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S*1258
Session 121 (2015-2016) 

S*1258Next(Rat #0246, Act #0275 of 2016)  General Bill, By Senate Finance
 AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 57, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH
 CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE COMMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
 TRANSPORTATION, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE THE COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE FOR REVIEW OF
 APPOINTEES TO THE COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS A
 COMMISSIONER MAY SERVE, TO PROVIDE FOR REMOVAL OF A COMMISSIONER, AND TO
 PROVIDE FOR AUDITING PROCEDURES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; TO AMEND
 SECTION 57-1-410, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, SO
 AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL APPOINT THE SECRETARY AND TO PROVIDE
 FOR REVIEW BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY; TO AMEND SECTIONS 57-1-720, 57-1-730, AND
 57-1-750, RELATING TO THE JOINT TRANSPORTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE, SO AS TO MAKE
 CONFORMING CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 57-1-740, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE
 JOINT TRANSPORTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE, SO AS TO DELETE THE LANGUAGE; TO AMEND
 SECTION 57-1-490, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ANNUAL AUDITS OF THE GENERAL
 ASSEMBLY, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 11-43-150,
 RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
 BANK, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 COMMISSION BEFORE THE BANK MAY PROVIDE LOANS OR OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; TO
 AMEND SECTION 11-43-180, RELATING TO THE BANK PROVIDING LOANS AND OTHER
 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT THE ELIGIBLE COSTS OF A PROJECT BE
 AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS TO RECEIVE A LOAN OR ASSISTANCE; BY
 ADDING SECTION 11-43-265 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE BANK TO PRIORITIZE ALL PROJECTS
 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN ACT 114 OF 2007,
 AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION; BY ADDING SECTION 11-43-167 SO AS TO DIRECT THE
 REVENUE FROM CERTAIN FEES AND FINES TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND FOR THE
 RESURFACING PROGRAM AND TRANSFERS TO THE BANK FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS; TO
 AMEND SECTIONS 12-37-2740, 38-73-470, 56-1-140, AS AMENDED, 56-1-143, AS
 AMENDED, 56-1-148, AS AMENDED, 56-1-170, AS AMENDED, 56-1-200, AS AMENDED,
 56-1-220, 56-1-286, AS AMENDED, 56-1-390, 56-1-395, 56-1-400, AS AMENDED,
 56-1-460, AS AMENDED, 56-1-550, 56-1-740, 56-1-746, AS AMENDED, 56-1-1320, AS
 AMENDED, 56-1-2080, AS AMENDED, 56-1-3350, AS AMENDED, 56-3-210, 56-3-355,
 56-3-1290, AS AMENDED, 56-3-1335, 56-3-1920, AS AMENDED, 56-3-2330, AS
 AMENDED, 56-3-2335, AS AMENDED, 56-3-2340, AS AMENDED, 56-3-3500, AS AMENDED,
 56-3-3600, 56-3-3710, 56-3-3950, 56-3-4100, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4200, AS AMENDED,
 56-3-4410, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4510, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4600, AS AMENDED,
 56-3-4800, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4910, 56-3-5200, AS AMENDED, 56-3-5400, AS
 AMENDED, 56-3-7200, 56-3-7300, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7310, 56-3-7320, 56-3-7330, AS
 AMENDED, 56-3-7360, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7700, 56-3-7750, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7780,
 AS AMENDED, 56-3-7860, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7910, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7950,
 56-3-8000, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8100, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8200, AS AMENDED,
 56-3-8300, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8400, 56-3-8600, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8710, AS
 AMENDED, 56-3-9400, AS AMENDED, 56-3-9600, AS AMENDED, 56-3-9710, 56-3-10010,
 56-3-13710, 56-5-750, 56-5-2942, AS AMENDED, 56-5-2951, AS AMENDED, 56-9-330,
 56-10-240, 56-10-245, 56-10-260, 56-10-552, AS AMENDED, 56-19-265, AS AMENDED,
 56-19-420, AS AMENDED, AND 56-19-520, ALL RELATING TO FEES OR FINES COLLECTED
 BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL OR A PORTION OF
 THE FEES SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND; TO AMEND SECTION
 12-36-2647, RELATING TO THE TAX REVENUES COLLECTED FROM THE SALE OR LEASE OF A
 MOTOR VEHICLE, SO AS TO CREDIT ALL THE REVENUES TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND
 EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN AMOUNTS THAT ARE USED FOR THE EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT ACT;
 AND TO REPEAL SECTION 1-3-240(C)(1)(b) RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF DEPARTMENT
 OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS BY THE GOVERNOR. - ratified title

   04/20/16  Senate Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar
                     without reference (Senate Journal-page 3)
   04/21/16         Scrivener's error corrected
   04/26/16  Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 50)
   04/27/16  Senate Read third time and sent to House
                     (Senate Journal-page 39)
   04/27/16  Senate Roll call Ayes-34  Nays-4 (Senate Journal-page 39)
   04/28/16  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 16)
   04/28/16  House  Referred to Committee on Ways and Means
                     (House Journal-page 16)
   05/19/16  House  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Ways
                     and Means (House Journal-page 106)
   05/20/16         Scrivener's error corrected
   05/24/16  House  Amended (House Journal-page 96)
   05/24/16  House  Read second time (House Journal-page 96)
   05/24/16  House  Roll call Yeas-102  Nays-3 (House Journal-page 97)
   05/25/16  House  Returned to Senate with amendments
                     (House Journal-page 20)
   05/25/16  House  Roll call Yeas-72  Nays-2 (House Journal-page 21)
   05/25/16         Scrivener's error corrected
   05/31/16  Senate House amendment amended (Senate Journal-page 114)
   05/31/16  Senate Roll call Ayes-31  Nays-10 (Senate Journal-page 114)
   05/31/16  Senate Returned to House with amendments
                     (Senate Journal-page 114)
   06/01/16  House  Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled
                     (House Journal-page 55)
   06/01/16  House  Roll call Yeas-109  Nays-2 (House Journal-page 56)
   06/02/16         Ratified R 246
   06/08/16         Signed By Governor
   06/21/16         Effective date See Act for Effective Date
   06/21/16         Act No. 275





S. Previous1258

(A275, R246, S1258)

AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 57, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE COMMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE THE COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE FOR REVIEW OF APPOINTEES TO THE COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS A COMMISSIONER MAY SERVE, TO PROVIDE FOR REMOVAL OF A COMMISSIONER, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AUDITING PROCEDURES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; TO AMEND SECTION 57-1-410, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL APPOINT THE SECRETARY AND TO PROVIDE FOR REVIEW BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY; TO AMEND SECTIONS 57-1-720, 57-1-730, AND 57-1-750, RELATING TO THE JOINT TRANSPORTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 57-1-740, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE JOINT TRANSPORTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE, SO AS TO DELETE THE LANGUAGE; TO AMEND SECTION 57-1-490, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ANNUAL AUDITS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 11-43-150, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION BEFORE THE BANK MAY PROVIDE LOANS OR OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 11-43-180, RELATING TO THE BANK PROVIDING LOANS AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT THE ELIGIBLE COSTS OF A PROJECT BE AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS TO RECEIVE A LOAN OR ASSISTANCE; BY ADDING SECTION 11-43-265 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE BANK TO PRIORITIZE ALL PROJECTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN ACT 114 OF 2007, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION; BY ADDING SECTION 11-43-167 SO AS TO DIRECT THE REVENUE FROM CERTAIN FEES AND FINES TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND FOR THE RESURFACING PROGRAM AND TRANSFERS TO THE BANK FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS; TO AMEND SECTIONS 12-37-2740, 38-73-470, 56-1-140, AS AMENDED, 56-1-143, AS AMENDED, 56-1-148, AS AMENDED, 56-1-170, AS AMENDED, 56-1-200, AS AMENDED, 56-1-220, 56-1-286, AS AMENDED, 56-1-390, 56-1-395, 56-1-400, AS AMENDED, 56-1-460, AS AMENDED, 56-1-550, 56-1-740, 56-1-746, AS AMENDED, 56-1-1320, AS AMENDED, 56-1-2080, AS AMENDED, 56-1-3350, AS AMENDED, 56-3-210, 56-3-355, 56-3-1290, AS AMENDED, 56-3-1335, 56-3-1920, AS AMENDED, 56-3-2330, AS AMENDED, 56-3-2335, AS AMENDED, 56-3-2340, AS AMENDED, 56-3-3500, AS AMENDED, 56-3-3600, 56-3-3710, 56-3-3950, 56-3-4100, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4200, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4410, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4510, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4600, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4800, AS AMENDED, 56-3-4910, 56-3-5200, AS AMENDED, 56-3-5400, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7200, 56-3-7300, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7310, 56-3-7320, 56-3-7330, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7360, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7700, 56-3-7750, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7780, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7860, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7910, AS AMENDED, 56-3-7950, 56-3-8000, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8100, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8200, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8300, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8400, 56-3-8600, AS AMENDED, 56-3-8710, AS AMENDED, 56-3-9400, AS AMENDED, 56-3-9600, AS AMENDED, 56-3-9710, 56-3-10010, 56-3-13710, 56-5-750, 56-5-2942, AS AMENDED, 56-5-2951, AS AMENDED, 56-9-330, 56-10-240, 56-10-245, 56-10-260, 56-10-552, AS AMENDED, 56-19-265, AS AMENDED, 56-19-420, AS AMENDED, AND 56-19-520, ALL RELATING TO FEES OR FINES COLLECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL OR A PORTION OF THE FEES SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2647, RELATING TO THE TAX REVENUES COLLECTED FROM THE SALE OR LEASE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, SO AS TO CREDIT ALL THE REVENUES TO THE STATE HIGHWAY FUND EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN AMOUNTS THAT ARE USED FOR THE EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT ACT; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 1-3-240(C)(1)(b) RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS BY THE GOVERNOR.

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

PART I

GOVERNING THE IMPROVEMENT

OF THE

STATE'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM

Commission of the Department of Transportation

SECTION    1.    Article 3, Chapter 1, Title 57 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Article 3

Commission of the Department of Transportation

Section 57-1-310.    (A)    The congressional districts of this State are constituted and created Department of Transportation Districts of the State, designated by numbers corresponding to the numbers of the respective congressional districts. The Commission of the Department of Transportation shall be composed of one member from each transportation district and one member from the State at large, all appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate, subject to the provisions of Section 57-1-325. In making appointments to the commission, the Governor shall take into account race, gender, and other demographic factors, such as residence in rural or urban areas, so as to represent, to the greatest extent possible, all segments of the population of the State; however, consideration of these factors in making an appointment in no way creates a cause of action or basis for an employee grievance for a person appointed or for a person who fails to be appointed.

(B)    The at-large appointment made by the Governor must be transmitted to the Joint Transportation Review Committee.

(C)    The qualifications that each commission member must possess, include, but are not limited to:

(1)    a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from:

(a)    a recognized institution of higher learning requiring face-to-face contact between its students and instructors prior to completion of the academic program;

(b)    an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting body; or

(c)    an institution of higher learning chartered before 1962; or

(2)    a background of at least five years in any combination of the following fields of expertise:

(a)    transportation;

(b)    construction;

(c)    finance;

(d)    law;

(e)    environmental issues;

(f)    management; or

(g)    engineering.

(D)    A member of the General Assembly or member of his immediate family may not be appointed to the commission while the member is serving in the General Assembly; nor shall a member of the General Assembly or a member of his immediate family be appointed to the commission for a period of four years after the member either:

(1)    ceases to be a member of the General Assembly; or

(2)    fails to file for election to the General Assembly in accordance with Section 7-11-15.

Section 57-1-320.    A county within a Department of Transportation district may not have a resident commission member for more than eight consecutive years and in no event shall any two persons from the same county serve as a commission member simultaneously.

Section 57-1-325.    (A)    The Governor shall submit his transportation district appointees to the Senate and the House of Representatives for referral to the appropriate legislative delegation. Legislative delegation for these purposes means legislators residing in the congressional district corresponding to the transportation district of the appointee.

(B)    Upon receipt of a referral, the legislative delegation shall meet to approve or disapprove the Governor's appointee. The legislative delegation shall report its findings to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Governor. If the legislative delegation approves the Governor's appointee, the appointment shall be referred to the Joint Transportation Review Committee. If the delegation disapproves the appointee, the Governor shall make another appointment. If the legislative delegation fails to approve of the Governor's appointee within forty-five days of the appointee's referral to the delegation, the appointee is deemed to have been disapproved.

Section 57-1-330.    (A)    All commission members are appointed to a term of office of four years which expires on February fifteenth of the appropriate year. However, a commission member may not serve more than two consecutive terms, and may not serve more than twelve years, regardless of when the term was served. Commissioners shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed and confirmed, provided that a commissioner only may serve in a hold-over capacity for a period not to exceed six months. Any vacancy occurring in the office of commissioner shall be filled by appointment in the manner provided in this article for the unexpired term only. Except for the at-large member, a person is not eligible to serve as a commission member who is not a resident of that district at the time of his appointment. Failure by such commission member to maintain residency in the district for which he is appointed shall result in the forfeiture of his office.

(B)    The at-large commission member may be appointed from any county in the State unless another commission member is serving from that county. Failure by the at-large commission member to maintain residence in the State shall result in a forfeiture of his office.

Commission members may be removed from office at the discretion of the Governor subject to the prior approval of the appropriate legislative delegation.

Section 57-1-340.    Each commission member, within thirty days after his appointment, and before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office, shall take, subscribe, and file with the Secretary of State the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution of the State.

Section 57-1-350.    (A)    The commission may adopt an official seal for use on official documents of the department.

(B)    The commission shall elect a chairman and adopt its own rules and procedures and may select such additional officers to serve such terms as the commission may designate.

(C)    Commissioners must be reimbursed for official expenses as provided by law for members of state boards and commissions as established in the annual general appropriations act.

(D)    All commission members are eligible to vote on all matters that come before the commission.

Section 57-1-360.    (A)    The State Auditor shall employ an individual to serve as the chief internal auditor of the department, and other professional, administrative, technical, and clerical personnel as the State Auditor determines to be necessary. The State Auditor also must provide professional, administrative, technical, and clerical personnel, as the State Auditor determines to be necessary, for the chief internal auditor to properly discharge his duties and responsibilities authorized by the State Auditor or provided by law. Except as otherwise provided, any employees hired pursuant to this section shall serve at the pleasure of the State Auditor.

(B)(1)    The chief internal auditor must be a Certified Public Accountant and possess any other experience the State Auditor may require. The chief internal auditor must establish, implement, and maintain the exclusive internal audit function of all departmental activities. The State Auditor shall set the salary for the chief internal auditor as allowed by statute or applicable law.

(2)    The audits performed by the chief internal auditor must comply with recognized governmental auditing standards. The department and any entity contracting with the department must fully cooperate with the chief internal auditor in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities and must timely produce all books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records considered necessary in connection with an internal audit. All final audit reports must be submitted to the commission and the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee, and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee before being made public.

(3)    The State Auditor is vested with the exclusive management and control of the chief internal auditor.

(C)    The department, at its own expense, must provide appropriate office space within its headquarters, building, and facility service, including janitorial, utility and telephone services, computer and technology services, and related supplies, for the chief internal auditor and his support staff.

Section 57-1-370.    (A)    The commission must develop the long-range Statewide Transportation Plan, with a minimum twenty-year forecast period at the time of adoption, that provides for the development and implementation of the multimodal transportation system for the State. The plan must be developed in a manner consistent with all federal laws or regulations and in consultation with all interested parties, particularly the metropolitan planning organizations and the nonmetropolitan planning organization area local officials. The plan may be revised from time to time as permitted by and in the manner required by federal laws or regulations.

(B)    Concerning the development, content, and implementation of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, the commission must:

(1)    develop a process for consulting with nonmetropolitan local officials, with responsibility for transportation, that provides an opportunity for their participation in the development of the long-range Statewide Transportation Plan and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program;

(2)    approve the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and ensure that it is developed pursuant to federal laws and regulations and approve an updated Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from time to time as permitted by and in the manner required by federal laws or regulations;

(3)    develop and revise the transportation plan for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, for each nonmetropolitan planning area in consultation with local officials with responsibility for transportation;

(4)    work in consultation with each metropolitan planning organization to develop and revise a transportation improvement program for each metropolitan planning area;

(5)    select from the approved Statewide Transportation Improvement Program the transportation projects undertaken in nonmetropolitan areas in consultation with the affected nonmetropolitan local officials with responsibility for transportation;

(6)    select projects to be undertaken, in consultation with each metropolitan planning organization, from the metropolitan planning organization's approved transportation improvement plan in metropolitan areas not designated as a transportation management area;

(7)    consult with each metropolitan planning organization, in metropolitan areas designated as transportation management areas, concerning the projects selected to be undertaken from the approved transportation improvement program and in accordance with the priorities approved by the transportation improvement program; and

(8)    when selecting projects to be undertaken from nontransportation management area metropolitan planning organizations' transportation improvement programs, or selecting the nonmetropolitan area projects to be undertaken that are included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and when consulting with metropolitan planning organizations designated as transportation management areas, the commission shall establish a priority list of projects to the extent permitted by federal laws or regulations, taking into consideration at least the following criteria:

(a)    financial viability including a life cycle analysis of estimated maintenance and repair costs over the expected life of the project;

(b)    public safety;

(c)    potential for economic development;

(d)    traffic volume and congestion;

(e)    truck traffic;

(f)    the pavement quality index;

(g)    environmental impact;

(h)    alternative transportation solutions; and

(i)        consistency with local land use plans.

(C)(1)    To the extent that state funds are available to address the needs of the state highway system, the commission must develop a comprehensive plan specifying objectives and performance measures for the preservation and improvement of the existing system. The projects included in this plan must be supported solely by state funds including the Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund or other state revenue source. When developing the plan required by this subsection, the commission must consider, but is not limited to, considering the criteria in subsection (B)(8).

(2)    When state funding is programmed for a project selected from the plan to be undertaken, the department may use federal law, regulations, or guidelines relevant to the type of project being undertaken to be eligible for federal matching funds.

(D)    The commission must approve the department's annual budget.

(E)    The commission shall have any other rights, duties, obligations, or responsibilities as specifically provided by law."

Secretary of Transportation

SECTION    2.    Section 57-1-410 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 114 of 2007, is further amended to read:

"Section 57-1-410.    The commission shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, a Secretary of Transportation who shall serve at the pleasure of the commission. A person appointed to this position shall possess practical and successful business and executive ability and be knowledgeable in the field of transportation. The Secretary of Transportation shall receive such compensation as may be established under the provisions of Section 8-11-160 and for which funds have been authorized in the general appropriations act."

Joint Transportation Review Committee

SECTION    3.    A.        Section 57-1-730 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 114 of 2007, and Section 57-1-740, as last amended by Act 253 of 2010, are amended to read:

"Section 57-1-730.    The review committee has the following powers and duties:

(1)    to screen appointees to the commission;

(2)    in screening appointees and making its findings, the review committee must give due consideration to:

(a)    ability, area of expertise, dedication, compassion, common sense, and integrity of each appointee; and

(b)    the impact that each appointee would have on the racial and gender composition of the commission, and each appointee's impact on other demographic factors represented on the commission, such as residence in rural or urban areas, to assure nondiscrimination to the greatest extent possible of all segments of the population of the State;

(3)    to determine if each appointee is qualified and meets the requirements provided by law to serve as a member of the Department of Transportation Commission; and

(4)    to submit the names of all qualified appointees to the Senate for advice and consent.

Section 57-1-740.    Reserved."

B.        Section 57-1-720(C) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 114 of 2007, is amended to read:

"(C)    The review committee must meet as soon as practicable after appointment and organize itself by electing one of its members as chairman and such other officers as the review committee may consider necessary. Thereafter, the review committee must meet as necessary to screen appointees to the commission and at the call of the chairman or by a majority of the members. A quorum consists of six members."

C.        Section 57-1-750(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 114 of 2007, is amended to read:

"(B)    The expenses associated with the review committee's duties to screen appointees to the Department of Transportation Commission must be paid from the legislative appropriation of the general fund of the State."

Audits of Department of Transportation

SECTION    4.    Section 57-1-490 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 114 of 2007, is further amended to read:

"Section 57-1-490.    (A)    The department shall be audited by a certified public accountant or firm of certified public accountants once each year to be designated by the State Auditor. The designated accountant or firm of accountants shall issue audited financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and such financial statements must be made available annually by October fifteenth to the General Assembly. The costs and expenses of the audit must be paid by the department out of its funds.

(B)    The Materials Management Office of the State Fiscal Accountability Authority annually must audit the department's internal procurement operation to ensure that the department has acted properly with regard to the department's exemptions contained in Section 11-35-710. The audit must be performed in accordance with applicable state law, including, but not limited to, administrative penalties for violations found as a result of the audit. The results of the audit must be made available by October fifteenth to the Department of Transportation Commission, the State Auditor, the Governor, the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and Transportation Committees, and the Chairmen of the House of Representatives Ways and Means and Education and Public Works Committees. The costs and expenses of the audit must be paid by the department out of its funds.

(C)    The Legislative Audit Council shall contract for an independent performance and compliance audit of the department's finance and administration division, mass transit division, and construction engineering and planning division. This audit must be completed by January 15, 2010. The Legislative Audit Council may contract for follow-up audits or conduct follow-up audits as needed based upon the audit's initial findings. The costs of these audits, including related administrative and management expenses of the Legislative Audit Council, are an operating expense of the department. The department shall pay directly to the Legislative Audit Council the cost of the audits.

(D)    Copies of every audit conducted pursuant to this section must be made available to the Department of Transportation Commission, the State Auditor, the Governor, the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and Transportation Committees, and the Chairmen of the House of Representatives Ways and Means and Education and Public Works Committees."

Approval of Transportation Infrastructure Bank loans

SECTION    5.    Section 11-43-150 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:

"( )    Before providing a loan or other financial assistance to a qualified borrower on a qualified project, the board of directors must submit the decision to the Department of Transportation Commission for its consideration. The Department of Transportation Commission can approve or reject the board of directors' decisions or request additional information from the board of directors. This requirement does not apply to decisions by the board that relate to any payment or contractual obligations that the Department of Transportation has to the bank that are pledged to any bonds issued by the bank."

Minimum project costs for Transportation Infrastructure Bank loans

SECTION    6.    Section 11-43-180 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered subsection to read:

"( )    The bank may not provide any loans or other financial assistance, including bond proceeds, to any project unless the eligible costs of the project are at least twenty-five million dollars."

Prioritization of Transportation Infrastructure Bank projects

SECTION    7.    Article 1, Chapter 43, Title 11 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 11-43-265.    (A)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law and subject to the provisions of subsection (B), the bank must prioritize all projects in accordance with the prioritization criteria provided in Section 57-1-370(B)(8).

(B)    The General Assembly may enact a joint resolution allowing the bank to fund a project without using the prioritization criteria provided in subsection (A). The joint resolution must be specific as to the project and the amount authorized to be funded."

PART II

FUNDING THE IMPROVEMENT

OF THE

STATE'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    8.    Article 8, Chapter 43, Title 11 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 11-43-167.    (A)    The fees and fines collected pursuant to Sections 12-37-2740(D), 38-73-470, 56-1-140(B)(2), 56-1-143, 56-1-148(D), 56-1-170(B)(3), 56-1-200, 56-1-220(B), 56-1-286(K)(1), 56-1-390(2), 56-1-395(G), 56-1-400(A), 56-1-460(A)(1)(e)(iii), 56-1-550, 56-1-740(B)(3), 56-1-746(D)(3), 56-1-1320(B), 56-1-2080, 56-1-3350(B)(2), 56-3-210(B), 56-3-355, 56-3-1335, 56-3-1290, 56-3-1920(C), 56-3-2330(B), 56-3-2335(B)(2), 56-3-2340(C), 56-3-3500(B), 56-3-3600(B), 56-3-3710(B), 56-3-3950, 56-3-4100(B), 56-3-4200(C), 56-3-4410(B), 56-3-4510(C), 56-3-4600(B), 56-3-4800(B), 56-3-4910(B), 56-3-5200(B), 56-3-5400(B), 56-3-7200(B), 56-3-7300(B), 56-3-7310, 56-3-7320, 56-3-7330(B)(2), 56-3-7360, 56-3-7700(B), 56-3-7750(B), 56-3-7780(B), 56-3-7860, 56-3-7910(B), 56-3-7950(B), 56-3-8000(C), 56-3-8100(B), 56-3-8100(F), 56-3-8200(A), 56-3-8300(A), 56-3-8400(A), 56-3-8600(B), 56-3-8710(C), 56-3-9400(B), 56-3-9600(B), 56-3-9710(B), 56-3-10010(B), 56-3-13710(B), 56-5-750(G)(3), 56-5-2942(J), 56-5-2951(B)(1), 56-5-2951(H)(3), 56-9-330, 56-10-240(C), 56-10-245, 56-10-552, 56-10-260(B)(3), 56-19-265(D), 56-19-420(C), and 56-19-520(A)(4) must be credited to the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in this section.

(B)(1)    The Department of Transportation shall allocate the funds credited to the State Highway Fund pursuant to subsection (A) to the state-funded resurfacing program. The Department of Transportation shall develop and implement a needs-based methodology to distribute revenue within the state-funded resurfacing program, which shall include consideration on a county-by-county basis, to ensure that each county in the State is guaranteed funding for resurfacing.

(2)    The Department of Transportation shall reduce the allocation to the state-funded resurfacing program required in item (1) in proportion to the amounts transferred to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank pursuant to subsection (C).

(C)(1)    The Department of Transportation shall identify bridge and road projects to be financed utilizing non-tax revenue transferred to the bank by the Department of Transportation in an amount equal to the financing requirements related to projects selected pursuant to this section.

(2)    Funds transferred to the bank pursuant to this section may not be used to finance projects approved by the bank before July 1, 2013. The bank shall submit all projects proposed to be financed pursuant to subsection (B) to the Joint Bond Review Committee as provided in Section 11-43-180, prior to approving a project for financing.

(3)    Following consideration by the Joint Bond Review Committee, the bank shall approve the projects to be financed. Upon approval, the bank shall provide the Department of Transportation with written notice that identifies each project selected, the amount of non-tax revenue that must be transferred to the bank for financing each project, a schedule for the transfers, and any other information necessary to carrying out the financing of each project.

(4)    Upon receipt of the notice provided in item (3), the Department of Transportation shall transfer non-tax revenue to the bank in the amounts and upon the schedule provided in the notice. The department shall take any other action identified in the notice that is necessary for financing each project.

(5)    Projects financed utilizing funds transferred pursuant to this subsection shall not require a local match.

(D)    The Secretary of Transportation shall apply funds supplanted by the operation of this section to prioritized bridge and resurfacing needs."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    9.    Section 12-37-2740(D) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(D)    Before the reinstatement of a driver's license or vehicle registration suspended pursuant to this section, a fee of fifty dollars must be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles. An amount equal to the actual departmental direct costs related to suspension and reinstatement actions pursuant to this section must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. Fees collected in excess of actual departmental direct costs related to suspension and reinstatement actions pursuant to this section must be deposited to the credit of the general fund of the State at the end of each fiscal year."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    10.    Section 38-73-470 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 38-73-470.    Two dollars of the yearly premium for uninsured motorist coverage is directed to be paid to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to be allocated in the manner provided in Section 56-10-552 on a quarterly basis. Interest earned by the 'Uninsured Fund' must be retained by that fund. There is no requirement for an insurer or an agent to offer underinsured motorist coverage at limits less than the statutorily required bodily injury or property damage limits."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    11.    Section 56-1-140(B)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 147 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"(2)    payment of a one dollar fee that must be collected by the department and placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    12.    Section 56-1-143 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 42 of 2009, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-1-143.    An applicant for a new or renewal driver's license, commercial driver's license, motorcycle driver's license, identification card, issuance of a vehicle title or transfer of title, or issuance or renewal of a vehicle license plate must be given an opportunity in writing to make a voluntary contribution of five dollars, more or less, to be credited to Donate Life South Carolina established in Section 44-43-1310. Any voluntary contribution must be added to the driver's license, identification card, title, or license plate fee and must be transferred to the State Treasurer and credited to Donate Life South Carolina as provided for in Section 44-43-1310. An amount equal to the incremental cost of administration of the contribution must be paid by the trust fund from amounts received pursuant to this section to the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167 before funds are expended by the trust fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    13.    Section 56-1-148(D) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 277 of 2010, is amended to read:

"(D)    The department shall charge a fee of fifty dollars for affixing the identifying code provided in subsection (B). This fee is in addition to the fee provided for in Section 56-1-140. This fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    14.    Section 56-1-170(B)(3) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for each special restricted driver's license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Of this fee, twenty dollars must be distributed to the general fund and eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    15.    Section 56-1-200 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 353 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-1-200.    (A)    If a driver's license is lost or destroyed, the person to whom the license was issued, upon payment of a fee of ten dollars, may obtain a duplicate or substitution of it upon furnishing proof satisfactory to the Department of Motor Vehicles that the license has been lost or destroyed.

(B)    Three dollars of the revenue from each fee collected pursuant to this section must be credited to the Department of Transportation State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund based on the actual date of receipt by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

(C)    The balance of the revenue from each fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    16.    Section 56-1-220(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    During the fifth year of a ten-year license, the licensee must submit by mail to the department a certificate from an ophthalmologist or optometrist licensed in any state or appear in person at a department office to complete a vision screening. If a licensee fails to submit a certificate or fails to appear in person, the licensee must be fined fifty dollars. The department shall waive the fine if the person completes the requirements of this section within ninety days after the end of the fifth year of a ten-year license. This fine must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    17.    Section 56-1-286(K)(1) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 264 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"(1)    obtain a temporary alcohol license by filing with the Department of Motor Vehicles a form for this purpose. A one hundred dollar fee must be assessed for obtaining a temporary alcohol license. Twenty-five dollars of the fee collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles must be distributed to the Department of Public Safety for supplying and maintaining all necessary vehicle videotaping equipment. The remaining seventy-five dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The temporary alcohol license allows the person to drive a motor vehicle without any restrictive conditions pending the outcome of the contested case hearing provided for in this section or the final decision or disposition of the matter; and"

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    18.    Section 56-1-390(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 176 of 2005, is further amended to read:

"(2)    The fees collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles under this provision must be distributed as follows: seventy dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, and one dollar must be credited to the 'Keep South Carolina Beautiful Fund' established pursuant to Section 56-3-3950. From the 'Keep South Carolina Beautiful Fund', the Department of Transportation shall expend funds necessary to employ, within the Department of Transportation, a person with training in horticulture to administer a program for beautifying the rights-of-way along state highways and roads. The remainder of the fees collected pursuant to this section must be credited to the Department of Transportation State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    19.    Section 56-1-395(G) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 273 of 2010, is amended to read:

"(G)    The payment program administrative fee of thirty-five dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    20.    Section 56-1-400(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 158 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(A)    The Department of Motor Vehicles, upon suspending or revoking a license, shall require that the license be surrendered to the department. At the end of the suspension period, other than a suspension for reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, felony driving under the influence of intoxicants, or pursuant to the point system, the department shall issue a new license to the person. If the person has not held a license within the previous nine months, the department shall not issue or restore a license which has been suspended for reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, felony driving under the influence of intoxicants, or for violations under the point system, until the person has filed an application for a new license, submitted to an examination as upon an original application, and satisfied the department, after an investigation of the person's driving ability, that it would be safe to grant the person the privilege of driving a motor vehicle on the public highways. The department, in the department's discretion, where the suspension is for a violation under the point system, may waive the examination, application, and investigation. A record of the suspension must be endorsed on the license issued to the person, showing the grounds of the suspension. If a person is permitted to operate a motor vehicle only with an ignition interlock device installed pursuant to Section 56-5-2941, the restriction on the license issued to the person must conspicuously identify the person as a person who only may drive a motor vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed, and the restriction must be maintained on the license for the duration of the period for which the ignition interlock device must be maintained pursuant to Sections 56-1-286, 56-5-2945, and 56-5-2947 except if the conviction was for Section 56-5-750, 56-5-2951, or 56-5-2990. For purposes of Title 56, the license must be referred to as an ignition interlock restricted license. The fee for an ignition interlock restricted license is one hundred dollars, which shall be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. Unless the person establishes that the person is entitled to the exemption set forth in subsection (B), no ignition interlock restricted license may be issued by the department without written notification from the authorized ignition interlock service provider that the ignition interlock device has been installed and confirmed to be in working order. If a person chooses to not have an ignition interlock device installed when required by law, the license will remain suspended indefinitely. If the person subsequently decides to have the ignition interlock device installed, the device must be installed for the length of time set forth in Sections 56-1-286, 56-5-2945, and 56-5-2947 except if the conviction was for Section 56-5-750, 56-5-2951, or 56-5-2990. This provision does not affect nor bar the reckoning of prior offenses for reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs, as provided in Article 23, Chapter 5 of this title."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    21.    Section 56-1-460(A)(1)(e)(iii) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 273 of 2010, is further amended to read:

"(iii)        The fee for a route restricted driver's license issued pursuant to this item is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due when changes occur in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Of this fee, eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The remainder of the fees collected pursuant to this item must be credited to the Department of Transportation State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    22.    Section 56-1-550 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 353 of 2008, is amended to read:

"Section 56-1-550.    The Department of Motor Vehicles may collect a fee not to exceed twenty dollars per document to expedite a request for copies of documents and records it maintains. This fee is in addition to the normal fees associated with the request. Expedited requests must be available within seventy-two hours of receipt of the request and standard requests within thirty days. Nothing in this section may be construed as circumventing the requirements of Section 30-4-30 of the Freedom of Information Act. The funds collected pursuant to this section must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    23.    Section 56-1-740(B)(3) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 176 of 2005, is further amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for each special restricted driver's license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Of this fee, eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The remainder of the fees collected pursuant to this section must be credited to the Department of Transportation State Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    24.    Section 56-1-746(D)(3) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for a special restricted driver's license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Twenty dollars of this fee must be deposited in the state general fund and eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    25.    Section 56-1-1320(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Ninety-five dollars of the collected fee must be credited to the state's general fund for use of the Department of Public Safety in the hiring, training, and equipping of members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Transportation Police and in the operations of the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Transportation Police. Five dollars of the collected fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    26.    Section 56-1-2080(A)(1) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 353 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"(1)    A person may not be issued a commercial driver's license unless that person is a resident of this State and has passed a knowledge and skills test for driving a commercial motor vehicle which complies with the minimum federal standards established by 49 C.F.R. Part 383, subparts F, G, and H and has satisfied all other requirements of the CMVSA as well as any other requirements imposed by state law or federal regulation. The tests must be prescribed and conducted by the department. The first commercial driver's license skills test administered by the department to an individual is free of charge; thereafter, the Department of Motor Vehicles is authorized to charge a fee of twenty-five dollars for each subsequent commercial driver's license skills test administered to that individual. State agency and school district employees who are required to possess a commercial driver's license in the course of their normal job duties are exempt from this requirement. This fee must be placed into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167 by the Comptroller General."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    27.    Section 56-1-3350(B)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 147 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"(2)    payment of a one dollar fee that must be collected by the department and placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    28.    Section 56-3-210(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    The Department of Motor Vehicles or the county auditor's office must, upon proper application, issue a temporary license plate designed by the Department of Motor Vehicles to a casual seller or buyer of a vehicle pursuant to subsection (A) of this section. The county auditor's office may obtain temporary license plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the applicant is a casual buyer of a vehicle, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the county auditor's office must insert clearly and indelibly on the face of the temporary license plate the date of expiration and other information the Department of Motor Vehicles may require. If the applicant is the casual seller of a vehicle, at the time of the sale, he must insert clearly and indelibly on the face of the temporary license plate the date of expiration and other information the Department of Motor Vehicles may require. The expiration date may not extend beyond forty-five days from the vehicle's date of purchase. Neither the casual seller nor the casual buyer may place the temporary license plate on the vehicle until the sale has been completed. The bill of sale, title, rental contract, or a copy of either document must be maintained in the vehicle at all times to verify the vehicle's date of purchase to a law enforcement officer. The bill of sale, title, rental contract, or a copy of either document must provide a description of the vehicle, the name and address of both the seller and purchaser of the vehicle, and its date of sale. A casual seller who issues a temporary license plate or allows a temporary license plate to be issued in violation of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined one hundred dollars for each occurrence. The Department of Motor Vehicles may charge a five dollar fee for the temporary license plate which the Comptroller General must place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The county auditor's office also may charge a five dollar fee for the temporary license plate to defray the expenses of the county auditor's office associated with the production and issuance of the temporary license plates."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    29.    Section 56-3-355 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-355.    The Department of Motor Vehicles must suspend, revoke, or not issue a registration card and license plate to a person for a commercial motor vehicle greater than twenty-six thousand pounds which operates with an apportioned license plate if the commercial motor carrier who is responsible for the safety of the vehicle has been prohibited from operating by a federal agency. The registrant must promptly surrender to the department any item suspended or revoked under this section. If the registrant unlawfully refuses to surrender the suspended or revoked items as required under this section, the department, through its designated agents or by request to a county or municipal law enforcement agency, shall take possession of the suspended or revoked license plate and registration card. A registration card or license plate may not be reissued for that vehicle until the motor carrier has been allowed to operate by a federal agency or the vehicle is properly transferred to a motor carrier that is not prohibited from operating by a federal agency. Before a suspended vehicle registration card can be reinstated, a fee of fifty dollars for each registration card suspension must be paid to the department. The fifty dollar fee must be placed in the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167 by the Comptroller General."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    30.    Section 56-3-1290 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 353 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-3-1290.    The Department of Motor Vehicles, upon application and the payment of a fee of ten dollars, shall transfer the license plate assigned for one vehicle to another vehicle of the same general type owned or leased by the same person without a paid tax receipt for the vehicle. However, subsequent transfers of a license plate to the same vehicle may not be processed without a paid tax receipt based upon the value of the vehicle to which the plate is being transferred. Three dollars of the fees paid pursuant to this section must be deposited in the state general fund, and the remaining seven dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    31.    Section 56-3-1335 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 267 of 2006, is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-1335.    The Department of Motor Vehicles shall suspend a motor vehicle's current registration and shall not register or reregister a motor vehicle that was operated when its driver failed to pay a toll and whose owner has an outstanding judgment for failure to pay a toll pursuant to Section 57-5-1495(E) entered against him. The suspension or denial of registration or reregistration shall remain in effect until the judgment is satisfied, evidence of the satisfaction has been provided to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and a reinstatement fee of fifty dollars has been paid. The reinstatement fee collected must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    32.    Section 56-3-1920(C) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 147 of 2012, is amended to read:

"(C)    A fee not to exceed five dollars may be charged to each applicant issued a placard in accordance with this section. These fees must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    33.    Section 56-3-2330(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    A motor vehicle manufacturer shall apply for manufacturer license plates on a form prescribed by the department and shall provide proof the applicant is a bona fide motor vehicle manufacturer. The cost of each manufacturer plate issued is two hundred dollars, of which one hundred sixty dollars must be remitted by the department to the county in which the principal facility of the manufacturer is located. Forty dollars of the fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. Each plate is valid for two years."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    34.    Section 56-3-2335(B)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 15 of 2011, is further amended to read:

"(2)    Application for research and development license plates must be made by the research and development business on a form prescribed by the department and submitted with proof of the applicant's status as a bona fide research and development business. The cost of each research and development license plate issued is two hundred dollars, of which one hundred sixty dollars must be remitted by the department to the county in which the testing facility of the business is located. Forty dollars of the fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. Each plate is valid for two years. A maximum of one hundred research and development license plates may be issued for the two-year period."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    35.    Section 56-3-2340(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 201 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(C)    The department is authorized to collect a transaction fee from entities who either transmit or retrieve data from the department pursuant to this section. The fee must not exceed the fee authorized in Section 56-19-265(B) for each transaction. These fees must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    36.    Section 56-3-3500(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to Penn Center, Inc., to support its activities."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    37.    Section 56-3-3600(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering this special license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Nurses Foundation to endow scholarships for all of the state's registered nursing programs."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    38.    Section 56-3-3710(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to a separate fund for each of the respective colleges, universities, or independent institutions of higher learning. Each fund must be administered by the school and may be used only for academic scholarships. Funds collected for state colleges and universities must be deposited with the State Treasurer. Funds collected for independent institutions must be deposited in an account designated by the respective school. The distribution of the fee is forty dollars to the school for each special license plate sold for the respective school and thirty dollars placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    39.    Section 56-3-3950 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 31 of 2005, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-3-3950.    The department may issue a special commemorative 'Keep It Beautiful' motor vehicle license plate for use by owners on their private passenger motor vehicles to establish a special fund to be used by the Department of Transportation for the purposes of enhancing the state's roads and highways. These enhancements may include landscaping, wildflower plantings, scenic easements, or other highway enhancement projects. The Department of Transportation, in implementing this program, may not expend beautification funds for wildflowers without prior approval of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture shall ensure, before granting approval, that the varieties of wildflowers used in beautification are not harmful to agriculture at or near a proposed project. The biennial fee for the commemorative license plate is fifty-four dollars. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected for this special license plate, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the department's expenses in producing and administering this special license plate. Any remaining funds must be placed in a special 'Highway Beautification Fund' established within and administered by the Department of Transportation. This biennial fee is in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 7 of this title. The commemorative plate must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates and must be imprinted with the words 'Keep It Beautiful'. The plates must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month they are issued."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    40.    Section 56-3-4100(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected for the special license plate, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plate. Any remaining funds must be deposited in a special account, separate and apart from the general fund, designated for use by the South Carolina Elks Association to be used to support its Alzheimer's state project."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    41.    Section 56-3-4200(C) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(C)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering the plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and used by the State Park Service for recreational enhancements and improvements."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    42.    Section 56-3-4410(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Inc., or another nonprofit fund designated by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Inc., for the promotion of bicycling safety and education programs. Any remaining funds must be administered by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Inc., used only for efforts to promote bicycle safety and education programs, and deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Inc."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    43.    Section 56-3-4510(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 79 of 2009, is further amended to read:

"(C)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering this special license plate collection. The remaining funds collected from each special motor vehicle license plate fee must be deposited in the Game Protection Fund provided for in Title 50."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    44.    Section 56-3-4600(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be administered by the South Carolina Association of Realtors and deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by the association for distribution to Habitat for Humanity International or another nonprofit fund designated by the association for the construction of new homes for low income families in South Carolina."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    45.    Section 56-3-4800(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering this special license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    46.    Section 56-3-4910(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    The fees collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in a separate fund for the South Carolina Fire Academy. The fund must be administered by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of State Fire Marshal and must be used only to train in-state public firefighters, paid and volunteer, to comply with state and federal mandated training standards. Funds collected must be deposited with the State Treasurer. The distribution of the funds is based on twenty dollars to the academy for each special license plate sold and fifteen dollars placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    47.    Section 56-3-5200(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 264 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"(B)    The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to a special 'South Carolina: First In Golf' fund established within and administered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to promote the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. The distribution is forty dollars to the fund and thirty dollars placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    48.    Section 56-3-5400(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place the regular motor vehicle license fee into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police to be used to support the families of officers killed in the line of duty."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    49.    Section 56-3-7200(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 55 of 2005, is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering this special license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be deposited in a separate fund for the South Carolina Arts Commission and be used solely to support activities that build a thriving arts environment in South Carolina."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    50.    Section 56-3-7300(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be deposited in a special account, separate and apart from the general fund, established within and administered by the Department of Natural Resources to manage and conserve the marine resources of the State."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    51.    Section 56-3-7310 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 398 of 2006, is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-7310.    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue 'Support Our Troops' special license plates to owners of private passenger motor vehicles registered in their names. The requirements for production and distribution of the plate are those set forth in Section 56-3-8100. The biennial fee for this plate is the regular registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title plus an additional fee of thirty dollars. The Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to defray costs of production and distribution. Any portion of the additional thirty dollar fee not placed in the State Highway Fund by the Comptroller General must be distributed to Support Our Troops, Inc."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    52.    Section 56-3-7320 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 398 of 2006, is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-7320.    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue 'Emergency Medical Service' special license plates to owners of private passenger motor vehicles registered in their names. The requirements for production and distribution of the plate are those set forth in Section 56-3-8100. The biennial fee for this plate is the regular registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title plus an additional fee of thirty dollars. The Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the department's costs of production and distribution. Any portion of the additional thirty-dollar fee not placed in the State Highway Fund by the Comptroller General must be distributed to the South Carolina Emergency Medical Services Association."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    53.    Section 56-3-7330(B)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 272 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"(2)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the cost of production. That portion of the fees collected pursuant to this section in excess of the cost of production must be distributed to the South Carolina Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America, to then be distributed to the other five Boy Scout councils serving counties in South Carolina."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    54.    Section 56-3-7360 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 253 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-3-7360.    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue 'Korean War Veterans' special license plates to owners of private passenger motor vehicles and motorcycles registered in their names who are Korean War Veterans who served on active duty at anytime during the Korean War. The applicant must present the department with a DD214 or other official documentation that states that he served on active duty upon initial application for this special license plate. The requirements for production and distribution of the plate are those set forth in Section 56-3-8100. The biennial fee for this plate is the regular registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title plus an additional fee of twenty dollars. The Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the cost of production. Any portion of the additional twenty-dollar fee not placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund must be distributed to the state general fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    55.    Section 56-3-7700(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the cost of production and distribution of this special license plate. The fees collected pursuant to this section in excess of those placed in the State Highway Fund, must be distributed to the South Carolina Special Olympics."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    56.    Section 56-3-7750(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 90 of 2007, is further amended to read:

