South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008
Journal of the Senate

Thursday, June 5, 2008
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 10:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

A quorum being present, the proceedings were opened with a devotion by the Chaplain as follows:

"And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done."
(Genesis 2:2)
Today, O Lord, on this last regular day of the 117th Legislative Session, we lift up to You the many accomplishments of these Senators this year. They have indeed done much-not everything, but much. Soon grant these leaders a measure of rest and renewal, for they deserve it. Equally, do we thank You for those who support them in their work. Moreover, we ask You, dear God, to bless all who labor on Your behalf, whatever their job description, wherever they serve: those others who also serve our state government, those in our Armed Forces, those who serve in Washington and in our cities and towns and counties. Bless Your servants, Lord, and give them all your peace. Amen.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

Point of Quorum

At 10:18 A.M., Senator McCONNELL made the point that a quorum was not present. It was ascertained that a quorum was not present.

Call of the Senate

Senator McCONNELL moved that a Call of the Senate be made. The following Senators answered the Call:

Alexander                 Anderson                  Bryant
Campbell                  Campsen                   Ceips
Cleary                    Courson                   Cromer
Drummond                  Elliott                   Fair
Ford                      Gregory                   Grooms
Hawkins                   Hayes                     Hutto
Jackson                   Knotts                    Land
Leatherman                Leventis                  Lourie
Malloy                    Martin                    Massey
McConnell                 McGill                    O'Dell
Patterson                 Peeler                    Pinckney
Rankin                    Reese                     Ryberg
Scott                     Setzler                   Sheheen
Short                     Thomas                    Verdin
Williams

A quorum being present, the Senate resumed.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
State of South Carolina
Office of the Governor

June 5, 2008
Mr. President and Members of the Senate:

I respectfully request withdrawal from your consideration the appointments listed below:

Respectfully,
Mark C. Sanford

Withdrawal of Statewide Appointments

Initial Appointment, Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority, with the term to commence May 15, 2008, and to expire May 15, 2015
2nd Congressional District:
W. Leighton Lord III, 3628 Devereaux Road, Columbia, SC 29205 VICE Clarence Davis

Initial Appointment, Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority, with the term to commence May 19, 2006, and to expire May 19, 2013
6th Congressional District:
Marion H. Newton, 506 West Oakland Avenue, Sumter, SC 29150 VICE J. Calhoun Land IV

Initial Appointment, Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority, with the term to commence May 19, 2007, and to expire May 19, 2014
Berkeley:
Peggy H. Pinnell, 1426 Dennis Boulevard, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 VICE Paul G. Campbell

Appointments Withdrawn

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, the Senate acceded to the Governor's request and the Clerk was directed to return the appointments to the Governor.

The following were received and referred to the appropriate committees for consideration:
Document No. 3214
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Fire Prevention and Life Safety
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3215
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Fire Prevention and Life Safety for Special Occupancies
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3216
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Explosives
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3217
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fixed Fire Extinguishing Systems
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3218
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3219
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Fireworks and Pyrotechnics
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

Document No. 3220
Agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Office of State Fire Marshal
SUBJECT: Fire Prevention and Life Safety in Local Detention Facilities
Received by Lieutenant Governor June 5, 2008
Referred to Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Legislative Review Expiration May 12, 2009

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
State of South Carolina
Office of the Governor
P. O. Box 11369
Columbia, SC 29211
June 4, 2008

The Honorable André Bauer
President of the Senate
State House, First Floor, East Wing
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Mr. President and Members of the Senate:

I am hereby vetoing and returning without my approval S. 950, R-303.

(R303, S950 (Word version)) -- Senators Hutto and Matthews: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-53-630, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE DENMARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE AREA COMMISSION, SO AS TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD; TO AMEND SECTIONS 59-53-740, 59-117-65, 59-125-130, 59-127-85, 59-130-60, AND 59-133-60, ALL RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO PURSUANT TO THE RESPECTIVE SECTIONS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM COMPLIANCE WITH CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 11; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-53-290 SO AS TO ALLOW THE AREA COMMISSION OF TRI-COUNTY COLLEGE TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.

This Bill authorizes the Denmark Technical College Area Commission to enter into a ground lease with a private entity for the purposes of constructing and maintaining a student living facility. I am vetoing the legislation because it is duplicative of the current process already prescribed for private leases.

Under current law, Denmark Technical College can already negotiate this lease agreement and present it to the Budget and Control for approval. The Bill explicitly requires the approval of the Budget and Control Board, consistent with current law. As a result, the legislation in this regard alone makes it duplicative and, accordingly, we veto it because of this administration's belief in the need to avoid redundant lawmaking.

For this reason I am vetoing S. 950, R-303.
Sincerely,
/s/ Mark Sanford

VETO OVERRIDDEN

(R303, S950 (Word version)) -- Senators Hutto and Matthews: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-53-630, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE DENMARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE AREA COMMISSION, SO AS TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD; TO AMEND SECTIONS 59-53-740, 59-117-65, 59-125-130, 59-127-85, 59-130-60, AND 59-133-60, ALL RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO PURSUANT TO THE RESPECTIVE SECTIONS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM COMPLIANCE WITH CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 11; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-53-290 SO AS TO ALLOW THE AREA COMMISSION OF TRI-COUNTY COLLEGE TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.

The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration.

Senator HUTTO moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden.

The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?"

The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 44; Nays 0

AYES

Alexander                 Anderson                  Bryant
Campbell                  Campsen                   Ceips
Cleary                    Courson                   Cromer
Drummond                  Elliott                   Fair
Ford                      Gregory                   Grooms
Hawkins                   Hayes                     Hutto
Jackson                   Knotts                    Land
Leatherman                Leventis                  Lourie
Malloy                    Martin                    Massey
McConnell                 McGill                    O'Dell
Patterson                 Peeler                    Pinckney
Rankin                    Reese                     Ritchie
Ryberg                    Scott                     Setzler
Sheheen                   Short                     Thomas
Verdin                    Williams

Total--44

NAYS

Total--0

The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.303, S. 950 by a vote of 84 to 0:

(R303, S950 (Word version)) -- Senators Hutto and Matthews: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-53-630, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE DENMARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE AREA COMMISSION, SO AS TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD; TO AMEND SECTIONS 59-53-740, 59-117-65, 59-125-130, 59-127-85, 59-130-60, AND 59-133-60, ALL RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO PURSUANT TO THE RESPECTIVE SECTIONS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM COMPLIANCE WITH CHAPTER 35 OF TITLE 11; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-53-290 SO AS TO ALLOW THE AREA COMMISSION OF TRI-COUNTY COLLEGE TO ENTER INTO GROUND LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
State of South Carolina
Office of the Governor
P. O. Box 11369
Columbia, SC 29211
June 4, 2008

The Honorable André Bauer
President of the Senate
State House, First Floor, East Wing
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Dear Mr. President and Members of the Senate:

I am hereby vetoing and returning without my approval S. 1022, R-307.

(R307, S1022 (Word version)) -- Senators Peeler, Setzler, Campbell and Ford: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 110 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE ACT" TO ESTABLISH THE CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE FUND; TO IMPROVE THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED NURSES IN THIS STATE BY PROVIDING NURSING FACULTY SALARY ENHANCEMENTS, TO CREATE NEW FACULTY POSITIONS, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, AND GRANTS, TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE RESEARCH TO ANALYZE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE SUPPLY AND DEMAND, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF NURSES; AND TO PROVIDE THE CHAPTER'S PROVISIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Last year, I vetoed the same legislation contained in a bill with two other unrelated issues. The majority of this bill is identical to last year's, with the addition of one section that stipulates funds are subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.

