South Carolina General Assembly
119th Session, 2011-2012
Legislation Introduced into the Senate

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2011

S. 534 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE YORK COUNTY AS A VITAL PART OF THE GREAT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO DECLARE FEBRUARY 15, 2011, "YORK COUNTY DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 535 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SALES AND USE TAX ACT, SO AS TO EXEMPT FROM STATE-IMPOSED SALES AND USE TAX TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY SOLD OR LEASED TO A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 536 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3592 SO AT TO ALLOW AN INCOME TAX CREDIT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE COSTS INCURRED BY A TAXPAYER IN THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP SYSTEM.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 537 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 12-16-20, AS AMENDED, AND 12-16-1110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS AND FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA ESTATE TAX ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FOR THE ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER JUNE 30, 2011, THE TERM "INTERNAL REVENUE CODE" MEANS THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 AS THE PROVISIONS OF THAT CODE APPLIED FOR THE ESTATES OF DECEDENTS WHO DIED ON DECEMBER 31, 2001, AND TO MAKE CONFORMING AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO FILING REQUIREMENTS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 538 (Word version) -- Senator Rose: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 37, PART IB OF ACT 291 OF 2010, AN ACT TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS AND TO PROVIDE REVENUES TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2010, BY ADDING SECTION 37.19 TO PROVIDE THAT WATER RECREATIONAL RESOURCE FUNDS APPORTIONED AMONG THE COUNTIES SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT OF MONIES ACCUMULATED IN THE STATE WATER RECREATION FUND NOT YET APPROPRIATED TO THE COUNTIES, FIFTY PERCENT SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTIES AND TRANSFERRED TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTIES.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 539 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-25-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "HOUSEHOLD MEMBER" IN CONNECTION WITH CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSES, SO AS TO INCLUDE PERSONS IN A DATING RELATIONSHIP AND TO DEFINE "DATING RELATIONSHIP"; TO AMEND SECTION 20-4-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN THE "PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE ACT", SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF "HOUSEHOLD MEMBER" TO INCLUDE PERSONS IN A DATING RELATIONSHIP AND TO DEFINE "DATING RELATIONSHIP"; TO AMEND SECTION 20-4-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PETITION FOR AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MAY PETITION THE COURT FOR AN ORDER ON BEHALF OF A MINOR WHO IS IN A DATING RELATIONSHIP; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-4-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CONTENTS OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A RESPONDENT IN A PROCEEDING TO COMPLETE A BATTERER TREATMENT PROGRAM AND TO ORDER OTHER PROHIBITIONS OR REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE ABUSED PERSON.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 540 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-4-60, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AN ORDER FOR PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COURT MAY PROHIBIT HARM OR HARASSMENT TO A PET ANIMAL OWNED, POSSESSED, KEPT, OR HELD BY THE PETITIONER AND TO PROVIDE THAT IN ORDERING TEMPORARY POSSESSION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, THE COURT MAY ORDER THE TEMPORARY POSSESSION OF PET ANIMALS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 541 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE AUTHORITY CHARGED BY LAW CONDUCTING AN ELECTION SHALL ESTABLISH EARLY VOTING CENTERS, TO ESTABLISH EARLY VOTING CENTERS TO ALLOW A REGISTERED COUNTY RESIDENT TO VOTE OUTSIDE THEIR PRECINCT, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A QUALIFIED ELECTOR MAY REGISTER TO VOTE AND CAST A BALLOT DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS, AND TO REQUIRE THESE LOCATIONS AND TIMES TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 30-4-80.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 542 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 5, TITLE 7 SO AS TO CREATE THE ELECTIONS STUDY COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND ELECTION OF ITS CHAIRMAN, TO PROVIDE FOR THE TERMS OF ITS MEMBERS, AND TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSION TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF EACH GENERAL ELECTION CONTAINING RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CITIZEN-INFORMED PARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 543 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO POLL MANAGERS AND ASSISTANTS, SO AS DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT ONE SIXTEEN- OR SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD PERSON MAY BE APPOINTED TO A PRECINCT FOR EVERY TWO REGULAR POLL MANAGERS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 544 (Word version) -- Senator Rose: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, BY ADDING SECTION 15 TO PERMIT THE ENACTMENT OF LAWS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BY INITIATIVE PETITION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 545 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-845 SO AS TO DEFINE A "SHORT STATE BALLOT" AND "SHORT COUNTY BALLOT", TO ALLOW AN ELECTOR TO VOTE FOR CANDIDATES IN ANY PRECINCT IN THE STATE OR IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE RESIDES, TO ALLOW A QUALIFIED ELECTOR TO CAST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT IN ANY PRECINCT IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE IS REGISTERED, TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR CASTING THE BALLOT, AND TO PROVIDE HOW THE QUALIFIED ELECTOR MAY CAST THE BALLOT ONLY FOR OFFICES FOR WHICH HE IS QUALIFIED.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 546 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-19-70, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CANDIDATES FOR ELECTORS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT THERE MUST BE NINE CANDIDATES, TWO TO BE APPOINTED AT LARGE AND SEVEN TO BE APPOINTED TO REPRESENT THE SEVEN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS OF THE STATE; TO REQUIRE THAT THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES STATEWIDE CONSTITUTES ELECTION OF THE TWO AT-LARGE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS FOR THAT PARTY OR PETITION CANDIDATE AND THAT THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES IN A CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONSTITUTES ELECTION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR OF THAT PARTY OR PETITION CANDIDATE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 7-19-80 RELATING TO THE ELECTOR'S DECLARATION OF THE CANDIDATE FOR WHOM HE WILL VOTE.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 547 (Word version) -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-5-275 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE, BE FURNISHED A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM AND BE INSTRUCTED IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT OR THROUGH A METHOD APPROVED BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE APPRISED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING, TO ALLOW A STUDENT TO OPT OUT OF THE PROCESS, TO REQUIRE A HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRANT BE MAILED A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD BEFORE THE FIRST ELECTION IN WHICH HE IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, TO PROVIDE THAT A CITIZEN OTHERWISE INELIGIBLE TO VOTE WHO IS RELEASED FROM INCARCERATION RECEIVE A REGISTRATION FORM WITH A LETTER EXPLAINING THAT HIS VOTING RIGHTS HAVE BEEN RESTORED AND THAT HE IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AND VOTE, AND TO REQUIRE COUNTY ELECTION BOARDS TO REGISTER CITIZENS WHO SWEAR OR AFFIRM THE VOTER DECLARATION WITHOUT ADDITIONAL PROOF.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 548 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. SELDEN SMITH FOR HIS YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA COUNCIL ON THE HOLOCAUST IN EDUCATING THOUSANDS OF SOUTH CAROLINIANS ABOUT THE HISTORY AND LESSONS OF THE HOLOCAUST.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

Last Updated: February 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM