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S*176
Session 122 (2017-2018) 

S*0176(Rat #0200, Act #0184 of 2018)  General Bill, By Sheheen and Young
 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
 24-1-300 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO OPERATE AN UNMANNED AERIAL
 VEHICLENext NEAR A DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY BY CERTAIN PERSONS, TO
 PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE
 CONFISCATION AND RELEASE OF CERTAIN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES UNDER CERTAIN
 CIRCUMSTANCES; BY ADDING SECTION 24-5-175 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL
 TO OPERATE AN PreviousUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLENext NEAR A LOCAL DETENTION FACILITY BY
 CERTAIN PERSONS, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THIS PROVISION, AND TO
 PROVIDE FOR THE CONFISCATION AND RELEASE OF CERTAIN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
 UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-310 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT
 THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SHALL PETITION THE FEDERAL AVIATION
 ADMINISTRATION (FAA) TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN DETENTION AND CORRECTIONAL
 FACILITIES AS FIXED-SITE FACILITIES AND THE STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION SHALL
 PUBLISH DESIGNATIONS BY THE FAA ON THE COMMISSION'S WEBSITE; AND BY ADDING
 SECTION 24-1-320 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND LOCAL
 DETENTION FACILITIES SHALL PROVIDE THE STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION A LIST OF
 DESIGNATED SITES OR FACILITIES AND PreviousUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLENext BOUNDARIES. -
 ratified title

   12/13/16  Senate Prefiled
   12/13/16  Senate Referred to Committee on Corrections and Penology
   01/10/17  Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 94)
   01/10/17  Senate Referred to Committee on Corrections and Penology
                     (Senate Journal-page 94)
   01/19/17  Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment
                     Corrections and Penology (Senate Journal-page 10)
   01/23/17         Scrivener's error corrected
   02/01/17  Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 29)
   02/01/17  Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 29)
   02/01/17  Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 29)
   02/01/17  Senate Roll call Ayes-43  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 29)
   02/02/17         Scrivener's error corrected
   02/08/17  Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 15)
   02/08/17  Senate Read third time and sent to House
                     (Senate Journal-page 15)
   02/08/17  Senate Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 15)
   02/14/17  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 49)
   02/14/17  House  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
                     (House Journal-page 49)
   05/03/18  House  Committee report: Favorable with amendment
                     Judiciary (House Journal-page 43)
   05/09/18  House  Amended (House Journal-page 69)
   05/09/18  House  Read second time (House Journal-page 69)
   05/09/18  House  Roll call Yeas-97  Nays-5 (House Journal-page 75)
   05/10/18  House  Read third time and returned to Senate with
                     amendments (House Journal-page 14)
   05/10/18         Scrivener's error corrected
   05/10/18  Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled
                     (Senate Journal-page 42)
   05/10/18  Senate Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 42)
   05/14/18         Ratified R 200
   05/17/18         Signed By Governor
   05/24/18         Effective date 05/17/18
   05/31/18         Act No. 184





S. 176

(A184, R200, S176)

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-300 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO OPERATE AN PreviousUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLENext NEAR A DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY BY CERTAIN PERSONS, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONFISCATION AND RELEASE OF CERTAIN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; BY ADDING SECTION 24-5-175 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO OPERATE AN PreviousUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLENext NEAR A LOCAL DETENTION FACILITY BY CERTAIN PERSONS, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONFISCATION AND RELEASE OF CERTAIN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-310 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SHALL PETITION THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN DETENTION AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AS FIXED-SITE FACILITIES AND THE STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION SHALL PUBLISH DESIGNATIONS BY THE FAA ON THE COMMISSION'S WEBSITE; AND BY ADDING SECTION 24-1-320 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND LOCAL DETENTION FACILITIES SHALL PROVIDE THE STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION A LIST OF DESIGNATED SITES OR FACILITIES AND PreviousUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLENext BOUNDARIES.

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

Unlawful operation of Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext

SECTION    1.    Chapter 1, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 24-1-300.    (A)    Except as provided in subsection (D), a person shall not operate an Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within a horizontal distance of five hundred feet or a vertical distance of two hundred fifty feet from any Department of Corrections facility without written consent from the Director of the Department of Corrections.

(B)    A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

(C)(1)    In addition to the penalty provided in this section, an Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext involved in the violation of this section may be confiscated by the Department of Corrections. An Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext must not be disposed of in any manner until the results of any legal proceeding in which it may be involved are finally determined, or as otherwise required by Section 17-28-300, et seq. Records must be kept of all confiscated unmanned aerial vehicles received by the Department of Corrections under the provisions of this section. Upon conviction, pursuant to a violation of this section, the relevant Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext shall be transferred to the State Law Enforcement Division to use within the agency for any lawful purpose or for destruction, unless otherwise provided in this section.