"(B)    The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to a separate fund for each of the respective fraternities or sororities. Each fund must be administered by the fraternity or sorority and may be used for academic scholarships, or to fund programs that send boys and girls who are at least eight years old and not more than sixteen years old to summer camp, or both. Funds collected for each fraternity or sorority must be deposited in an account designated by the fraternity or sorority. The distribution is forty dollars to the respective fund and thirty dollars placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    57.    Section 56-3-7780(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be placed in the state's general fund."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    58.    Section 56-3-7860 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 347 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-3-7860.    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue special motor vehicle license plates to members of the Shriners for private motor vehicles and motorcycles registered in their names. The fee for the issuance of this special plate must be the regular motor vehicle registration fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title which must be deposited in the state general fund and the special fee required by Section 56-3-2020 which the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The department shall assess the cost of production, administration, and issuance of this plate and provide this information to the General Assembly every five years."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    59.    Section 56-3-7910(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to the Fund to Save the Hunley created by the Hunley Commission or another nonprofit fund designated by the commission for the continued curation of the Hunley submarine. Any such fund must be administered by the Hunley Commission and may be used only for efforts to raise, restore, and preserve the Hunley submarine. Any funds collected must be deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by the Hunley Commission. The distribution of these funds is sixty dollars to the Hunley Commission and forty dollars placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    60.    Section 56-3-7950(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 287 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering this special license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to The Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Inc., for use on projects benefiting Hunting Island State Park."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    61.    Section 56-3-8000(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 56 of 2013, is further amended to read:

"(C)    The license plates must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month it is issued. The biennial fee for this special license plate is the regular registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title plus an additional fee to be requested by the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate. The initial fee amount requested may be changed only every five years from the first year the license plate is issued. Of the additional fee collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of producing and administering special license plates. Any of the remaining fee not placed in the restricted account must be distributed to an organization designated by the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    62.    A.        Section 56-3-8100(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 56 of 2013, is further amended to read:

"(B)    The Comptroller General shall place the six thousand eight hundred dollar application fee pursuant to subsection (A)(1) into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

B.        Section 56-3-8100(F) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 56 of 2013, is further amended to read:

"(F)    Of the additional fee collected pursuant to subsections (D) and (E), the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of producing and administering special license plates."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    63.    Section 56-3-8200(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 398 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(A)    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue motor vehicle license plates to members of Rotary International for private passenger motor vehicles registered in their names. The fee for this special license plate must be the regular motor vehicle license fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title, and an additional special fee of fifty dollars which must be distributed to the Rotary District in which the purchaser's home club is located in this State. The department must report to the South Carolina Rotary District designee the district chosen as a result of the license plate issuance to which this fee must be distributed. The fee must be deposited in an account designated by each South Carolina Rotary District, and must be distributed properly by each district. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected for the special license plate, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special plate. The license plates issued pursuant to this section must conform to a design agreed to by the department and the chief executive officer of the organization."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    64.    Section 56-3-8300(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 347 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"(A)    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue special motor vehicle license plates to members of the Marine Corps League for private passenger motor vehicles and motorcycles registered in their names. The fee for this license plate is the fee set forth for special license plates in Section 56-3-8100. The Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the cost of production and distribution of this special license plate. Any portion of the additional thirty-dollar fee not placed in the State Highway Fund by the Comptroller General must be distributed to the South Carolina Department of the Marine Corps League. The license plates issued pursuant to this section must conform to a design agreed to by the department and the chief executive officer of the organization."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    65.    Section 56-3-8400(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-3-8400.    (A)    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue special motor vehicle license plates to members of the Lions Club for private motor vehicles registered in their names. The fee for this special license plate must be the regular motor vehicle license fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title which must be deposited in the state general fund and the special fee required by Section 56-3-2020 which must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The license plates issued pursuant to this section must conform to a design agreed to by the department and the chief executive officer of the organization."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    66.    Section 56-3-8600(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the department in producing and administering the plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee for wetlands conservation projects in South Carolina. Any remaining funds must be administered by the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee and deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    67.    The introductory paragraph of Section 56-3-8710(C) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(C)    From the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of producing the special license plates. The remaining funds must be distributed in the following manner:"

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    68.    Section 56-3-9400(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to Save the Light, Inc., or another nonprofit fund designated by Save the Light, Inc., for the restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Any remaining funds must be administered by Save the Light, Inc., used only for efforts to restore and preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse, and deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by Save the Light, Inc."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    69.    Section 56-3-9600(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 158 of 2005, is further amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be deposited in a special account, separate and apart from the general fund, designated for use by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to support local animal spaying and neutering programs. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture may use up to ten percent of the fees deposited in the special account for the administration of the program. Local private nonprofit tax exempt organizations offering animal spaying and neutering programs may apply for grants from this fund to further their tax exempt purposes. Grants must be awarded not more than once a year, and an applicant must receive as a grant an amount of the total revenues in the fund multiplied by the percentage that the applicant's caseload in the preceding calendar year was of the total caseload of all applicants in that year."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    70.    Section 56-3-9710(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    Of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering this special license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the Heritage Classic Foundation."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    71.    Section 56-3-10010(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 286 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(B)    From the fees collected pursuant to this article, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses associated with producing and administering the distribution of the license plate. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee shall be distributed to the South Carolina Parrot Head Club Council, which shall only use the funds to support the Palmetto Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    72.    Section 56-3-13710(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 55 of 2015, is amended to read:

"(B)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167, an amount equal to the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license plate fee must be disbursed to the American Red Cross."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    73.    Section 56-5-750(G)(3) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for each special restricted driver's license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Of this fee twenty dollars must be distributed to the general fund and eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    74.    Section 56-5-2942(J) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 201 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"(J)    A fee of fifty dollars must be paid to the department for each motor vehicle that was suspended before any of the suspended registrations and license plates may be registered or before the motor vehicle may be released pursuant to subsection (F). This fee must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    75.    Section 56-5-2951(B)(1) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 158 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(1)    obtain a temporary alcohol license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. A one hundred dollar fee must be assessed for obtaining a temporary alcohol license. Twenty-five dollars of the fee must be distributed by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Public Safety for supplying and maintaining all necessary vehicle videotaping equipment. The remaining seventy-five dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The temporary alcohol license allows the person to drive without any restrictive conditions pending the outcome of the contested case hearing provided for in subsection (F) or the final decision or disposition of the matter. If the suspension is upheld at the contested case hearing, the temporary alcohol license remains in effect until the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings issues the hearing officer's decision and the Department of Motor Vehicles sends notice to the person that the person is eligible to receive a restricted license pursuant to subsection (H); and"

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    76.    Section 56-5-2951(H)(3) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 158 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for a restricted license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee may be charged because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Twenty dollars of this fee must be deposited in the state's general fund, and eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    77.    A.        Section 56-9-330 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-9-330.    (1)    The Department of Motor Vehicles, upon request and the payment of a fee, shall furnish any person a certified abstract of the operating record of any person subject to the provisions of this chapter, which abstract must also fully designate the motor vehicles, if any, registered in the name of that person, and, if there is no record of any conviction of that person for violating any laws relating to the operation of a motor vehicle or of any injury or damage caused by that person, the department shall so certify. The department, upon request and the payment of a reasonable fee, shall furnish a monthly listing by magnetic or other electronic media of all driver's license numbers that had driving violations posted on their records during the previous month. These abstracts are not admissible as evidence in any action for damages or criminal proceedings arising out of motor vehicle accidents.

(2)    The department shall, upon request, and the payment of a fee furnish any person a copy of a vehicle accident report. Revenue generated by the fee imposed pursuant to this section must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

B.        If the provisions regarding distribution of the fee authorized in this SECTION conflict with the provisions for distribution contained in Proviso 82.4 included in the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act, the provisions contained in this act shall control.

