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3423Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010201Primary Sponsor: StuartAll Sponsors: Stuart, Allison, Barfield, Bowers, J. Brown, Coates, Davenport, Freeman, Gilham, Govan, Harrison, M. Hines, Hinson, Knotts, Lee, Lloyd, Lourie, McCraw, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, Parks, Phillips, Rodgers, Scott, Simrill, G.M. Smith, Talley, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper and J. YoungDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\20139sd01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020606Date of Last Amendment: 20020606Subject: Motor vehicles, special identification cards may be used for same purposes as drivers' licenses except for operation ofHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020606 Concurred in House amendment House 20020606 Senate amendments amended, returned to Senate with amendment Senate 20020605 Amended Senate 20020522 Recalled from Committee, 11 SJ placed on the Calendar Senate 20010410 Introduced, referred to Committee 11 SJ House 20010405 Adopted, sent to Senate ------ 20010405 Scrivener's error corrected House 20010404 Committee report: Favorable 25 HJ House 20010201 Introduced, referred to Committee 25 HJ Versions of This Bill Revised on April 4, 2001 - Word format Revised on April 5, 2001 - Word format Revised on May 22, 2002 - Word format Revised on June 5, 2002 - Word format
June 5, 2002
Introduced by Reps. Stuart, Allison, Barfield, Bowers, J. Brown, Coates, Davenport, Freeman, Gilham, Govan, Harrison, M. Hines, Hinson, Knotts, Lee, Lloyd, Lourie, McCraw, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, Parks, Phillips, Rodgers, Scott, Simrill, G.M. Smith, Talley, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper and J. Young
S. Printed 6/05/02--S.
Read the first time April 10, 2001.
TO EXPRESS THE BELIEF AND INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT SPECIAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS ISSUED BY THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UNDER SECTION 56-1-3350 OF THE 1976 CODE ARE VALID FOR ALL PURPOSES FOR WHICH A DRIVER'S LICENSE MAY BE USED AS A FORM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION OTHER THAN AS AUTHORIZATION FOR THE HOLDER TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE.
Amend Title To Conform
Whereas, Section 56-1-3350 of the 1976 Code provides for the issuance of special identification cards to South Carolinians five years of age and older by the Department of Public Safety; and
Whereas, these special identification cards are designed by law to bear an individual's photograph and resemble a South Carolina driver's license, except that the card must contain a statement indicating that it does not license the bearer to operate a motor vehicle; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly, in enacting Section 56-1-3350, intended that these photographic identification cards be used for all purposes for which a licensed driver might use a driver's license not related to the operation of a motor vehicle including presenting a form of photographic identification when cashing or negotiating a check; and
Whereas, banks and merchants apparently do not always recognize these identification cards as valid forms of photographic identification when presented by blind persons and other nondrivers, and in at least two recent instances, merchants and check-cashing centers have refused to negotiate checks presented by blind South Carolinians holding special identification cards and required instead that a sighted person holding a driver's license endorse the check; and
Whereas, this recent action is inconsistent with the plain meaning of Section 56-1-3350 and what the General Assembly intended in enacting this provision; and
Whereas, the General Assembly, by this resolution, hereby calls on all merchants and banks to transact business in accordance with the intent of this law as expressed in this resolution and also requests appropriate media outlets to raise public awareness of this important issue. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly express their belief and intent that special identification cards issued by the State of South Carolina under Section 56-1-3350 of the 1976 Code are valid for all purposes for which a driver's license may be used as a form of photographic identification other than as authorization for the holder to operate a motor vehicle. The special identification card shall be issued to the applicant as long as the applicant presents one of the following: a birth certificate; a valid South Carolina driver's license; a valid U.S. Certificate of Naturalization; a valid passport; or, any other evidence acceptable to the department.
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