Current Status Bill Number:
4754Ratification Number: 469Act Number: 342Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19980304Primary Sponsor: WitherspoonAll Sponsors: Witherspoon, Sharpe, Bailey, Clyburn, Simrill, Meacham, Seithel, Inabinett, Mason, Littlejohn, McKay, Rodgers, Miller, Rhoad, Walker, Battle, Lloyd, Barfield, McMahand, J. Hines, Dantzler, Stille and LeachDrafted Document Number: dka\4833mm.98Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19980520Date of Last Amendment: 19980513Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19980608Subject: Deer, exotic farm-raised; sale of in food establishments allowed; Businesses, Agriculture; Fish and Game
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19980617 Act No. A342 ------ 19980608 Signed by Governor ------ 19980604 Ratified R469 House 19980520 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19980514 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19980513 Amended, read second time Senate 19980421 Committee report: Favorable 07 SFGF Senate 19980324 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19980320 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19980319 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19980320 House 19980319 Amended House 19980318 Committee report: Favorable with 20 HANR amendment House 19980304 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A342, R469, H4754)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-1920, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SALE OF VENISON IN EATING ESTABLISHMENTS, SO AS TO ALLOW SALE OF EXOTIC FARM-RAISED DEER BY OFFICIAL FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS AND WHOLESALE FOOD DISTRIBUTORS WHO COMPLY WITH INSPECTION, RECORDKEEPING, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Sale of exotic farm-raised deer
SECTION 1. Section 50-11-1920 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 147 of 1997, is further amended to read:
Section 50-11-1920. (A) The proprietor of a permitted food service establishment may purchase and sell exotic farm-raised venison which is processed through an official establishment, certified by the State Livestock-Poultry Health Commission or the United States Department of Agriculture. The food service establishment first must obtain a permit from the department, at no cost, and must maintain adequate records to provide department personnel, law enforcement officers, and other food service inspectors information as to the source of the venison. The premises of the permitted food service establishment must be open for inspection by enforcement officers, department personnel, and food service inspectors at reasonable times or whenever employees are present.
(B) The owner of a permitted food service establishment is responsible for compliance with the terms of the permit and with this section. If the food service establishment or its employees violate the terms of the permit or this section, the permit is invalid, and the owner of the food service establishment is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(C) An official establishment or a wholesale food distributor may obtain a permit, at no cost, to buy and sell exotic farm-raised venison to a permitted food service establishment. A permittee must maintain adequate records to provide department personnel, law enforcement officers, and other food service inspectors information as to the source of the venison. The premises must be open for inspection at reasonable times or whenever employees are present. If the permittee or its employees violate the terms of the permit or this section, the permit is invalid, and the permittee is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(D) The sale of whitetail deer, wild or farm raised, is prohibited.
(E) The Department of Natural Resources may promulgate regulations to enforce the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. Upon approval by the Governor, this act takes effect May 1, 1998.
Approved the 8th day of June, 1998.