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Sponsors: Senator McConnell
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Introduced in the Senate on January 29, 2003
Introduced in the House on May 4, 2004
Last Amended on April 22, 2004
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Public transit vehicles; crime of interfering with operator created
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/29/2003 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-13 1/29/2003 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-13 4/21/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary SJ-45 4/22/2004 Senate Amended SJ-15 4/28/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-66 4/29/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-24 5/4/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-6 5/4/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-6
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
April 22, 2004
S. Printed 4/22/04--S.
Read the first time January 29, 2003.
TO AMEND CHAPTER 3, TITLE 16, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-640, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE CRIME OF INTERFERENCE WITH THE OPERATION OF A PUBLIC TRANSIT OR PASSENGER VEHICLE.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 7, Chapter 3, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-3-640. (A) A notice must be prominently displayed in each vehicle or conveyance used for the transportation of the public for hire which must state substantially the following: 'IT IS A CRIME TO ASSAULT A DRIVER, OPERATOR, OR EMPLOYEE OF A TRANSPORTATION FACILITY OR SYSTEM ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS OF TRANSPORTATION FOR HIRE.'
(B) A person commits the offense of interference with the operator of a public transit vehicle if the person interferes with the operation of a public transit vehicle or impairs the ability of the operator to operate the public transit vehicle by:
(1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly committing an assault and battery that causes bodily injury to the operator of the public transit vehicle; or
(2) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly committing an assault and battery that does not cause bodily injury to the operator of the public transit vehicle.
(C) For the purposes of this section, 'public transit vehicle' is any transit vehicle used for the transportation of passengers in return for lawfully charged fees or fares.
(D)(1) Interference with the operator of a public transit vehicle where no bodily injury results from the violation is a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, the violator must be fined not less than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both.
(2) Interference with the operator of a public transit vehicle where bodily injury results from the violation is a felony punishable by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than ten years, or both."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies to offenses committed on or after the effective date.
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