While I still believe the "South Carolina Critical Needs Nursing Initiative Act" is well-intentioned, it is also a piecemeal approach to addressing higher education priorities. According to the Office of State Budget, full implementation of this legislation will cost at least $35.9 million - or looked at another way, it would require the Commission on Higher Education to increase its total budget by almost 29 percent. We believe adding this program makes little sense considering today's challenging budgetary environment and the fact that tacking on a new curriculum of this size will likely only prolong our financial problems. As stated in our last veto message, little has been done to study and ultimately reduce the duplication and overlaps in the higher education system that needlessly consume dollars that could be used to pay for this program. Currently, South Carolina spends the second highest amount on higher education as a percentage of our budget among Southeastern states. Nationwide, only six states dedicate a greater percentage of their budget to higher education than South Carolina. Unfortunately, at the same time, South Carolina's in-state tuition is double that of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina - three states that dedicate a smaller portion of their budgets to higher education. Before heading down the path of adding more programs to our higher education system, we ask the General Assembly to look at ways to reduce duplication and centralize efforts to provide a more affordable education. For the reasons stated above, I am vetoing S. 1022, R-307, and returning it without my approval. Sincerely, /s/ Mark Sanford VETO OVERRIDDEN (R307, S1022 (Word version)) -- Senators Peeler, Setzler, Campbell and Ford: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 110 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE ACT" TO ESTABLISH THE CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE FUND; TO IMPROVE THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED NURSES IN THIS STATE BY PROVIDING NURSING FACULTY SALARY ENHANCEMENTS, TO CREATE NEW FACULTY POSITIONS, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, AND GRANTS, TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE RESEARCH TO ANALYZE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE SUPPLY AND DEMAND, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF NURSES; AND TO PROVIDE THE CHAPTER'S PROVISIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration. Senator PEELER moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden. The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?" The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows: Ayes 44; Nays 0 AYES Alexander Anderson Bryant Campbell Campsen Ceips Cleary Courson Cromer Drummond Elliott Fair Ford Gregory Grooms Hawkins Hayes Hutto Jackson Knotts Land Leatherman Leventis Lourie Malloy Martin Massey McConnell McGill O'Dell Patterson Peeler Pinckney Rankin Reese Ritchie Ryberg Scott Setzler Sheheen Short Thomas Verdin Williams Total--44 NAYS Total--0 The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.307, S. 1022 by a vote of 79 to 1: (R307, S1022 (Word version)) -- Senators Peeler, Setzler, Campbell and Ford: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 110 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE ACT" TO ESTABLISH THE CRITICAL NEEDS NURSING INITIATIVE FUND; TO IMPROVE THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED NURSES IN THIS STATE BY PROVIDING NURSING FACULTY SALARY ENHANCEMENTS, TO CREATE NEW FACULTY POSITIONS, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, AND GRANTS, TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE RESEARCH TO ANALYZE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE SUPPLY AND DEMAND, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF NURSES; AND TO PROVIDE THE CHAPTER'S PROVISIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.322, H. 3723 by a vote of 77 to 17: (R322, H3723 (Word version)) -- Reps. Neilson, Anthony, Bales, Clyburn, Hodges, Hosey, Howard, Jefferson, Mack, Moss and Williams: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-155 SO AS TO REQUIRE, SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATIONS BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THIS STATE TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR PROGRAM FOR EACH HIGH SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT WHICH REQUIRES THAT SUCH A DEFIBRILLATOR IS PROVIDED ON THE GROUNDS OF EACH HIGH SCHOOL, THAT DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS REASONABLY EXPECTED TO USE THE DEVICE, AS DETERMINED BY THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OR THE SUPERINTENDENT'S DESIGNEE, ARE TRAINED IN ITS USE, AND THAT THESE DEVICES ARE PERIODICALLY INSPECTED AND MAINTAINED, TO PROVIDE THE DISTRICT SHALL DEFINE THE PROGRAM AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT OPERATES, TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THIS PROGRAM EXCEPT FOR GROSSLY NEGLIGENT ACTS, AND TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD TO ESTABLISH A STATE CONTRACT FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. VETO OVERRIDDEN (R322, H3723 (Word version)) -- Reps. Neilson, Anthony, Bales, Clyburn, Hodges, Hosey, Howard, Jefferson, Mack, Moss and Williams: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-155 SO AS TO REQUIRE, SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATIONS BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THIS STATE TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR PROGRAM FOR EACH HIGH SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT WHICH REQUIRES THAT SUCH A DEFIBRILLATOR IS PROVIDED ON THE GROUNDS OF EACH HIGH SCHOOL, THAT DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS REASONABLY EXPECTED TO USE THE DEVICE, AS DETERMINED BY THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OR THE SUPERINTENDENT'S DESIGNEE, ARE TRAINED IN ITS USE, AND THAT THESE DEVICES ARE PERIODICALLY INSPECTED AND MAINTAINED, TO PROVIDE THE DISTRICT SHALL DEFINE THE PROGRAM AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT OPERATES, TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THIS PROGRAM EXCEPT FOR GROSSLY NEGLIGENT ACTS, AND TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD TO ESTABLISH A STATE CONTRACT FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS. The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration. Senator HAYES spoke on the veto. Senator HAYES moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden. The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?" The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows: Ayes 43; Nays 0 AYES Alexander Anderson Bryant Campbell Campsen Ceips Cleary Courson Cromer Drummond Elliott Fair Ford Gregory Grooms Hawkins Hayes Hutto Jackson Knotts Land Leatherman Leventis Lourie Malloy Martin Massey McConnell McGill O'Dell Patterson Peeler Pinckney Rankin Reese Ryberg Scott Setzler Sheheen Short Thomas Verdin Williams Total--43 NAYS Total--0 The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.328, H. 4529 by a vote of 81 to 2: (R328, H4529 (Word version)) -- Reps. Weeks, Whipper and R. Brown: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-25-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR ILLEGALLY DISPENSING CONTACT LENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE RELIEF IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT FOR A CONTESTED CASE, AND TO DELETE CERTAIN NOTICE PROVISIONS IMPOSED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. VETO OVERRIDDEN (R328, H4529 (Word version)) -- Reps. Weeks, Whipper and R. Brown: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-25-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR ILLEGALLY DISPENSING CONTACT LENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE RELIEF IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT FOR A CONTESTED CASE, AND TO DELETE CERTAIN NOTICE PROVISIONS IMPOSED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS. The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration. Senator HUTTO spoke on the veto. Senator HUTTO moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden. The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?" The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows: Ayes 43; Nays 0 AYES Alexander Anderson Bryant Campbell Campsen Ceips Cleary Courson Cromer Drummond Elliott Fair Ford Gregory Grooms Hawkins Hayes Hutto Jackson Knotts Land Leatherman Leventis Lourie Malloy Martin Massey McConnell McGill O'Dell Patterson Peeler Pinckney Rankin Reese Ryberg Scott Setzler Sheheen Short Thomas Verdin Williams Total--43 NAYS Total--0 The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.333, H. 4900 by a vote of 88 to 7: (R333, H4900 (Word version)) -- Reps. Cato, Gambrell, Bowen, Mitchell, Hiott, J.R. Smith, Kelly, Brady, Walker, Bedingfield, Agnew, Barfield, Battle, Bowers, Clemmons, Gullick, Limehouse, Loftis, Lowe, Mahaffey, Moss, Owens, Pinson, Sandifer, D.C. Smith, Spires, Talley, Toole, White, Hardwick and Whipper: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 51 TO TITLE 23 SO AS TO ENACT THE "REDUCED CIGARETTE IGNITION PROPENSITY STANDARDS AND FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION ACT", TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS FOR TERMS CONTAINED IN THIS ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT CIGARETTES MAY NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS STATE UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN TESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CERTAIN TEST METHODS, MET CERTAIN PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, RECEIVED CERTAIN CERTIFICATIONS, AND HAVE BEEN PROPERLY MARKED, TO SPECIFY THE TESTING METHODS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS THAT MUST BE MET. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. VETO OVERRIDDEN (R333, H4900 (Word version)) -- Reps. Cato, Gambrell, Bowen, Mitchell, Hiott, J.R. Smith, Kelly, Brady, Walker, Bedingfield, Agnew, Barfield, Battle, Bowers, Clemmons, Gullick, Limehouse, Loftis, Lowe, Mahaffey, Moss, Owens, Pinson, Sandifer, D.C. Smith, Spires, Talley, Toole, White, Hardwick and Whipper: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 51 TO TITLE 23 SO AS TO ENACT THE "REDUCED CIGARETTE IGNITION PROPENSITY STANDARDS AND FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION ACT", TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS FOR TERMS CONTAINED IN THIS ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT CIGARETTES MAY NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS STATE UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN TESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CERTAIN TEST METHODS, MET CERTAIN PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, RECEIVED CERTAIN CERTIFICATIONS, AND HAVE BEEN PROPERLY MARKED, TO SPECIFY THE TESTING METHODS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS THAT MUST BE MET. The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration. Senator McCONNELL spoke on the veto. Senator McCONNELL moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden. The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?" The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows: Ayes 43; Nays 0 AYES Alexander Anderson Bryant Campbell Campsen Ceips Cleary Courson Cromer Drummond Elliott Fair Ford Gregory Grooms Hawkins Hayes Hutto Jackson Knotts Land Leatherman Leventis Lourie Malloy Martin Massey McConnell McGill O'Dell Patterson Peeler Pinckney Rankin Reese Ryberg Scott Setzler Sheheen Short Thomas Verdin Williams Total--43 NAYS Total--0 The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has overridden the veto by the Governor on R.319, H. 3028 by a vote of 93 to 2: (R319, H3028 (Word version)) -- Reps. Funderburk, Haskins, Witherspoon, Whipper, Hardwick, Hagood, Clemmons, Neilson and Erickson: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-42 SO AS TO DEFINE "FOOD" OR "FOOD PRODUCT" AND TO MAKE IT AN UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE KNOWINGLY AND WILFULLY TO MISREPRESENT THAT A FOOD OR A FOOD PRODUCT IS A PRODUCT OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. VETO OVERRIDDEN (R319, H3028 (Word version)) -- Reps. Funderburk, Haskins, Witherspoon, Whipper, Hardwick, Hagood, Clemmons, Neilson and Erickson: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 39-5-42 SO AS TO DEFINE "FOOD" OR "FOOD PRODUCT" AND TO MAKE IT AN UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE KNOWINGLY AND WILFULLY TO MISREPRESENT THAT A FOOD OR A FOOD PRODUCT IS A PRODUCT OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. The veto of the Governor was taken up for immediate consideration. Senator SHEHEEN moved that the veto of the Governor be overridden. The question was put, "Shall the Act become law, the veto of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding?" The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows: Ayes 42; Nays 1 AYES Alexander Anderson Campbell Campsen Ceips Cleary Courson Cromer Drummond Elliott Fair Ford Gregory Grooms Hawkins Hayes Hutto Jackson Knotts Land Leatherman Leventis Lourie Malloy Martin Massey McConnell McGill O'Dell Patterson Peeler Pinckney Rankin Reese Ryberg Scott Setzler Sheheen Short Thomas Verdin Williams Total--42 NAYS Bryant Total--1 The necessary two-thirds vote having been received, the veto of the Governor was overridden, and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Leave of Absence On motion of Senator PEELER, at 11:55 A.M., Senator RITCHIE was granted a leave of absence for today. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS The following were introduced: S. 1452 (Word version) -- Senator O'Dell: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO HONOR THE REVEREND RANDY JACKSON FOR THE COMPLETION OF HIS FIRST YEAR AS PASTOR OF MOUNT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN ABBEVILLE COUNTY. l:\council\bills\gm\24319mm08.doc The Senate Resolution was adopted. S. 1453 (Word version) -- Senator McGill: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE DR. CELESTE A. PRINGLE, GEORGETOWN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR LEARNING AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT, ON RECEIVING THE PRESTIGIOUS WILLIAM B. HARTLEY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. l:\council\bills\rm\1525sd08.doc The Senate Resolution was adopted. S. 1454 (Word version) -- Senator Williams: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND CONGRATULATE CAMP BENNETTSVILLE UPON RECEIVING A NATIONAL CHARACTER EDUCATION AWARD. l:\s-jud\bills\williams\jud0493.km.doc The Senate Resolution was adopted. S. 1455 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin, McGill, Elliott and Cleary: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR ZANE WILSON OF HORRY COUNTY FOR THE ELEVEN YEARS THAT SHE HAS COVERED THE STATE HOUSE FOR THE MYRTLE BEACH SUN NEWS, AND UPON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENT, TO WISH HER MUCH SUCCESS IN ALL HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS. l:\council\bills\gm\24321ac08.doc The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House. S. 1456 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE APPRECIATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE OF MR. STACEY GRIFFIN OF DILLON COUNTY AND TO WISH HIM MUCH SUCCESS AND FULFILLMENT IN THE YEARS TO COME. l:\council\bills\rm\1510ac08.doc The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House. S. 1457 (Word version) -- Senator Pinckney: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF WYMAN DOUGLAS NETTLES, FORMER MAYOR AND POSTMASTER OF RIDGELAND, AND TO EXPRESS THE DEEPEST APPRECIATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE JASPER COUNTY COMMUNITY. l:\council\bills\gm\24320ab08.doc The Senate Resolution was adopted. S. 1458 (Word version) -- Senator Pinckney: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR MARQUETTA L. "QUEEN QUET" GOODWINE, AUTHOR, LECTURER, HISTORIAN, AND CHIEFTESS OF THE GULLAH/GEECHEE NATION. l:\council\bills\rm\1528ahb08.doc The Senate Resolution was adopted. H. 5250 (Word version) -- Reps. Allen and F. N. Smith: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME LINE ROAD (S-23-807) IN GREENVILLE COUNTY "DONALD JAMES SAMPSON, ESQUIRE BOULEVARD" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS ALONG THIS HIGHWAY THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "DONALD JAMES SAMPSON, ESQUIRE BOULEVARD". On motion of Senator GROOMS, with unanimous consent, the Concurrent Resolution was adopted and returned to the House. H. 5274 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, Witherspoon, Edge, Viers and Hardwick: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A STUDY COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVALUATING HOW TO BETTER STRUCTURE AND GOVERN AN AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC AND THE GRAND STRAND AREA OF THE STATE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Concurrent Resolution was introduced. Amended and Adopted Senator RANKIN asked unanimous consent to take the Concurrent Resolution up for immediate consideration. There was no objection. Amendment No. 1 Senator RANKIN proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (5274R001.LAR), which was adopted: Amend the concurrent resolution, as and if amended, page 1, by striking lines 38-42, and on page 2, by striking lines 1-42, and inserting: / (A) That there is created by the Horry County Legislative Delegation a joint study committee to be known as the "Grand Strand Air Transport Investigative Study Committee", composed of the following fourteen members appointed by the Horry County Legislative Delegation: (1) four members of the Horry County Council; (2) two members of the Myrtle Beach City Council; (3) two members appointed by the Horry County Legislative Delegation, one of whom must be a Senator and one of whom must be a member of the House of Representatives. The two members of the Horry County Legislative Delegation shall serve as chairman and vice-chairman of the committee; (4) one resident of the City of North Myrtle Beach, who may be an elected official; (5) one resident of the City of Loris, who may be an elected official; (6) one resident of the City of Conway, who may be an elected official; (7) one member appointed of each of the following entities: (a) the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation; (b) the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday; and (c) the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce; and (8) one member appointed by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. (B) Committee members serve without compensation. (C) The committee must submit a report that: (1) evaluates how best to foster a partnership between the private sector and public sector to accomplish the goals of this act; and (2) makes recommendations to the Horry County legislative delegation regarding the best form of governance, structure, and operations for a more competitive air transport system in the Grand Strand area and for any necessary legislation to provide for the governance, structure, and operations. (D) The report must be submitted to all members of the Horry County Legislative Delegation no later than January 15, 2009. / Renumber sections to conform. Amend title to conform. Senator RANKIN explained the amendment. The amendment was adopted. The question then was the adoption of the Concurrent Resolution, as amended. On motion of Senator RANKIN, with unanimous consent, the Concurrent Resolution was adopted, as amended, ordered returned to the House with amendments. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 5274 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, Witherspoon, Edge, Viers and Hardwick: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A STUDY COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVALUATING HOW TO BETTER STRUCTURE AND GOVERN AN AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC AND THE GRAND STRAND AREA OF THE STATE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: S. 1131 (Word version) -- Senator Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 38-43-20, 38-43-70, BOTH AS AMENDED, 38-43-75, 38-43-80, AS AMENDED, 38-43-100, 38-43-101, BOTH AS AMENDED, 38-43-102, 38-43-106, 38-43-107, 38-43-110, AND 38-43-130, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, ALL RELATING TO INSURANCE PRODUCERS AND AGENCIES, SO AS TO CLARIFY LANGUAGE THAT AN EMPLOYEE OF A LICENSED PRODUCER WHO PERFORMS ONLY CLERICAL DUTIES MAY NOT SIGN AN APPLICATION FOR INSURANCE; TO PROVIDE THAT UNLESS DENIED LICENSURE A NONRESIDENT PERSON SHALL RECEIVE A NONRESIDENT PRODUCER'S LICENSE WITH THE SAME LINES OF AUTHORITY HELD IN THE PRODUCER'S HOME STATE; TO PROVIDE THAT LIMITED LINE INSURANCE INCLUDES CREDIT INSURANCE; TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEFINITION OF "BIENNIAL APPOINTMENT FEE", PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE FEE IF REJECTED BY A BANK, DELETE THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE, AND AUTHORIZE PAY OF FEES BY A CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD; TO REQUIRE ALL APPLICANTS FOR A PRODUCER'S LICENSE TAKE AN EXAMINATION AND DELETE THE WAIVER OR EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN APPLICANTS; TO PROVIDE THAT A PRODUCER MAY NOT TAKE THE SAME CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE AND CASUALTY-LICENSED INSURANCE PRODUCER COURSE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT MORE THAN ONE TIME IN A BIENNIAL COMPLIANCE PERIOD AND PROVIDE FOR THE NONWAIVER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS; TO PROVIDE THAT INDIVIDUAL LICENSES CONTINUE ON A BIENNIAL BASIS ON THE LICENSEE'S MONTH OF BIRTH; AND TO REDEFINE THE ELEMENTS OF "DECEIVE OR DEALT UNJUSTLY WITH THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE"; TO AMEND SECTIONS 38-45-20, 38-45-30, BOTH AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 38-45-90, ALL RELATING TO BROKERS AND SURPLUS LINES, SO AS TO REQUIRE A PROPERTY AND CASUALTY-LICENSED INSURANCE PRODUCER TO PASS THE SOUTH CAROLINA BROKER LICENSING EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE LICENSED AS A BROKER AND TO PROVIDE PAYMENT OF THE BROKER'S PREMIUM TAX; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 38-43-105 RELATING TO EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LOCAL AND GENERAL PRODUCERS. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 4847 (Word version) -- Reps. Cotty, Brady and J.E. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5635, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TOWING, STORAGE, AND DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN VEHICLES AND PERSONAL PROPERTY, SO AS TO DELETE THE TERM "LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER" AND REPLACE IT WITH THE TERM "OFFICER"; TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5810, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS THAT REGULATE THE DISPOSITION OF ABANDONED OR DERELICT MOTOR VEHICLES ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THESE DEFINITIONS APPLY TO THE SAME TERMS AS THEY APPEAR IN ARTICLE 39, CHAPTER 5 OF TITLE 56, TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS OF THE TERMS "OFFICER" AND "DERELICT VEHICLE", AND TO DELETE A DUPLICATE TERM AND ITS DEFINITION; TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5850, RELATING TO THE PLACEMENT OF A COLORED TAG ON UNATTENDED VEHICLES AS NOTICE THAT IT MAY BE CONSIDERED TO BE ABANDONED, SO AS TO REVISE THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH A COLORED TAG MAY BE PLACED UPON A VEHICLE, THE LEVEL OF NOTICE CONVEYED BY THE COLORED TAG, THE PERIOD FOR WHICH THE COLORED TAG AND NOTICE ARE VALID, AND TO PROVIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN ADDITIONAL NOTICE IS REQUIRED; TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5880, RELATING TO THE RIGHT OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS TO ENTER PRIVATE PROPERTY TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS THAT REGULATE THE DISPOSAL OF ABANDONED VEHICLES, SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5920, RELATING TO VEHICLES THAT ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS THAT REGULATE THE DISPOSAL OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A VEHICLE HOUSED OR PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS MUST BE KEPT WITHIN A CLOSED PERMANENT STRUCTURE TO BE EXEMPT FROM THESE PROVISIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5950, RELATING TO PENALTIES THAT MUST BE IMPOSED ALSO UPON A PERSON WHO ABANDONS A VEHICLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THESE PENALTIES MUST BE IMPOSED UPON A PERSON WHO FAILS TO ABATE A DERELICT VEHICLE WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 4764 (Word version) -- Reps. Witherspoon and Branham: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 49-3-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN REGARD TO WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND COORDINATING, SO AS TO REVISE THESE CONSIDERATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-10, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO EQUIPMENT AND OPERATION OF WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-30, RELATING TO THE SCOPE OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF VESSELS ON THE WATERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO CHANGE CERTAIN REFERENCES AND FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE SCOPE OF THESE PROVISIONS; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-10 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE, TERMS, AND CONDITIONS OF MARINE DEALERS' PERMITS; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-11 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF DEALER DEMONSTRATION NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS RELATED TO THEIR USE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-20, RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF TITLE REQUIRED FOR WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OF A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR TO NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF ITS TRANSFER; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-30, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE TITLING REQUIREMENTS OF WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WATERCRAFT AND OTHER DEVICES WHICH ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE TITLED; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-55 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF TITLE TO A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER OF THEIR USE AND ISSUANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-70, RELATING TO AN APPLICATION FOR A WATERCRAFT CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE A DUPLICATE AND PROVIDE A FEE FOR PROVIDING THE CERTIFICATE AND A DUPLICATE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-90, RELATING TO THE CONTENTS OF CERTIFICATES OF TITLE, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THESE CONTENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-110, RELATING TO A MANUFACTURER OR IMPORTER'S CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN, SO AS TO REVISE THE TERM "CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN" TO "STATEMENT OF ORIGIN" AND FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE STATEMENTS OF ORIGIN MUST BE PROVIDED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-120, RELATING TO THE ASSIGNMENT AND WARRANTY OF TITLE TO WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH A TITLE OR DUPLICATE TITLE MUST BE APPLIED FOR AND TO DELETE CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF A LIENHOLDER; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-130, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF A WATERCRAFT ON AN OUTBOARD MOTOR BY OPERATION OF LAW, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-140, RELATING TO THE PRIORITY AND VALIDITY OF LIENS AND OTHER ENCUMBRANCES ON WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE DEPARTMENT MUST ISSUE A TITLE CLEAR OF A LIEN AND TO REVISE THE TIME IN WHICH A SECURITY INTEREST IS PERFECTED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-180, RELATING TO A REPORT OF STOLEN WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS TO THE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY OF THE RECOVERY OF ANY STOLEN WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-190, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL ACTS AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE POSSESSION, OPERATION, OR TRANSFER OF A WATERCRAFT OR AN OUTBOARD MOTOR, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-200, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL ACTS IN REGARD TO WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-201 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER OR DECALS BY FRAUD OR MISREPRESENTATION OR TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE OR CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER OR DECALS BY FRAUD OR MISREPRESENTATION, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-205, RELATING TO SEIZURE OF WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO REQUIRE CERTAIN NOTICE TO HOLDERS OF A PERFECTED SECURITY INTEREST BEFORE THE WATERCRAFT MAY BE USED OR DISPOSED OF ACCORDING TO LAW; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-270, RELATING TO WHEN BOAT TITLING PROVISIONS APPLY, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THIS APPLICABILITY AND REVISE WHEN CERTAIN PENALTY PROVISIONS APPLY; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-280, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING CERTAIN WATERCRAFT PROVISIONS, SO AS TO REVISE A SPECIFIC PENALTY PROVISION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-290, RELATING TO CONDITIONAL TITLES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE A CONDITIONAL TITLE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-320, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT VESSELS BE NUMBERED, SO AS TO REVISE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN A VESSEL IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE NUMBERED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-345, RELATING TO TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES OF BOAT NUMBER, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-370, RELATING TO TERMS AND RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATES OF BOAT NUMBER ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THEIR EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THESE CERTIFICATES MAY BE ISSUED; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-375 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DISPLAY A REGISTRATION NUMBER OR VALIDATION DECAL OR AN OUTBOARD MOTOR TITLE DECAL ON ANY WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR EXCEPT ON THOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS ISSUED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-380, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION UPON CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-400, RELATING TO NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS OF A HOLDER OF A CERTIFICATE OF BOAT NUMBER, SO AS TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH THIS NOTICE MUST BE PROVIDED; TO REPEAL SECTION 50-21-35 RELATING TO THE USE OF DEALER DEMONSTRATION NUMBERS FOR WATERCRAFT, SECTION 50-21-60 RELATING TO PERSONNEL, EXPENSES AND SALARIES OF DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES, SECTIONS 50-23-15, 50-23-40, 50-23-50, 50-23-65, 50-23-100, AND 50-23-160 ALL RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF TITLE OR MARINE DEALER PERMITS, AND SECTION 50-23-135 RELATING TO NOTICE OF POSSESSION OF AN ABANDONED OR JUNKED WATERCRAFT. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: S. 605 (Word version) -- Senator Grooms: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1240, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DISPLAY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF A MOTORCYCLE IS EQUIPPED WITH VERTICALLY MOUNTED LICENSE PLATE BRACKETS, ITS LICENSE PLATE MUST BE MOUNTED VERTICALLY WITH ITS TOP FASTENED ALONG ITS RIGHT VERTICAL EDGE. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 4783 (Word version) -- Reps. Hagood, Cato, Harvin, Hutson, Brantley, Anthony, Battle, Herbkersman, Hodges, Hosey, Leach, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Moss and Williams: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS IN THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF ARCHITECTS, SO AS TO DEFINE "INTERN ARCHITECT"; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-115, RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL EXAMINERS OVER LICENSEES AND FORMER LICENSEES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH AUTHORITY EXTENDS OVER UNLICENSED INDIVIDUALS AND TO FURTHER CLARIFY THIS AUTHORITY; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-120, RELATING TO FINES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED BY THE BOARD, SO AS TO INCREASE FROM TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TOTAL FINES THAT THE BOARD MAY IMPOSE; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-240, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT APPLICATION FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND THAT APPLICANTS MUST BE ENROLLED AND PARTICIPATING IN AN INTERN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-250, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LICENSE RENEWAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO FURTHER CLARIFY REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS AND TO REQUIRE REGISTRANTS TO COMPLY WITH AUDIT DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-280, RELATING TO ARCHITECTS AND ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS HAVING A SEAL, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF AN ELECTRONIC SEAL AND SIGNATURE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-290, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM CHAPTER 3, TITLE 40, SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT ENGINEERS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THIS CHAPTER, TO FURTHER SPECIFY WHICH FARM BUILDINGS, BUILDINGS LESS THAN THREE STORIES HIGH, AND DETACHED SINGLE FAMILY OR TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS DO NOT REQUIRE THE SERVICES OF AN ARCHITECT, AND TO PROVIDE THAT ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR ALTERATIONS AND RENOVATIONS TO BUILDINGS THAT DO NOT INCREASE THE AREAS OR CAPACITIES OF BUILDINGS BEYOND THAT GOVERNED BY THIS CHAPTER, THAT DO NOT AFFECT THE STRUCTURAL SAFETY OF THE BUILDING, OR THAT DO NOT CHANGE THE BUILDING'S ACCESS OR EXIT PATTERN. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 5009 (Word version) -- Reps. G.M. Smith, Weeks and Clemmons: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-80-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK FOR A FIREFIGHTER, SO AS TO PROVIDE NO PERSON MAY VOLUNTEER AS A FIREFIGHTER, BE EMPLOYED AS A FIREFIGHTER, OR PERFORM FIREFIGHTING DUTIES IF HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF, PLED GUILTY TO, OR PLED NOLO CONTENDERE TO ARSON. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. Message from the House Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008 Mr. President and Senators: The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to: H. 4867 (Word version) -- Reps. Cato, Harrell, Haley and Viers: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF ACCOUNTANTS, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF "ATTEST" AND "SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALENCY" AND TO DEFINE "HOME OFFICE" AND "PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS"; TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT TO BE LICENSED TO RENDER CERTAIN SERVICES AND TO USE CERTAIN TITLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INDIVIDUALS AND FIRMS MAY ALSO RENDER THESE SERVICES AND USE CERTAIN TITLES IF CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS ARE MET; TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCOUNTING FIRMS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH AN OUT-OF-STATE FIRM MAY RENDER CERTAIN SERVICES WITHOUT HAVING A REGISTRATION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-2-245, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IN AN OUT-OF-STATE FIRM TO OBTAIN PRACTICE PRIVILEGES IN THIS STATE, SO AS TO REVISE AND FURTHER SPECIFY THESE REQUIREMENTS. and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification. Very respectfully, Speaker of the House Received as information. ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES At 12:05 P.M., Senator MARTIN assumed the Chair. Presentation to Senator DRUMMOND On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, Senator DRUMMOND was escorted to the podium by Senators McCONNELL and LAND upon the occasion of his retirement from the Senate. Senators PEELER, McCONNELL, LAND, SETZLER, JACKSON, COURSON, RANKIN, SHORT and LEVENTIS addressed the Senate with remarks. On motion of Senator PEELER, with unanimous consent, S. 1345 was published: S. 1345 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Alexander, Anderson, Bryant, Campbell, Campsen, Ceips, Cleary, Courson, Cromer, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Gregory, Grooms, Hawkins, Hayes, Hutto, Jackson, Knotts, Land, Leatherman, Leventis, Lourie, Malloy, Martin, Massey, Matthews, McGill, O'Dell, Patterson, Peeler, Pinckney, Rankin, Reese, Ritchie, Ryberg, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Short, Thomas, Vaughn, Verdin and Williams: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO COMMEND THE HONORABLE JOHN W. DRUMMOND, OF GREENWOOD COUNTY, ONE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S MOST ADMIRED STATESMAN AND ONE OF THE UNITED STATES' MOST DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS AND MILITARY HEROES FOR A LIFETIME OF UNSELFISH PUBLIC SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, STATE, AND NATION, AND TO EXPRESS DEEP GRATITUDE TO HIM ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL STATE FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA AS HE RETIRES FROM THE SENATE AFTER SERVING MORE THAN FORTY-ONE YEARS IN MANY CAPACITIES INCLUDING CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE, AND PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE EMERITUS. Whereas, the members of the South Carolina Senate with deep and sincere regret have learned that a trusted colleague and friend, the Honorable John W. Drummond, will retire from this body at the conclusion of his current term; and Whereas, John Drummond, of Ninety-Six, has served Abbeville, Greenwood, and Laurens Counties with distinction in the South Carolina Senate since 1967, and he previously served in the House of Representatives in 1965-1966; and Whereas, Senator Drummond during his tenure in the Senate earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues from both parties and from all those inside or outside of government with whom he came into contact as a man of keen intellect and ability and straightforward honesty and integrity, who never failed to do what he thought best for South Carolina; and Whereas, born in 1919 in Greenwood to the late James William and Fannie Smith Drummond, he married his beloved wife, the late Holly Self in 1947, and he and "Miss Holly" raised three fine sons, his eldest Brick and twins Bob and Dick; and Whereas, John Drummond began his service in the United States military from 1939-1941 as a member of the 263rd Coast Artillery Regiment and then returned to duty with the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1947, serving as a fighter pilot with the 405th Fighter Bomber Group in England, France, and Germany from 1944-1945, where for a period of time he was a prisoner of war; and Whereas, he distinguished himself on many occasions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, twice with the Purple Heart, nine times with the Air Medal, three times with Battle Stars, and with a Presidential Citation; and Whereas, he is a very successful community and business leader in Greenwood County. He served as president of Drummond Oil Company and Greenwood Petroleum Company, served as a member of the Board of Deacons of First Baptist Church in Ninety-Six, and has held a variety of leadership positions in the Lions Club, the Shriners, and the American Legion; and Whereas, on the state level, in addition to his legislative duties, he served as a board member of the Baptist College at Charleston, and as a member of the Board of Trustees at the College of Charleston and the Board of Visitors at Clemson University, helping to meet a broad spectrum of educational needs in South Carolina; and Whereas, in 1994, two South Carolina schools honored him by dedicating buildings to him: The John Drummond Complex at Lander University in Greenwood and The John W. Drummond Engineering Industrial Technologies Center at Piedmont Technical College; and Whereas, Senator Drummond received an honorary degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1996, from the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997, and from Lander University in 1999, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Erskine College in 2002; and Whereas, John Drummond has a great love for the outdoors and is a sportsman of great skill and hospitality. Many a hunter has been treated to a wonderful meal on Friday night by the Senator and his friends before proceeding out to hunt deer the next morning; and Whereas, his colleagues in the Senate voted to place his portrait in the Senate Chamber to honor him for his patriotism, heroism, statesmanship, and public service to our State and nation; and Whereas, Senator Drummond, in his career of public service and in his private life, has understood the words duty and loyalty in their larger context and in their nobler adjuration - to listen quietly, to counsel wisely, and to keep confidences; and Whereas, it is appropriate for the members of the Senate to pause in their deliberations so that they may honor this great son of South Carolina and at the same time reflect on the extraordinary example he has set for those men and women in every generation who are called to public service. Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the Senate: That the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution, commend the Honorable John W. Drummond, of Greenwood County, one of South Carolina's most admired statesman and one of the United States' most distinguished citizens and military heroes for a lifetime of unselfish public service to his community, State, and nation, and express deep gratitude to him on behalf of a grateful State for all that he has done for South Carolina as he retires from the Senate after serving more than forty-one years in many capacities including Chairman of the Finance Committee, President Pro Tempore, and President Pro Tempore Emeritus. Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Honorable John W. Drummond. Remarks by Senator PEELER If you will remember the first day you ever walked through those doors--mine was in January, 1981--I was a big ole boy from Gaffney, South Carolina. I was scared to death to walk in here. A little fella from Greenwood shot from back there and up to my chest. He grabbed my arm, looked at me and said, "I've heard all about you, son. You come from a good family and you're gonna be a great Senator. I just want you to know, a big scrappin' boy like you, that if trouble breaks out in here, I want you on my side." He said, as he poked his finger in my chest, "But if you ever need your butt kicked, I'm the man that can do it." I'll never forget that, Senator DRUMMOND. I'll never forget that. Senator DRUMMOND, you are the standard bearer for our greatest generation. It is a great honor to serve with you. On behalf of my family and all the families of the State of South Carolina, I salute you. Remarks by Senator McCONNELL It has been my distinct privilege and honor to have had you as my colleague and friend since coming to the Senate in 1981. I remember fondly the "old" days at fish fries and our fighting legislative battles both together and as adversaries. Senator LAND will remember the lectures Senator DRUMMOND gave us about the growth of the state payroll. But, perhaps, one thing you all don't know about Senator DRUMMOND is that he is as tight fiscally as I am. A bunch of us used to stay in Columbia over at a place called the Red Carpet Motel on Knox Abbott Drive in order to save money. We stayed at that hotel until somebody got stabbed. Another thing I'm going to share with you today is that he drove an old diesel-powered Mercedes longer than I drove my old car. I believe he got over 400,000 miles on that car and he certainly squeezed the best from it. We used to get in that blue Mercedes and go over to Johnny's at the Capitol Café and have a good time. You'll remember Senator McCAULEY, now Judge, used to join us and the other "Renegades" and it was a time of great memories for all of us back then. You, as well as Senator DENNIS and now Senator LEATHERMAN have always ably fought for fiscal conservativeness. You have been an excellent steward of our state's fiscal policies. JOHN, you are our hero--literally through your service in the military during World War II as well as in this Senate. You are the "wind beneath our wings" and have lifted us up on many occasions. You taught us how to make decisions, how to be congenial to one another while being competitive, how to lead, and above all, how to make things better for the people of this State. You have a great presence which I greatly admire. JOHN, Governor Sanford has written a letter to you and I'd like to share it with the body: "Dear John, For the long and enduring record of distinguished public service you have both as a member of the House of Representatives from 1965-66 and as a member of the Senate since 1967, it is quite difficult to compress and describe your many contributions to our State and nation in a letter. However, a life well spent is a life that includes serving others, and I and the people of our State thank you for all that you have done. You have given generously of your time and talents to lead in many capacities in the General Assembly over the years including your tenure as PRESIDENT Pro Tempore of the Senate. Your legacy of leadership and unwavering belief that every South Carolinian deserves sound representation and good government will continue to thrive, and I am certain that your colleagues will have a positive and lasting impression of your effectiveness and devotion to our State when you leave this arena. In addition, I, along with many South Carolinians and all Americans thank you for your service during World War II. We are deeply grateful for the dedication of men and women like you who have made the commitment and sacrifice to protect our nation and the freedoms that our boys now enjoy and will one day cherish. Thank you for upholding the ideals of servant leadership in everything you do. Jenny joins me in wishing you all the best as you begin your next chapter. Take care." And, it's signed by Governor Sanford. Inasmuch as you already have the Order of the Palmetto, on behalf of the entire Senate, we are presenting you a framed photograph of this body signed with a personal inscription by each of us. JOHN, on behalf of the people of this State, the Senate, and I, personally, we are grateful for your service and know that we shall miss you. Thank you and God bless you. Remarks by Senator LAND Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate, I guess I knew this day would come when we would bid farewell to JOHN DRUMMOND from this Senate--and it is here, and it is a hard day for me. I first met JOHN DRUMMOND in 1965, Senator COURSON, when I was a page over in the House of Representatives, and I kind of stayed on the side where he sat, Senator from Florence. He would clap, and I would jump, and he would say, "Bring me some coffee with a little bit of cream with no sugar." I would go down and I would get it mixed up and I would come back with coffee with a lot of cream and a whole lot of sugar and give it to him and as I walked away he would sip it and I could see him shaking his head and say, "Now that's a dummy." I have seen him give me that same look as we have served together in the Senate--when he would shake his head and say, "Now that's a dummy." We have had a wonderful time serving together. Of course, when I came up in 1976, JOHN DRUMMOND was already in the Senate, and he has been my hero a long time before I knew he was a war hero. He has been recognized so many times for his heroic deeds in the military. He was my hero for the way he conducted himself in the Senate. You know all of us get a little more conservative when we get older. Believe it or not, I even suffer with a little bit of that. I'll tell you a little bit of something about JOHN DRUMMOND--I have watched him become more and more compassionate as he has grown older and the longer he has served in the Senate. Senator McCONNELL, one time when I first got over here JOHN DRUMMOND and the leadership of the Senate were crossed up, and I mean crossed up, and he would fight REMBERT DENNIS on the budget--and JOHN DRUMMOND would stand here at the podium--and you talk about the King of Filibusters--that title goes to JOHN DRUMMOND, because he could stand up here until all of us were all worn out. He was all crossed up with them and I was kind of lined up with the leadership. We sat back there together, and he wouldn't have much to say to me. Years passed--and they told me I couldn't tell this story about the shirts, but I'm going to tell it anyway. He looked over at me one day as we were sitting there side by side and he just never said anything to me and I didn't know he recognized that he was sitting beside me. He looked over at me and said, "I like that shirt." I said, "Thank you, Senator." He said, "Where did you get that shirt?" I said, "I get it at a little haberdashery down in Sumter." He said, "Well, I like that." He went on back and never said anything more. That afternoon when I went through Sumter I got him two shirts, and I brought them back when we came in on Tuesday, and I just laid them on his desk. He's been my friend since then. They told me I couldn't tell that story. I don't know why they don't like that story--I love it. Anyway, since that time and, of course, when he got in leadership I was just as loyal to him as I was to REMBERT DENNIS and MARION GRESSETTE when they were in charge. I think back over the times we served together here and I think the most memorable times were when Senator JOHN COURSON and Senator GLENN McCONNELL and Senator TOMMY MOORE and Senator JOHN DRUMMOND were up walking around this State House one night and it was midnight, and we were trying to bring reverence to the Confederate flag issue. There was a lot of emotion about that flag. Then all of us pulled together because of Senator DRUMMOND's desire and his experiences in life with people. He hated the fact that that flag caused division and he took it upon himself to write the Resolution. Of course, it took being of good will for the Senator from Charleston and the Senator from Richland to come together. I remember that so well. And I also remember after we had come to a resolution that previous night, the next morning having a compromise that we thought everyone could go with. Senator PATTERSON, do you remember we all met in my office? Senator DRUMMOND and all the black Senators were there, and there were tears--people cried--but we all came to a compromise. Because of you, Senator DRUMMOND, and because of your insistence and because of your diplomacy, we do not have the Confederate Flag hanging in this State House. It is now sitting out on the front yard of the State Capital. I think that, of all of the things that you have done for this State, is the one thing for me that makes you the hero that you are. I think also about five-year-old kindergarten. Senator DRUMMOND forged the compromise on the funding for that. I guess, Senator from Lexington, the children that are graduating from high school now had a better start because JOHN DRUMMOND saw its importance. Even the governor at that time was opposing our efforts with the five-year-old kindergarten. JOHN DRUMMOND saw it into reality. Because of that we live in a better State and we have better educated children in this State. Those are just a couple of things that I have seen him do. As far as the Medicaid system in this State, I know we always gave the Senator from Greer a lot of credit for that and he certainly deserved it, but it was JOHN DRUMMOND as Chairman of the Finance Committee that always saw that Uncle Verne had the money to do that. Because of that there are a lot of people in this State that are healthy due to JOHN DRUMMOND's service and his compassion. He has meant so much to me and I am still learning from him. About ten or twelve years ago now he asked me if I would come share an apartment with him at the Whitney Hotel. We have been living together there since that time. I have seen all sides of JOHN DRUMMOND and all sides are good and decent. No matter where we are--if we are eating you can look over at JOHN DRUMMOND and he will always bow his head and thank the Lord just before eating. He is just one of the kindest, most dedicated people that I have been around. I think that I am a better person because JOHN DRUMMOND is my friend, because he would shake his head and tell me when he knew I was doing wrong. Another thing about him--and, he must love me a lot--because he is quick to criticize me. He will criticize me privately and he will criticize me publicly. I think, as I said about Senator ED SALEEBY, "I think that it must be because he loves me more than he loves y'all because he can criticize me most quickly but it is always most effective that I accept it." Senator JOHN DRUMMOND, we are all in your debt and I just want to thank you individually for what you have done for me, and also what you have done for the State of South Carolina. You are our history because of your service to this Senate and because of your love for your fellow man. I am just glad that I am one of those. God bless you and thank you. Remarks by Senator SETZLER Mr. PRESIDENT, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, this is truly a bittersweet day for me, and I hope that I can get through this. Senator JOHN DRUMMOND represents everything that is good in people. I have had the true pleasure of sitting by him here in the chamber, as you all know, and I will tell a couple of stories that I probably should not tell. I started thinking about this day when we had the DRUMMOND Center Dinner. I heard Senator DRUMMOND and others talk about his parents being uneducated, about him getting a high school education and going into the military where he was shot down and became a POW, and about his commitment to God and praying to get out of there. I thought about the Senate as a whole and about our form of government. We all come from a different walk of life and bring our unique experiences, and I hope we never become a body of millionaires. We need individuals whose background includes parents who have no formal education and we need individuals who are committed to putting in a hard day's work. JOHN DRUMMOND became Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in 1992, I believe, and in 1996, he became President Pro Tempore. The Senator from Cherokee mentioned his first memories of Senator DRUMMOND when he came through. As you walk through those doors, a cloak of responsibility falls on your shoulders, and you do not realize that when you are out there. As the Senator from Sumter said earlier this week, campaigning is black and white, and serving is gray. My first memory of Senator DRUMMOND was when he came around this corner with his budget under his arm. If there were 600 new state employees in that appropriations bill, he did not have one amendment to strike all 600--he would have 600 amendments, and they were put on the desk. He did not play games. You voted on every single one of those state employees, whether we were going to hire them or not. Those of you who are the renegades, and we have all been at that stage, I will tell you that you are choir boys compared to Senator DRUMMOND in the old days. He has forgotten more lessons than you will ever learn. I have been fortunate to serve with him not only here in the Senate but also on a personal basis. JOHN DRUMMOND has been in my home and had fried chicken and vegetables with my family; we love him. I have been to his fish fries when he used to cook barbequed fish. My wife nearly got killed in an automobile accident. He was the first Senator at the hospital with flowers. I remember when JOHN DRUMMOND was going to become Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He had fought so long on the other side against this and against that, everybody thought, "Geez Minetti," what is he going to do when he becomes Chairman of Senate Finance? He fights everything! Well, he certainly rose to the task, and when he became Chairman of Finance, he was a true leader for the South Carolina Senate. I will never forget - and I do not recall if it has ever been done since -- when we were working on the budget one year when Senator DRUMMOND was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee--he called the Senator from Clarendon, myself, and Senator MOORE into his office. We were getting ready to go to Conference Committee, and he told us that he was going to appoint a Conference Committee. He wanted us to know ahead of time. He told us that he was not going to serve on the Conference Committee, and he appointed the three of us to serve. We looked at him and told him that he could not do that. He said he was going to pass as a Conferee. The second half of that story is that after about ten days in the Conference Committee the House and our current Speaker, who at that time was the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, were just wearing us out in the Conference Committee. We got in the back room one day, and Senator LAND said we should make the motion to adopt what they put on the table, knowing that they had made the proposal on the budget that they did not want. The Senator from Aiken said we could not do that, that it would be irresponsible. I told the Senator from Clarendon that I would second his motion. We went back out in the public meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator LAND moved to adopt the House's proposal, and I seconded the motion. We had two votes on the Senate side and two votes on the House side. The Speaker backed up, and they talked for two hours trying to tell us that their proposal was not good. The Senator from Clarendon mentioned five-year-old kindergarten. We would not have this, if it were not for Senator JOHN DRUMMOND. I remember people lobbying outside the old Carolina Inn against this saying that it is only day care. JOHN DRUMMOND stood firm. But I think that there are two things that stand out more to me than anything else about JOHN DRUMMOND. There are examples that he sets for us as members of this Senate and for us as human beings. First, is his dedication and love of his wife, Mrs. Holly. Any of you that have served with him know how dear and close to her that he was. She meant so much to him, and I think his example of his dedication and devotion to her is a shining example in life for every individual to follow. The second thing that I think stands out, and I will carry this with me until I go to my grave, is Senator DRUMMOND's example since 2000. I want you to think about this. The good book says we each have grace given to us according to God's gift. This Senate would not be the body it is today in 2008, as nonpartisan as we have become and as cooperative as it is, if it were not for JOHN DRUMMOND who was PRESIDENT Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Also, there is no one among us who is a bigger supporter, bigger cheerleader and bigger advocate for the Senator from Charleston, for the Senator from Florence, and for the staff who he compliments every day. I have only found one fault in the entire time I have known him and that is that he stays with the Senator from Clarendon, and now he has started sleeping in the same room as the Senator from Orangeburg. It keeps getting worse. I have to tell this story, and the Senator from Clarendon will kill me as this happened just last week. The Senator from Clarendon helps take care of the Senator from Greenwood at The Whitney. Last week we were in the middle of debate and Senator DRUMMOND asked how he should vote. I told him that I was going to vote "no" and that he should vote "aye" with Senator LAND. He asked how the Senator from Charleston was voting, and I said he was voting "no" with me. Senator DRUMMOND said he was voting the way the Senator from Charleston was voting. He takes care of me. Senator Clarendon called the Senator from Florence over, and the Senator from Florence said to Senator DRUMMOND that he needed him to vote with him. Senator DRUMMOND said that he was voting with the Senator from Florence. "He takes care of me." I just want to say to you, Senator DRUMMOND, on behalf of myself, my family, my daughters who absolutely love you, and more importantly on behalf of the people of South Carolina, "we are a better State, and we are a better place because you have given 41 years of service to the South Carolina Senate." The biggest reward of your service will come when you pass a small child and look them in the eye or when you look an elderly person in a nursing home in the eye, you will know that you have made their life better. This is a compliment to you, and for that we say God Bless You and Thank You. Remarks by Senator JACKSON I waited a long time to say this as I have not served as long as my esteemed colleagues here. I came in 1993, with a huge class and two of my class members are leaving--the Senator from Chester and the Senator from Lancaster. But we've had a great time. I remember even as a freshman coming in 1993, everyone would call JOHN DRUMMOND a "hero" and say, "He's my hero." So, I talked to him, and studied about him and I concluded, as all the others have, that he is certainly a hero. And, so from that moment, I began to call him MY hero. But it was in 1998, that he did something really, really special and changed my life forever. And he remembers this--when ROBERT FORD and MAGGIE GLOVER and I came, I think we introduced a proposal for the removal of the Confederate flag in 1994, Senator from Charleston, and, Representative Harrison, at that time ROBERT, MAGGIE and I were called by some of our House members, "Legislative Terrorists." They would say, "Boy, those three are Legislative Terrorists and are led by the chief terrorist, Sen. JACKSON. All they'll do is tear up the Calendar and block the Calendar. But it was in 1998, I think it was, as we began to discuss the flag compromise--and you heard the Senator from Clarendon talk about that great meeting in Senator DRUMMOND's office--and I'll never forget that because at that time we--ROBERT, MAGGIE and I, were representing the radical side of even the Legislative Black Caucus. We had my great mentor, Senator PATTERSON, and Senator MATTHEWS and Senator McKINLEY WASHINGTON who were seasoned. They had been here for a while and they would have to calm us down. But every time there was a compromise that was put out there, we would shoot it down. We would go back and confer with some of our radical brothers on the outside and my great friends from the NAACP and others who I love and support. They would say we cannot support it, so we would come back, Senator from Richland, and we would shoot it down. But at that meeting in 1998 in his office we were sitting there, and there was another proposal to remove the flags from all chambers and inside this building and place the Confederate flag at the Confederate Soldiers Monument. I want to thank the Senator from Charleston and others who worked really, really hard and that was a tough compromise. And, when we first heard that, our immediate reaction was to respond as we have always done and "shoot it down." Senator DRUMMOND pulled me to the side during that meeting and indicated he wanted a word with me. He took me out personally, looked me in the eyes and said, "Son I know how you feel." He said, "If I were in your position, I'd be Malcolm-X." He said, "I know how you feel." But, as he looked me in the eye, he said, "In life you do not get many chances to make a difference"--and I'm telling you, with his hands on my chest, he said, "You won't get many chances to make a difference. Now, what would your father want you to do?" And that messed me up. I went back to the Senator from Charleston, and Senator GLOVER and I said, "Guys, I'm compromising." And I talked with them and was able to convince them. That's the only good thing I've ever convinced Senator FORD to do. He has convinced me to do some things that I am paying for today. But, we compromised. And if you remember, Senator DRUMMOND asked me to make a speech on the floor and so I did. I talked about compromise and one of the famous words that some of my friends are still holding over my head was when I said, "I love the NAACP, but I love South Carolina even more and its time to do what's best for South Carolina." That was hard. I mean, my phone was blowing off the hook. My friends who had been my friends for a long time stopped speaking to me for a long, long time. It was the loneliest time in my life. It was really, really hard; but after that speech JOHN DRUMMOND walked up to me with tears in his eyes, put his arms around me and he said, "Today you are MY hero" and for that, I say, "Thank you, I love you and will always love you. God bless you." Remarks by Senator COURSON Mr. PRESIDENT, I think the former President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate would like for me to make these remarks. He left us six years ago this month. When I was first elected to this body, STROM THURMOND told me there were two Senators to follow - one was the Senator from Orangeburg, Senator WILLIAMS, and the other was the Senator from Greenwood, Senator DRUMMOND. Senator THURMOND and Senator DRUMMOND had a relationship that lasted four decades. Let me share a couple moments of that relationship that I think were very, very important. In 1987, President Reagan asked STROM THURMOND to chair the American delegation to Paris - to the Paris Air Show and subsequently to Normandy. He asked Senator DRUMMOND to join us, and I was also honored to be there. The French were very hospitable. President François Mitterrand came out to greet us. There were three members in the delegation that had actively participated in the Normandy invasion. Sam Gibbons, a democratic member of Congress from Florida, STROM THURMOND landed on June 5, 1944 in a glider, and JOHN DRUMMOND was flying over as a fighter pilot. François Mitterrand came out and thanked Senator DRUMMOND, Senator THURMOND and Congressman Gibbons for liberating his country from Nazi Germany. It was very emotional. We then boarded a train. Senator, you will recall they had a French military band at the train station playing La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem, and the Star Spangled Banner. We went to Normandy. I don't know how many of you have been there before, but there are 10,000 crosses at Normandy in honor of American dead. The chief of the French General Staff gave a very moving speech. They had American and French flags on the grave sites. It was a very, very moving moment. To be there with Senator THURMOND and Senator DRUMMOND, two of my heroes, was a very emotional moment. They also had a close political relationship. JOHN DRUMMOND participated on the Thurmond Portrait Commission. We dedicated the portrait to Senator THURMOND in 1987. He also served on the Thurmond Monument Commission, which we dedicated in 1999. I'll share a political story with you that I thought was sort of humorous. You think JOHN DRUMMOND is tight; STROM THURMOND could get eight pennies out of a nickel. It was amazing. We had started the 1990 re-election campaign and the Senator asked me to be his state chairman again, which I was honored to do, and he asked Senator DRUMMOND to be his state Democratic chairman, which he was honored to do. We had arranged to fly out of Columbia in March of 1990, from Owens Field in a private plane. I had contacted Washington to make sure we had the planes secured and that we had pilots. Well, we had one pilot and the plane held two pilots. Everybody back then flew with two pilots --CARROLL CAMPBELL--everybody. It wasn't like we were broke; we had$2 million in the bank, but STROM THURMOND wanted to fly with one pilot. So we got on the plane, the Senator, me, Nancy and JOHN DRUMMOND. And the pilot gets on the plane. The guy was probably in his mid-sixties and we were all speaking to him. We said how are you doing today and he said, "Well, I think I've got my blood pressure under control." I looked at Senator THURMOND and I was thinking, "This is not too good." So, we take off and JOHN DRUMMOND jumps up and says, "I'm going to go into the cockpit." So he goes in the cockpit with the pilot and they're sitting there and Strom THURMOND leans over and grabs my leg and says, "Why look at this--JOHN DRUMMOND, a former fighter pilot, is up there in the cockpit. You don't have anything to worry about." Well, the next thing I hear is JOHN DRUMMOND asking the pilot, "Now what does this instrument do and what does this one do"? Of course I crossed myself and it all turned out very, very well.

