Current Status Bill Number:
3065Ratification Number: 211Act Number: 94Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19970114Primary Sponsor: LimehouseAll Sponsors: Limehouse, Baxley, Seithel, Altman, Whatley, Vaughn, Simrill, Harrell and HinsonDrafted Document Number: jic\5162sd.97Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19970605Date of Last Amendment: 19970605Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19970611Subject: Bird of prey, bald eagle; killing or molesting, fish and game
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19970630 Act No. A94 ------ 19970611 Signed by Governor ------ 19970609 Ratified R211 House 19970605 Ordered enrolled for ratification Senate 19970605 Free Conference Committee Report 89 SFCC adopted Senate 19970605 Free Conference Powers granted, 89 SFCC Cork appointed Senators to Committee Gregory of Free Conference Hutto House 19970605 Free Conference Committee Report 99 HFCC adopted House 19970605 Free Conference Powers granted, 99 HFCC Limehouse appointed Reps. to Committee of Rhoad Free Conference Witherspoon House 19970514 Conference powers granted, 98 HCC Rhoad appointed Reps. to Committee of Limehouse Conference Witherspoon Senate 19970514 Conference powers granted, 88 SCC Cork appointed Senators to Committee Gregory of Conference Hutto Senate 19970514 Insists upon amendment House 19970506 Non-concurrence in Senate amendment Senate 19970430 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19970429 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Wednesday, 19970430 Senate 19970429 Committee amendment adopted Senate 19970424 Committee report: Favorable with 07 SFGF amendment Senate 19970304 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19970228 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19970227 Amended, read second time, uanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19970228 House 19970226 Committee report: Favorable with 20 HANR amendment House 19970114 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee House 19961218 Prefiled, referred to Committee 20 HANRView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A94, R211, H3065)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-852, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL MOLESTING OR KILLING OF BIRDS OF PREY, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION FOR BIRDS OF PREY AND A BALD EAGLE, AND PROVIDE THAT THE PERSON CONVICTED SHALL LOSE HIS HUNTING LICENSE AND BE PROHIBITED FROM HUNTING IN THIS STATE FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS IF THE BALD EAGLE WAS KILLED AND FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS IF THE BALD EAGLE WAS MOLESTED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Bald eagle penalties increased
SECTION 1. Section 50-11-852 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-11-852. It is unlawful for any person to molest or kill any of the birds of prey within this State. Birds of prey include all hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, vultures, owls, and ospreys. Anyone violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days. However, if the bird of prey is a bald eagle, the person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or be imprisoned for not less than thirty days nor more than one year, or both.
If the bird of prey is a bald eagle, the person convicted shall also lose his privilege to hunt in this State for a period of five years from the date he is convicted of this offense if the bald eagle was killed and for a period of five years if the bald eagle was molested. 'Convicted' for purposes of this section includes a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to the offense."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 11th day of June, 1997.