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S*244
Session 120 (2013-2014) 

S*0244(Rat #0004, Act #0004 of 2013)  General Bill, By McGill, Cleary and 
Campsen
 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY REPEALING SECTION
 50-11-940 RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OF THE BELLE W.
 BARUCH FOUNDATION IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY AS A BIRD AND GAME REFUGE; AND BY
 REPEALING SECTION 50-11-941 PROVIDING THAT PROVISIONS OF SECTION 50-11-940
 MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED TO BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
 BELLE W. BARUCH. - ratified title

   01/16/13  Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 13)
   01/16/13  Senate Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry
                     (Senate Journal-page 13)
   02/07/13  Senate Committee report: Favorable Fish, Game and
                     Forestry (Senate Journal-page 16)
   02/08/13         Scrivener's error corrected
   02/14/13  Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 8)
   02/14/13  Senate Roll call Ayes-38  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 8)
   02/19/13  Senate Read third time and sent to House
                     (Senate Journal-page 8)
   02/20/13  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 14)
   02/20/13  House  Referred to Georgetown Delegation
                     (House Journal-page 14)
   02/20/13  House  Delegation report: Favorable with amendment
                     Georgetown Delegation (House Journal-page 33)
   02/21/13  House  Read second time (House Journal-page 16)
   02/21/13  House  Roll call Yeas-83  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 16)
   02/21/13  House  Unanimous consent for third reading on next
                     legislative day (House Journal-page 17)
   02/22/13  House  Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 1)
   02/27/13         Ratified R 4
   03/04/13         Signed By Governor
   03/11/13         Effective date 03/04/13
   03/12/13         Act No. 4



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/16/2013
2/7/2013
2/8/2013
2/20/2013



S. 244

(A4, R4, S244)

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY REPEALING SECTION 50-11-940 RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OF THE BELLE W. BARUCH FOUNDATION IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY AS A BIRD AND GAME REFUGE; AND BY REPEALING SECTION 50-11-941 PROVIDING THAT PROVISIONS OF SECTION 50-11-940 MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED TO BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF BELLE W. BARUCH.

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

Findings for repeal

SECTION    1.    The General Assembly finds that:

(1)    Pursuant to a request by the trustees of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the General Assembly passed Act 1016 of 1974 that declared the 17,000 acres of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation property in Georgetown County a bird and game sanctuary and prohibited the hunting of any birds or game on the property.

(2)    Act 1016 of 1974, codified as Section 50-11-940 of the 1976 Code, has been amended on several occasions, most recently to allow the hunting of deer, hogs, coyotes, or raccoons by "an employee or agent" of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation.

(3)    The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, which at the time of enactment of Act 1016, was a New York foundation, requested that the property be declared a bird and game sanctuary in order to discourage poaching of birds and game on the property, due to the proliferation of poaching resulting from a limited presence of staff of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and wildlife law enforcement officials on and around the property.

(4)    The Belle W. Baruch Foundation is now a South Carolina foundation that employs nine people who work on and manage its property in Georgetown County, and the property is adequately patrolled and protected by staff of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and law enforcement.

(5)    The trustees of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation have undertaken a study of the wildlife management goals for the property and have determined:

(a)    the designation of the property as a bird and game refuge is no longer necessary for or helpful to the management of the property;

(b)    the restrictions on hunting contained in Section 50-11-940 result in increased liability to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation in its efforts to manage populations of deer, hogs, coyotes, and raccoons on the property, by requiring that anyone hunting these animals be "an employee or agent" of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation;

(c)    the restrictions contained in Section 50-11-940 prevent the trustees of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation from utilizing hunting leases and paid hunts as both a management tool and a source of revenue for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars of potential revenue to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the inability to create jobs in the area of the property for these purposes, and a missed opportunity for the property to be an integral part of the tourism base for the Georgetown and Grand Strand areas; and

(d)    the trustees of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation have by unanimous resolution requested that the designation of the property as a bird and game refuge be removed.

Sections repealed

SECTION    2.    Sections 50-11-940 and 50-11-941 of the 1976 Code are repealed.

Time effective

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

Ratified the 27th day of February, 2013.

Approved the 4th day of March, 2013.

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