Senator DRUMMOND, I just want to let you know that those of us who have loved STROM THURMOND know that he would have loved to have been here and been part of this. Thank you for your great friendship you've shown to him over the years - we're very grateful. Thank you.

Remarks by Senator RANKIN

Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, I, too, want to offer a few words. You have heard the saying from Althea Gibson, the great Olympic runner back in the '36 Olympics, who distinguished herself and America. The quote, which is posted on the wall of the American Adventure at Epcot in Disney, and under which my father had his picture taken, making it personally profound to me, reads as follows: "No matter what accomplishments you make in life, someone else has helped you along the way."

Horry County has been helped along the way due to the selfless giving of JOHN DRUMMOND. Today we enjoy a better infrastructure than we have ever had in our State because of his vision in creating the Infrastructure Bank Board. Horry County enjoys better roads today because of his selflessness in allowing "little ol" Luke to serve as the first Senate appointee, and because of that, Horry County got their road plan approved first. We ride now on roads that, before I got into the Senate, we dreamed of having, because of you. You gave us that opportunity. You gave us that option, and we are now better for it.

Politically, we are obviously standing on your shoulders. Personally, I must tell you that as a father of a ten year old and the father of a seven year old, early in my fatherhood days JOHN DRUMMOND would see me talking on the phone, would hear about me going home to tend to or play with or participate with my children, and he came over to me one day in the Cloak Room and he said to me, "Luke, you are doing exactly what you should do, because one day you're not going to have this option. Take care of them, and you will be blessed for it."

JOHN DRUMMOND, I love you. You took me under your wing, you took Horry County under your wing, and we have flown high and mighty with you. God bless you and Godspeed, and count LUKE RANKIN in the "attaboys" for JOHN DRUMMOND!

Remarks by Senator SHORT

I'm going to be really brief because I know we are all anxious to hear from the Senator. I would be remiss if I did not remind you all that there is no greater cheerleader for women serving in the General Assembly than Senator DRUMMOND. Everywhere he goes he talks about the need for more women serving in the General Assembly, and I personally want to thank you for our personal relationship. I, too, love you and thank you so much for all you have done for all of us. Women across the State need to know that you recognized long before most people did, that we should be here in greater numbers, and I thank you personally for your cheerleading for me and all other women. God bless you, JOHN.

Remarks by Senator LEVENTIS

JOHN DRUMMOND and I share a number of things in common. We're both short, and we're both fighter pilots. Over the years, we have shared a lot of stories together, but I think we need to remember that the JOHN DRUMMOND we know today is a collection of life experiences that are extraordinary. We all know that. It's time to think about a couple of them.

First and foremost, JOHN DRUMMOND fights for what he believes in. The first time I got here I remember that he was up here fighting for what he believed, and I admired that. I always knew he would do that. But, as I got to know him, I found out about his time in the military. His call sign was "Ace," and when you're a pilot, to have the call sign "Ace" is a wonderful thing! However, in JOHN's case that was because his friend's pilot call sign was "Deuce" -- and everyone called them "Acey-Deucy," because they played cards all the time. That's where his call sign came from. It wasn't from shooting folks down.

I remember JOHN telling me one day that he decided to win the war all by himself and he was flying low (which is very dangerous), shooting up the countryside trying to win the war all by himself. He said the last thing he did was shoot up a German motorcycle driver and then all of a sudden he got hit! He had to jump out of the plane, because there were no ejection seats -- he had to actually step out over the side. And he said that as he glided down the first person to get to him was a German motorcycle driver -- not the same one of course. He said those soldiers would have torn him apart, except that the SS showed up and saved his life because they wanted to interrogate him.

I know that when I left here to fly in the Persian Gulf War, I didn't want to go and never come back, but I was at peace with that. But the one thing that frightened me more than anything else was for someone to catch me. And JOHN was caught! I remember him telling me that he was being interrogated by this German soldier who spoke wonderful English. JOHN noticed that they were severely beating a young boy in another room. When JOHN asked why they were beating that young man up, the German said that he was one of the young folks from around the area and they were harassing the German troops at night--causing problems. JOHN said that they then proceeded to stand the young boy up and shoot him in the head. At that point, if not before, JOHN knew that he faced incredible danger.

JOHN DRUMMOND understands what commitment is. I remember him telling me that while the French did not agree with us right after 9-11, no one could tell him that they are not a patriotic nation and they don't believe in freedom. He said that while our countries disagreed at the time, he knows because of what he saw fighting in World War II that they will be there for democracy and freedom when it counts. He had personally seen French citizens lay down their lives for the cause of freedom. That gentle reminder left an impression on me.

In closing, I have to tell this story on Senator DRUMMOND. He is, indeed, a fighter. I'll never forget when he got into a fight in that anteroom one time with Senator REMBERT DENNIS over an issue. If JOHN believes in something, he will stand up and fight for it. I have always been proud to stand up with Senator DRUMMOND -- and I always will be. I've heard said from this podium today some extraordinary things about an extraordinary man; but, probably the most profound thing that I have heard each of you say, and I will have to say it as well, is that I truly love you, JOHN, as a brother, as a father, as a person. When my life is done, it will have been far, far better because I knew and served with JOHN DRUMMOND.
God bless you.

Remarks by Senator DRUMMOND

What a wonderful day! Let me tell you what pleased JOHN DRUMMOND more than anything yesterday afternoon. For the first time, we all came together to work together for the good of South Carolina. That is all I've been preaching about--working together. We are all good people. I've seen a lot of people give their lives for this country; but, I've never seen a person die as a Democrat or a Republican. They were all Americans.

You can't believe how happy I was last night that finally, finally in my 40 plus years here that we came together to work together as South Carolinians. I want to commend each of you for what we did yesterday. Now if you really want to make me happy, even in his grave, continue to work together and accomplish something good for all of South Carolina.

My family is here today, and I am so happy for that. Do you remember what I said when my portrait was hung here in the Chamber? I said, "Call home and tell them you love them."

I received my education right here in the Legislature. You were all my mentors. I had the best staff and I listened. I want to thank the staff for making me look good. We have the best Senate in the nation. I was sitting over at my desk last night praying and thanking God. We listened to each other and we all worked together, and for that I feel so blessed. I love and respect each and every one of you. You were chosen by your people to represent your districts.

As I approach the end of my term, I find myself in deep thought and prayer. I want to read you a little something from the book of Ecclesiastes. "There is a time for everything. A season for every activity under the heavens. A time to scatter stones, a time to gather stones, a time to embrace and a time to turn away."

I've been in public service for many years. I want to show you something. I have two manuals. This small one is from when I was in the House in 1966 and this larger one is one from 2008. Do you see the size of growth in government? I received my education here and in the House. I respect and love all of you. You all blessed me last night by working together for the good of our State. You all answered my prayers. Please, please continue working together.

Thank you all so very much.

On behalf of the entire Senate, Senator McCONNELL presented to Senator DRUMMOND a framed photograph of the Senate with personal notations from each Senator.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the remarks of Senator PEELER, McCONNELL, LAND, SETZLER, JACKSON, COURSON, RANKIN, SHORT, LEVENTIS and DRUMMOND were ordered printed in the Journal.

Senators PEELER, McCONNELL, LAND, SETZLER, JACKSON, COURSON, RANKIN, SHORT and LEVENTIS addressed the Senate with remarks.

On behalf of the entire Senate, Senator McCONNELL presented to Senator DRUMMOND a signed framed photograph of the Senate.

Remarks to be Printed in the Journal

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, the remarks of Senators PEELER, McCONNELL, LAND, SETZLER, JACKSON, COURSON, RANKIN, SHORT, LEVENTIS and DRUMMOND were ordered printed in the Journal.

RECESS

At 12:39 P.M., on motion of Senator McCONNELL, the Senate receded from business until 1:00 P.M.

AFTERNOON SESSION

The Senate reassembled at 1:50 P.M. and was called to order by the PRESIDENT Pro Tempore.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it refuses to concur in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 577 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-3-560, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE IN MAGISTRATES' COURTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MAGISTRATE MAY PUNISH BY FINE NOT EXCEEDING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM NOT EXCEEDING SIXTY DAYS, OR BOTH, ALL ASSAULTS AND BATTERIES AGAINST SPORTS OFFICIALS AND COACHES.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

SENATE RECEDES FROM ITS AMENDMENTS

S. 577 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-3-560, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE IN MAGISTRATES' COURTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MAGISTRATE MAY PUNISH BY FINE NOT EXCEEDING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM NOT EXCEEDING SIXTY DAYS, OR BOTH, ALL ASSAULTS AND BATTERIES AGAINST SPORTS OFFICIALS AND COACHES.

Senator HUTTO asked unanimous consent to recede in the Senate amendments, ask that proper notation be made on the Bill, and request the House to enroll the Bill for Ratification.

A message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Senate having receded from its amendments on the following Bill and the Bill having been read three times in both houses, it was ordered to be enrolled for ratification.

S. 577 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-3-560, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE IN MAGISTRATES' COURTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MAGISTRATE MAY PUNISH BY FINE NOT EXCEEDING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM NOT EXCEEDING SIXTY DAYS, OR BOTH, ALL ASSAULTS AND BATTERIES AGAINST SPORTS OFFICIALS AND COACHES.
Very respectively,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the House has receded from its amendments to the following Bill:

H. 4899 (Word version) -- Reps. Edge, Ott, Crawford, Whipper, Huggins, Alexander, Anthony, Bales, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Brady, Branham, Cato, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Davenport, Duncan, Erickson, Funderburk, Gambrell, Govan, Gullick, Hardwick, Hayes, Hosey, Jennings, Leach, Limehouse, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Moss, Mulvaney, J.H. Neal, Parks, Perry, Pinson, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Sandifer, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Stavrinakis, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Viers, White, Witherspoon and Mitchell: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE DELIVERY OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY JANUARY 1, 2009.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 4899--Enrolled for Ratification

H. 4899 (Word version) -- Reps. Edge, Ott, Crawford, Whipper, Huggins, Alexander, Anthony, Bales, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Brady, Branham, Cato, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Davenport, Duncan, Erickson, Funderburk, Gambrell, Govan, Gullick, Hardwick, Hayes, Hosey, Jennings, Leach, Limehouse, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Moss, Mulvaney, J.H. Neal, Parks, Perry, Pinson, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Sandifer, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Stavrinakis, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Viers, White, Witherspoon and Mitchell: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE DELIVERY OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY JANUARY 1, 2009.

Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

A message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it insists upon the amendments proposed by the House to:

H. 3547 (Word version) -- Reps. Moss, Gambrell, Leach, Ballentine and Toole: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-650, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WITH REGARD TO INVESTIGATING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTS, DETERMINING WHETHER SUCH REPORTS ARE FOUNDED OR UNFOUNDED, AND PLACING THE NAMES OF PERPETRATORS IN THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, SO AS TO CLARIFY THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A PERPETRATOR'S NAME MUST BE PLACED IN THE REGISTRY BY PROVIDING THAT IF THE COURT FINDS THAT A PERPETRATOR PHYSICALLY NEGLECTED, SEVERELY NEGLECTED, OR REPEATEDLY NEGLECTED A CHILD, THE PERPETRATOR'S NAME MUST BE PLACED IN THE REGISTRY.
asks for a Committee of Conference, and has appointed Reps. Moss, E.H. Pitts and Crawford to the committee on the part of the House.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 3547--CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

H. 3547 (Word version) -- Reps. Moss, Gambrell, Leach, Ballentine and Toole: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-650, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WITH REGARD TO INVESTIGATING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTS, DETERMINING WHETHER SUCH REPORTS ARE FOUNDED OR UNFOUNDED, AND PLACING THE NAMES OF PERPETRATORS IN THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, SO AS TO CLARIFY THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A PERPETRATOR'S NAME MUST BE PLACED IN THE REGISTRY BY PROVIDING THAT IF THE COURT FINDS THAT A PERPETRATOR PHYSICALLY NEGLECTED, SEVERELY NEGLECTED, OR REPEATEDLY NEGLECTED A CHILD, THE PERPETRATOR'S NAME MUST BE PLACED IN THE REGISTRY.

Whereupon, Senators RANKIN, MALLOY and LOURIE were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. Clemmons, Crawford and Weeks to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

S. 96--REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE ADOPTED

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.

Senator SHEHEEN explained the Conference Report.

S. 96--Conference Report
The General Assembly, Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

The COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE, to whom was referred:

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Fair: TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.

Beg leave to report that they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend:

That the same do pass with the following amendments:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting the following:

/   SECTION   1.   Chapter 6, Title 61 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 61-6-4155.   (A)   As used in this section, 'alcohol without liquid device' means a device, machine, apparatus, or appliance that is designed or marketed for the purpose of mixing alcohol with pure or diluted oxygen, or another gas, to produce an alcoholic vapor that an individual can inhale or snort. An alcohol without liquid device does not include an inhaler, nebulizer, atomizer, or other device that is designed and intended by the manufacturer to dispense a prescribed or over-the-counter medication.

(B)   It is unlawful for a person to use, offer for use, purchase, offer to purchase, sell, offer to sell, or possess an alcohol without liquid device.

A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished as follows:

(1)   for a first offense, by a fine of three hundred dollars;

(2)   for a second offense, by a fine of seven hundred fifty dollars or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both;

(3)   for a third or subsequent offense, by a fine of three thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both.

(C)   Except as provided in subsection (D) of this section, an alcohol without liquid device must be seized by a law enforcement officer and be taken before any magistrate of the county in which the alcohol without liquid device is seized, the magistrate shall immediately examine it, and if satisfied that it is an alcohol without liquid device, direct that it be destroyed immediately after conviction of the violator.

(D)   This section shall not apply to a health care provider that operates primarily for the purpose of conducting scientific research, a state institution conducting bona fide research, a private college or university conducting bona fide research, or to a pharmaceutical company or biotechnology company conducting bona fide research."

SECTION   2.   Section 61-6-20(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 386 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(2)   'Bona fide engaged primarily and substantially in the preparation and serving of meals' means a business which has been issued a Grade A retail establishment food permit prior to issuance of a license under Article 5 of this chapter, and in addition that provides facilities for seating not less fewer than forty persons simultaneously at tables for the service of meals and that:

(a)   is equipped with a kitchen that is utilized for the cooking, preparation, and serving of meals upon customer request at normal meal times;

(b)   has readily available to its guests and patrons either menus with the listing of various meals offered for service or a listing of available meals and foods posted in a conspicuous place readily discernible by the guests or patrons; and

(c)   prepares for service to customers, upon the demand of the customers, hot meals at least once each day the business establishment chooses to be open."

SECTION   3.   Section 61-6-1610 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 386 of 2006, is further amended by adding an appropriately lettered subsection to read:

"( )   For the purpose of this section:

(1)   'Kitchen' means a separate and distinct area of the business establishment that is used only for the preparation, serving, and disposal of solid foods that make up meals. The area must be adequately equipped for cooking, serving, and storage of solid foods and must include at least twenty-one cubic feet of refrigerated space for food and a stove.

(2)   'Meal' means an assortment of various prepared foods available to guests on the licensed premises during the normal mealtimes that occur when the licensed business establishment is open to the public. Sandwiches, boiled eggs, sausages, and other snacks prepared off the licensed premises but sold there are not a meal within the meaning of this statute.

(3)   'Primarily' means that the serving of the meals by a business establishment is a regular source of business to the licensed establishment, that meals are served upon the demand of the guests and patrons during the normal mealtimes that occur when the licensed business establishment is open to the public, and that an adequate supply of food is present on the licensed premises to meet the demand."

SECTION   4.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Amend title to conform.

/s/Sen. Luke A. Rankin            /s/Rep. Alan D. Clemmons
/s/Sen. Vincent A. Sheheen        /s/Rep. J. David Weeks
/s/Sen. Raymond E. Cleary III     /s/Rep. Kristopher R. Crawford
On Part of the Senate.            On Part of the House.

, and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Conference on:

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Report of the Committee of Conference having been adopted by both Houses, and this Bill having been read three times in each House, it was ordered that the title thereof be changed to that of an Act and that it be enrolled for ratification:

S. 96 (Word version) -- Senators Sheheen and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 61-6-4155, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS AN ALCOHOL WITHOUT LIQUID DEVICE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES AND EXCEPTIONS.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it refuses to concur in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 503 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Ford and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-5-190, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENDORSEMENT AND EXECUTION OF WARRANTS ISSUED IN OTHER COUNTIES OR BY MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A WARRANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE ENDORSED BY A MAGISTRATE IN THE COUNTY WHERE A PERSON CHARGED WITH A CRIME RESIDES OR WHERE HE IS LOCATED, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR SERVING A WARRANT, AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

S. 503--SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENTS
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

S. 503 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Ford and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-5-190, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENDORSEMENT AND EXECUTION OF WARRANTS ISSUED IN OTHER COUNTIES OR BY MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A WARRANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE ENDORSED BY A MAGISTRATE IN THE COUNTY WHERE A PERSON CHARGED WITH A CRIME RESIDES OR WHERE HE IS LOCATED, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR SERVING A WARRANT, AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES.

On motion of Senator HUTTO, the Senate insisted upon its amendments to S. 503 and asked for a Committee of Conference.

