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A391, R346, H4965
Sponsors: Reps. Loftis, Pinson, Hardwick, Barfield, Bannister, Ceips, Clark, Clemmons, Coates, Davenport, Duncan, Edge, Frye, Hamilton, Harrison, Haskins, Hiott, Mahaffey, Merrill, Norman, Owens, Perry, M.A. Pitts, Sandifer, Scarborough, F.N. Smith, Stewart, Talley, Walker, Witherspoon, Young, Mitchell, McLeod, Leach, Altman and Harrell
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1295
Introduced in the House on April 6, 2006
Introduced in the Senate on April 26, 2006
Last Amended on May 9, 2006
Passed by the General Assembly on May 24, 2006
Governor's Action: May 31, 2006, Vetoed
Legislative veto action(s): Veto overridden
Summary: Funeral services
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/6/2006 House Introduced and read first time HJ-5 4/6/2006 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-5 4/18/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Mitchell 4/19/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: McLeod 4/19/2006 House Recalled from Committee on Judiciary HJ-18 4/20/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Leach, Altman 4/25/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Harrell 4/25/2006 House Amended HJ-50 4/25/2006 House Read second time HJ-51 4/26/2006 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-12 4/26/2006 Scrivener's error corrected 4/26/2006 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-17 4/26/2006 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-17 4/26/2006 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Hawkins (ch), Cromer, Sheheen, Lourie 4/27/2006 Senate Recalled from Committee on Judiciary SJ-7 5/9/2006 Senate Amended SJ-7 5/9/2006 Senate Read second time SJ-7 5/17/2006 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-26 5/24/2006 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-34 5/25/2006 Ratified R 346 5/31/2006 Vetoed by Governor 6/1/2006 House Veto overridden by originating body Yeas-105 Nays-0 HJ-167 6/14/2006 Senate Veto overridden Yeas-44 Nays-0 SJ-99 6/21/2006 Copies available 6/21/2006 Effective date 06/14/06 6/28/2006 Act No. 391
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(A391, R346, H4965)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-525 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO WILFULLY, KNOWINGLY, OR MALICIOUSLY DISTURB OR INTERRUPT A FUNERAL SERVICE AND TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO UNDERTAKE AN ACTIVITY AT A CEMETERY, OTHER THAN DECOROUS PARTICIPATION IN A SERVICE OR VISITATION AT A BURIAL SPACE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 17, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-17-525. (A) It is unlawful for a person to wilfully, knowingly, or maliciously disturb or interrupt a funeral service. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. This subsection applies to a wilful, knowing, or malicious disturbance or interruption within:
(1) one thousand feet of the funeral service; and
(2) a time period of one-half hour before the funeral service until one-half hour after the funeral service.
(B) It is unlawful for a person to undertake an activity at a public or privately owned cemetery, other than the decorous participation in a funeral service or visitation of a burial space, without the prior written approval of the public or private owner. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days.
(C) For purposes of this section, 'funeral service' means any ceremony, procession, or memorial held in connection with the memorialization, burial, cremation, or other disposition of a deceased person's body."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 25th day of May, 2006.
Vetoed by the Governor -- 5/31/06.
Veto overridden by House -- 6/1/06.
Veto overridden by Senate -- 6/14/06.
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