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424Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19990128Primary Sponsor: J. Verne SmithAll Sponsors: J. Verne Smith, Alexander, Anderson, Branton, Bryan, Cork, Courson, Courtney, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Holland, Hutto, Jackson, Land, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Passailaigue, Patterson, Peeler, Rankin, Ravenel, Reese, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, Thomas, Waldrep, Washington, WilsonDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\kgh\15252cm99.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJDate of Last Amendment: 19990302Subject: Public Safety Department, sell of information or photograph on motor vehicle drivers license or record prohibitedHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19990331 Committed to Committee 11 SJ Senate 19990302 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments Senate 19990128 Introduced, read first time, placed on Calendar without reference Versions of This Bill Revised on January 28, 1999 - Word format Revised on March 2, 1999 - Word format
March 2, 1999
Introduced by Senators J. Verne Smith, Alexander, Anderson, Branton, Bryan, Cork, Courson, Courtney, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Holland, Hutto, Jackson, Land, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Passailaigue, Patterson, Peeler, Rankin, Ravenel, Reese, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, Thomas, Waldrep, Washington and Wilson
S. Printed 3/2/99--S.
Read the first time January 28, 1999.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-6-93 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SHALL NOT SELL PHOTOGRAPHS OR DIGITIZED IMAGES CONTAINED IN A PERSON'S DRIVER'S LICENSE RECORD, AND TO DELETE PARAGRAPH 36.12, SECTION 36, PART IB OF ACT 419 OF 1998 WHICH AUTHORIZES THE SALE OF SUCH ITEMS.
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Whereas, over 3.5 million driver's license photographs were sold in 1998 by the Department of Public Safety to a New Hampshire firm for five thousand dollars which translates into less than one cent per picture; and
Whereas, individuals can purchase a copy of anyone's driver's license for two dollars. Therefore, at that price, the New England firm would have had to pay the State seven million dollars; and
Whereas, some states, including New Hampshire, have adopted laws barring the sale of driver's license photographs; and
Whereas, the sale of copies of photographs of South Carolinians who possess a driver's license is an unnecessary intrusion into their privacy. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 23-6-93. The Department of Public Safety shall not sell copies of photography, electronically stored information, stored photographs, or digitized images contained on a person's driver's license."
SECTION 2. Paragraph 36.12, Section 36, part IB of Act 419 of 1998 is deleted.
SECTION 3. Nothing in this act may be interpreted to prevent or preclude the disclosure of public records as required by Chapter 4, Title 30.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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