Whereupon, Senators MARTIN, HUTTO and CAMPSEN were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. G. M. Smith, Herbkersman and F. N. Smith to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 503 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts, Ford and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-5-190, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENDORSEMENT AND EXECUTION OF WARRANTS ISSUED IN OTHER COUNTIES OR BY MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE A WARRANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE ENDORSED BY A MAGISTRATE IN THE COUNTY WHERE A PERSON CHARGED WITH A CRIME RESIDES OR WHERE HE IS LOCATED, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR SERVING A WARRANT, AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 181 (Word version) -- Senators Fair, Richardson and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 24-13-210 AND 24-13-230, BOTH AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GOOD BEHAVIOR, WORK, AND ACADEMIC CREDITS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO DEVELOP POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND GUIDELINES TO ALLOW CERTAIN PRISONERS TO RECEIVE A REDUCTION IN THEIR SENTENCES AND TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME THAT MAY BE REDUCED FROM A SENTENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 24-27-200, RELATING TO THE FORFEITURE OF WORK, EDUCATION, OR GOOD CONDUCT CREDITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A REDUCTION IN THESE CREDITS MAY BE IMPLEMENTED PURSUANT TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE'S RECOMMENDATION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-40, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MATTERS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN ARCHITECTURAL PLANS, DRAWINGS, OR SCHEMATICS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES WHOSE DISCLOSURE WOULD REASONABLY BE USED TO FACILITATE AN ESCAPE FROM LAWFUL CUSTODY MAY BE EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3033 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, Mahaffey and Cotty: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 29-3-345 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A DOCUMENT OF RESCISSION TO CORRECT AN ERRONEOUS RECORDING OF A SATISFACTION OF A MORTGAGE OR OTHER LIEN AFFECTING REAL PROPERTY, TO PROTECT A PRIORITY CREDITOR WHO RECORDS AFTER THE ERRONEOUS RECORDING, TO PROVIDE A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION FOR A PERSON INJURED BY A WRONGFUL RECORDING OF A DOCUMENT OF RESCISSION, TO ESTABLISH A RECORDING FEE, AND TO PROVIDE A FORM FOR THE DOCUMENT.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3094 (Word version) -- Reps. Brady, Haskins, Cotty, Mahaffey, Funderburk, Viers, Erickson, Hutson, Clemmons, Mulvaney, Harvin and Bedingfield: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-3-535 SO AS TO LIMIT THE LOCATIONS IN WHICH A SEX OFFENDER MAY RESIDE AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROVISION.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3812 (Word version) -- Reps. G.M. Smith, Weeks and Ceips: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 6-1-320, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LIMIT ON PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE INCREASES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A MILLAGE RATE LIMITATION TO PURCHASE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS IN UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY NEAR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS TO PREVENT ADDITIONAL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT NEAR THOSE MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3912 (Word version) -- Reps. White and Bales: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT TO BE LICENSED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE AND TO SPECIFY WHAT IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS PRACTICING MEDICINE, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT A PHYSICIAN MAY DELEGATE CERTAIN TASKS TO AN UNLICENSED PERSON IF THE PHYSICIAN IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN IS NOT PROHIBITED FROM PRACTICING IN CONSULTATION WITH A SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN CONCERNING AN OPINION FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN IN MANAGING THE CASE AND TREATMENT OF A PATIENT IN THIS STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-32, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE TO PRACTICE MEDICINE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN WHO GRADUATED FROM A SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA AND WHO HAS BEEN LICENSED FOR FIVE YEARS, RATHER THAN TEN YEARS, IN ANOTHER STATE, THE PHYSICIAN IS ONLY REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT ONE YEAR OF POST GRADUATE RESIDENCY TRAINING AND TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH CERTAIN SPECIALTY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE UNDERTAKEN IN ORDER TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-35, RELATING TO LICENSURE AS AN EXPERT MEDICAL WITNESS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RATHER THAN THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS LICENSING A PHYSICIAN AS AN EXPERT WITNESS, A PHYSICIAN WHO TESTIFIES IN A PROCEEDING IN THIS STATE IS DEEMED TO HAVE SUBMITTED TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES FOR COMPLAINTS RECEIVED.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4754 (Word version) -- Reps. G.R. Smith and Hamilton: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-11-2027 SO AS TO ALLOW THE GOVERNING BODY OF A SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT CREATED BY ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT PROVIDES RECREATIONAL SERVICES AND HAS AS ITS BOUNDARY THE SAME AS THE COUNTY IN WHICH IT IS LOCATED TO VOLUNTARILY DISSOLVE ITSELF AND TRANSFER ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES TO A COUNTY IF ACCEPTED BY RESOLUTION OF ITS GOVERNING BODY AND TO PROVIDE FOR CALCULATING THE MILLAGE LIMITATION FOR A COUNTY WHEN A SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT TRANSFERS ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES TO A COUNTY.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4950 (Word version) -- Rep. Cooper: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 12, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TAXATION, SO AS TO MAKE MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4953 (Word version) -- Reps. Cooper, Harrell and Bingham: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EDUCATION, BY ADDING CHAPTER 151 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA LIGHTRAIL CONSORTIUM, TO PROVIDE FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF THE CONSORTIUM, AND FOR ITS FUNDING, DUTIES, AND POWERS.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 2:05 P.M., the PRESIDENT assumed the Chair.

Presentation

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, Senator GREGORY was escorted to the podium.

Senator McCONNELL presented Senator GREGORY with the South Carolina Palmetto Patriot Award.

At 2:06 P.M., Senator MARTIN asked unanimous consent to make a motion to invite the House of Representatives to attend the Senate Chamber for the purpose of ratifying Acts at 4:15 P.M.

There was no objection and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

HOUSE CONCURRENCES

S. 1383 (Word version) -- Senator Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES THE NORTH FORK EDISTO RIVER IN ORANGEBURG COUNTY ALONG UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 321 "CARSON BRIDGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS BRIDGE THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "CARSON BRIDGE".

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1383 (Word version) -- Senator Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES THE NORTH FORK EDISTO RIVER IN ORANGEBURG COUNTY ALONG UNITED STATES HIGHWAY 321 "CARSON BRIDGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS BRIDGE THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "CARSON BRIDGE".

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1439 (Word version) -- Senator Pinckney: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS SOUTH OF THE FIVE-MILE MARKER ALONG INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 95 IN JASPER COUNTY AS A MEMORIAL TO TROOPER FIRST CLASS BRUCE SMALLS, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ALONG THIS PORTION OF HIGHWAY ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1985.

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1445 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Campsen, Cleary and Grooms: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME WINGO WAY IN THE TOWN OF MT. PLEASANT FROM HOUSTON NORTHCUTT BOULEVARD TO PATRIOT'S POINT ROAD AS "HARRY HALLMAN BOULEVARD" IN HONOR OF CURRENT MT. PLEASANT MAYOR AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HARRY M. HALLMAN, JR., ONE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S MOST DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVANTS, AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS ALONG THIS BOULEVARD THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "HARRY HALLMAN BOULEVARD".

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1448 (Word version) -- Senator Williams: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE PORTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 9 IN DILLON COUNTY FROM ITS INTERSECTION WITH INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 95 TO ITS INTERSECTION WITH WIX ROAD "DR. RICHARD ALDERMAN ROAD" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS ALONG THIS PORTION OF HIGHWAY THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "DR. RICHARD ALDERMAN ROAD".

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1455 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin, McGill, Elliott and Cleary: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR ZANE WILSON, OF HORRY COUNTY, FOR THE ELEVEN YEARS THAT SHE HAS COVERED THE STATEHOUSE FOR THE MYRTLE BEACH SUN NEWS, AND UPON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENT, TO WISH HER MUCH SUCCESS IN ALL HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

Returned with concurrence.

S. 1456 (Word version) -- Senator Elliott: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE APPRECIATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE OF MR. STACEY GRIFFIN, OF DILLON COUNTY, AND TO WISH HIM MUCH SUCCESS AND FULFILLMENT IN THE YEARS TO COME.

Returned with concurrence.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED LOCAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR.

ORDERED ENROLLED FOR RATIFICATION

The following Bill was read the third time and, having received three readings in both Houses, it was ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and enrolled for Ratification:

H. 3359 (Word version) -- Reps. Gullick, Mulvaney, Simrill, Kirsh, Delleney and Shoopman: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-3-135 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MARRIAGE DECLARED VOID AB INITIO BY REASON OF FRAUD DOES NOT RELIEVE THE PARTY COMMITTING THE FRAUD OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OR THE DUTY OF SPOUSAL SUPPORT OR CHILD SUPPORT AND TO PROVIDE THAT A CHILD BORN DURING THE RELATIONSHIP IS PRESUMED TO BE THE CHILD OF THE PARTIES FOR PURPOSES OF CHILD SUPPORT.

HOUSE BILLS RETURNED

The following House Bills were read the third time and ordered returned to the House with amendments:

By prior motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

By prior motion of Senator THOMAS, with unanimous consent

H. 4747 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING TITLE 63 ENTITLED "SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S CODE" SO AS TO TRANSFER PROVISIONS FROM CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20 TO TITLE 63, TO INCLUDE THE STATE POLICY ON CHILDREN, FAMILY COURT AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES, LEGAL STATUS OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY, ADOPTIONS, CHILDREN'S SERVICE AGENCIES, CHILDCARE FACILITIES, CUSTODY AND VISITATION, PATERNITY AND CHILD SUPPORT, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE; TO ADD ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 20, RELATING TO DIVORCE, SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO EQUITABLE APPORTIONMENT OF PROPERTY, TO THIS ARTICLE; TO ADD ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 5, TITLE 43, RELATING TO PUBLIC AID TO CHILDREN, SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF SUBARTICLE 7, ARTICLE 13, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO PUBLIC AID, TO THIS ARTICLE; TO ADD SECTION 44-53-378 SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 20-7-105, WHICH CREATES A CRIMINAL OFFENSE FOR EXPOSING A CHILD TO METHAMPHETAMINES, TO THIS SECTION; AND TO REPEAL CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO THE CHILDREN'S CODE; TO REPEAL SECTION 43-5-585, RELATING TO REPORTING CHILD SUPPORT ARREARAGES TO CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES, WHICH WAS TRANSFERRED TO ARTICLE 21, CHAPTER 17, TITLE 63; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 43-5-595, 43-5-596, AND 43-5-597, RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT THROUGH FINANCIAL INSTITUTION DATA MATCHES, WHICH WERE TRANSFERRED TO ARTICLE 17, CHAPTER 17, TITLE 63.

H. 4950 (Word version) -- Rep. Cooper: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 12, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TAXATION, SO AS TO MAKE MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES.

RETURNED TO THE HOUSE

H. 3030 (Word version) -- Reps. J.R. Smith, Clyburn, Perry, D.C. Smith, Spires and Stewart: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 11, TITLE 6 OF THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-11-175, SO AS TO REQUIRE A DISTRICT TO ADVERTISE AND HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING PRIOR TO BEGINNING A PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT, EXPAND, OR MATERIALLY ALTER A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR THE DISTRIBUTION WATER OR A SYSTEM FOR THE COLLECTION OF SEWAGE; TO AMEND SECTION 6-11-1220, RELATING TO THE DEFINITIONS FOR PROVISIONS CONCERNING ADDITIONAL POWERS OF DISTRICTS PROVIDING SEWAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL, SO AS TO ADD RURAL WATER DISTRICT TO THE DEFINITION OF DISTRICT; AND TO AMEND THE CODE BY ADDING SECTION 6-13-15, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A RURAL COMMUNITY WATER DISTRICT TO PROVIDE SEWER SERVICE TO THE AREA WITHIN ITS BOUNDARIES AND LEGAL SERVICE AREA IF THE DISTRICT HAS MET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS.

Senator MALLOY asked unanimous consent to take the Bill up for immediate consideration.

There was no objection.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the third reading of the Bill.

Motion Under Rule 26B

Senator MALLOY asked unanimous consent to make a motion to take up further amendments pursuant to the provisions of Rule 26B.

There was no objection.

Having received the requisite number of votes under the provisions of Rule 26B, Amendment No. 1 was taken up for immediate consideration.

Senator MALLOY asked unanimous consent to take up Amendment No. 2 for immediate consideration.

Amendment No. 2

Senators McCONNELL and MALLOY proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (JUD3030.021), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking the bill in its entirety and inserting:

/   A BILL

TO ADD SECTION 23-3-615, PROVIDING DEFINITIONS FOR DNA SAMPLE, DNA PROFILE, AND DNA RECORD; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-620, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO OFFENDERS BEING REQUIRED TO SUBMIT SAMPLES FOR INCLUSION IN THE DNA DATABASE, SO AS TO REQUIRE SAMPLES UPON LAWFUL CUSTODIAL ARREST, COURTESY SUMMONS, OR DIRECT INDICTMENT FOR A FELONY OFFENSE, OFFENSE THAT CARRIES A SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE, OR AN ARREST FOR EAVESDROPPING, PEEPING, OR STALKING, AND AT THE TIME OF INTAKE AT A JAIL OR PRISON, AND TO REQUIRE SAMPLES TO BE PROVIDED BEFORE A PERSON IS RELEASED ON PAROLE, RELEASED FROM CONFINEMENT, OR RELEASED FROM AN AGENCY'S JURISDICTION; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-630, RELATING TO PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO TAKE DNA SAMPLES AND THEIR IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY, SO AS TO DELETE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE PERSONS AUTHORIZED MUST BE CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND TO PROVIDE THAT THEY MUST BE APPROPRIATELY TRAINED; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-650, RELATING TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF DNA, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR COORDINATION BETWEEN SLED AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO PREVENT COLLECTION AND PROCESSING OF DUPLICATE DNA SAMPLES AND TO INCREASE FINES AND IMPRISONMENT TERMS FOR WRONGFUL DISCLOSURE OF DNA INFORMATION; TO AMEND SECTIONS 23-3-660 AND 23-3-670, RELATING TO EXPUNGEMENTS AND FEES FOR DNA SAMPLES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR EXPUNGEMENT AT NO COST TO THE ACCUSED WHEN CHARGES ARE DISMISSED, NOLLE PROSSED, OR REDUCED BELOW THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE TAKING OF THE DNA SAMPLE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE WILL PAY FOR THE COSTS OF COLLECTING AND PROCESSING A DNA SAMPLE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT FEES COLLECTED FROM CONVICTED PERSONS SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE AND CREDITED TO THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION, AND TO REQUIRE NOTIFICATION TO THE PERSON OF THESE REMEDIES; TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-120, RELATING TO THE TAKING OF FINGERPRINTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PLACE AND TIMING FOR THE FINGERPRINTING OF A PERSON PLACED UNDER CUSTODIAL ARREST; AND TO AMEND SECTION 23-3-640, RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF DNA SAMPLES SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ONCE THE DNA PROFILE IS PLACED INTO THE DNA DATABASE, SLED MUST IMMEDIATELY DESTROY THE DNA SAMPLE.

Whereas, DNA evidence has been called the "fingerprint of the 21st century"; and

Whereas, all fifty states and the federal government now collect DNA samples from convicted offenders; and

Whereas, the federal government now collects DNA samples from persons arrested for violating a federal offense; and

Whereas, the more samples a DNA database contains, the more crimes are solved; and

Whereas, a study from the Chicago Mayor's Office demonstrated that if eight offenders had submitted DNA samples when first arrested for a felony offense, sixty violent crimes, including thirty rapes and twenty-two murders, could have been prevented; and

Whereas, a study from Virginia, which began collecting DNA samples from arrestees in 2003, shows that more than 222 crimes have been solved using the DNA samples from arrestees; and

Whereas, there has been no report of a state or federal agency using the DNA information obtained from arrestees for any other purposes other than those allowed by law. Now, therefore,

The South Carolina Senate Criminal Justice System Task Force finds that the South Carolina laws on DNA sampling and collection must be changed to accommodate new technologies and strategies that convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION   1.     A.   This SECTION may be cited as the "South Carolina Protection from Violence Against Women and Children Act".

B.     Chapter 3, Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

(A)   'DNA sample' means the tissue, saliva, blood, or any other bodily fluid taken at the time of arrest from which identifiable information can be obtained;

(B)   'DNA profile' means the results of any testing performed on a DNA sample; and

(C)   'DNA record' means the tissue or saliva samples and the results of the testing performed on the samples."

C.     Section 23-3-620 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-620.   (A)   Following sentencing and at the time of intake at a jail or prison a lawful custodial arrest, the service of a courtesy summons, or a direct indictment for:

(1)   a felony offense or an offense that is punishable by a sentence of five years or more; or

(2)   eavesdropping, peeping, or stalking, any of which are committed in this State, a person, except for any juvenile, arrested or ordered by a court must provide a saliva or tissue sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided by:. Additionally, any person, including any juvenile, ordered to do so by a court, and any juvenile convicted or adjudicated delinquent for an offense contained in items (1) and (2), must provide a saliva or tissue sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database.

(1)   any person convicted or adjudicated delinquent and incarcerated in a state correctional facility on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender convicted or adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2004, who is ordered by the court to provide a sample.

(B)   A convicted offender who is required to provide a DNA sample under subsections (A)(1) or (A)(2) but who is not sentenced to a term of confinement must provide a sample as a condition of his sentence. This sample must be taken at a prison, jail, sheriff's office that serves a courtesy summons, courthouse where a direct presentment indictment is served, or other location as specified by the sentencing court detention facility at the time the person is booked and processed into the jail or detention facility following the custodial arrest, or other location when the taking of fingerprints is required prior to a conviction. The sample must be submitted to SLED as directed by SLED. If appropriately trained personnel are not available to take a sample from which DNA may be obtained, the failure of the arrested person to provide a DNA sample shall not be the sole basis for refusal to release the person from custody. An arrested person who is released from custody before providing a DNA sample must provide a DNA sample at a location specified by the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the offense on or before the first court appearance.

(C)(B)   At such time as possible and before parole or release Unless a sample has already been provided pursuant to the provisions of subsection (A), before a person may be paroled or released from confinement, the person must provide a suitable sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided by:

(1)   a person who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who was sentenced to and is serving a term of confinement on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender ordered by the court who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who was sentenced to and is serving a term of confinement on or after July 1, 2004.

(D)(C)   An agency having custody of an offender who is required to provide a DNA sample under pursuant to subsection (C)(1) or (C)(2) (B) must notify SLED at least three days, excluding weekends and holidays, before the individual person is paroled or released from confinement.

(E)(D)   At such time as possible and Unless a sample has already been provided pursuant to the provisions of subsection (A), before release a person is released from confinement or release released from the agency's jurisdiction, a suitable sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided as a condition of probation or parole by:

(1)   a person convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, who is serving a probated sentence or is paroled on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender ordered by the court who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who is serving a probated sentence or is paroled on or after July 1, 2004.

(F)   A person who provides a sample pursuant to this article also must provide any other information as may be required by SLED.

(G)(E)   A person required to provide a sample pursuant to this section may be required to provide another sample if the original sample is lost, damaged, contaminated, or unusable for examination prior to the creation of a DNA record or DNA profile suitable for inclusion in the DNA Database.

(H)(F)   The provisions of this section apply to juveniles notwithstanding the provisions of Section 20-7-8510."

D.   Section 23-3-630 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-630.   (A)   Only a correctional health nurse technician, physician, registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, laboratory technician, or other an appropriately trained health care worker person may take a sample from which DNA may be obtained.

(B)   A person taking a sample pursuant to this article is immune from liability if the sample was taken according to recognized medical procedures. However, no person is relieved from liability for negligence in the taking of any blood a sample."

E.     Section 23-3-650 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-650.   (A)   The DNA sample record and the results of a DNA profile of an individual provided under this article are confidential and must be securely stored, except that SLED must make available the results to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and to approved crime laboratories which serve these agencies and to the solicitor or the solicitor's designee upon a written or electronic request and in furtherance of an official investigation of a criminal offense. These records and results or the DNA sample of an individual also must be made available as required by a court order following a hearing directing SLED to release the record or sample results. However, SLED must not make the DNA record or the DNA profile available to any entity that is not a law enforcement agency unless instructed to do so by order of a court with competent jurisdiction.

(B)   To prevent duplications of DNA samples, SLED must coordinate with any law enforcement agency obtaining a DNA sample to determine whether a DNA sample from the person under lawful custodial arrest has been previously obtained and is in the DNA Database.

(B)(C)   A person who wilfully discloses in any manner individually identifiable DNA information contained in the State DNA Database to a person or agency not entitled to receive this information is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred ten thousand dollars or three times the amount of any financial gain realized by the person, whichever is greater, or imprisoned not more than one year five years, or both.

(C)(D)   A person who, without authorization, wilfully obtains individually identifiable DNA information from the State DNA Database is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred ten thousand dollars or three times the amount of any financial gain realized by the person, whichever is greater, or imprisoned not more than one year five years, or both."

F.     Section 23-3-660 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-660.   (A)   A person whose DNA record or DNA profile has been included in the State DNA Database may request expungement on the grounds that must have his DNA record and his DNA profile expunged if:

(1)   the charges pending against the person who has been arrested or ordered to submit a sample:

(a)   have been nolle prossed;

(b)   have been dismissed; or

(c)   have been reduced below the requirement for inclusion in the State DNA Database; or

(2)   the person has been found not guilty, or the person's conviction or adjudication has been reversed, set aside, or vacated.

(B)   The solicitor in the county in which the person was charged must notify SLED when the person becomes eligible to have his DNA record and DNA profile expunged. Upon receiving this notification, SLED must begin the expungement procedure.

(C)   SLED, at no cost to the person, shall must purge DNA and all other identifiable record information and the DNA profile from the State Database and shall must destroy the person's sample if SLED receives the person's written request for expungement and either:

(1)   a document certified:

(a)   by a circuit court judge,

(b)   by a prosecuting agency, or

(c)   by a clerk of court

that must be produced to the requestor at no charge within fourteen days after the request is made and after one of the events in subsection (A) has occurred, and no new trial has been ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction; or

(2)   a certified copy of the court order finding the person not guilty, or reversing, setting aside, or vacating the conviction or adjudication and proof that the identity of the individual making the request is the person whose record is to be expunged. If the person has more than one entry in the State DNA Database, only the entry covered by the expungement request may be expunged.

(D)   The person's entry in the State DNA Database shall not be removed if the person has another qualifying offense.

