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June 7, 2001
Introduced by Senators Hayes, Branton, Alexander, Ravenel, Leatherman, Grooms, J. Verne Smith, Peeler, Giese, Wilson, Gregory, Hawkins and Ritchie
S. Printed 6/7/01--S.
Read the first time January 31, 2001.
TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-100, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST SELLERS AND BUYERS FOR THE UNLAWFUL PURCHASE OF BEER OR WINE BY A MINOR, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A MINOR FROM BEING CHARGED WITH UNLAWFULLY PURCHASING BEER OR WINE IF THE MINOR MADE THE PURCHASE AS PART OF AN INVESTIGATION BEING CONDUCTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 61-4-100 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 415 of 1996, is amended by adding at the end:
"A minor shall not be charged with a violation of Section 20-7-8920 or Section 61-4-60 if the minor purchases the beer or wine on behalf of a state or local law enforcement agency as part of an investigation being conducted by the law enforcement agency.
A minor who has completed a buyer training program offered by the State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services may not be charged with a violation of Section 20-7-8920 or Section 61-4-60 if the minor purchases the beer or wine on behalf of a state or local law enforcement agency as part of an investigation being conducted by the law enforcement agency. A minor who has pending or previous criminal charges or convictions, other than minor traffic violations, may not participate in this program."
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 61-2-270. The State Law Enforcement Division shall implement a "Cops in Shops" program, or other similar programs, in which SLED works with the business community to enforce underage purchase and possession statutes."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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