Current Status Bill Number:
3879Ratification Number: 475Act Number: 388Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950328Primary Sponsor: WitherspoonAll Sponsors: WitherspoonDrafted Document Number: PFM\7323BDW.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960528Date of Last Amendment: 19960117Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960604Subject: Natural Resources Enforcement Division, deputy officers
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960613 Act No. A388 ------ 19960604 Signed by Governor ------ 19960530 Ratified R475 Senate 19960528 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960523 Unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19960524 Senate 19960523 Read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments Senate 19960523 Reconsidered vote whereby Committee amendment adopted; amendment tabled Senate 19960523 Committee amendment adopted Senate 19960228 Committee report: Favorable with 07 SFGF amendment Senate 19960123 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19960118 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19960117 Amended, read second time House 19960116 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, 19960117 House 19960110 Committee report: Favorable with 20 HANR amendment House 19950328 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A388, R475, H3879)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-3-315, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEPUTY ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, SO AS TO REVISE THEIR AUTHORITY, POWERS, AND REQUIREMENTS; AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN DEPUTY ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Deputy enforcement officers
SECTION 1. Section 50-3-315 of the 1976 Code, as amended by Section 1258, Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-3-315. (A) The director may appoint deputy enforcement officers who serve at the pleasure of the director without pay. The officers have statewide police power. However, the director may restrict their territorial jurisdiction. No person may be appointed as an officer who holds another public office. The Secretary of State shall transmit to the director the commissions of all officers. The officers, except for designated department employees, shall obtain the bonds required by Section 50-3-330.
(B) Except for specially designated department employees, deputy enforcement officers are volunteers covered by Chapter 25 of Title 8 and not employees entitled to coverage or benefits in Title 42.
(C) Except for specially designated department employees, deputy enforcement officers shall furnish their own equipment but may not equip privately owned vehicles with blue lights, sirens, or police-type markings.
(D) Deputy enforcement officers must be of good character.
(E) The department shall administer the deputy enforcement officers through its Natural Resources Enforcement Division.
(F) The number of deputy enforcement officers appointed is in the discretion of the director.
(G) All deputy enforcement officers:
(1) must be certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or successfully shall complete the `Basic State Constables Course' at their own expense at one of the state technical schools;
(2) successfully shall complete required refresher training;
(3) promptly shall comply with all directives by the Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Enforcement Division and the supervisor of enforcement officers within whose area the officer is acting.
(H) The department by regulation shall establish a training program for deputy enforcement officers commissioned after July 1, 1980."
SECTION 2. Deputy enforcement officers appointed by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources before July 1, 1996, must comply with Section 50-3-315(G) of the 1976 Code, as added by Section 1 of this act, before July 1, 1997.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect July 1, 1996.
Approved the 4th day of June, 1996.