(E)   The jail intake officer, sheriff's office employee, courthouse employee, or detention facility intake officer shall provide written notification to the person of his right to have his DNA record and DNA profile expunged and the procedure for the expungement pursuant to this section at the time that the person's saliva or tissue sample is taken. The written notification must include that the person is eligible to have his DNA record and his DNA profile expunged at no cost to the person when:

(1)   the charges pending against the person are:

(a)   nolle prossed;

(b)   dismissed; or

(c)   reduced below the requirement for inclusion in the State DNA Database; or

(2)   when the person has been found not guilty, or the person's conviction has been reversed, set aside, or vacated.

(F)   When SLED completes the expungement process, SLED must notify the person whose DNA record and DNA profile have been expunged and inform him, in writing, that the expungement process has been completed."

G.   Section 23-3-670 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-670.   (A)   The cost of collection supplies for processing a sample pursuant to this article must be paid by the general fund of the State. A person who is required to provide a sample pursuant to this article, upon conviction, pleading guilty or nolo contendere, or forfeiting bond, must pay a two hundred and fifty dollar processing fee which may not be waived by the court. However:

(1)   If if the person is incarcerated, the fee must be paid before the person is paroled or released from confinement and may be garnished from wages the person earns while incarcerated.; and

(2)   If if the person is not sentenced to a term of confinement, payment of the fee must be a condition of the person's sentence and may be paid in installments if so ordered by the court.

(B)   The processing fee assessed pursuant to this section must be remitted to the general fund of the State and credited to the State Law Enforcement Division to offset the expenses SLED incurs in carrying out the provisions of this article."

H.   Section 23-3-120(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)   A person subjected to a lawful custodial arrest for a state offense must be fingerprinted at the time the person is booked and processed into a jail or detention facility or other location when the taking of fingerprints is required. Fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency or detention facility pursuant to this section must be submitted to the State Law Enforcement Division's Central Record Repository within three days, excluding weekends and holidays, for the purposes of identifying record subjects and establishing criminal history record information."

I.     The provisions of this SECTION take effect on January 1, 2009; however, the implementation of the procedures provided for in this act is contingent upon the State Law Enforcement Division's receipt of funds necessary to implement these provisions. Until the provisions of this act are fully funded and executed, implementation of the provisions of this act shall not prohibit the collection and testing of DNA samples by the methods allowed prior to the implementation of this act from persons convicted, adjudicated delinquent, or on probation or parole for those crimes listed in Section 23-3-620.

SECTION   2.     A.   Section 17-15-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 17-15-30.   (A)   In determining conditions of release that will reasonably assure appearance, or if release would constitute an unreasonable danger to any other person or the community, the court may, on the basis of available information, consider the nature and circumstances of the offense charged, the accused's family ties, employment, financial resources, character and mental condition, the length of his residence in the community, his record of convictions, and his record of flight to avoid prosecution or failure to appear at other court proceedings.

(B)   The court shall consider:

(1)   the accused's criminal record, if any, including, but not limited to, any charges pending against the accused at the time release is requested;

(2)   The court shall consider, if available, all incident reports generated as a result of the offense charged, if available; and

(3)   whether the accused is not lawfully present in the United States in violation of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act or another federal law relating to illegal immigration and poses a substantial flight risk due to this status.

(C)   If a person has previously been released on bail pending trial and during his release is charged with a violent offense as defined by Section 16-1-60, and the court finds that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required or the safety of any other person and the community, then the court shall deny release of the person pending trial."

B.     Section 22-5-510 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 22-5-510.   (A)   Magistrates may admit to bail a person charged with an offense, the punishment of which is not death or imprisonment for life; provided, however, with respect to violent offenses as defined by the General Assembly pursuant to Section 15, Article I of the Constitution of South Carolina, magistrates may deny bail giving due weight to the evidence and to the nature and circumstances of the event, including, but not limited to, any charges pending against the person requesting bail. 'Violent offenses' as used in this section means the offenses contained in Section 16-1-60. If a person under lawful arrest on a charge not bailable is brought before a magistrate, the magistrate shall commit the person to jail. If the offense charged is bailable, the magistrate shall take recognizance with sufficient surety, if it is offered, in default whereof the person must be incarcerated.

(B)   A person charged with a bailable offense must have a bond hearing within twenty-four hours of his arrest and must be released within a reasonable time, not to exceed four hours, after the bond is delivered to the incarcerating facility."

C.     This SECTION takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

SECTION   3.     A.   This SECTION may be cited as the "South Carolina Reduction of Recidivism Act of 2008". It is the intent of the General Assembly of South Carolina to provide law enforcement officers with the statutory authority to reduce recidivism rates of probationers and parolees, apprehend criminals, and protect potential victims from criminal enterprises.

B.     Section 20-7-8305(A)(1) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)(1)   The Board of Juvenile Parole shall meet monthly and at other times as may be necessary to review the records and progress of children committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the purpose of deciding the release or revocation of release of these children. The parole board shall make periodic inspections, at least quarterly, of the records of persons committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice and may issue temporary and final discharges or release these persons conditionally and prescribe conditions for release into aftercare. Before a juvenile is conditionally released, the juvenile must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the juvenile's person, any vehicle the juvenile owns or drives, and any of the juvenile's possessions by: (1) the juvenile's aftercare counselor; (2) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (3) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the juvenile shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the juvenile must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. A juvenile must not be conditionally released by the parole board if he fails to comply with this provision.

A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this subitem shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation."

C.     Section 20-7-8320(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)   A juvenile who shall have been conditionally released from a correctional facility shall remain under the authority of the parole board until the expiration of the specified term imposed in the juvenile's conditional aftercare release. The specified period of conditional release may expire before but not after the twenty-first birthday of the juvenile. Each juvenile conditionally released is subject to the conditions and restrictions of the release and may at any time on the order of the parole board be returned to the custody of a correctional institution for violation of aftercare rules or conditions of release. The conditions of release must include the requirement that the juvenile parolee must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause of the juvenile parolee's person, any vehicle the juvenile parolee owns or drives, and any of the juvenile parolee's possessions by: (1) his aftercare counselor; (2) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (3) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the juvenile parolee shall be subject to search or seizure with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. A juvenile parolee must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this subsection shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation."

D.   Section 24-19-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-19-110.   The division may at any time after reasonable notice to the director release conditionally under supervision a committed youthful offender.   Before a youthful offender may be conditionally released, the youthful offender must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause of the youthful offender's person, any vehicle the youthful offender owns or drives, and any of the youthful offender's possessions by: (1) his supervisory agent; (2) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (3) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the youthful offender shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the youthful offender must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. A youthful offender must not be conditionally released by the division if he fails to comply with this provision. When, in the judgment of the director, a committed youthful offender should be released conditionally under supervision, he shall so report and recommend to the division. The conditions of release must include the requirement that the youthful offender must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the youthful offender's person, any vehicle the youthful offender owns or drives, and any of the youthful offender's possessions by: (1) his supervisory agent; (2) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (3) any other law enforcement officer. The youthful offender must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, of his residence, and the youthful offender must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

The division may regularly assess a reasonable fee to be paid by the youthful offender who is on conditional release to offset the cost of his supervision.

The division may discharge a committed youthful offender unconditionally at the expiration of one year from the date of conditional release."

E.     Section 24-13-710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-13-710.   The Department of Corrections and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services shall jointly develop the policies, procedures, guidelines, and cooperative agreement for the implementation of a supervised furlough program which permits carefully screened and selected inmates who have served the mandatory minimum sentence as required by law or have not committed a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60, a 'no parole offense' as defined in Section 24-13-100, the crime of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree as defined in Section 16-3-654, or the crime of committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under the age of fourteen as defined in Section 16-15-140 to be released on furlough prior to parole eligibility and under the supervision of state probation and parole agents with the privilege of residing in an approved residence and continuing treatment, training, or employment in the community until parole eligibility or expiration of sentence, whichever is earlier.

Before an inmate may be released on supervised furlough, the inmate must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause of the inmate's person, any vehicle the inmate owns or drives, and any of the inmate's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the inmate shall be subject to search or seizure with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the inmate must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. An inmate must not be granted supervised furlough if he fails to comply with this provision.

The department and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services shall assess a fee sufficient to cover the cost of the participant's supervision and any other financial obligations incurred because of his participation in the supervised furlough program as provided by this article. The two departments shall jointly develop and approve written guidelines for the program to include, but not be limited to, the selection criteria and process, requirements for supervision, conditions for participation, and removal.

The conditions for participation must include the requirement that the offender must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the offender's person, any vehicle the offender owns or drives, and any of the offender's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the offender shall be subject to search or seizure with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the offender must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

The cooperative agreement between the two departments shall specify the responsibilities and authority for implementing and operating the program. Inmates approved and placed on the program must be under the supervision of agents of the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services who are responsible for ensuring the inmate's compliance with the rules, regulations, and conditions of the program as well as monitoring the inmate's employment and participation in any of the prescribed and authorized community-based correctional programs such as vocational rehabilitation, technical education, and alcohol/drug treatment. Eligibility criteria for the program include, but are not limited to, all of the following requirements:

(1)   maintain a clear disciplinary record for at least six months prior to consideration for placement on the program;

(2)   demonstrate to Department of Corrections' officials a general desire to become a law-abiding member of society;

(3)   satisfy any other reasonable requirements imposed upon him by the Department of Corrections;

(4)   have an identifiable need for and willingness to participate in authorized community-based programs and rehabilitative services;

(5)   have been committed to the State Department of Corrections with a total sentence of five years or less as the first or second adult commitment for a criminal offense for which the inmate received a sentence of one year or more. The Department of Corrections shall notify victims pursuant to Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16 as well as the sheriff's office of the place to be released before releasing inmates through any supervised furlough program. These requirements do not apply to the crimes referred to in this section."

F.     Section 24-13-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-13-720.   Unless sentenced to life imprisonment, an inmate under the jurisdiction or control of the Department of Corrections who has not been convicted of a violent crime under the provisions of Section 16-1-60 or a 'no parole offense' as defined in Section 24-13-100 may, within six months of the expiration of his sentence, be placed with the program provided for in Section 24-13-710 and is subject to every rule, regulation, and condition of the program. Before an inmate may be released on supervised furlough, the inmate must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the inmate's person, any vehicle the inmate owns or drives, and any of the inmate's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the inmate shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the inmate must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. An inmate must not be granted supervised furlough if he fails to comply with this provision.

The conditions for participation must include the requirement that the offender must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the inmate's person, any vehicle the inmate owns or drives, and any of the inmate's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. An inmate must also agree that his residence shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

No inmate otherwise eligible under the provisions of this section for placement with the program may be so placed unless he has qualified under the selection criteria and process authorized by the provisions of Section 24-13-710. He must also have maintained a clear disciplinary record for at least six months prior to eligibility for placement with the program."

G.   Subsections (D) and (E) of Section 24-13-1330 of the 1976 Code are amended to read:

"(D)   An applicant may not participate in a program unless he agrees to be bound by all of its terms and conditions and indicates this agreement by signing the following:

'I accept the foregoing program and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. I understand that my participation in the program is a privilege that may be revoked at the sole discretion of the director. I understand that I shall complete the entire program successfully to obtain a certificate of earned eligibility upon the completion of the program, and if I do not complete the program successfully, for any reason, I will be transferred to a nonshock incarceration correctional facility to continue service of my sentence.'

Before an inmate may be released on parole, the inmate must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the inmate's person, any vehicle the inmate owns or drives, and any of the inmate's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of a shock incarceration inmate shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. A shock incarceration inmate must not be granted parole release by the department if he fails to comply with this provision.

A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

(E)   An inmate who has completed a shock incarceration program successfully is eligible to receive a certificate of earned eligibility and must be granted parole release if the inmate has executed the agreements described in subsection (D) of this section. The conditions of parole must include the requirement that the parolee must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the parolee's person, any vehicle the parolee owns or drives, and any of the parolee's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the parolee shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation."

H.   Section 24-21-410 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-21-410.   After conviction or plea for any offense, except a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment, the judge of a court of record with criminal jurisdiction at the time of sentence may suspend the imposition or the execution of a sentence and place the defendant on probation or may impose a fine and also place the defendant on probation. Probation is a form of clemency. Before a defendant may be placed on probation, he must agree in writing to be subject to a search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions of the defendant's person, any vehicle the defendant owns or drives, and any of the defendant's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the defendant shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. A defendant must not be placed on probation by the court if he fails to comply with this provision and instead shall be required to serve the suspended portion of the defendant's sentence.

A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation."

I.     The first unnumbered paragraph of Section 24-21-430 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-21-430.   The court may impose by order duly entered and may at any time modify the conditions of probation and may include among them any of the following or any other condition not prohibited in this section; however, the conditions imposed must include the requirement that the probationer must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions of the probationer's person, any vehicle the probationer owns or drives, and any of the probationer's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the probationer shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the probationer must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

To effectively supervise probationers, the director shall develop policies and procedures for imposing conditions of supervision on probationers. These conditions may enhance but must not diminish court imposed conditions."

J.     Section 24-21-560(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)   A community supervision program operated by the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services must last no more than two continuous years. The period of time a prisoner is required to participate in a community supervision program and the individual terms and conditions of a prisoner's participation shall be at the discretion of the department based upon guidelines developed by the director; however, the conditions of participation must include the requirement that the offender must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the offender's person, any vehicle the offender owns or drives, and any of the offender's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the offender shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and the offender must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this subsection shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

A prisoner participating in a community supervision program must be supervised by a probation agent of the department. The department must determine when a prisoner completes a community supervision program, violates a term of community supervision, fails to participate in a program satisfactorily, or whether a prisoner should appear before the court for revocation of the community supervision program."

K.   Section 24-21-640 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-21-640.   The board must carefully consider the record of the prisoner before, during, and after imprisonment, and no such prisoner may be paroled until it appears to the satisfaction of the board: that the prisoner has shown a disposition to reform; that, in the future he will probably obey the law and lead a correct life; that by his conduct he has merited a lessening of the rigors of his imprisonment; that the interest of society will not be impaired thereby; and, that suitable employment has been secured for him.

Before an inmate may be released on parole, he must agree in writing to be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the inmate's person, any vehicle the inmate owns or drives, and any of the inmate's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the inmate shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions. An inmate must not be granted parole release by the board if he fails to comply with this provision.

A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

The board must establish written, specific criteria for the granting of parole and provisional parole. This criteria must reflect all of the aspects of this section and include a review of a prisoner's disciplinary and other records. The criteria must be made available to all prisoners at the time of their incarceration and the general public. The paroled prisoner must, as often as may be required, render a written report to the board giving that information as may be required by the board which must be confirmed by the person in whose employment the prisoner may be at the time. The board must not grant parole nor is parole authorized to any prisoner serving a sentence for a second or subsequent conviction, following a separate sentencing for a prior conviction, for violent crimes as defined in Section 16-1-60. Provided that where more than one included offense shall be committed within a one-day period or pursuant to one continuous course of conduct, such multiple offenses must be treated for purposes of this section as one offense.

Any part or all of a prisoner's in-prison disciplinary records and, with the prisoner's consent, records involving all awards, honors, earned work credits and educational credits, are subject to the Freedom of Information Act as contained in Chapter 4 of Title 30."

L.     Section 24-21-645 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 24-21-645.   The board may issue an order authorizing the parole which must be signed either by a majority of its members or by all three members meeting as a parole panel on the case ninety days prior to the effective date of the parole; however, at least two-thirds of the members of the board must authorize and sign orders authorizing parole for persons convicted of a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60. A provisional parole order shall include the terms and conditions, if any, to be met by the prisoner during the provisional period and terms and conditions, if any, to be met upon parole.

The conditions of parole must include the requirement that the parolee must permit the search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, with or without cause, of the parolee's person, any vehicle the parolee owns or drives, and any of the parolee's possessions by: (1) any probation agent employed by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; or (2) any other law enforcement officer. The residence of the parolee shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions, and he must also agree in writing that he shall notify the owner of the dwelling where he resides that it shall be subject to search or seizure, with or without a search warrant, based on reasonable suspicions.

By enacting this provision, the General Assembly intends to provide law enforcement with a means of reducing recidivism and does not authorize law enforcement officers to conduct searches for the sole purpose of harassment. A law enforcement officer conducting a search or seizure without a warrant pursuant to this section shall report to the law enforcement agency that employs him all of these searches or seizures, which shall include the name, address, age, gender, and race or ethnicity of the person that is the subject of the search or seizure. The law enforcement agency shall submit this information at the end of each month to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for review of abuse. A finding of abuse of the use of searches or seizures without a search warrant shall be reported by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

Upon satisfactory completion of the provisional period, the director or one lawfully acting for him must issue an order which, if accepted by the prisoner, shall provide for his release from custody. However, upon a negative determination of parole, prisoners in confinement for a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60 must have their cases reviewed every two years for the purpose of a determination of parole, except that prisoners who are eligible for parole pursuant to Section 16-25-90, and who are subsequently denied parole must have their cases reviewed every twelve months for the purpose of a determination of parole. This section applies retroactively to a prisoner who has had a parole hearing pursuant to Section 16-25-90 prior to the effective date of this act."

M.   This SECTION takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

SECTION   4.     A.   This SECTION may be cited as the "South Carolina Teacher Protection Act of 2007".

B.     Chapter 25, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-25-900.   (A)   As used in this section:

(1)   'Teacher' means a:

(a)   licensed teacher, principal, administrator, home school educator, or other educational professional who works on school grounds;

(b)   professional or non-professional employee who works on school grounds and has responsibility for maintaining order, discipline, or ensuring safety; or

(c)   school employee who, in an emergency, is called upon to maintain order, discipline, or to ensure safety.

(2)   'School' means a public or private kindergarten, a public or private elementary school, a public or private middle school or junior high, a public or private high school, a secondary school, an adult education school, a home school that includes students not related by blood to the operator, a public or private college or university, and any vocational, technical, or occupational school.

(3)   'Student' means a person:

(a)   enrolled in a school, whether the person is suspended or not suspended; or

(b)   expelled from a school within one year of enrollment.

(B)   In addition to the protections granted under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, no teacher has civil liability to a student or to a party acting in the interest of a student for an act or omission by the teacher if the:

(1)   teacher was acting within the scope of the teacher's employment;

(2)   actions of the teacher violated no state, local, or federal law including regulations set forth by the individual district or school;

(3)   acts or omissions were not the result of wilful or intentional conduct or gross negligence;

(4)   acts or omissions were not the result of the teacher operating a motor vehicle or watercraft; and

(5)   actions of the teacher do not constitute a violation of the student's civil rights.

(C)   This section does not affect the provisions of the South Carolina Tort Claims Act."

C.     Section 16-3-612 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 16-3-612.   (A)   For purposes of this section:

(1)   'Student' means a person currently:

(a)   enrolled in any a school, whether the person is suspended or not suspended; or

(b)   expelled from a school within one year of enrollment.

(2)   'School' includes, but is not limited to, means a public or private kindergarten, a public or private elementary school that contains any grades of kindergarten through twelfth grade, a public or private middle school or junior high, a public or private high school, a secondary school, an adult education school, a home school that includes students not related by blood to the operator, a public or private colleges, universities college or university, and any vocational, technical, or occupational school.

(3)   'Person affiliated with a school in an official capacity' includes, but is not limited to, administrators, teachers, faculty, substitute teachers, teachers' assistants, student teachers, custodial staff, food service staff, volunteers, law enforcement officers, school bus drivers, school crossing guards, or other regularly assigned school-contracted persons.

(B)   A student who commits an assault and battery, other than one that is aggravated, on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event against any person affiliated with the school in an official capacity including, but not limited to, administrators, teachers, faculty, substitute teachers, teachers' assistants, student teachers, custodial staff, food service staff, volunteers, law enforcement officers, school bus drivers, school crossing guards, or other regularly assigned school-contracted persons is guilty of assault and battery against school personnel which is a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. A student who commits simple assault and battery against a person affiliated with a school in an official capacity when the offense occurs on school grounds or at a school-related event, or when the offense is directly related to the school official's professional responsibilities, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

(C)   A student who commits assault and battery, other than one that is aggravated, against a person affiliated with a school in an official capacity when the offense occurs on school grounds or at a school-related event, or when the offense is directly related to the school official's professional responsibilities, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(D)   A student who commits assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature against a person affiliated with a school in an official capacity when the offense occurs on school grounds or at a school-related event, or when the offense is directly related to the school official's professional responsibilities, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both. A person is guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature pursuant to the provisions of this subsection if the person intentionally commits an assault and battery which involves the use of a deadly weapon or results in serious bodily injury to the victim.

