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3749Ratification Number: 379Act Number: 294Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010320Primary Sponsor: J.E. SmithAll Sponsors: J.E. Smith, WeeksDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\swb\5040djc01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020522Date of Last Amendment: 20020515Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20020603Subject: Veterans Affairs Division, Office of the Governor; additional claims representative provided for; duties to include specializing in specific needs and diseases associated with veterans of VietnamHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20020617 Act No. A294 ------ 20020603 Signed by Governor ------ 20020528 Ratified R379 House 20020522 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 20020516 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 20020515 Amended, read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 20010522 Recalled from Committee, 08 SG placed on the Calendar Senate 20010501 Introduced, read first time, 08 SG referred to Committee House 20010427 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20010426 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 20010427 ------ 20010426 Scrivener's error corrected House 20010426 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Weeks House 20010425 Committee report: Favorable 27 H3M House 20010320 Introduced, read first time, 27 H3M referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on April 25, 2001 - Word format Revised on April 26, 2001 - Word format Revised on May 22, 2001 - Word format Revised on May 15, 2002 - Word format
(A294, R379, H3749)
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADDITIONAL CLAIMS REPRESENTATIVE IN THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, TO SPECIALIZE IN THE SPECIFIC NEEDS AND DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM ERA, TO REPRESENT THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA AGENT ORANGE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND ON THE HEPATITIS C COALITION ESTABLISHED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, TO ASSIST THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IN CARRYING OUT ITS DUTIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE AGENT ORANGE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TO REPRESENT THE DIRECTOR IN CONNECTION WITH FUNCTIONS RELATING TO VIETNAM VETERANS, AND TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Additional Vietnam era claims representative; duties
SECTION 1. The Director of the Division of Veterans Affairs shall appoint an additional claims representative within the Division of Veterans Affairs, who, in addition to being charged with the duty of assisting all ex-servicemen, regardless of the wars in which their service may have been rendered, in filing, presenting, and prosecuting to final determination all claims which they have for money compensation, hospitalization, training, and insurance benefits under the terms of federal legislation, shall also specialize in the specific needs and diseases associated with veterans of the Vietnam era. The person appointed as a claims representative under this section must be versed in federal legislation relating to these matters and the rules, regulations, and practice of the Veterans Administration as created by Congress.
Subject to the direction of the director, and in addition to other duties prescribed in this section, the claims representative appointed pursuant to this section may represent the Division of Veterans Affairs on the South Carolina Agent Orange Advisory Council and on the Hepatitis C Coalition established by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, assist the Division of Veterans Affairs in carrying out its duties in connection with the Agent Orange Information and Assistance program, represent the director in connection with functions relating to Vietnam veterans, and perform other duties as may be assigned by the director.
The position created by this section is a classified position subject to Article 3, Chapter 11, Title 8 of the 1976 Code. In the general appropriations act for fiscal year 2001-2002 and thereafter, the General Assembly shall add the position in the budget for the Division of Veterans Affairs and provide for its funding.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 28th day of May, 2002.
Approved the 3rd day of June, 2002.
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