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A162, R167, H4816
Sponsors: Rep. J.E. Smith
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Introduced in the House on February 2, 2016
Introduced in the Senate on February 4, 2016
Passed by the General Assembly on March 22, 2016
Governor's Action: April 21, 2016, Signed
Summary: Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/2/2016 House Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without reference (House Journal-page 13) 2/3/2016 House Read second time (House Journal-page 19) 2/3/2016 House Roll call Yeas-103 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 19) 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 8) 2/4/2016 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 8) 3/16/2016 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 10) 3/17/2016 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 22) 3/17/2016 Senate Roll call Ayes-41 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 22) 3/17/2016 Scrivener's error corrected 3/22/2016 Senate Read third time and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 10) 4/19/2016 Ratified R 167 4/21/2016 Signed By Governor 4/27/2016 Effective date 04/21/16 5/2/2016 Act No. 162
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A162, R167, H4816)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-205 SO AS TO DESIGNATE JUNE TWENTY-SEVENTH OF EACH YEAR AS SOUTH CAROLINA POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY (PTSI) AWARENESS DAY.
Whereas, the brave men and women who proudly serve the United States Armed Forces by risking their lives to protect our nation and its ideals deserve the investment of all possible resources to their long-term psychological, physical and emotional health; and
Whereas, the acronym PTSI refers to the term post-traumatic stress injury; and
Whereas, post-traumatic stress injury occurs after a person has experienced severe trauma and can result from the stress produced in combat, as well as in car accidents, plane crashes, bombings, child abuse or natural disaster; and
Whereas, post-traumatic stress injuries can be characterized by numerous symptoms including: flashbacks, avoidance, hyper-vigilance, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide; and
Whereas, more than two million American service men and women have been deployed by the United States Armed Forces since September 11, 2001; and
Whereas, many members of the United States Armed Forces deploy more than once, increasing the risk of developing post-traumatic stress injuries; and
Whereas, the reference to the word "disorder" when describing a post-traumatic stress injury may imply a negative connotation; and
Whereas, this negative connotation can discourage United States Armed Forces service men and women, as well as other citizens who experience post-traumatic stress injuries from seeking and receiving aid; and
Whereas, the establishment of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day would raise public awareness of the injury; and
Whereas, the establishment of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day also would increase awareness of the need to develop effective treatments and aid the effort to eliminate any negative stigmas associated with post-traumatic stress injuries. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
PTSI Awareness Day designated
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 53-3-205. June twenty-seventh of each year is designated as South Carolina Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 19th day of April, 2016.
Approved the 21st day of April, 2016.
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