(E)   Sentencing pursuant to this section must comply with the requirements of Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16.

(F)   A person affiliated with a school in an official capacity who is:

(1)   the victim of a violation of this section for which a student was convicted, adjudicated delinquent, or pled guilty or nolo contendere; and

(2)   injured as a result of the violation of this section to the extent that his injury prevents him from returning to his former position within the school district, must be allowed to continue to participate in all retirement, insurance, and deferred compensation programs he was enrolled in at the time of the injury. The district shall continue to make the employer contributions on behalf of the injured school official.

(G)   If a school official reports an incident pursuant to this section to any school principal, vice principal, assistant principal, or other school administrator, the school administrator shall report the incident to law enforcement for investigation."

D.   This SECTION takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

SECTION   5.     A.   Title 17 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Chapter 28

Article 1

Post-Conviction DNA Procedures

(1)   'Biological material' means any blood, tissue, hair, saliva, bone, or semen from which DNA marker groupings may be obtained. This includes material catalogued separately on slides, swabs, or test tubes or present on other evidence including, but not limited to, clothing, ligatures, bedding, other household material, drinking cups, or cigarettes.

(2)   'Custodian of evidence' means an agency or political subdivision of the State including, but not limited to, a law enforcement agency, a solicitor's office, the Attorney General's Office, a county clerk of court, or a state grand jury that possesses and is responsible for the control of evidence during a criminal investigation or proceeding, or a person ordered by a court to take custody of evidence during a criminal investigation or proceeding.

(3)   'DNA' means deoxyribonucleic acid.

(4)   'DNA profile' means the results of any testing performed on a DNA sample.

(5)   'DNA record' means the tissue or saliva samples and the results of the testing performed on the samples.

(6)   'DNA sample' means the tissue, saliva, blood, or any other bodily fluid taken at the time of arrest from which identifiable information can be obtained.

(7)   'Incarceration' means serving a term of confinement in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections or the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and does not include a person on probation, parole, or under a community supervision program.

(8)   'Law enforcement agency' means a lawfully established federal, state, or local public agency that is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of penal, traffic, regulatory, game, immigration, postal, customs, or controlled substances laws.

(9)   'Physical evidence' means an object, thing, or substance that is or is about to be produced or used or has been produced or used in a criminal proceeding related to an offense enumerated in Section 17-28-30, and that is in the possession of a custodian of evidence.

Section 17-28-30.   (A)   A person who pled not guilty to at least one of the following offenses, was subsequently convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for the offense, is currently incarcerated for the offense, and asserts he is innocent of the offense may apply for forensic DNA testing of his DNA and any physical evidence or biological material related to his conviction or adjudication:

(1)   murder (Section 16-3-10);

(2)   killing by poison (Section 16-3-30);

(3)   killing by stabbing or thrusting (Section 16-3-40);

(4)   voluntary manslaughter (Section 16-3-50);

(5)   homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(1));

(6)   aiding and abetting a homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(2));

(7)   lynching in the first degree (Section 16-3-210);

(8)   killing in a duel (Section 16-3-430);

(9)   spousal sexual battery (Section 16-3-615);

(10)   criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (Section 16-3-652);

(11)   criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (Section 16-3-653);

(12)   criminal sexual conduct in the third degree (Section 16-3-654);

(13)   criminal sexual conduct with a minor (Section 16-3-655);

(14)   arson in the first degree resulting in death (Section 16-11-110(A));

(15)   burglary in the first degree for which the person is sentenced to ten years or more (Section 16-11-311(B));

(16)   armed robbery for which the person is sentenced to ten years or more (Section 16-11-330(A));

(17)   damaging or destroying a building, vehicle, or property by means of an explosive incendiary resulting in death (Section 16-11-540);

(18)   abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death (Section 43-35-85(F));

(19)   sexual misconduct with an inmate, patient, or offender (Section 44-23-1150);

(20)   unlawful removing or damaging of an airport facility or equipment resulting in death (Section 55-1-30(3));

(21)   interference with traffic-control devices or railroad signs or signals resulting in death (Section 56-5-1030(B)(3));

(22)   driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulting in death (Section 56-5-2945);

(23)   obstruction of railroad resulting in death (Section 58-17-4090); or

(24)   accessory before the fact (Section 16-1-40) to any offense enumerated in this subsection.

(B)   A person who pled guilty or nolo contendere to at least one of the offenses enumerated in subsection (A), was subsequently convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for the offense, is currently incarcerated for the offense, and asserts he is innocent of the offense may apply for forensic DNA testing of his DNA and any physical evidence or biological material related to his conviction or adjudication no later than seven years from the date of sentencing.

Section 17-28-40.   (A)   The application must be made on such form as prescribed by the Supreme Court.

(B)   The application must be verified by the applicant and filed under the original indictment number or petition with the clerk of court of the general sessions court or family court in which the conviction or adjudication took place. Facts within the personal knowledge of the applicant and the authenticity of all documents and exhibits included in or attached to the application must be sworn to affirmatively as true and correct.

(C)   The application must, under penalty of perjury:

(1)   identify the proceedings in which the applicant was convicted or adjudicated;

(2)   give the date of the entry of the judgment and sentence and identify the applicant's current place of incarceration;

(3)   identify all previous or ongoing proceedings, together with the grounds therein asserted, taken by the applicant to secure relief from his conviction or adjudication;

(4)   make a reasonable attempt to identify the physical evidence or biological material that should be tested and the specific type of DNA testing that is sought;

(5)   explain why the identity of the applicant was or should have been a significant issue during the original court proceedings, notwithstanding the fact that the applicant may have pled guilty or nolo contendere or made or is alleged to have made an incriminating statement or admission as to identity;

(6)   explain why the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested was not previously subjected to DNA testing, or, if the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested was previously subjected to DNA testing, provide the results of the testing and explain how the requested DNA test would provide a substantially more probative result;

(7)   explain why if the DNA testing produces exculpatory results, the testing will constitute new evidence that will probably change the result of the applicant's conviction or adjudication if a new trial is granted and is not merely cumulative or impeaching; and

(8)   provide that the application is made to demonstrate innocence and not solely to delay the execution of a sentence or the administration of justice.

Section 17-28-50.   (A)   The clerk shall file the application upon its receipt and promptly bring it to the attention of the court and deliver for docketing a copy to the solicitor of the circuit in which the applicant was convicted or adjudicated. The Attorney General and the appropriate custodian of evidence shall be notified by the solicitor. The victim shall be notified pursuant to the provisions of Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16.

(B)   Within ninety days after the forwarding of the application, or upon any further time the court may fix, the solicitor of the circuit in which the applicant was convicted or adjudicated, or the Attorney General if the Attorney General prosecuted the case, shall respond to the application. Within ninety days after the docketing of the application, or within any further time the court may fix, the victim may respond as provided in Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16. The court may proceed with a hearing if the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, or the victim does not respond to the application.

(C)   At any time prior to entry of judgment the court may, when appropriate, issue orders for amendment of the application and for any documents related to the application including, but not limited to, pleadings, motions, and requests for extensions of time. In considering the application and related documents, the court shall take account of substance, regardless of defects of form. When the court is satisfied, on the basis of the application, the responses, or the motion of the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, that the applicant is not entitled to DNA testing and no purpose would be served by any further proceedings, it may indicate to the applicant and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, its intention to summarily dismiss the application and its reasons for so doing. The victim shall be notified of the proposed dismissal pursuant to the provisions of Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16. The court shall make specific findings of fact and expressly state its conclusions of law. The applicant shall be given an opportunity to reply to the proposed dismissal. In light of the reply, or on default thereof, the court may order the application dismissed, grant leave to file an amended application, or direct that the proceedings otherwise continue.

(D)   If the applicant has filed a previous application for DNA testing, the applicant may file a successive application, provided the applicant asserts a grounds for DNA testing which for sufficient reason was not asserted or was inadequately raised in the original, supplemental, or amended application.

Section 17-28-60.   If the applicant is unable to pay court costs and expenses of counsel, these costs and expenses shall be made available to the applicant in amounts and to the extent provided pursuant to Section 17-27-60. The applicant must request counsel at the time he files his application. The court must appoint counsel for an indigent applicant after the court has determined that the application is sufficient to proceed to a hearing but prior to the actual hearing. If counsel has been appointed for the applicant in an ongoing post-conviction relief proceeding, then the counsel appointed in the post-conviction relief proceeding shall also serve as counsel for purposes of this article. The performance of counsel pursuant to this article shall not form the basis for relief in any post-conviction relief proceeding.

Section 17-28-70.   (A)   The court shall order a custodian of evidence to preserve all physical evidence and biological material related to the applicant's conviction or adjudication pursuant to the provisions of Article 3, Chapter 28, Title 17.

(B)   The custodian of evidence shall prepare an inventory of the physical evidence and biological material and issue a copy of the inventory to the applicant, the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, and the court.

(C)   For physical evidence or biological material that the custodian of evidence asserts has been lost or destroyed, the court shall order a custodian of evidence to locate and provide the applicant and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, with a copy of any document, note, log, or report relating to the physical evidence or biological material.

(D)   If no physical evidence or biological material is discovered, the court may order a custodian of evidence, in collaboration with law enforcement, to search physical evidence and biological material in the custodian of evidence's possession that would reasonably be expected to produce relevant physical evidence or biological material. The order shall provide that any physical evidence and biological material subject to this search must be adequately protected by the custodian of evidence, in collaboration with law enforcement, from interference by a third party, including, but not limited to, alteration, contamination, destruction, or tampering with the physical evidence and biological material and any chain of custody related to the physical evidence and biological material.

(E)   A person who willfully and maliciously destroys, alters, conceals, or tampers with physical evidence or biological material that is required to be preserved pursuant to this section with the intent to impair the integrity of the physical evidence or biological material, prevent the physical evidence or biological material from being subjected to DNA testing, or prevent the production or use of the physical evidence or biological material in an official proceeding, is subject to the provisions of Section 17-28-350.

Section 17-28-80.   For any physical evidence or biological material previously subjected to DNA testing whether by the applicant or the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, the court shall order the production of all written reports and laboratory reports prepared in connection with the DNA testing, including the underlying data and laboratory notes.

Section 17-28-90.   (A)   The application must be heard in, and before a judge of, the general sessions court or family court in which the conviction or adjudication took place.   A record of the proceedings must be made and preserved. All rules and statutes applicable in criminal proceedings are available to the applicant and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable.

(B)   The court shall order DNA testing of the applicant's DNA and the physical evidence or biological material upon a finding that the applicant has established each of the following factors by a preponderance of the evidence:

(1)   the physical evidence or biological material to be tested is available and is potentially in a condition that would permit the requested DNA testing;

(2)   the physical evidence or biological material to be tested has been subject to a chain of custody sufficient to establish it has not been substituted, tampered with, replaced, or altered in any material aspect, or the testing itself may establish the integrity of the physical evidence or biological material;

(3)   the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested is material to the issue of the applicant's identity as the perpetrator of, or accomplice to, the offense notwithstanding the fact that the applicant may have pled guilty or nolo contendere or made or is alleged to have made an incriminating statement or admission as to identity;

(4)   the DNA results of the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested would be material to the issue of the applicant's identity as the perpetrator of, or accomplice to, the offense notwithstanding the fact that the applicant may have pled guilty or nolo contendere or made or is alleged to have made an incriminating statement or admission as to identity;

(5)   if the requested DNA testing produces exculpatory results, the testing will constitute new evidence that will probably change the result of the applicant's conviction or adjudication if a new trial is granted and is not merely cumulative or impeaching;

(6)   the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested was not previously subjected to DNA testing, or, if the physical evidence or biological material sought to be tested was previously subjected to DNA testing, the requested DNA test would provide a substantially more probative result; and

(7)   the application is made to demonstrate innocence and not solely to delay the execution of a sentence or the administration of justice.

(C)   The court shall order that any sample taken of the applicant's DNA for purposes of DNA testing pursuant to this article or for submission to SLED pursuant to subsection (F) be taken by a correctional health nurse technician, physician, registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, laboratory technician, or other appropriately trained health care worker. The applicant's counsel, if any, and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, must be allowed to observe the taking of any sample.

(D)   The court shall order that the applicant's DNA sample and the physical evidence or biological material be tested by SLED, a local Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) laboratory, or, prior to any testing, any other laboratory approved by SLED, in an effort to ensure that the results may be entered into the State DNA Database and Combined DNA Index System. Any other type of DNA testing ordered by the court shall be conducted in consultation with SLED or a local CODIS laboratory.

(E)   The court shall order that the applicant pay the costs of the DNA testing. If the applicant is indigent, the costs of the DNA testing shall be paid by the State.

(F)   The court shall order that a sample of the applicant's DNA be submitted to SLED to compare with profiles in the State DNA Database and any federal or other law enforcement DNA database in compliance with National DNA Index System (NDIS) procedures. The sample must be submitted regardless of any previous samples submitted by the applicant. If the comparison matches a DNA profile for the offense for which the applicant was convicted or adjudicated, the DNA profile may be retained in the State DNA Database. If the comparison does not match a DNA profile for the offense for which the applicant was convicted or adjudicated, but results in a match with a DNA profile for any other offense, the DNA profile may be retained in the State DNA Database. SLED shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency. If the comparison does not match a DNA profile for any offense, the DNA record must be destroyed. Any previous profiles must be maintained by SLED subject to the State DNA Database Act. SLED shall report to the court, the applicant, and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, the results of all DNA database comparisons. The victim must be notified of the results of all DNA database comparisons pursuant to Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16.

(G)   The applicant and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, shall have the right to appeal a final order denying or granting DNA testing by a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court as provided by the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules.

Section 17-28-100.   (A)   The results of the DNA test must be fully disclosed to the court, the applicant, and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable. The victim shall be notified of the results of the DNA test pursuant to Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16. The court shall order the production of any written reports and laboratory reports prepared in connection with the DNA testing, including underlying data and notes.

(B)   The results of the DNA test may be used by the applicant, solicitor, or Attorney General in any post-conviction proceeding or trial. If the results of the DNA test are exculpatory, the applicant may use the exculpatory results of the DNA test as grounds for filing a motion for new trial pursuant to the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure. If the results of the DNA test are inconclusive, the court may allow for additional DNA testing or may dismiss the application. If the results of the DNA test are inculpatory, the court shall dismiss the application and shall, on motion of the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable:

(1)   make a determination whether the applicant's assertion of actual innocence was intentionally false, and, as a result, hold the applicant in contempt of court;

(2)   assess against the applicant the cost of any DNA testing not already paid by the applicant;

(3)   forward the findings to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, who may use such finding to deny good conduct credit; and

(4)   forward the findings to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, who may use the findings to deny parole.

(C)   Except as otherwise provided in this article, DNA records, results, and information taken from the applicant are exempt from any law requiring disclosure of information to the public.

Section 17-28-110.   (A)   Nothing in this article prohibits a person and a solicitor or the Attorney General, as applicable, from consenting to and conducting post-conviction DNA testing by agreement of the parties. The person may use the exculpatory results of the DNA test as the grounds for filing a motion for new trial pursuant to the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure.

(B)   Nothing in this article prohibits a person from filing an application for post-conviction relief pursuant to Chapter 27, Title 17.

(C)   Unless there is an act of gross negligence or intentional misconduct this article may not be construed to give rise to a claim for damages against the State of South Carolina, a political subdivision of the State, or an employee of the State or a political subdivision of the State. Failure of a custodian of evidence to preserve physical evidence or biological material pursuant to this article does not entitle the applicant to any relief from conviction or adjudication but does not prohibit a person from presenting this information at a subsequent hearing or trial.

Section 17-28-120.   No more than one hundred fifty thousand dollars may be expended from the general fund in any fiscal year to administer the provisions of this article."

B.     Title 17 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Chapter 28

Article 3

Preservation of Evidence

Section 17-28-300.   This article shall be cited as the 'Preservation of Evidence Act'.

Section 17-28-310.   (1)   'Biological material' means any blood, tissue, hair, saliva, bone, or semen from which DNA marker groupings may be obtained. This includes material catalogued separately on slides, swabs, or test tubes or present on other evidence including, but not limited to, clothing, ligatures, bedding, other household material, drinking cups, or cigarettes.

(2)   'Custodian of evidence' means an agency or political subdivision of the State including, but not limited to, a law enforcement agency, a solicitor's office, the Attorney General's Office, a county clerk of court, or a state grand jury that possesses and is responsible for the control of evidence during a criminal investigation or proceeding, or a person ordered by a court to take custody of evidence during a criminal investigation or proceeding.

(3)   'DNA' means deoxyribonucleic acid.

(4)   'DNA profile' means the results of any testing performed on a DNA sample.

(5)   'DNA record' means the tissue or saliva samples and the results of the testing performed on the samples.

(6)   'DNA sample' means the tissue, saliva, blood, or any other bodily fluid taken at the time of arrest from which identifiable information can be obtained.

(7)   'Incarceration' means serving a term of confinement in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections or the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and does not include a person on probation, parole, or under a community supervision program.

(8)   'Law enforcement agency' means a lawfully established federal, state, or local public agency that is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of penal, traffic, regulatory, game, immigration, postal, customs, or controlled substances laws.

(9)   'Physical evidence' means an object, thing, or substance that is or is about to be produced or used or has been produced or used in a criminal proceeding related to an offense enumerated in Section 17-28-320, and that is in the possession of a custodian of evidence.

Section 17-28-320.   (A)   A custodian of evidence must preserve all physical evidence and biological material related to the conviction or adjudication of a person for at least one of the following offenses:

(1)   murder (Section 16-3-10);

(2)   killing by poison (Section 16-3-30);

(3)   killing by stabbing or thrusting (Section 16-3-40);

(4)   voluntary manslaughter (Section 16-3-50);

(5)   homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(1));

(6)   aiding and abetting a homicide by child abuse (Section 16-3-85(A)(2));

(7)   lynching in the first degree (Section 16-3-210);

(8)   killing in a duel (Section 16-3-430);

(9)   spousal sexual battery (Section 16-3-615);

(10)   criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (Section 16-3-652);

(11)   criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (Section 16-3-653);

(12)   criminal sexual conduct in the third degree (Section 16-3-654);

(13)   criminal sexual conduct with a minor (Section 16-3-655);

(14)   arson in the first degree resulting in death (Section 16-11-110(A));

(15)   burglary in the first degree for which the person is sentenced to ten years or more (Section 16-11-311(B));

(16)   armed robbery for which the person is sentenced to ten years or more (Section 16-11-330(A));

(17)   damaging or destroying a building, vehicle, or property by means of an explosive incendiary resulting in death (Section 16-11-540);

(18)   abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death (Section 43-35-85(F));

(19)   sexual misconduct with an inmate, patient, or offender (Section 44-23-1150);

(20)   unlawful removing or damaging of an airport facility or equipment resulting in death (Section 55-1-30(3));

(21)   interference with traffic-control devices or railroad signs or signals resulting in death (Section 56-5-1030(B)(3));

(22)   driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulting in death (Section 56-5-2945);

(23)   obstruction of railroad resulting in death (Section 58-17-4090); or

(24)   accessory before the fact (Section 16-1-40) to any offense enumerated in this subsection.

(B)   The physical evidence and biological material must be preserved:

(1)   subject to a chain of custody as required by South Carolina law;

(2)   with sufficient documentation to locate the physical evidence and biological material; and

(3)   under conditions reasonably designed to preserve the forensic value of the physical evidence and biological material.

(C)   The physical evidence and biological material must be preserved until the person is released from incarceration, dies while incarcerated, or is executed for the offense enumerated in subsection (A). However, if the person is convicted or adjudicated on a guilty or nolo contendere plea for the offense enumerated in subsection (A), the physical evidence and biological material must be preserved for seven years from the date of sentencing, or until the person is released from incarceration, dies while incarcerated, or is executed for the offense enumerated in subsection (A), whichever comes first.

Section 17-28-330.   (A)   After a person is convicted or adjudicated for at least one of the offenses enumerated in Section 17-28-320, a custodian of evidence shall register with the South Carolina Department of Corrections or the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, as applicable, as a custodian of evidence for physical evidence or biological material related to the person's conviction or adjudication.

(B)   The South Carolina Department of Corrections or the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, as applicable, shall notify a custodian of evidence registered pursuant to subsection (A) if the person is released from incarceration, dies while incarcerated, or is executed for the offense enumerated in Section 17-28-320.

