be deposited to the credit of the general fund of the State at the end of each fiscal year."

B.   Section 56-3-120(5) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(5)   a trailer or semitrailer of a motor carrier commonly used in combination with a commercial motor vehicle as defined in Section 12-37-2810 for which trailer or semitrailer the fee-in-lieu of taxes and registration requirements has been paid fee imposed pursuant to Section 12-37-2860 is paid and applicable registration requirements provided pursuant to Article 23, Chapter 37, Title 12, are met, and a distinctive permanent plate has been issued pursuant to Section 12-37-2860."

C.   Section 56-3-610 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-610.   (A)   Except as provided in subsection (B), the owner of every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, and special mobile equipment vehicle required to be registered and licensed under this chapter shall pay to the Department of Motor Vehicles at the time of registering and licensing the vehicle and biennially after that time registration and license fees as set forth in this article.

(B)   A commercial motor vehicle on which is imposed the road use fee provided pursuant to Article 23, Chapter 37, Title 12 is required to be registered and licensed annually pursuant to this chapter and the scheduled fees adjusted as provided pursuant to Section 56-3-660(E)."

D.   Section 56-3-660(E) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(E)   The department may register an apportionable vehicle for the payment of one-half of this State's portion of the license fee for a vehicle whose portion owed to this State exceeds eight hundred dollars. The department may require any information necessary to complete the transaction The registration period for a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 12-37-2810, is annual rather than biennial. The annual registration fee for such a commercial motor vehicle is one-half the fee set out in subsection (A) for a vehicle of like weight. The provisions in subsection (A) concerning semiannual payment of fees and proportionate registration apply to the registration of such a commercial motor vehicle as to any other vehicle. Notwithstanding the registration periods provided in this section, upon appropriate notice, the department may revise the established renewal dates to allow renewals to be assigned an expiration date pursuant to a staggered monthly basis."

E.   Section 58-23-620 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 145 of 1995, is further amended to read:

"Section 58-23-620.   (A)   No city, town, A municipality or county in this State shall may not impose a license fee or license tax upon a holder of a certificate A or a certificate B, and no city, town, a municipality or county shall may not impose a license fee or license tax on the holder of a certificate E or a certificate F, Certificate of Compliance, or a common or contract motor carrier of property, except the city or town municipality of such the carrier's residence or the location of his the carrier's principal place of business. However, the fee required of a holder of a certificate C is in addition to any license tax or license fee charged by a municipality.

(B)   If a municipality imposes a license fee or license tax pursuant to subsection (A), the fee or tax in the case of any certificate holder or common or contract motor carrier of property which operates its vehicles both within and without this State, must be apportioned in the ratio that the miles traveled by the vehicles operated by the certificate holder in this State bears to miles traveled by those vehicles in all states."

F.   Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary within this SECTION, a person who registers a vehicle for use in this state pursuant to Article 23, Chapter 37, Title 12, as amended by this Act, who was subject to property taxes on the vehicle in this State prior to the effective date of this Act, who must register his vehicle:

(1)   on or prior to June 30, 2014 is required to pay his 2013 property taxes on the vehicle only to the extent that the property taxes exceed the road use fee imposed by Article 23, Chapter 37, Title 12, as amended by this Act; or

(2)   on or after July 1, 2014 is required pay one half of the property taxes due for 2013 which shall be credited against the road use fee that must be remitted on the registration date.

The provisions contained in this item (F) are effective for calendar year 2014 only.

SECTION   8.   Chapter 10, Title 4 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

  "ARTICLE 10.

TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX ACT

Section 4-10-1000.   This article may be cited as the 'Transportation Infrastructure Sales Tax Act'.

Section 4-10-1010.   For the purposes of this article 'transportation infrastructure project' or 'project' shall mean construction, improvement, maintenance, and paving for rural, county, or state roads and bridges. Transportation infrastructure projects may be located within or without, or both within and without, the boundaries of the local governmental entities, including the county, municipalities, and special purpose districts located in the county area.

Section 4-10-1020.   Subject to the requirements of this article, the county governing body may impose a one percent sales and use tax by ordinance, subject to a referendum, within the county area for a specific purpose or purposes and for a limited amount of time.

