Current Status Bill Number:
3487Ratification Number: 52Act Number: 31Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950202Primary Sponsor: HutsonAll Sponsors: Hutson, Moody-Lawrence, Baxley, Jennings, Cain, Neilson, Quinn, Cromer, Harrison, Cobb-Hunter, Cave, L. Whipper, Bailey, Sharpe, McElveen, Worley, S. Whipper, Koon, Knotts, Kennedy, Law, Walker, Wilder, Simrill, White, Inabinett, Limehouse, Fulmer, J. Harris, Robinson, Kelley, Wells, Trotter, Neal, Williams, Shissias, Hines, Keyserling, Riser, Rhoad, Kinon, Harwell, Witherspoon, Davenport, Seithel, Whatley, Richardson, J. Brown, Byrd, McMahand, H. Brown, G. Brown, Townsend, R. Smith, J. Young, Spearman, Carnell, D. Smith, Herdklotz, Huff, Rice, Vaughn, Stuart, Stille, Meacham, Wright, Wilkes, Limbaugh, Lloyd, Keegan, Haskins, Phillips, Wofford, McAbee, P. Harris, Hodges, Tucker, Dantzler, Askins, Howard, Lanford, Klauber and AllisonDrafted Document Number: br1\18095ac.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19950404Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19950410Subject: State Hospitality Beverage, Tea
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19950410 Act No. A31 ------ 19950410 Signed by Governor ------ 19950405 Ratified R52 Senate 19950404 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19950330 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19950329 Committee report: Favorable 08 SG Senate 19950209 Introduced, read first time, 08 SG referred to Committee House 19950208 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950207 Read second time House 19950202 Recalled from Committee 20 HANR House 19950202 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A31, R52, H3487)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-692 SO AS TO DESIGNATE SOUTH CAROLINA GROWN TEA AS THE OFFICIAL HOSPITALITY BEVERAGE OF THE STATE.
Whereas, a member of the Camellia family, Camellia sinensis, most commonly known as tea, is the world's most popular beverage excepting water; and
Whereas, South Carolina is the first place in the United States where tea was grown having been planted in the South Carolina Lowcountry outside of Charleston in 1799 at what is now Middleton Place; and
Whereas, South Carolina contains a unique combination of factors that makes tea production possible; and
Whereas, quality tea was produced successfully by Dr. Charles Shepard at Pinehurst Tea Plantation near Summerville circa 1888 and continued for over twenty-five years; and
Whereas, subsequent to its introduction in America, commercial tea production also was attempted in South Carolina in Greenville, in Georgetown, and in Ravenel; and
Whereas, most recently tea is being produced in the tradition of Dr. Shepard on Wadmalaw Island from plants descended from the tea planted near Summerville over one hundred years ago; and
Whereas, with improved plant horticulture and the invention of unique machinery to harvest the delicate leaves, Mack Fleming and William B. Hall of American Classic Tea are growing, harvesting, drying, grading, and packaging this beverage again on Wadmalaw Island; and
Whereas, it is recognized that tea is unique to South Carolina in that South Carolina is the only state to have ever produced tea commercially, and with the revitalizing of an industry that flourished at the turn of the century, it is appropriate that this beverage be so recognized as the official hospitality beverage of the State. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Tea designated state hospitality beverage
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-692. South Carolina grown tea is designated as the official hospitality beverage of the State."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 10th day of April, 1995.