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Sponsors: Senator Alexander
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Introduced in the Senate on March 23, 2017
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
Summary: Pyramid Promotional Scheme Prohibition Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/23/2017 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 4) 3/23/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (Senate Journal-page 4) 4/27/2017 Senate Committee report: Favorable Labor, Commerce and Industry (Senate Journal-page 50) 4/28/2017 Scrivener's error corrected 5/9/2017 Senate Recommitted to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (Senate Journal-page 6)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
April 27, 2017
S. Printed 4/27/17--S. [SEC 4/28/17 2:58 PM]
Read the first time March 23, 2017.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 577) to amend Chapter 5, Title 39 of the 1976 Code, relating to unfair trade practices, by adding Article 7, to enact the "Pyramid Promotional Scheme Prohibition Act", etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
THOMAS C. ALEXANDER for Committee.
TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 39 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 7, TO ENACT THE "PYRAMID PROMOTIONAL SCHEME PROHIBITION ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT PYRAMID PROMOTIONAL SCHEMES CONSTITUTE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT AND TO PROVIDE NECESSARY DEFINITIONS; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 39-5-30, RELATING TO PYRAMID CLUBS AND SIMILAR OPERATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 5, Title 39 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 39-5-710. This article must be known and may be cited as the 'Pyramid Promotional Scheme Prohibition Act'.
Section 39-5-720. As used in this article:
(1) 'Compensation' means the payment of money, a thing of value, or a benefit.
(2) 'Consideration' means either the payment of money or the provision of a thing of value for the purchase of a product, good, service, or intangible property. Consideration does not include:
(a) the purchase of a product, furnished at cost, for use in making a sale, but not for resale, of the purchased product itself; or
(b) time and effort spent to pursue a sale or recruiting activity.
(3) 'Pyramid promotional scheme' means a plan or operation in which an individual pays consideration for the right to receive compensation based primarily upon recruiting other individuals into the plan or operation instead of selling products or services to ultimate users for their use or consumption.
(4) 'Ultimate users' are individuals who consume or use the products or services, whether or not they are participants in the plan or operation.
Section 39-5-730. It shall be an unlawful trade practice under Section 39-5-20(a) for any person to engage in a pyramid promotional scheme."
SECTION 2. Section 39-5-30 of the 1976 Code is repealed.
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.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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