Section 4-10-1030.   The county transportation committee shall consider proposals for funding transportation infrastructure projects within the county area on rural, county, or state roads and bridges with proceeds of a tax imposed pursuant to this article. The committee shall formulate the referendum question that is to appear on the ballot pursuant to this article. The committee must take into consideration the Department of Transportation's priority list of projects when formulating the referendum question.

Section 4-10-1040.   (A)   The sales and use tax authorized by this article is imposed by an enacting ordinance of the county governing body containing the ballot question formulated by the county transportation committee pursuant to Section 4-10-1030 subject to referendum approval in the county. The ordinance must specify the type of work to be undertaken and identify the transportation infrastructure projects that will be undertaken;

(1)   the maximum time, in two-year increments not to exceed eight years from the date of imposition, or in the case of a reimposed tax, a period ending on April thirtieth of an odd-numbered year, not to exceed seven years, for which the tax may be imposed; and

(2)   any other condition precedent, as determined by the county transportation committee to the imposition of the sales and use tax authorized by this article or condition or restriction on the use of sales and use tax revenue collected pursuant to this article.

(B)   When the tax authorized by this article is imposed for more than one project, the enacting ordinance must set forth the priority in which the net proceeds are to be expended for the purposes stated. The enacting ordinance may set forth a formula or system by which multiple projects are funded simultaneously.

(C)   Upon receipt of the ordinance, the county election commission must conduct a referendum on the question of imposing the sales and use tax in the area of the county that is to be subject to the tax. The referendum for imposition or reimposition of the tax must be held at the time of the general election. Two weeks before the referendum the election commission must publish in a newspaper of general circulation the question that is to appear on the ballot, with the list of projects and the cost of the projects. This notice is in lieu of any other notice otherwise required by law.

(D)   The referendum question to be on the ballot must read substantially as follows:

'Must a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in (county) for not more than (time) to raise the amounts specified for the following purposes?

(1)     for (transportation infrastructure project);

(2)     for (transportation infrastructure project);

(3)     etc.

Yes [ ]

No [ ].'

(E)   All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of imposing the tax for the stated purposes shall vote 'yes' and all qualified electors opposed to levying the tax shall vote 'no'. If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of imposing the tax, then the tax is imposed as provided in this article and the enacting ordinance. A subsequent referendum on this question must be held on the date prescribed in subsection (C). The election commission shall conduct the referendum under the election laws of this State, mutatis mutandis, and shall certify the result no later than November thirtieth to the county governing body and to the Department of Revenue. Expenses of the referendum must be paid by the governmental entities that would receive the proceeds of the tax in the same proportion that those entities would receive the net proceeds of the tax.

(F)   Upon receipt of the returns of the referendum, the county governing body must, by resolution, declare the results. In that event, the results of the referendum, as declared by resolution of the county governing body, are not open to question except by a suit or proceeding instituted within thirty days from the date the resolution is adopted.

Section 4-10-1050.   (A)   If the sales and use tax is approved in the referendum, the tax is imposed on the first of May following the date of the referendum. If the reimposition of an existing sales and use tax imposed pursuant to this article is approved in the referendum, the new tax is imposed immediately following the termination of the earlier imposed tax and the reimposed tax terminates on the thirtieth of April in an odd-numbered year, not to exceed seven years from the date of reimposition. If the certification is not timely made to the Department of Revenue, the imposition is postponed for twelve months.

(B)   The tax terminates the final day of the maximum time period specified for the imposition.

(C)(1)   Amounts collected in excess of the required net proceeds must first be applied, if necessary, to complete a project for which the tax was imposed.

(2)   If funds still remain after first using the funds as described in item (1) and the tax is reimposed, the remaining funds must be used to fund the projects approved by the voters in the referendum to reimpose the tax, in priority order as the projects appeared on the enacting ordinance.

(3)   If funds still remain after first using the funds as described in item (1) and the tax is not reimposed, the remaining funds must be used for the purposes set forth in Section 4-10-1030. These remaining funds only may be expended for the purposes set forth in Section 4-10-1030 following an ordinance specifying the authorized purpose or purposes for which the funds will be used.

Section 4-10-1060.   (A)   The tax levied pursuant to this article must be administered and collected by the Department of Revenue in the same manner that other sales and use taxes are collected. The department may prescribe amounts that may be added to the sales price because of the tax.

