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Sponsors: Reps. Hixon, Hodges, Corley, Burns, Hiott, V.S. Moss and Kirby
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 780
Introduced in the House on January 20, 2016
Introduced in the Senate on February 4, 2016
Last Amended on February 3, 2016
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/20/2016 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 5) 1/20/2016 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 5) 1/28/2016 House Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 3) 2/3/2016 House Amended (House Journal-page 15) 2/3/2016 House Read second time (House Journal-page 15) 2/3/2016 House Roll call Yeas-106 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 16) 2/4/2016 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 18) 2/4/2016 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7) 2/4/2016 Senate Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry (Senate Journal-page 7)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
February 3, 2016
Introduced by Reps. Hixon, Hodges, Corley, Burns, Hiott, V.S. Moss and Kirby
S. Printed 2/3/16--H.
Read the first time January 20, 2016.
TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-1630, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SALE AND TRAFFICKING IN FISH, SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES, TO PROVIDE THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY ISSUE PERMITS FOR THE RELEASE OR STOCKING OF STERILE WHITE AMUR, GRASS CARP, OR GRASS CARP HYBRIDS IN THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE PERMITS FOR THE IMPORTATION, BREEDING, AND POSSESSION OF GRASS CARP.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 50-13-1630(A) through (D) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 114 of 2012, is further amended to read:
"(A) A person may not possess, sell, offer for sale, import, bring,
or cause to be brought or imported into this State, or release anywhere in this State the following species at any stage of its life cycle:
(1) carnero or candiru catfish (Vandellia cirrhosa);
(2) freshwater electric eel (Electrophorus electricus);
(3) white amur or grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella);
(4) walking catfish or a member of the clariidae family (Clarias, Heteropneustea, Gymnallabes, Channallabes, or Heterobranchus genera);
(5) piranha (all members of Serrasalmus, Rooseveltiella, and Pygocentrus genera);
(7) Mexican banded tetra;
(8) sea lamprey;
(9) rudd (Scardinius erythrophtalmu-Linneaus);
(10) snakehead (all members of family Channidae);
(11) rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus); and
(12) other nonindigenous species not established, except by permit, exclusive of the recognized pet trade species.
(B) The department may issue special import permits to qualified persons for research and education only.
(C)(1) The department may issue permits for the release or the stocking of sterile white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrids in
the waters of this State. The permits must certify that the permittee's white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrids have been tested and determined to be sterile. The department may charge a testing fee of one dollar for each white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrid that measures five inches or longer or twenty-five cents for each white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrid that measures less than five inches. The fee collected for sterility testing must be retained by the department and used to offset the costs of the testing.
(2) The department is authorized to promulgate regulations to establish a fee schedule to replace the fee schedule contained in item (1) of this subsection. Upon these regulations taking effect, the fee schedule contained in item (1) of this subsection no longer applies.
(D) The department may issue permits for the importation, breeding, and possession of nonsterile white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrids. The permits must be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Aquaculture Enabling Act in Article 2, Chapter 18 of this title. Provided, however, that no white amur, grass carp, or grass carp hybrids imported, bred, or possessed pursuant to this subsection may be stocked in
the waters of this State except as provided in subsection (C) of this section."
SECTION 2. Section 50-13-1630(F) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 114 of 2012, is further amended to read:
(F) The department shall prescribe the qualifications, methods, controls, and restrictions required of a person or his agent to whom a permit is issued. The department shall condition all permits issued under this section to safeguard public safety and welfare and prevent the introduction into the wild or release of nonnative species of fish or other organisms into
the waters of this State. The department may promulgate regulations necessary to effectuate this section and specifically to prohibit additional species of fish from being imported, possessed, or sold in this State when the department determines the species of fish are potentially dangerous. A violation of the terms of the permit may result in revocation and a civil penalty of up to five thousand dollars. An appeal is pursuant to the provisions of Article 2, Chapter 23, Title 1 (the Administrative Procedures Act).
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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