South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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A254, R301, H4543

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Sponsors: Reps. Southard, R.L. Ott, Jefferson, H.A. Crawford, M.S. McLeod, Vick, Hardwick, Williams, Robinson-Simpson, George, Daning, Munnerlyn, Long, Crosby, Felder, Gagnon, Hayes, Hixon, Howard, Norman, Stavrinakis, V.S. Moss and Knight
Document Path: l:\council\bills\swb\5067cm14.docx

Introduced in the House on January 22, 2014
Introduced in the Senate on March 5, 2014
Last Amended on May 28, 2014
Passed by the General Assembly on June 3, 2014
Governor's Action: June 6, 2014, Signed

Summary: Blue Catfish

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/22/2014  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 14)
   1/22/2014  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 14)
   1/23/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: V.S.Moss
   2/26/2014  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Agriculture, 
                        Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 1)
   2/27/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Knight
    3/4/2014  House   Amended (House Journal-page 33)
    3/4/2014  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 33)
    3/4/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-103  Nays-4 (House Journal-page 33)
    3/5/2014  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 11)
    3/5/2014  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 9)
    3/5/2014  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 9)
   5/15/2014  Senate  Committee report: Majority favorable, minority 
                        unfavorable Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 8)
   5/22/2014  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 37)
   5/23/2014          Scrivener's error corrected
   5/28/2014  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 57)
   5/28/2014  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 57)
   5/28/2014  Senate  Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 57)
   5/29/2014          Scrivener's error corrected
   5/29/2014  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 48)
    6/3/2014  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 61)
    6/3/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-101  Nays-1 (House Journal-page 62)
    6/5/2014          Ratified R 301
    6/6/2014          Signed By Governor
   6/13/2014          Effective date See Act for Effective Date
   6/19/2014          Act No. 254

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/22/2014
2/26/2014
3/4/2014
5/15/2014
5/22/2014
5/23/2014
5/28/2014
5/29/2014

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(A254, R301, H4543)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF BLUE CATFISH, SO AS TO DECREASE THE MAXIMUM LENGTH OF A BLUE CATFISH THAT MAY BE TAKEN ON CERTAIN BODIES OF WATER, TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE, TO ESTABLISH THE DAILY POSSESSION LIMIT FOR BLUE CATFISH TAKEN FROM LAKE MARION, LAKE MOULTRIE, AND THE UPPER REACH OF THE SANTEE RIVER, AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO MAKE A STUDY OF THE BLUE CATFISH FISHERY ON THE SANTEE AND COOPER RIVER SYSTEMS, AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ANY NEEDED MODIFICATIONS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-1120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE POINT SYSTEM FOR VIOLATING CERTAIN PROVISIONS THAT REGULATE FISHING AND HUNTING, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TAKING OR POSSESSING MORE THAN THE LEGAL CREEL OR SIZE LIMIT OF BLUE CATFISH IS A FOURTEEN POINT VIOLATION; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MUST CONDUCT A STUDY OF THE STATUS OF THE BLUE CATFISH POPULATION AND PRESENT THE STUDY TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Blue catfish

SECTION    1.    Section 50-13-640 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 114 of 2012, is amended to read:

"Section 50-13-640.    (A)    It is unlawful to possess more than two blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) greater than thirty-two inches in length in any one day in Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, or the upper reach of the Santee River, and the Congaree and Wateree Rivers.

(B)    The daily possession limit for blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is not more than twenty-five in Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, and the upper reach of the Santee River.

(C)    The department shall make a study of the blue catfish fishery on the Santee and Cooper River systems and make recommendations on any needed modifications of this section on or before January 2020.

(D)    A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than three hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both."

Fishing violations

SECTION    2.    Section 50-9-1120(3) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 237 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"(3)    Fishing violations:

(a)    trapping, netting, or seining game fish illegally: 10;

(b)    taking or possessing more than the legal limit of striped bass: 14;

(c)    taking or possessing an undersized striped bass: 14 ;

(d)    taking or possessing more than the legal creel or size limit of blue catfish: 14."

Savings clause

SECTION    3.    The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.

Blue catfish population study

SECTION    4.    The Department of Natural Resources must conduct a study on the status of the blue catfish population. The study must be presented to the General Assembly before January 1, 2018.

Time effective

SECTION    5.    This act takes effect April 1, 2015, and shall be automatically repealed on June 30, 2018, unless reauthorized by a joint resolution for that specific purpose.

Ratified the 5th day of June, 2014.

Approved the 6th day of June, 2014.

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