Current Status Bill Number:
3143Ratification Number: 50Act Number: 29Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: D. SmithAll Sponsors: D. Smith, Inabinett, Kelley, Seithel, CainDrafted Document Number: PFM\7056BDW.95Companion Bill Number: 3221Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19950404Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19950410Subject: Golf Week
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19950410 Act No. A29 ------ 19950410 Signed by Governor ------ 19950405 Ratified R50 Senate 19950404 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19950330 Read second time Senate 19950329 Committee report: Favorable 08 SG Senate 19950207 Introduced, read first time, 08 SG referred to Committee House 19950202 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950201 Read second time House 19950126 Committee report: Favorable 20 HANR House 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee House 19941221 Prefiled, referred to Committee 20 HANRView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A29, R50, H3143)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-130 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR GOLF WEEK.
Whereas, a University of South Carolina and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism study shows golf generating more than six hundred forty-four million dollars annually for the state's economy, putting it on a par with the state's larger industries; and
Whereas, given that the National Golf Foundation ranks South Carolina just behind Florida as the nation's most popular golfing sport for tourists, this staggering amount of revenue isn't surprising; and
Whereas, the study, which is the state's first economic impact study of South Carolina's golf industry, finds that the golf course operations generate employment for more than fourteen thousand full-time workers; and
Whereas, the study showed:
(1) Out-of-state and international tourists, mostly from Canada and Germany, account for thirty-eight percent of South Carolina golfers.
(2) Sixty-three cents of every dollar spent by South Carolina's golf industry is respent in the state's economy.
(3) More than four hundred sixteen industries, including golf courses, utility companies, liability insurance companies, chemical/fertilizer manufacturers, and golf vehicle dealers, benefit directly from the state's golf industry.
(4) More than sixteen million, seven hundred thousand dollars in sales, excise, and admission taxes are generated annually by golf-related industries. Additional benefits include the creation of jobs and property tax revenue; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly recognize the importance of raising funds for research to promote environmentally sound turfgrass management. The continued success of the golf industry is dependent on research-based answers to the environmental concerns of the public; and
Whereas, Golf Week in South Carolina will allow the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the South Carolina Chapter of the Professional Golfers of America to seek support to increase the education and advancement of junior golf throughout the State and will allow the South Carolina Turfgrass Foundation to pursue research and education relating to environmentally sensitive turfgrass management. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 53-3-130. The last week in April in each year is designated as `Golf Week' in South Carolina. The Governor shall issue appropriate proclamations to commemorate `Golf Week' which must be observed throughout South Carolina with appropriate ceremonies and events to recognize the:
(1) economic impact of the golf industry in South Carolina;
(2) importance of the state's junior golfers;
(3) importance of turfgrass research."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 10th day of April, 1995.