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1166Ratification Number: 377Act Number: 358Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000222Primary Sponsor: AlexanderAll Sponsors: AlexanderDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\ggs\22496cm00.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000526Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20000606Subject: Courts, Bail; Professional or surety bondsman or runner; continuing education requirements, certain exemptionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20000711 Act No. A358 ------ 20000606 Signed by Governor ------ 20000531 Ratified R377 House 20000526 Read third time, enrolled for ratification House 20000525 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 20000524 Committee report: Favorable 26 HLCI House 20000411 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee Senate 20000406 Read third time, sent to House Senate 20000328 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 20000323 Committee report: Favorable 02 SBI Senate 20000222 Introduced, read first time, 02 SBI referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on March 23, 2000 - Word format Revised on May 24, 2000 - Word format
(A358, R377, S1166)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 38-53-85, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE MET AND THE EXAMINATION THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BY AN APPLICANT TO BECOME A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL BONDSMAN, SURETY BONDSMAN, OR RUNNER, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PROFESSIONAL BONDSMAN, SURETY BONDSMAN, OR RUNNER WHO IS MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS OF AGE AND WHO HAS AT LEAST TWENTY YEARS OF LICENSURE IS EXEMPT FROM THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS PROVISION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Licensed professional bondsman, surety bondsman, and runner
SECTION 1. Section 38-53-85 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 425 of 1998, is amended to read:
"Section 38-53-85. (A) An applicant for a license to work as a professional bondsman, surety bondsman, or runner must complete not less than twenty hours of education in subjects pertinent to the duties and responsibilities of a professional and surety bondsman or runner, including all laws and regulations related to being a professional or surety bondsman or runner. A written examination must be administered at the conclusion of the course work. Each applicant must pass the examination before he can be licensed.
Each person licensed as a professional bondsman, surety bondsman, or runner must complete annually not less than six hours of continuing education in subjects related to the duties and responsibilities of a professional and surety bondsman or runner before his license shall be renewed. The continuing education courses shall not include a written or oral examination. The six-hour annual requirement is in addition to the twenty-four hour continuing education requirement for surety insurance agents as required by Section 38-43-106.
(B) A person licensed as a professional bondsman, surety bondsman, or runner before the effective date of this section is not required to complete the requisite twenty hours of education but must complete six hours of continuing education courses in order to have his license renewed.
(C) The South Carolina Bail Agent's Association or any other group or association approved by the Department of Insurance to provide educational courses to bondsmen must establish an educational curriculum for bondsman licensure. The Department of Insurance must approve the courses offered and ensure that the courses meet the standards for education established by this section and the department. The requirement of course work for licensure is not satisfied by a mail order course. The department must also approve a written examination to be administered by all groups who provide educational courses to be administered at the conclusion of the twenty-hour course work.
(D) A person who falsely represents that he has met the educational requirements of this section is subject, after being afforded notice and an opportunity for a due process hearing by the Administrative Law Judge Division, to the penalty provided for in Section 38-53-340.
(E) A professional bondsman, surety bondsman, or runner who is more than sixty years of age and who has at least twenty years of licensure is exempt from the continuing education requirements contained in this section.
(F) The director shall establish rules and regulations for the effective administration of this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 31st day of May, 2000.
Approved the 6th day of June, 2000.
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