South Carolina General Assembly
121st Session, 2015-2016

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A208, R232, S1028

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Verdin
Document Path: l:\s-res\dbv\014vete.dmr.dbv.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 27, 2016
Introduced in the House on April 14, 2016
Last Amended on April 12, 2016
Passed by the General Assembly on June 2, 2016
Governor's Action: June 3, 2016, Signed

Summary: Department of Agriculture

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/27/2016  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 5)
   1/27/2016  Senate  Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural 
                        Resources (Senate Journal-page 5)
   3/24/2016  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Agriculture and Natural 
                        Resources (Senate Journal-page 3)
   3/31/2016          Scrivener's error corrected
    4/7/2016  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 29)
    4/7/2016  Senate  Roll call Ayes-39  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 29)
   4/12/2016  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 16)
   4/13/2016  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 24)
   4/14/2016  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 14)
   4/14/2016  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 14)
   5/24/2016  House   Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural 
                        Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 34)
    6/1/2016  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 20)
    6/1/2016  House   Roll call Yeas-108  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 20)
    6/2/2016  House   Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 7)
    6/2/2016          Ratified R 232
    6/3/2016          Signed By Governor
    6/9/2016          Effective date 06/03/16
    6/9/2016          Act No. 208

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/27/2016
3/24/2016
3/31/2016
4/12/2016
4/12/2016-A
5/24/2016

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(A208, R232, S1028)

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 46-3-280 SO AS TO CREATE A PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO INTEGRATE VETERANS INTO THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE AND SUPPORT VETERANS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE, TO PROVIDE THAT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY MAY DEVELOP A PROGRAM TO FURTHER ADVANCE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY AND HELP VETERANS PROMOTE THEIR AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS, TO ESTABLISH IN THE STATE TREASURY THE SOUTH CAROLINA VETERANS AND WARRIORS TO AGRICULTURE PROGRAM AND FUND, ITS FUNDING MECHANISM AND HOW FUNDS ARE TO BE SPENT, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.

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

Agriculture programs to assist veterans established

SECTION    1.    Chapter 3, Title 46 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 46-3-280.    (A)(1)    There is created a program within the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to integrate veterans into the field of agriculture and support veterans currently working in agriculture. The Department of Agriculture, the Division of Veterans' Affairs, the Adjutant General, Clemson University, South Carolina State University, and any other institution of higher learning that offers agricultural programs shall work in conjunction to recruit and train eligible veterans, and develop and support the program.

(2)    Clemson University, in conjunction with the entities listed in subsection (A)(1), may develop a program that may include, but is not limited to, using repurposed land for agricultural development, promoting high tunnel crops and production, expanding the apiary industry, developing cottage industries, exploring niche crops, raising more livestock, increasing the aquaculture industry and helping veterans promote their agricultural products through farmers markets and cooperatives.

(B)    There is established in the state treasury a separate and distinct fund known as the 'South Carolina Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program and Fund'. The fund shall consist of gifts, grants and donations, and legislative appropriations which may be made to support the program. Expenditures from the fund shall be used exclusively to pay costs, fees, and expenses necessary to administer the program.

(C)    The Department of Agriculture shall promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this section."

Time effective

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

Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2016.

Approved the 3rd day of June, 2016.

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