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A11 of 2005, R421, H4537
Sponsors: Reps. Walker, Wilkins, W.D. Smith, Harrison, Witherspoon, Cato, Townsend, Littlejohn, Davenport, J.E. Smith, Huggins, Lourie, Scott, Bales, McGee, Sinclair, Anthony, Harvin, Cotty, Leach, Allen, Altman, Bailey, Barfield, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Branham, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Ceips, Chellis, Clark, Clemmons, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Dantzler, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Emory, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hagood, Hamilton, Harrell, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, J. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Jennings, Keegan, Kennedy, Kirsh, Koon, Lee, Lloyd, Loftis, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, Martin, McCraw, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, Richardson, Rivers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Sheheen, Simrill, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.R. Smith, Snow, Stewart, Stille, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Tripp, Trotter, Umphlett, Vaughn, Viers, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Young and M. Hines
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Introduced in the House on January 14, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on February 4, 2004
Last Amended on May 27, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on June 2, 2004
Became law without Governor's signature, January 13, 2005
Summary: Aeronautics Division moved from Commerce Dept. to Transportation; provisions
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/14/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-21 1/14/2004 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-25 1/20/2004 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: M.Hines 1/29/2004 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works HJ-1 1/30/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 2/3/2004 House Amended HJ-28 2/3/2004 House Read second time HJ-29 2/4/2004 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-16 2/4/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-29 2/4/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation SJ-29 2/4/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 5/13/2004 Senate Recalled from Committee on Transportation SJ-38 5/14/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 5/27/2004 Senate Amended SJ-223 5/27/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-223 5/27/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-223 6/1/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 6/1/2004 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-23 6/2/2004 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-31 6/3/2004 Ratified R 421 1/13/2005 Became law without Governor's signature 1/19/2005 Copies available 1/19/2005 Effective date 01/13/05 2/16/2005 Act No. 11
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(A11, R421, H4537 of 2004)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 13-1-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT, DUTIES, AND AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS SHALL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION; BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 13 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO ASSIST THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE IN THE OPERATION OF AND TO OVERSEE THE DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS AND WHICH SHALL BE COMPOSED OF ONE MEMBER FROM EACH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ELECTED BY THE DELEGATIONS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE; TO AMEND SECTION 55-1-5, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS RELATING TO AERONAUTICS, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "DIRECTOR" AND TO DELETE THE TERM "DESIGNEE"; TO AMEND SECTION 55-5-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS OF TERMS RELATING TO THE UNIFORM STATE AERONAUTICAL REGULATORY LAW, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "AVIATION GASOLINE"; TO AMEND SECTION 55-5-50, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AERONAUTICS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION SHALL EMPLOY A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AERONAUTICS INSTEAD OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 55-5-280, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE STATE AVIATION FUND, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR AVIATION GRANTS MUST BE PAID INTO THE STATE TREASURY AND CREDITED TO THE "STATE AVIATION FUND".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. A. Section 13-1-30(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 361 of 1994, is further amended to read:
"(C) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Commerce may appoint a director for each division of the department, except for the Division of Aeronautics who must be appointed by the Governor in accordance with Section 13-1-1080. Except for the Executive Director of the Division of Aeronautics who shall serve at the pleasure of the Aeronautics Commission, each director shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce and shall be responsible to the secretary for the operation of the programs outlined by the secretary."
B. Chapter 1, Title 13 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 13-1-1000. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following terms, when used in this article, have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) 'Department' means the Department of Commerce.
(2) 'Executive director' means the Executive Director for the Division of Aeronautics.
(3) 'Division' means the Division of Aeronautics.
(4) 'Commission' means the Aeronautics Commission.
Section 13-1-1010. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Aeronautics Commission is hereby created within the Department of Commerce to assist the Secretary of Commerce in the operation of and to oversee the Division of Aeronautics and there may be no purchase or sale of any aeronautics assets without the approval of the commission and the Secretary of Commerce.
Section 13-1-1020. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the congressional districts of this State are constituted and created commission districts of the State, designated by numbers corresponding to the number of the respective congressional districts. The commission shall be composed of one member from each district elected by the delegations of the congressional district and one member appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate, from the State at large. The elections or appointments shall take into account race and gender so as to represent, to the greatest extent possible, all segments of the population of the State and shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 13, Title 8. However, consideration of these factors in making an appointment or in an election does not create a cause of action or basis for an employee grievance for a person appointed or elected or for a person who fails to be appointed or elected.
Section 13-1-1030. (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a county that is divided among two or more commission districts, for purposes of electing a commission member, is considered to be in the district which contains the largest number of residents from that county.
(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no county within a commission district shall have a resident commission member for more than one consecutive term and in no event shall any two persons from the same county serve as a commission member simultaneously.
