Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3197Ratification Number: 447Act Number: 386Primary Sponsor: J. BrownType of Legislation: GBSubject: Security devices, rental accommodationsDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 29, 1992Computer Document Number: BBM/9097.JMGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: May 15, 1992Introduced Date: Jan 09, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Apr 23, 1992Last History Body: ------Last History Date: May 15, 1992Last History Type: Act No. 386Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: J. Brown Scott Glover CatoType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3197 ------ May 15, 1992 Act No. 386 3197 ------ May 15, 1992 Signed by Governor 3197 ------ May 13, 1992 Ratified R 447 3197 Senate Apr 29, 1992 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 3197 House Apr 23, 1992 Senate amendments amended, returned to Senate 3197 House Apr 22, 1992 Debate adjourned on Senate amendments until Thursday, April 23, 1992 3197 House Apr 15, 1992 Debate adjourned on Senate amendments until Wednesday, April 22, 1992 3197 House Apr 09, 1992 Reconsidered vote whereby concurred in Senate amendments 3197 House Apr 09, 1992 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, April 15, 1992 3197 House Apr 08, 1992 Recalled from Legislative Council 3197 House Apr 08, 1992 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 3197 Senate Apr 06, 1992 Read third time, returned with amendment 3197 Senate Mar 31, 1992 Amended, read second time 3197 Senate Mar 30, 1992 Committee Report: Favorable 12 with amendment 3197 Senate May 15, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 12 referred to Committee 3197 House May 14, 1991 Read third time, sent to Senate 3197 House May 09, 1991 Read second time 3197 House May 01, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 26 3197 House Jan 09, 1991 Introduced and read first 26 time, referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A386, R447, H3197)
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT WHEREVER FEES ARE CHARGED IN THIS STATE FOR ANY ROOMS, LODGINGS, OR ACCOMMODATIONS FURNISHED TO TRANSIENTS BY ANY HOTEL OR MOTEL, THE ROOMS, LODGINGS, OR ACCOMMODATIONS SO FURNISHED MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH CERTAIN SECURITY DEVICES; TO PROVIDE THAT THESE PROVISIONS DO NOT APPLY TO TOURIST CAMPS OR CAMPGROUNDS OR TO RESIDENCES OF ANY NATURE; TO MAKE THE FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT A MISDEMEANOR AND PROVIDE PENALTIES; TO PROVIDE THAT EVERY INSTANCE IN WHICH THE REQUIRED SECURITY DEVICES ARE NOT PROVIDED CONSTITUTES A SEPARATE OFFENSE FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT APPLY TO ANY HOTEL OR MOTEL HAVING TWENTY OR MORE ROOMS, LODGINGS, OR ACCOMMODATIONS FURNISHED TO TRANSIENTS FOR A FEE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Hotels, motels; room security devices; penalties; etc.
SECTION 1. (A) Wherever fees are charged in this State for any rooms, lodgings, or accommodations furnished to transients by any hotel or motel, the rooms, lodgings, or accommodations so furnished must be equipped with:
(1) a lock system such as, but not limited to, a deadbolt, security chain, bar lock, or other state of the art security system which may be activated from the inside by the transient and which cannot be unlocked or removed from the outside except by an emergency key (E-key) or other management-controlled access plan; and
(2) a device such as view ports, side windows, or any other device which allows sight outside the door without opening the door or by opening the door not more than three inches.
The provisions of this subsection do not apply to tourist camps or campgrounds or to residences of any nature.
(B) Whoever fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than sixty days or by both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Every instance in which the required security devices are not provided as required under items (1) and (2) of subsection (A) constitutes a separate offense under this section for the purposes of prosecution and conviction.
(C) The requirements of this section apply to any hotel or motel having twenty or more rooms, lodgings, or accommodations furnished to transients for a fee.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect one hundred eighty days after approval by the Governor.
Approved the 15th day of May, 1992.