Current Status Bill Number:
1114Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19980312Primary Sponsor: MartinAll Sponsors: MartinDrafted Document Number: pt\1801mm.98Companion Bill Number: 4804Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Threatening life of public employee or family member unlawful, Crimes and Offenses
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TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1040, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THREATENING THE LIFE, PERSON, OR FAMILY OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL, SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO THREATEN THE LIFE, PERSON, OR FAMILY OF ANY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, AND REVISE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 16-3-1040 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 579 of 1990, is further amended to read:
"Section 16-3-1040. (A) It is unlawful for any a person to knowingly and wilfully to deliver or convey to a public official or to a teacher or principal of an elementary or secondary school any to a public employee a letter or paper, writing, print, missive, document, or electronic communication or any verbal or electronic communication which contains any a threat to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the public official or public employee, teacher, or principal, or members of their his immediate families family.
(B) Any A person violating who violates the provisions of this section must, upon conviction, must be punished by a term of imprisonment of fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(C) For purposes of this section:
(1) 'Public official' means any an elected or appointed official of the United States or of this State or of a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of this State.
(2) 'Public employee' means a person employed by the State, a county, a municipality, a school district, or a political subdivision of this State.
(3) 'Immediate family' means the spouse, child, grandchild, mother, father, sister, or brother of the public official, teacher, or principal public employee."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.