(B)   The tax authorized by this article is in addition to all other local sales and use taxes and applies to the gross proceeds of sales in the applicable area that is subject to the tax imposed by Chapter 36, Title 12 and the enforcement provisions of Chapter 54, Title 12. The gross proceeds of the sale of items subject to a maximum tax in Chapter 36, Title 12 are exempt from the tax imposed by this article. Unprepared food items eligible for purchase with United States Department of Agriculture food coupons are exempt from the tax imposed pursuant to this article. The tax imposed by this article also applies to tangible personal property subject to the use tax in Article 13, Chapter 36, Title 12.

(C)   A taxpayer required to remit taxes under Article 13, Chapter 36 of Title 12 must identify the county in which the personal property purchased at retail is stored, used, or consumed in this State.

(D)   A utility is required to report sales in the county in which the consumption of the tangible personal property occurs.

(E)   A taxpayer subject to the tax imposed by Section 12-36-920, who owns or manages rental units in more than one county, must report separately in his sales tax return the total gross proceeds from business done in each county.

(F)   The gross proceeds of sales of tangible personal property delivered after the imposition date of the tax levied under this article in a county, either under the terms of a construction contract executed before the imposition date, or a written bid submitted before the imposition date, culminating in a construction contract entered into before or after the imposition date, are exempt from the sales and use tax provided in this article if a verified copy of the contract is filed with the Department of Revenue within six months after the imposition date of the sales and use tax provided for in this article.

(G)   Notwithstanding the imposition date of the sales and use tax authorized pursuant to this chapter, with respect to services that are billed regularly on a monthly basis, the sales and use tax authorized pursuant to this article is imposed beginning on the first day of the billing period beginning on or after the imposition date.

Section 4-10-1070.   The revenues of the tax collected under this article must be remitted to the Department of Revenue and placed on deposit with the State Treasurer and credited to a fund separate and distinct from the general fund of the State. After deducting the amount of any refunds made and costs to the Department of Revenue of administering the tax, not to exceed one percent of the revenues, the State Treasurer shall distribute the revenues quarterly to the county treasurer in the county area in which the tax is imposed and the revenues must be used only for the purposes stated in the imposition ordinance. The State Treasurer may correct misallocations by adjusting subsequent distributions, but these adjustments must be made in the same fiscal year as the misallocations. However, allocations made as a result of city or county code errors must be corrected prospectively.

Section 4-10-1080.   The Department of Revenue shall furnish data to the State Treasurer and to the county treasurers receiving revenues for the purpose of calculating distributions and estimating revenues. The information that must be supplied to counties and municipalities upon request includes, but is not limited to, gross receipts, net taxable sales, and tax liability by taxpayers. Information about a specific taxpayer is considered confidential and is governed by the provisions of Section 12-54-240. A person violating this section is subject to the penalties provided in Section 12-54-240.

Section 4-10-1090.   Annually, and only in the month of June, funds collected by the department from the transportation infrastructure project sales tax, which are not identified as to the governmental unit due the tax, must be transferred, after reasonable effort by the department to determine the appropriate governmental unit, to the State Treasurer's Office. The State Treasurer shall distribute these funds to the county treasurer in the county area in which the tax is imposed and the revenues must be used only for the purposes stated in the imposition ordinance. The State Treasurer shall calculate this supplemental distribution on a proportional basis, based on the current fiscal year's county area revenue collections.

Section 4-10-1100.   The County Transportation Committee of each county that imposes a tax pursuant to this article must receive five hundred thousand dollars from the Local Transportation Infrastructure Fund. All monies received from the fund must be used for system improvements of roads in the state highway system.

Section 4-10-1110.   The Department of Transportation shall administer all funds expended on the state highway system unless the department has given explicit authority to a county or municipal government or other agent acting on behalf of the county transportation committee to design, engineer, construct, and inspect projects using their own personnel.

Section 4-10-1120.   The revenues of the tax collected under this article may not be used to defray debt service on bonds issued to pay for projects authorized in this article.

Section 4-10-1130. A county may impose the sales tax provided in this article in addition to any other local option sales taxes already in effect in that county."

