Current Status Bill Number:
543Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19950221Primary Sponsor: RoseAll Sponsors: RoseDrafted Document Number: br1\18177ac.95Companion Bill Number: 3789Residing Body: SenateDate of Last Amendment: 19960516Subject: Family impact statement
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
May 16, 1996
S. Printed 5/16/96--S.
Read the first time February 21, 1995.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-22 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO PREPARE A FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENT ON BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS THAT MAY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE FAMILY AND TO REQUIRE STATE AGENCIES TO PREPARE A FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENT ON AGENCY POLICIES AND ON REGULATIONS AND TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE INSTITUTIONS OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN THIS STATE.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-22. (A) The chairman of a standing committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate may request the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families to prepare a family impact statement for a bill or resolution that may have significant impact on family formation, maintenance, and general well-being using the guidelines for assessment in subsection (C) which, if requested, must be attached to the bill or resolution before it is reported out of committee.
(B) In promulgating regulations and in formulating agency policy, a state agency must assess whether the policy or regulation may have significant impact on family formation, maintenance, and general well-being and must prepare a family impact statement on the policy or regulation using the guidelines for assessment in subsection (C). The family impact statement on regulations must be submitted with a regulation being submitted for General Assembly review, and the family impact statement on agency policies must be submitted for review to the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families.
(C) Guidelines for assessing the family impact of proposed bills and resolutions, to the extent information is available, must include, but is not limited to, to what extent does this bill, resolution, regulation, or agency policy:
(1) strengthen or erode the stability of the family and, particularly, the marital commitment;
(2) strengthen or erode the authority and rights of parents in the education, nurture, and supervision of their children;
(3) help the family perform its functions, or does it substitute governmental activity for the function;
(4) increase or decrease family earnings;
(5) cause benefits which justify the impact on the family budget;
(6) include an activity that could be carried out by a lower level of government or by the family itself;
(7) contain a message, intended or otherwise, to the public concerning the status of the family;
(8) contain a message to young people concerning the relationship between their behavior, their personal responsibility, and the norms of our society.
(D) Annually before October first the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families shall report to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding the family impact statements it has prepared or those it has reviewed and shall make specific recommendations as to statutory, regulatory, and policy actions that may be taken to strengthen the institutions of marriage and the family in this State.
(E) This section is intended to improve the internal management of state government and to enhance the institutions of marriage and the family in this State and is not intended to create a right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the State, its agencies, its officers, or any person."
SECTION 2. The Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families shall review statutes, regulations, and policies existing on this act's effective date that may have a significant impact on family well-being in light of the guidelines established in Section 20-7-22, as added by Section 1 of this act; shall prepare a report to the Governor and General Assembly on the family impact of these statutes, regulations, and policies; and shall make specific recommendations as to whether any of these statutes, regulations, or policies may need to be amended or revised in order to strengthen the institutions of marriage and the family in this State.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.