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Sponsors: Senator Martin
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 4642
Introduced in the Senate on February 3, 2004
Introduced in the House on March 2, 2004
Last Amended on February 25, 2004
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: POW/MIA Recognition Day
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/3/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-14 2/3/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on General SJ-14 2/12/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment General SJ-11 2/17/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 2/25/2004 Senate Amended SJ-31 2/25/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-31 2/26/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-21 3/2/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-7 3/2/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-7
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
COMMITTEE AMENDMENT AMENDED AND ADOPTED
February 25, 2004
S. Printed 2/25/04--S. [SEC 2/25/04 6:50 PM]
Read the first time February 3, 2004.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-165 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE THIRD FRIDAY IN SEPTEMBER OF EACH YEAR IS DECLARED TO BE "POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNOR SHALL ISSUE A PROCLAMATION EACH YEAR CALLING UPON THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO OBSERVE "POW/MIA DAY" WITH APPROPRIATE CEREMONIES AND ACTIVITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE FLAGS ATOP STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, SHALL BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF UNTIL NOON ON "POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY".
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly finds that:
(1) the United States has fought in many wars and conflicts, most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq; and
(2) thousands of Americans who served in those wars and conflicts were captured by the enemy or listed as missing in action; and
(3) many American prisoners of war were subjected to brutal and inhumane treatment by their enemy captors in violation of international codes and customs for the treatment of prisoners of war, and many such prisoners of war died from such treatment; and
(4) many of these Americans are still listed as missing and unaccounted for, and the uncertainty surrounding their fates has caused their families to suffer acute and continuing hardships; and
(5) the sacrifices of Americans still missing and unaccounted for from all our nation's wars and conflicts and their families are deserving of recognition and support for continued priority efforts to determine the fate of those missing Americans.
SECTION 2. Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 53-3-165. (A) The third Friday in September of each year is declared to be 'POW/MIA Recognition Day' in South Carolina. The Governor shall issue a proclamation each year calling upon the people of South Carolina to observe 'POW/MIA Recognition Day' with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
(B) Flags atop state and local public buildings, except for the State Capitol Building and the State House grounds, shall be flown at half-staff at least until noon on 'POW/MIA Recognition Day'.
(C) The POW/MIA flag shall be flown or displayed on 'POW/MIA Recognition Day' in South Carolina on the grounds or in public lobbies if the flags are provided, except for the State Capitol Building and the State House grounds.
(D) Definition - As used in this section, the term 'POW/MIA flag' means the National League of Families POW/MIA flag recognized officially and designated by Section 2 of Public Law 101-355."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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