(2)    Any Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext confiscated pursuant to this section shall be administratively released to an innocent owner. The Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext must not be released to the innocent owner until the results of any legal proceedings in which the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext may be involved are finally determined, or as otherwise required by Section 17-28-300, et seq. Before the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext may be released, the innocent owner shall provide the Department of Corrections with proof of ownership; shall certify that the innocent owner neither was a consenting party to nor had knowledge of the use of the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext that made it subject to confiscation; and shall certify that the innocent owner will not release the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext to the person who was charged with the violation of this section that resulted in the confiscation of the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext. The Department of Corrections shall notify the innocent owner when the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext is available for release. If the innocent owner fails to recover the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within thirty days after notification of the release, the Department of Corrections may use the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within the agency for any lawful purpose or destroy it.

(D)    The provisions of this section do not apply to any person who: registers with the Federal Aviation Administration as an operator of a commercial Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext; operates the vehicle for the purpose of monitoring, operating, maintaining or enhancing electric, communications, water conveyance, or transportation infrastructure or determining if repairs to such infrastructure are necessary; and separately notifies the Director of the Department of Corrections or his designee no more than five days and no less two hours prior to each operation of the vehicle, provided that the notification must include the registration number the Federal Aviation Administration has issued for the vehicle."

Unlawful operation of Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext

SECTION    2.    Article 1, Chapter 5, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 24-5-175.    (A)    Except as provided in subsection (D), a person shall not operate an Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within a horizontal distance of five hundred feet or a vertical distance of two hundred fifty feet from any local detention facility without written consent from the jail administrator.

(B)    A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

(C)(1)    In addition to the penalty provided in this section, an Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext involved in the violation of this section may be confiscated by the jail administrator of a local detention facility. An Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext must not be disposed of in any manner until the results of any legal proceeding in which it may be involved are finally determined, or as otherwise required by Section 17-28-300, et seq. Records must be kept of all confiscated unmanned aerial vehicles received by the jail administrator under the provisions of this section. Upon conviction, pursuant to a violation of this section, the relevant Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext shall be transferred to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to use within the agency for any lawful purpose or for destruction, unless otherwise provided in this section.

(2)    Any Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext confiscated pursuant to this section shall be administratively released to an innocent owner. The Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext must not be released to the innocent owner until the results of any legal proceedings in which the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext may be involved are finally determined, or as otherwise required by Section 17-28-300, et seq. Before the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext may be released, the innocent owner shall provide the jail administrator with proof of ownership; shall certify that the innocent owner neither was a consenting party to nor had knowledge of the use of the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext that made it subject to the confiscation; and shall certify that the innocent owner will not release the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext to the person who was charged with the violation of this section that resulted in the confiscation of the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext. The jail administrator shall notify the innocent owner when the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext is available for release. If the innocent owner fails to recover the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within thirty days after notification of the release, the local detention facility may use the Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext within the agency for any lawful purpose or destroy it.

(D)    The provisions of this section do not apply to any person who: registers with the Federal Aviation Administration as an operator of a commercial Previousunmanned aerial vehicleNext; operates the vehicle for the purpose of monitoring, operating, maintaining or enhancing electric, communications, water conveyance, or transportation infrastructure or determining if repairs to such infrastructure are necessary; and separately notifies the jail administrator or his designee no more than five days and no less two hours prior to each operation of the vehicle, provided that the notification must include the registration number the Federal Aviation Administration has issued for the vehicle."

Fixed site facility designation

SECTION    3.    Chapter 1, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 24-1-310.    The Department of Corrections shall petition the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate any local detention facility, or state or federal correctional facility in the State as a fixed-site facility within ninety days of the effective date of this section, pursuant to rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, Public Law No. 114-190. The department shall follow all guidance from the FAA in submitting and processing the petition. The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission shall publish designations by the FAA in accordance with this act on the commission's website."

PreviousUnmanned aerial vehicleNext boundary

SECTION    4.    Chapter 1, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 24-1-320.    To promote harmonization and air safety, the Department of Corrections and local detention facilities shall provide the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission a list of designated sites or facilities, and shall provide the commission with the Previousunmanned aerial vehicle boundary in electronic format (ARGIS or AutoCAD) necessary to display the information within the Geographical Information Systems formats utilized by the commission within thirty days of the effective date of this section, and the commission shall publish the designated sites or facilities' information on the commission's website."

Time effective

SECTION    5.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 14th day of May, 2018.

Approved the 17th day of May, 2018.

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