South Carolina General Assembly
114th Session, 2001-2002

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Bill 927

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                    Current Status

Bill Number:                      927
Type of Legislation:              General Bill GB
Introducing Body:                 Senate
Introduced Date:                  20020123
Primary Sponsor:                  Gregory
All Sponsors:                     Gregory
Drafted Document Number:          l:\council\bills\ggs\22270cm02.doc
Residing Body:                    House
Current Committee:                Lancaster Delegation 97 HLD
Date of Last Amendment:           20020213
Subject:                          Lancaster County, U.S. Hwy. 512, outdoor 
                                  advertising restrictions


Body    Date      Action Description                     Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  ______________________________________ _______ ____________
House   20020214  Introduced, read first time,           97 HLD
                  referred to Lancaster Delegation
Senate  20020213  Amended, read third time, 
                  sent to House
Senate  20020207  Read second time
Senate  20020123  Introduced, read first time,
                  placed on local and uncontested
                  Calendar without reference

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Revised on February 13, 2002 - Word format
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February 13, 2002

    S. 927

Introduced by Senator Gregory

L. Printed 2/13/02--S.

Read the first time January 23, 2002.




    Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    (A)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, along the segment of United States Highway 521 in Lancaster County that runs from its intersection with Shiloh-Unity Road to Shellie Mullis Road no outdoor advertising shall be erected or maintained that is visible from the main-traveled way of the highway, except:

        (1)    official signs and notices erected and maintained by state or local governmental authorities pursuant to laws or ordinances for the purpose of carrying out an official duty or responsibility, and historical markers authorized by law and erected by state or local governmental authorities or nonprofit historical societies;

        (2)    public utility warning and informational signs, notices, and markers which are customarily erected and maintained by publicly or privately owned utilities as essential to their operations;

        (3)    signs and notices of service clubs and religious organizations relating to meetings of nonprofit service clubs, charitable organizations or associations, or religious services, which must not exceed eight square feet in area;

        (4)    directional signs containing directional information about public places owned and operated by federal, state, or local governments, public or privately owned natural phenomena, historical, cultural, educational and religious sites, and areas of natural scenic beauty or naturally suited for outdoor recreation, that are in the public interest;

        (5)    signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of property upon which they are located; and

        (6)    on-premises signs, displays, and devices advertising activities conducted on the property upon which they are located.

    (B)    Signs permitted under items (1), (2), and (4) of this section may not exceed a maximum area of one hundred fifty square feet. All dimensions must include border, trim, cutouts, and extensions, but must exclude decorative bases and supports. Double-faced, back-to-back, or V-type signs must be considered as one sign.

    (C)    A sign permitted under this section may not be located in a manner that obscures or interferes with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, signal, or device, nor obstructs or interferes with the driver's view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic. Also, no signs except on premises and FOR SALE or LEASE signs may be located within three hundred feet of any of the following locations which are adjacent to the highway in areas outside of incorporated municipalities or within one hundred feet on sections inside municipalities, public parks of ten acres or more, public forests, or public playgrounds.

    (D)    A sign permitted under this section must not contain, include, or be illuminated by a flashing, intermittent, or moving light or lights, except those giving public service information, such as time, date, temperature, weather, or other similar information. Also, a sign permitted under this section must not be erected or maintained which is not effectively shielded to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed at any portion of the main-traveled way of the highway and which is of such intensity or brilliance that it would cause glare or impair the vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or which may otherwise interfere with a driver's operation of a motor vehicle. A sign may not be so illuminated that it interferes with the effectiveness of or obscures an official traffic sign, device, or signal.

    (E)    The standards contained in this section pertaining to size, shape, description, lighting, and spacing of outdoor advertising signs permitted in zoned and unzoned commercial and industrial areas must not apply to signs lawfully in place on January 1, 2002.

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.


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