SECTION   9.   Section 11-43-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 11-43-140.   The board of directors is the governing board of the bank. The board consists of seven eleven voting directors as follows: the Chairman of the Department of Transportation Commission, ex officio; one director appointed by the Governor who shall serve as chairman; one director appointed by the Governor; one director appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker, ex officio; one director appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; and one member of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, ex officio; one member from the public at large appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate; one member of the public at large appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; one member of the public at large appointed by the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives; and one member of the public at large appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. Directors appointed by the Governor, the Speaker, and the President Pro Tempore shall serve terms coterminous with those of their appointing authority. Directors appointed by the respective Majority and Minority Leaders shall serve terms conterminous with the tenure of their appointing authority's tenure as either Majority or Minority Leader within their respective bodies. The terms for the legislative members are coterminous with their terms of office. The vice chairman must be elected by the board. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy must be appointed in the same manner as the original appointee for the remainder of the unexpired term."

SECTION   10.   Section 57-1-430(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 57-1-430.   (A)   The secretary is charged with the affirmative duty to carry out the policies of the commission, to administer the day-to-day affairs of the department, to direct the implementation of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and the Statewide Mass Transit Plan, and to ensure the timely completion of all projects undertaken by the department, and routine operation and maintenance requests, and emergency repairs. He must represent the department in its dealings with other state agencies, local governments, special districts, and the federal government. The secretary must prepare an annual budget for the department that must be approved by the commission before becoming effective. In each fiscal year in which proceeds from bonds issued pursuant to Section 11-43-420 are programmed for bridge improvements, the department must budget in its resurfacing program an amount equal to the amount programmed for bridge improvements from the proceeds of bonds issued pursuant to Section 11-43-420 that fiscal year plus one hundred million dollars, provided federal aid highway funding levels are not reduced."

SECTION   11.   Section 12-28-2740(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)   The funds expended must be approved by and used in furtherance of a countywide transportation plan adopted by a county transportation committee. The county transportation committee must be appointed by the county legislative delegation and must be made up of fair representation from municipalities and unincorporated areas of the county; provided, however, that members of county or municipal governing bodies may not be appointed to a county transportation committee. County transportation committees may join in approving a regional transportation plan, and the funds must be used in furtherance of the regional transportation plan. This subsection does not prohibit the county legislative delegation from making project recommendations to the county transportation committee. A county transportation committee may expend from the funds allocated under this section an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars for reasonable administrative expenses directly related to the activities of the committee. Administrative expenses may include costs associated with copying, mailings, public notices, correspondence, and recordkeeping but do not include the payment of per diem or salaries for members of the committee."

SECTION   12.   Section 6 of Act 114 of 2007 is repealed.

SECTION   13.   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   14.   The General Assembly finds that the sections presented in this act constitute one subject as required by Article III, Section 17 of the South Carolina Constitution, in particular finding that each change and each topic relates directly to or in conjunction with other sections to the subject of directing additional funding for transportation infrastructure projects as clearly enumerated in the title.

The General Assembly further finds that a common purpose or relationship exists among the sections, representing a potential plurality but not disunity of topics, notwithstanding that reasonable minds might differ in identifying more than one topic contained in the act./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator CLEARY explained the committee amendment.

The committee amendment was adopted.

On motion of Senator CLEARY, the Bill was carried over.

Senator MALLOY resumed speaking on the Amendment No. P1A.

Objection

Senator SHANE MARTIN asked unanimous consent, with Senator MALLOY retaining the floor, to take a 5 minute recess.

Senator SCOTT objected.

Senator SHANE MARTIN spoke on the perfecting amendment.

Objection

Senator SHANE MARTIN asked unanimous consent to recommit S. 516 to the Committee on Finance retaining its place on the Calendar.

Senator PEELER objected.

Senator SCOTT spoke on the perfecting amendment.

Motion to Ratify Adopted

At 4:17 P.M., Senator COURSON moved to invite the House of Representatives to attend the Senate Chamber for the purpose of ratifying Acts at a mutually convenient time.

The motion was adopted and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Senator SCOTT resumed speaking on the perfecting amendment.

Debate was interrupted by adjournment.

LOCAL APPOINTMENT
Confirmation

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

Initial Appointment, Spartanburg County Magistrate, with the term to commence April 30, 2011, and to expire April 30, 2015
Edward Gene Addington, Post Office Box 1301, Cowpens, SC 29330 VICE None-Part Time Magistrate

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator COURSON, the Senate stood adjourned.

ADJOURNMENT

At 4:24 P.M., on motion of Senator COURSON, the Senate adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.

Recorded Vote

Senators BRIGHT, BRYANT, SHANE MARTIN and CORBIN desired to be recorded as voting against the motion to adjourn.

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