Section 13-1-1040. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, legislators residing in the congressional district shall meet upon written call of a majority of the members of the delegation of each district at a time and place to be designated in the call for the purpose of electing a commissioner to represent the district. A majority present, either in person or by written proxy, of the delegation from a given congressional district constitutes a quorum for the purpose of electing a district commissioner. No person may be elected commissioner who fails to receive a majority vote of the members of the delegation.
The delegation must be organized by the election of a chairman and a secretary, and the delegations of each congressional district shall adopt rules they consider proper to govern the election. Any absentee may vote by written proxy. When the election is completed, the chairman and the secretary of the delegation shall immediately transmit the name of the person elected to the Secretary of State who shall issue to the person after he has taken the usual oath of office, a certificate of election as commissioner. The Governor then shall issue a commission to the person, and pending the issuance of the commission, the certificate of election is sufficient warrant to the person to perform all of the duties and functions of his office as commissioner. Each commissioner shall serve until his successor is elected and qualified.
Section 13-1-1050. (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, beginning February 15, 2005, commissioners must be elected by the legislative delegation of each congressional district. For the purposes of electing a commission member, a legislator shall vote only in the congressional district in which he resides. All commission members must serve for a term of office of four years that expires on February fifteenth of the appropriate year. Commissioners shall continue to serve until their successors are elected and qualify, provided that a commissioner may only serve until their successors are elected and qualify, and provided that a commissioner may only serve in a hold-over capacity for a period not to exceed six months. Any vacancy occurring in the office of commissioner must be filled by election in the manner provided in this article for the unexpired term only. No person is eligible to serve as a commission member who is not a resident of that district at the time of his appointment, except that the at-large commission member may be appointed from any county in the State regardless of whether another commissioner is serving from that county. Failure by a commission member to maintain residency in the district for which he is elected shall result in the forfeiture of his office. The at-large commission member, upon confirmation by the Senate, shall serve as chairman of the commission.
(B) The terms of the initial members of the commission appointed from congressional district are as follows:
(1) commission members appointed to represent congressional district one and two, two years;
(2) commission members appointed to represent congressional district three and four, three years;
(3) commission members appointed to represent congressional district five and six, four years.
(C) The at-large commissioner shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Section 13-1-1060. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each voting commission member, within thirty days after his election or appointment, and before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office, shall take, subscribe, and file with the Secretary of State the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution of the State.
Section 13-1-1070. (A) The commission may adopt an official seal for use on official documents of the division.
(B) The commission shall adopt its own rules and procedures and may select additional officers to serve terms designated by the commission.
(C) Commissioners must be reimbursed for official expenses as provided by law for members of state boards and commissions as established in the annual general appropriations act.
Section 13-1-1080. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the executive director shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedures:
(A)(1) The commission shall nominate no more than one qualified candidate for the Governor to consider for appointment as executive director. In order to be nominated, a candidate must meet the minimum requirements as provided in Section 13-1-1090.
(2) If the Governor rejects a person nominated by the commission for the position of executive director, the commission must nominate another candidate for the Governor to consider until such time as the Governor makes an appointment.
(3) In the case of a vacancy in the position of executive director for any reason, the name of a nominee for the executive director's successor must be submitted by the commission to the Governor.
(4) The appointment must comply with the provisions contained in Chapter 13, Title 8.
(B) The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the commission and be appointed as provided in this section.
Section 13-1-1090. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, individuals serving on the commission must meet the following minimum qualifications to be qualified:
(1) the commission chairman must have experience in the fields of business, general aviation, and airport management;
(2) all other members of the commission must have a proven record of public and community service, and experience in the fields of business and aviation. Additionally, each member must meet at least two of the following criteria:
(a) general aviation experience;
(b) airport or fixed based operator (FBO) management experience;
(c) aviation service provider experience;
(d) previous service as a state or regional airport commissioner;
(e) legal experience; or
(f) active involvement in a recognized aviation association."
C. Section 55-1-5(3) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 361 of 1994, is further amended to read:
"(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 'director' means the person or persons appointed by the Governor in accordance with Section 13-1-1080 and serving at the pleasure of the Aeronautics Commission to supervise and carry out the functions and duties of the Division of Aeronautics as provided for by law."
D. Section 55-5-20(12) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(12) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 'aviation gasoline' means gasoline and aviation jet fuel manufactured exclusively for use in airplanes and sold for such purposes."
E. Section 55-5-50 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 55-5-50. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Aeronautics Commission shall employ a deputy director of aeronautics in accordance with the provision contained in Section 13-1-1050 and 13-1-1080 and such other employees as necessary for the proper transaction of the division's business."
F. Section 55-5-280 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 55-5-280. All monies received from licensing of airports, landing fields, or air schools, funds appropriated for aviation grants, the tax on aviation gasoline, and fees for other licenses issued under this chapter must be paid into the State Treasury and credited to the fund known as the 'State Aviation Fund'."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 3rd day of June, 2004.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 1/13/05.
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