Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 623Ratification Number: 52Act Number: 24Primary Sponsor: Committee (04)Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Students, paging devicesDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 03, 1991Computer Document Number: 623Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Apr 22, 1991Introduced Date: Feb 07, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Mar 26, 1991Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Apr 22, 1991Last History Type: Act No. 24Scope of Legislation: StatewideSponsor Committee: EducationSponsor Committee Number: 04Type of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 623 ------ Apr 22, 1991 Act No. 24 623 ------ Apr 22, 1991 Signed by Governor 623 ------ Apr 18, 1991 Ratified R 52 623 Senate Apr 03, 1991 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 623 House Mar 28, 1991 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment 623 House Mar 26, 1991 Amended, read second time 623 House Mar 20, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 623 House Feb 13, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to Committee 623 Senate Feb 13, 1991 Amended, read third time, sent to House 623 Senate Feb 12, 1991 Read second time, notice of general amendments 623 Senate Feb 07, 1991 Placed on Calendar without reference 623 Senate Feb 07, 1991 Introduced, read first timeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A24, R52, S623)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-280 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION OF PAGING DEVICES BY STUDENTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF PAGING DEVICES AND FOR THEIR FORFEITURE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Possession of paging devices by students prohibited
SECTION 1. Chapter 63, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-63-280. (A) For purposes of this section, `paging device' means a telecommunications device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.
(B) A student under the age of eighteen in the public schools may not possess a paging device while on school property or while attending a school sponsored or school related activity on or off school property, unless the student needs the paging device for a legitimate medical reason. A student eighteen years of age and over in the public schools may not possess a paging device while on school property or while attending a school sponsored or school related activity on or off school property, unless the student is an active member of a volunteer firefighting organization or a volunteer emergency medical service organization or unless the student needs the paging device for a legitimate medical reason. The principal of each school may decide what constitutes a legitimate medical reason consistent with any guidelines as may be established by the school board of that district or by the State Department of Education. The principal of each school must secure and retain documented evidence of a student's legitimate medical need or his membership in a volunteer firefighting or emergency medical service organization before that student may have a paging device at school if authorized by this section.
(C) The board of trustees of each school district shall include the prohibition in subsection (A) of this section in the district's written standards of student conduct. A student who violates the prohibition is subject to discipline as provided by board policy, consistent with this subsection.
(D) A person who discovers a student in possession of a paging device in violation of this section shall report the violation to the appropriate school administrator, as determined by school policy, who shall order a peace officer or appropriate school employee to confiscate the device, which is forfeited to the school district."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 22nd day of April, 1991.