Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 4092Ratification Number: 642Act Number: 505Primary Sponsor: RamaType of Legislation: GBSubject: Bone Marrow Donor ActDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Jun 04, 1992Computer Document Number: BR1/1880.ACGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Jul 01, 1992Introduced Date: Jan 14, 1992Date of Last Amendment: Apr 30, 1992Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Jul 01, 1992Last History Type: Act No. 505Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: RamaType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 4092 ------ Jul 01, 1992 Act No. 505 4092 ------ Jul 01, 1992 Signed by Governor 4092 ------ Jun 04, 1992 Ratified R 642 4092 House Jun 04, 1992 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 4092 Senate Jun 04, 1992 Returned the Bill to the House 4092 House Jun 04, 1992 Returned the Bill to the Senate 4092 Senate Jun 04, 1992 Requested the House to return the Bill 4092 Senate Jun 03, 1992 Read third time, returned with amendment 4092 Senate Apr 30, 1992 Amended, read second time 4092 Senate Apr 29, 1992 Committee Report: Favorable 13 with amendment 4092 Senate Mar 26, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 13 referred to Committee 4092 House Mar 25, 1992 Read third time, sent to Senate 4092 House Mar 24, 1992 Amended, read second time 4092 House Mar 18, 1992 Debate adjourned until Tuesday, March 24, 1992 4092 House Mar 04, 1992 Committee Report: Favorable 27 with amendment 4092 House Jan 14, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 27 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A505, R642, H4092)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2 TO CHAPTER 43, TITLE 44 SO AS TO ENACT THE BONE MARROW DONOR ACT AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SHALL CONDUCT BONE MARROW DRIVES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Bone Marrow Donor Act
SECTION 1. Chapter 43, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 44-43-60. This article may be cited as the Bone Marrow Donor Act.
Section 44-43-70. (A) Bone Marrow Donor Programs are established within the Medical University of South Carolina and within the University of South Carolina. The purpose of this program is to educate citizens of the State about:
(1) the need for bone marrow donors;
(2) the procedures required to become registered as a potential bone marrow donor, including the procedures for determining the person's tissue type; and
(3) the medical procedures a donor must undergo to donate bone marrow.
(B) Special efforts must be made to educate and recruit minorities to volunteer as potential bone marrow donors. Dissemination of information and recruitment of bone marrow donors may be accomplished through use of the press, radio, and television, through the placement of educational materials in appropriate health care facilities, blood banks, and state and local agencies, and through any other means of public dissemination. The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation shall make educational materials available at all places where drivers' licenses are issued or renewed.
Section 44-43-80. (A) An employer may grant paid leaves of absence to an employee who seeks to undergo a medical procedure to donate bone marrow. As used in this section, `employer' means a person or entity that employs twenty or more employees at least at one site within this State and includes an individual, corporation, partnership, association, nonprofit organization, group of persons, state, county, city, or other governmental subdivision. `Employee' means a person who performs services for hire for an employer for an average of twenty or more hours a week and includes all individuals employed at a site owned or operated by an employer but does not include an independent contractor.
(B) The combined length of paid leaves of absence requested by an employee must be determined by the employee but may not exceed forty work hours unless the employer agrees to a longer period of time. The employer may require verification by a physician of the purpose and length of each paid leave of absence requested by the employee to donate bone marrow. If there is a medical determination that the employee does not qualify as a bone marrow donor, the paid leave of absence granted to the employee before that medical determination is not forfeited.
(C) An employer may not retaliate against an employee for requesting or obtaining a paid leave of absence as provided by this section.
(D) This section does not prevent an employer from providing a paid leave of absence for bone marrow donations in addition to leave allowed under this section. This section does not affect an employee's rights with respect to any other employment benefit."
Bone Marrow Drives
SECTION 2. Between July 1, 1992, and June 30, 1993, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina through their bone marrow donor programs shall conduct bone marrow donor drives to encourage state employees to volunteer to be potential bone marrow donors. The drive must include presentations and the dissemination of educational materials that explain the need for bone marrow donors and the procedures for becoming registered as a potential bone marrow donor. All state agencies shall cooperate in this effort and provide assistance as needed to organize and conduct the drive.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 1st day of July, 1992.