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    78.    Section 56-10-240(C) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(C)    If the vehicle owner unlawfully refuses to surrender the suspended items as required in this article, the department through its designated agents or by request to a county or municipal law enforcement agency shall take possession of the suspended license plates and registration certificates and may not reissue the registration until proper proof of liability insurance coverage is provided and until the owner has paid a reinstatement fee of two hundred dollars. A person who voluntarily surrenders his license plates and registration certificates before their suspension shall not be charged a reinstatement fee. Revenue generated by the fee imposed pursuant to this section must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    79.    Section 56-10-245 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 56-10-245.    Whenever a person furnishes proof of liability insurance, or surrenders or has his registration or license tags confiscated for failure to produce proof of insurance, after the Department of Motor Vehicles receives notice of the lapse or termination of the required liability insurance, the department shall compare the effective date of the lapse or termination with the date of the proof of insurance or the date of the confiscation or surrender. If the department determines there was a lapse in the required coverage, the department shall assess, in addition to other fines or penalties imposed by the law, a per diem fine in the amount of five dollars. The fine provided for in this section and the two hundred dollar reinstatement fee pursuant to Section 56-10-240 of the 1976 Code must not be assessed if the person furnishes proof, as documented by his sworn statement, that the motor vehicle upon which the coverage has lapsed or been terminated has not been operated upon the roads, streets, or highways of this State during the lapse or termination, and the lapse or termination is due to military service or illness as documented by a signed physician's statement. The total amount of the fine provided for in this section may not exceed two hundred dollars for a first offense. Revenue generated by the fine imposed pursuant to this section must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    80.    Section 56-10-260(B)(3) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(3)    The fee for each special restricted driver's license is one hundred dollars, but no additional fee is due because of changes in the place and hours of employment, education, or residence. Of this fee, twenty dollars must be distributed to the general fund and eighty dollars must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    81.    Section 56-10-552 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 264 of 2012, is further amended to read:

"Section 56-10-552.    (A)    For each two dollars of the yearly premium for uninsured motorist coverage paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Section 38-73-470, one dollar and twenty cents must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167. The remaining eighty cents must be placed in a special fund, to be known as the 'Uninsured Enforcement Fund', to be used by the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of enforcement and administration of Article 3, Chapter 10, Title 56.

(B)    Fifty percent of the reinstatement fee as provided by Section 56-10-510(1) must be transferred by the Department of Public Safety and recorded to the Uninsured Enforcement Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety as provided by subsection (A) of this section. The remaining fifty percent of the reinstatement fee as provided by Section 56-10-510 must be retained in the Uninsured Motorist Fund to be used as provided in Sections 56-10-550, 38-77-151, and 38-77-154."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    82.    Section 56-19-265(D) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 201 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(D)    The department is authorized to collect a transaction fee from commercial entities who either transmit or retrieve data from the department pursuant to this section. The fee must not exceed five dollars for each transaction and must be agreed to as part of the program specifications developed by the working group. These fees must be placed by the State Treasurer into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    83.    Section 56-19-420(C) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(C)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, five dollars of the fee contained in this section must be placed in the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167 by the Comptroller General."

Fees and fines credited to the State Highway Fund

SECTION    84.    Section 56-19-520(A)(4) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(4)    payment of a fee established by the department not to exceed fifty dollars for retirement of the title certificate and, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the fee collected by the department must be placed by the Comptroller General into the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in Section 11-43-167."

Tax revenue on sales of motor vehicles

SECTION    85.    Section 12-36-2647 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 98 of 2013, is amended to read:

"Section 12-36-2647.    (A)    Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 59-21-1010, the revenues of sales, use, and casual excise taxes derived pursuant to Sections 12-36-2620(1) and 12-36-2640(1) on the sale, use, or titling of a motor vehicle required to be licensed and registered by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, otherwise required to be credited as provided pursuant to Section 59-21-1010, instead must be credited to the State Highway Fund as established by Section 57-11-20, to be distributed as provided in this section.

(B)(1)    The Department of Transportation shall allocate the funds credited to the State Highway Fund pursuant to subsection (A) to the state-funded resurfacing program. The Department of Transportation shall develop and implement a needs-based methodology to distribute revenue within the state-funded resurfacing program, which shall include consideration on a county-by-county basis, to ensure that each county in the State is guaranteed funding for resurfacing.

(2)    The Department of Transportation shall reduce the allocation to the state-funded resurfacing program required in item (1) in proportion to the amounts transferred to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank pursuant to subsection (C).

(C)(1)    The Department of Transportation shall identify bridge and road projects to be financed utilizing non-tax revenue transferred to the bank by the Department of Transportation in an amount equal to the financing requirements related to projects selected pursuant to this section, provided that:

(a)    Fifty million dollars in revenue utilized by the bank shall be used to finance bridge replacement, rehabilitation projects, and expansion and improvements on existing roads in the State Highway System.

(b)    Funds in excess of fifty million dollars utilized by the bank shall be used to finance expansion and improvements to existing mainline interstates.

(2)    Funds transferred to the bank pursuant to this section may not be used to finance projects approved by the bank before July 1, 2013. The bank shall submit all projects proposed to be financed pursuant to subsection (B) to the Joint Bond Review Committee as provided in Section 11-43-180, prior to approving a project for financing.

(3)    Following consideration by the Joint Bond Review Committee, the bank shall approve the projects to be financed. Upon approval, the bank shall provide the Department of Transportation with written notice that identifies each project selected, the amount of non-tax revenue that must be transferred to the bank for financing each project, a schedule for the transfers, and any other information necessary to carrying out the financing of each project.

(4)    Upon receipt of the notice provided in item (3), the Department of Transportation shall transfer non-tax revenue to the bank in the amounts and upon the schedule provided in the notice. The department shall take any other action identified in the notice that is necessary for financing each project.

(5)    Projects financed utilizing funds transferred pursuant to this subsection shall not require a local match.

(D)    The Secretary of Transportation shall apply funds supplanted by the operation of this section to prioritized bridge and resurfacing needs."

PART III

Transition Provisions

and

Effective Date

Repeal

SECTION    86.    Section 1-3-240(C)(1)(b) of the 1976 Code is repealed.

Chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation

SECTION    87.    (A)    The chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation and all associated support staff, and all authorized appropriations associated with the chief internal auditor and associated support staff are transferred to and become part of the State Auditor's Office, State Fiscal Accountability Authority. The chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation and all associated support staff, whether classified or unclassified personnel, employed by the Department of Transportation on the effective date of this act, either by contract or by employment at will, shall become employees of the State Auditor's Office, State Fiscal Accountability Authority, with the same compensation, classification, and grade level, as applicable.

(B)    The chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 2016, shall continue to serve until the State Auditor employs a successor. Nothing in this section shall prevent the State Auditor from retaining the chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation as of June 30, 2016, pursuant to the provisions of Section 57-1-360, as amended in this act, found in SECTION 1.

Severability

SECTION    88.    If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.

Act constitutes one subject

SECTION    89.    The General Assembly finds that the sections presented in this act constitute one subject as required by Section 17, Article III of the South Carolina Constitution, 1895, in particular finding that each change and each topic relates directly to or in conjunction with other sections to the subject of improving the state's transportation infrastructure system as clearly enumerated in the title.

The General Assembly further finds that a common purpose or relationship exists among the sections, representing a potential plurality but not disunity of topics, notwithstanding that reasonable minds might differ in identifying more than one topic contained in the act.

Time effective

SECTION    90.    (A)    This act takes effect July 1, 2016.

(B)    The members of the Commission of the Department of Transportation serving on June 30, 2016, shall continue to serve until their current term expires, and until their successor is appointed and confirmed. If a vacancy occurs in the seat of a member serving on June 30, 2016, before the member's term otherwise expires, the vacancy must be filled in the manner specified in Chapter 1, Title 57 of the 1976 Code, as amended by this act, and the member filling the vacancy shall serve until the term expires. The members serving on June 30, 2016, if otherwise eligible, may be reappointed pursuant to Section 57-1-310, as amended by this act.

(C)    The Secretary of Transportation serving on June 30, 2016, shall continue to serve at the pleasure of the commission as provided in this act. No further confirmation proceedings are required. Thereafter, any new appointee to the office of Secretary of Transportation must be filled in the manner specified in Chapter 1, Title 57 of the 1976 Code, as amended by this act.

(D)    Notwithstanding the effective date provided in subsection (A), SECTION 6 and SECTION 7 take effect upon approval by the Governor. The provisions contained in SECTION 6 and SECTION 7 only apply to projects selected by the bank thereafter.

Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2016.

Approved the 8th day of June, 2016.

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