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Bill Number: 2882 Ratification Number: 404 Act Number 377 Introducing Body: House Subject: Relating to penalties for violations of statutes regulating hunting
(A377, R404, H2882)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 50-9-240 AND 50-9-250, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF STATUTES REGULATING HUNTING, SO AS TO ADD SECTION 50-9-135 TO THE STATUTES TO WHICH THE PENALTIES APPLY AND TO PROVIDE THAT JURISDICTION OF VIOLATIONS OF SOME OF THE STATUTES APPLICABLE TO HUNTERS IS IN MAGISTRATES' COURTS ONLY, AND TO AMEND SECTION 50-17-1650, RELATING TO TRAWL NETS IN WATERS ADJACENT TO GAME ZONE NOS. 7 AND 9, SO AS TO CHANGE THE PENALTY PROVISIONS TO PROVIDE THAT VIOLATIONS MUST BE TRIED IN MAGISTRATES OR MUNICIPAL COURTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 50-9-240 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-9-240. Any resident of the State who violates the provisions of Sections 50-9-15, 50-9-135, 50-9-190, or 50-9-210, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one hundred nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days."
SECTION 2. Section 50-9-250 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-9-250. Any nonresident who violates the provisions of Sections 50-9-130, 50-9-135, 50-9-190, 50-9-210, or 50-9-220, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not less than forty-eight hours nor more than thirty days. No part of the monetary fine may be suspended in whole or in part."
SECTION 3. The second paragraph of Section 50-17-1650 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days. In addition, any boat used in violation of this section, including its rigging, equipment, and catch, must be seized. The catch must be sold and the proceeds of the sale must be held pending the final disposition of the case. Upon conviction, the boat, rigging, and equipment must be sold or redeemed as provided for under Section 50-17-1615."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.