South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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H. 3619

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Atwater and Erickson
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nl\13657sd17.docx

Introduced in the House on January 31, 2017
Introduced in the Senate on February 22, 2017
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Summary: Animals

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/31/2017  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 14)
   1/31/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 14)
    2/1/2017  House   Recalled from Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 40)
    2/1/2017  House   Committed to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 40)
   2/16/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Erickson
   2/16/2017  House   Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural 
                        Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 3)
   2/21/2017  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 41)
   2/21/2017  House   Roll call Yeas-98  Nays-12 (House Journal-page 42)
   2/22/2017  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 9)
   2/22/2017  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
   2/22/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural 
                        Resources (Senate Journal-page 7)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/31/2017
2/16/2017

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COMMITTEE REPORT

February 16, 2017

H. 3619

Introduced by Reps. Atwater and Erickson

S. Printed 2/16/17--H.

Read the first time January 31, 2017.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL

RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3619) to amend Section 47-1-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions in regard to cruelty to animals, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

DAVID R. HIOTT for Committee.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 47-1-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "COMPANION ANIMAL"; AND BY ADDING SECTION 47-1-45 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE TATTOOING OR PIERCING OF A COMPANION ANIMAL EXCEPT FOR SPECIFIED REASONS AND, WHEN AUTHORIZED, PERFORMED BY SPECIFIED PERSONS, AND TO PROVIDE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION WHICH IS A MISDEMEANOR.

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

SECTION    1.    Section 47-1-10 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding a new item to read:

"(4)    'Companion animal' means any animal that is kept inside a residential dwelling and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept. 'Companion animal' does not include livestock, fowl, or any wild animal."

SECTION    2.        Chapter 1, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 47-1-45.    (A)    A person shall not pierce or tattoo a companion animal unless the piercing or tattooing provides for the identification of the companion animal or the piercing or tattooing provides a medical benefit to the companion animal. Piercing or tattooing authorized pursuant to this subsection must be completed by a licensed veterinarian or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

(B)    A person violating the provisions of subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

(C)    Each violation of subsection (A) is considered a separate offense.

(D)    The provisions of this section do not apply to a person who is the owner or possessor of a companion animal that has any piercing or tattooing before the effective date of this section.

(E)    As contained in this section 'tattoo' or 'tattooing' has the same meaning as contained in Section 44-34-10(4)."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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