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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 21 TO CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 1 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE FROM OWNING OR OPERATING A HOTEL OR RESORT, AND TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS AND EXCEPTIONS, AND TO GIVE THIS PROHIBITION PROSPECTIVE EFFECT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 1-1-1510. A public institution of higher learning or political subdivision of this State may not own or operate a hotel or resort except as provided in Section 1-1-1520 of this article. For purposes of this section, a public institution of higher learning or a political subdivision includes a nonprofit corporation, foundation, or other nonprofit entity, however described, established by or otherwise associated with a public institution of higher learning or political subdivision.
Section 1-1-1520. The provisions of this article do not apply to:
(1) a hotel owned or operated by a political subdivision if the hotel is adjacent to a publicly owned convention center; and
(2) a hotel with no more than fifteen guest rooms owned or operated by a public institution of higher learning as part of a course of study in hotel management."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and has prospective effect only.
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