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4760Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020219Primary Sponsor: SimrillAll Sponsors: SimrillDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\skb\18156zcw02.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJDate of Last Amendment: 20020411Subject: Workers' compensation, provisions regarding insurance for volunteer state constablesHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020416 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee House 20020412 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20020411 Amended, read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 20020412 House 20020410 Committee report: Favorable with 26 HLCI amendment House 20020219 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on April 10, 2002 - Word format Revised on April 11, 2002 - Word format
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TO AMEND SECTION 42-1-130, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "EMPLOYEE" FOR PURPOSES OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION, SO AS TO INCLUDE STATE CONSTABLES; TO AMEND SECTION 42-7-65, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND THE DESIGNATED AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE FOR CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES, SO AS TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR VOLUNTEER STATE CONSTABLES WHO SERVE WITHOUT COMPENSATION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 42-1-130 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 451 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"Section 42-1-130. The term 'employee' means every person engaged in an employment under any appointment, contract of hire, or apprenticeship, expressed or implied, oral or written, including aliens and also including minors, whether lawfully or unlawfully employed, but excluding a person whose employment is both casual and not in the course of the trade, business, profession, or occupation of his employer; and as relating to those employed by the State; the term 'employee' includes all volunteer South Carolina State Constables while performing duties in connection with their appointment as authorized by the State Law Enforcement Division and members of the South Carolina State and National Guard while performing duties in connection with the membership except duty performed pursuant to Title 10 and Title 32 of the United States Code, and all officers and employees of the State, except those elected by the people, or by the General Assembly, or appointed by the Governor, either with or without the confirmation of the Senate; and as relating to municipal corporations and political subdivisions of the State; the term 'employee' includes all officers and employees of municipal corporations and political subdivisions, except those elected by the people or elected by the council or other governing body of any municipal corporation or political subdivision, who act in purely administrative capacities and are to serve for a definite term of office. Any reference to an employee who has been injured, when the employee is dead, includes also his legal representative, dependents, and other persons to whom compensation may be payable.
Any sole proprietor or partner of a business whose employees are eligible for benefits under this title may elect to be included as employees under the workers' compensation coverage of the business if they are actively engaged in the operation of the business and if the insurer is notified of their election to be included. Any sole proprietor or partner, upon such election, is entitled to employee benefits and is subject to employee responsibilities prescribed in this title."
SECTION 2. Section 42-7-65 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 419 of 1998, is further amended to read:
"Section 42-7-65. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 42-1-40, for the purpose of this title and while serving in this capacity, the total average weekly wage of the following categories of employees is the following:
(1) For all members of the State and National Guard, regardless of rank, seventy-five percent of the average weekly wage in the State for the preceding fiscal year, or the average weekly wage the service member would be entitled to, if any, if injured while performing his civilian employment, if the average weekly wage in his civilian employment is greater.
(2) For all voluntary firemen of organized voluntary rural fire units and voluntary municipal firemen, thirty-seven and one-half percent of the average weekly wage in the State for the preceding fiscal year.
(3) For all members of organized volunteer rescue squads, thirty-seven and one-half percent of the average weekly wage in the State for the preceding fiscal year.
(4) For all volunteer state constables while performing duties in connection with their appointment and as authorized by the State Law Enforcement Division and volunteer deputy sheriffs, thirty-seven and one-half percent of the average weekly wage in the State for the preceding fiscal year.
The wages provided in items (2), (3), and (4) of this section may not be increased as a basis for any computation of benefits because of employment other than as a volunteer. Persons in the categories provided by items (2), (3), and (4) must be notified of the limitation on average weekly wages prescribed in this section by the authority responsible for obtaining coverage under this title.
Volunteer firemen and rescue squad members are construed to mean members of organized units whose membership is certified to the municipal clerk or chairman of the council of the municipality or county in which their unit is based by the chief officer of the unit concerned. A volunteer state constable is a volunteer whose appointment is certified by the State Law Enforcement Division as having completed the requisite training to maintain an active commission. A volunteer deputy sheriff is a volunteer whose membership is certified by the sheriff to the governing body of the county. No volunteer deputy sheriff or volunteer state constable while performing duties in connection with his appointment and as authorized by the State Law Enforcement Division may be included under the provisions of this title unless approved by the governing body of the county or municipality. A volunteer state constable without compensation is a volunteer whose appointment is certified by the State Law Enforcement Division as having completed the requisite training to maintain an active commission. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, voluntary firemen of organized volunteer fire units and members of organized volunteer rescue squads are covered under this title by the county governing body unless the governing body of the county opts out of the coverage.
The average weekly wage for inmates of the State Department of Corrections as defined in Section 42-1-480 is forty dollars a week. The average weekly wage for county prisoners is forty dollars a week. The average weekly wage for students of high schools, state technical schools, and state-supported colleges and universities while engaged in work study, marketing education, or apprentice programs on the premises of private companies or while engaged in the Tech Prep or other structured school to work programs on the premises of a sponsoring employer is fifty percent of the average weekly wage in the State for the preceding fiscal year."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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