Current Status Bill Number:
3590Ratification Number: 279Act Number: 266Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19970304Primary Sponsor: GourdineAll Sponsors: Gourdine, Altman, Breeland, Harrell, Cobb-Hunter, Bailey, Inabinett, H. Brown, Hinson, Law, Govan, Chellis, Mack, Stuart, Lloyd, Dantzler, Seithel, Limehouse, Felder, Whatley, Battle, Young-Brickell and CampsenDrafted Document Number: psd\7108ac.97Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19980204Date of Last Amendment: 19980128Governor's Action: U Became law without signature of GovernorDate of Governor's Action: 19980224Subject: Wildlife, unlawful to use artificial lights to harass in Game Zone No. 6, Fish and Game, Natural Resources
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19980306 Act No. A266 ------ 19980224 Unsigned, became law without signature of Governor ------ 19980217 Ratified R279 House 19980204 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19980129 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19980128 Amended, read second time Senate 19970522 Committee report: majority 07 SFGF favorable, minority unfavorable Senate 19970501 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19970501 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19970430 Read second time House 19970429 Recalled from Committee 20 HANR House 19970304 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A266, R279, H3590)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-708 SO AS TO PROHIBIT IN GAME ZONE 6 THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS FROM ANY VEHICLE OR WATER AND CONVEYANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBSERVING OR HARASSING WILDLIFE AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION AND PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Use of artificial lights prohibited for observing or harassing wildlife; exception; penalty
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 50-11-708. (A) In Game Zone 6 the use of artificial lights from any vehicle or water conveyance for the purpose of observing or harassing wildlife is unlawful. However, this section does not prohibit an owner of real property or a person with a legal interest in real property from the use of artificial lights from any vehicle or water conveyance for the purpose of surveying or protecting the property. This section does not prohibit a person or group observing wildlife with the use of artificial lights who is engaged in research or documentary filming when done with written permission of the landowner and/or leaseholder of the property.
(B) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days.
(C) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit the lawful hunting of raccoon and fox.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 02/24/98.