Section 17-28-340.   (A)   After a person is convicted or adjudicated for at least one of the offenses enumerated in Section 17-28-320, a custodian of evidence may petition the general sessions court or family court in which the person was convicted or adjudicated for an order allowing for disposition of the physical evidence or biological material prior to the period of time described in Section 17-28-320 if:

(1)   the physical evidence or biological material must be returned to its rightful owner, is of such size, bulk, or physical character as to make retention impracticable, or is otherwise required to be disposed of by law; or

(2)   DNA evidence was previously introduced at trial, was found to be inculpatory, and all appeals and post-conviction procedures have been exhausted.

(B)   The petition must:

(1)   be made on such form as prescribed by the Supreme Court;

(2)   identify the proceedings in which the person was convicted or adjudicated;

(3)   give the date of the entry of the judgment and sentence;

(4)   specifically set forth the physical evidence or biological material to be disposed of; and

(5)   specifically set forth the reason for the disposition.

(C)   The clerk of court shall file the petition upon its receipt and promptly bring it to the attention of the court and deliver a copy to the convicted or adjudicated person and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable. The victim shall be notified of the petition pursuant to Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16.

(D)   The convicted or adjudicated person and the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, shall have one hundred and eighty days to respond to the petition. The victim may respond within one hundred and eighty days in accordance with the provisions of Article 15, Chapter 3, Title 16.

(E)   After a hearing, the court may order that the custodian of evidence may dispose of the physical evidence or biological material if the court determines by preponderance of evidence that:

(1)   the physical evidence or biological material must be returned to its rightful owner, is of such size, bulk, or physical character as to make retention impracticable, or is otherwise required to be disposed of by law, or DNA evidence was previously introduced at trial, was found to be inculpatory, and all appeals and post-conviction procedures have been exhausted;

(2)   the convicted or adjudicated person, the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, and the victim have been notified of the petition for an order to dispose of the physical evidence or biological material;

(3)   the convicted or adjudicated person did not file an affidavit declaring, under penalty of perjury, the person's intent to file an application for post-conviction DNA testing of the physical evidence or biological material pursuant to Article 1, Chapter 28, Title 17 within ninety days followed by the actual filing of the application;

(4)   the solicitor or the Attorney General, as applicable, and the victim have not filed a response requesting that the physical evidence or biological material not be disposed of; and

(5)   no other provision of federal or state law, regulation, or court rule requires preservation of the physical evidence or biological material.

(F)   If the court issues an order for the disposition of the physical evidence or biological material, the court may require a custodian of evidence to take reasonable measures to remove and preserve portions of the physical evidence or biological material in a quantity sufficient to:

(1)   permit future DNA testing or other scientific analysis; or

(2)   for other reasons, upon request and good cause shown, by the solicitor or Attorney General, as applicable, or the victim.

Section 17-28-350.   A person who wilfully and maliciously destroys, alters, conceals, or tampers with physical evidence or biological material that is required to be preserved pursuant to this article with the intent to impair the integrity of the physical evidence or biological material, prevent the physical evidence or biological material from being subjected to DNA testing, or prevent the production or use of the physical evidence or biological material in an official proceeding, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars for a first offense, and not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, for each subsequent violation.

Section 17-28-360.   Unless there is an act of gross negligence or intentional misconduct this article may not be construed to give rise to a claim for damages against the State of South Carolina, a political subdivision of the State, an employee of the State, or a political subdivision of the State. Failure of a custodian of evidence to preserve physical evidence or biological material pursuant to this article does not entitle a person to any relief from conviction or adjudication but does not prohibit a person from presenting this information at a subsequent hearing or trial."

C.       The provisions of Section 17-28-350 become effective upon the signature of the Governor. All other provisions in this SECTION become effective January 1, 2009. The enactment of these provisions prior to the effective date indicates the intent of the General Assembly that statewide laws or practices shall exist to ensure additional procedures for post-conviction DNA testing, and proper preservation of biological evidence connected to murder, rape, and non-negligent homicide in order that application for available federal funds shall be made by the appropriate agencies and considered by the appropriate federal agencies prior to the effective date.

SECTION   5.     A.     This SECTION may be referred to and cited as the "Unidentified Human Remains DNA Database Act".

B.     Article 9, Chapter 3, Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 23-3-625.   Family members of a missing person may submit DNA samples to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). If the person is missing thirty days after a missing person report has been submitted to the Missing Person Information Center, SLED must conduct DNA identification, typing, and testing on the family members' samples. SLED may, within its discretion, conduct DNA identification, typing, and testing on the family members' samples prior to thirty days if SLED determines that such DNA identification, typing, and testing is necessary. If SLED does not have the technology necessary for a particular method of DNA identification, typing, or testing, SLED may submit the DNA samples to a Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) laboratory that has the appropriate technology. The results of the identification, typing, and testing must be entered into CODIS."

C.     Article 9, Chapter 3, Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 23-3-635.   Upon notification by the Medical University of South Carolina or other facility preserving the body of an unidentified person that the body remains unidentified after thirty days, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) must conduct DNA identification, typing, and testing of the unidentified person's tissue and fluid samples provided to SLED pursuant to Section 17-7-25. SLED may, within its discretion, conduct DNA identification, typing, and testing of the unidentified person's tissue and fluid samples prior to thirty days if SLED determines that such DNA identification, typing, and testing is necessary. The results of the identification, typing, and testing must be entered into the Combined DNA Indexing System."

D.     Article 1, Chapter 7, Title 17 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 17-7-25.   A coroner performing an autopsy on an unidentified body must obtain tissue and fluid samples suitable for DNA identification, typing, and testing. The samples must be transmitted to the State Law Enforcement Division."

E.     Section 17-5-570(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)   If the body cannot be identified through reasonable efforts, the coroner must forward the body to the Medical University of South Carolina or other suitable facility for preservation. The body must be preserved for not less than thirty days, unless the body is identified within that time. If the body remains unidentified thirty days after the coroner forwarded the body, the Medical University of South Carolina or other facility preserving the body must immediately notify the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). If the body has not been identified at the end of that time within thirty days after SLED has entered the unidentified person's DNA profile into the Combined DNA Indexing System pursuant to Section 23-3-635, the Medical University may retain possession of the body for its use and benefit or return the body to the coroner of the county where death occurred for disposition as provided by law. A facility other than the Medical University utilized by the coroner for storage of an unidentified body may dispose of the body as provided by law or return the body to the coroner of the county where death occurred for disposition."

F.     The provisions of this SECTION take effect upon approval by the Governor.

SECTION   6.     The repeal or amendment by the provisions of this act or any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.

SECTION   7.     If any section, subsection, item, subitem, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, item, subitem, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, items, subitems, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.

SECTION   8.     Except as otherwise provided in this act, the provisions of this act become effective upon approval of the Governor./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MALLOY explained the amendment.

Amendment No. 1

Senator HUTTO proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (JUD3030.022), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   __.   Article 7, Chapter 11, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 16-11-745.   (A)   For purposes of this section:

(1)   'Communication device' means a telegraph, telephone, satellite phone, global positioning system, pager, hand-held radio, two-way communication device, beeper, fax machine, computer keyboard, computer, monitor, printer, wireless router, telephone lines, satellite dish, a sound, light or signal receiver, or transmitting device, cable television equipment, or another piece of electronic or associated equipment designed or intended to be used to allow one person to communicate with another person. 'Communication device' does not mean a cellular or mobile telephone.

(2)   'Communication system' means a telegraph system, a telephone system, a global positioning system, a cable television system, a satellite dish system, an electric utility system, a security system, including a video security system, a computer or electronic mail system, including the Internet or equipment to connect to the Internet, poles, cables, wires, fixtures, antennas, amplifiers, or other apparatus, equipment, or appliances designed or intended to be used to allow one person to communicate with another person, or to send, receive, use, store, or record a message, signal, light, sound, image, or electrical energy.

(B)   It is unlawful for a person, with the intent to commit a criminal offense or with the intent to facilitate the commission of a criminal offense, to interrupt, cut, break, disable, destroy, or in another way injure a communication device, a communication system, or any piece, part, or component of a communication device or system.

(C)   It is unlawful for a person, with the intent to commit a criminal offense or with the intent to facilitate the commission of a criminal offense, to obstruct, impede, or impair the service or transmission of a communication device or communication system during the commission of a crime, or to facilitate the commission of a criminal offense.

(D)   Except as provided in Section 16-11-740 and subsection (E) of this section, a person who violates a provision of this section with the intent to commit or to facilitate the commission of a crime classified as a misdemeanor is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both.

(E)   A person who violates a provision of this section with the intent to commit or to facilitate the commission of a crime classified as a felony or in which the damage to property protected by this section exceeds five thousand dollars, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than three thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than ten years, or both.

(F)   In addition to the criminal penalties provided in this section, a sentencing court may order a person convicted of a violation of this section to pay restitution to the owner of the property damaged or destroyed in the amount of the actual damages sustained."   /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator HUTTO explained the amendment.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

OBJECTION

H. 4350 (Word version) -- Rep. Chalk: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 29-5-26 SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "LANDSCAPE SERVICE" AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO PROVIDES A LANDSCAPE SERVICE ON A PARCEL OR REAL ESTATE BY VIRTUE OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OWNER OF THE REAL ESTATE, AND TO WHOM A DEBT IS DUE FOR HIS PERFORMANCE OF THE LANDSCAPING SERVICE, HAS A MECHANICS' LIEN ON THE REAL ESTATE TO SECURE PAYMENT OF DEBT DUE TO HIM.

Senator RYBERG asked unanimous consent to take the Bill up for immediate consideration.

Senator LEATHERMAN objected.

THE CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE MOTION PERIOD.

On motion of Senator MARTIN, the Senate agreed to dispense with the Motion Period.

HAVING DISPENSED WITH THE MOTION PERIOD, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE INTERRUPTED DEBATE.

READ THE THIRD TIME, RETURNED TO THE HOUSE
WITH AMENDMENTS

H. 3912 (Word version) -- Reps. White and Bales: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT TO BE LICENSED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE AND TO SPECIFY WHAT IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS PRACTICING MEDICINE, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT A PHYSICIAN MAY DELEGATE CERTAIN TASKS TO AN UNLICENSED PERSON IF THE PHYSICIAN IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN IS NOT PROHIBITED FROM PRACTICING IN CONSULTATION WITH A SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN CONCERNING AN OPINION FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN IN MANAGING THE CASE AND TREATMENT OF A PATIENT IN THIS STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-32, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE TO PRACTICE MEDICINE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN WHO GRADUATED FROM A SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA AND WHO HAS BEEN LICENSED FOR FIVE YEARS, RATHER THAN TEN YEARS, IN ANOTHER STATE, THE PHYSICIAN IS ONLY REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT ONE YEAR OF POST GRADUATE RESIDENCY TRAINING AND TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH CERTAIN SPECIALTY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE UNDERTAKEN IN ORDER TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-35, RELATING TO LICENSURE AS AN EXPERT MEDICAL WITNESS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RATHER THAN THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS LICENSING A PHYSICIAN AS AN EXPERT WITNESS, A PHYSICIAN WHO TESTIFIES IN A PROCEEDING IN THIS STATE IS DEEMED TO HAVE SUBMITTED TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES FOR COMPLAINTS RECEIVED.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of Amendment No. 1 (Doc. No. JUD3912.001) previously proposed by Senator MALLOY on June 3, 2008.

Amendment No. P-1

Senator MALLOY proposed the following Amendment No. P-1 (JUD3912.001), which was adopted:

Amend the committee amendment, as and if amended, page [3912-3], by striking SECTION 6 in its entirety and inserting therein the following:

/   SECTION   6.   Section 40-47-20(36) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(36)   'Practice of Medicine' means:

(a)   advertising, holding out to the public or representing in any manner that one is authorized to practice medicine in this State;

(b)   offering or undertaking to prescribe, order, give, or administer any drug or medicine for the use of any other person;

(c)   offering or undertaking to prevent or to diagnose, correct, or treat in any manner, or by any means, methods, or devices, disease, illness, pain, wound, fracture, infirmity, defect, or abnormal physical or mental condition of a person, including the management of pregnancy and parturition;

(d)   offering or undertaking to perform any surgical operation upon a person;

(e)   rendering a written or otherwise documented medical opinion concerning the diagnosis or treatment of a patient or the actual rendering of treatment to a patient within this State by a physician located outside the State as a result of transmission of individual patient data by electronic or other means from within a state to such physician or his or her agent; and

(f)   rendering a determination of medical necessity or a decision affecting the diagnosis and/or treatment of a patient;

(g)   using the designation Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician, Surgeon, Physician and Surgeon, Dr., M.D., D.O., or any combination of these in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease or condition in a clinical setting, unless such a designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts for which one holds a valid license in this State that is applicable to the clinical setting; and

(hg)   testifying as a physician in an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding in this State by expressing an expert medical opinion."           /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MALLOY explained the amendment.

Amendment No. P-4

Senator McCONNELL proposed the following Amendment No. P-4 (JUD3912.008), which was adopted:

Amend the committee report, as and if amended, by striking it in its entirety and inserting the following:

/   Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

//   SECTION   1.   Section 40-47-30(A)(5)(c) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(c)   the task is performed while the physician is present on the premises and in such close proximity as to be readily immediately available to the unlicensed person if needed;"

SECTION   2.   Section 40-47-30(A) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended by adding at the end:

"(10)   prohibit a physician from practicing in actual consultation with a physician licensed in this State concerning an opinion for the South Carolina physician's consideration in managing the care or treatment of a patient in this State."

SECTION   3.   Section 40-47-32(B)(2)(a)(ii) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(ii)   document a minimum of three years of progressive postgraduate medical residency training in the United States approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or postgraduate training in Canada approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, except that if an applicant has been actively licensed in another state for ten the preceding five years or more without significant disciplinary action, the applicant is need only required to document one year of postgraduate residency training approved by the board; or"

SECTION   4.   Section 40-47-32(D)(11) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(11)   maintenance of certification by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, or another organization approved by the board, as evidenced by having acquired one hundred fifty hours of Category I continuing medical education in the three years preceding the date of the application by an applicant who is currently certified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, or other organization approved by the board, which certification is not time limited and does not require recertification by examination. Such Category I continuing medical education must be approved by the American Medical Association or American Osteopathic Association, or other national organization approved by the board, as appropriate, and the specialty board of the applicant during the three years preceding the date of application. Seventy-five percent of these hours must be related to the applicant's area of specialty. This is the only exception to the ten-year requirement of this subsection that does not require an examination or reexamination."

SECTION   5.   Section 40-47-32(G)(2) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

SECTION   6.   Section 40-47-20(36)(f) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(f)   rendering a determination of medical necessity or a decision affecting the diagnosis and/or treatment of a patient is the practice of medicine subject to all of the powers provided to the Board of Medical Examiners, except as provided in Section 38-59-25;"

SECTION   7.   Chapter 59, Title 38 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 38-59-25.   A determination of medical necessity or a decision affecting the diagnosis and/or treatment of a patient is not the practice of medicine, provided:

(A)   it is a coverage decision denying health care services by an insurer that is based on a finding that the provision of a particular service is included or excluded as a covered benefit under the terms and conditions of the health care service plan contract; or

(B)   it is a coverage decision approving a covered benefit for health care services that provides for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or relief of a health condition, illness, injury, or disease; or

(C)   it is a coverage decision denying coverage for a covered benefit for a health care service that provides diagnosis, treatment, cure, or relief of a health condition, illness, injury, or disease excluding, except where otherwise provided for by law, experimental, investigational, or cosmetic purposes, if the denial is issued by a licensed physician who has not willfully and knowingly, or with reckless disregard or gross negligence, or with the intent solely to delay payment of the claim in bad faith, ignored nationally recognized protocols or standards of medical care in rendering such a decision. A good faith request for records or additional information is not a delay for purposes of this section. A person providing medical necessity review services for a health insurer or health maintenance organization who is subject to an inquiry regarding whether the person has been practicing medicine pursuant to this section has the right to remove the case to the Administrative Law Court upon petition of the person. If the Administrative Law Court determines that a complaint is filed, pursuant to this section, to harass or intimidate a person or is otherwise not based on a good faith belief that the provisions of this section are being violated, the defendant is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and the costs of defending the case. "

SECTION   8.   This act takes effect upon approval by the
Governor. /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator McCONNELL explained the amendment.

The Committee on Medical Affairs proposed the following amendment (H-3912 AMENDMENT2), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/       SECTION   1.   Section 40-47-30(A)(5)(c) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(c)   the task is performed while the physician is present on the premises and in such close proximity as to be readily immediately available to the unlicensed person if needed;"

SECTION   2.   Section 40-47-30(A) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended by adding at the end:

"(10)   prohibit a physician from practicing in actual consultation with a physician licensed in this State concerning an opinion for the South Carolina physician's consideration in managing the care or treatment of a patient in this State."

SECTION   3.   Section 40-47-32(B)(2)(a)(ii) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(ii)   document a minimum of three years of progressive postgraduate medical residency training in the United States approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or postgraduate training in Canada approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, except that if an applicant has been actively licensed in another state for ten the preceding five years or more without significant disciplinary action, the applicant is need only required to document one year of postgraduate residency training approved by the board; or"

SECTION   4.   Section 40-47-32(D)(11) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

"(11)   maintenance of certification by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, or another organization approved by the board, as evidenced by having acquired one hundred fifty hours of Category I continuing medical education in the three years preceding the date of the application by an applicant who is currently certified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, or other organization approved by the board, which certification is not time limited and does not require recertification by examination. Such Category I continuing medical education must be approved by the American Medical Association or American Osteopathic Association, or other national organization approved by the board, as appropriate, and the specialty board of the applicant during the three years preceding the date of application. Seventy-five percent of these hours must be related to the applicant's area of specialty. This is the only exception to the ten year requirement of this subsection that does not require an examination or reexamination."

SECTION   5.   Section 40-47-32(G)(2) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 385 of 2006, is amended to read:

SECTION   6.   Section 40-47-20(36) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 385 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(36)   'Practice of Medicine' means:

(a)   advertising, holding out to the public or representing in any manner that one is authorized to practice medicine in this State;

(b)   offering or undertaking to prescribe, order, give, or administer any drug or medicine for the use of any other person;

(c)   offering or undertaking to prevent or to diagnose, correct, or treat in any manner, or by any means, methods, or devices, disease, illness, pain, wound, fracture, infirmity, defect, or abnormal physical or mental condition of a person, including the management of pregnancy and parturition;

(d)   offering or undertaking to perform any surgical operation upon a person;

(e)   rendering a written or otherwise documented medical opinion concerning the diagnosis or treatment of a patient or the actual rendering of treatment to a patient within this State by a physician located outside the State as a result of transmission of individual patient data by electronic or other means from within a state to such physician or his or her agent;

(f)   rendering a determination of medical necessity or a decision affecting the diagnosis and/or treatment of a patient;

(g)   using the designation Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician, Surgeon, Physician and Surgeon, Dr., M.D., D.O., or any combination of these in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease or condition in a clinical setting, unless such a designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts for which one holds a valid license in this State that is applicable to the clinical setting; and

(hg)   testifying as a physician in an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding in this State by expressing an expert medical opinion."

SECTION   7.   Chapter 59 of Title 38 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 38-59-35.   (A) If a hearing provided for in Section 38-59-30, regarding improper claims practices by a health insurer or health maintenance organization results in a determination by the director or his designee that a physician performing medical necessity review services for such insurer has wilfully and knowingly denied claims with no rational basis, the director may file a complaint about such physician to the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.

(B)   A physician providing medical necessity review services for a health insurer or health maintenance organization operating in this State is deemed to have submitted to the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners to the limited extent of responding to a complaint filed by the director as outlined in subsection (A).

(C)   Upon receipt of a complaint from the director, the Board of Medical Examiners is authorized to conduct an investigation and proceed in the same manner as provided in state law for physicians licensed and practicing medicine in this State, except that service may be effected as provided in subsection (D).

(D)   Service of any notices or correspondence must be made on the physician by personal service or by certified mail to the registered agent for the health insurer or health maintenance organization for which the physician was providing medical necessity review services."

SECTION   8. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MALLOY explained the Bill.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

NONCONCURRENCE

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator THOMAS, the Senate nonconcurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it insists upon the amendments proposed by the House to:

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.
asks for a Committee of Conference, and has appointed Reps. Bingham, Neilson and Shoopman to the committee on the part of the House.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 4344--SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

Whereupon, Senators LAND, THOMAS and GREGORY were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

H. 4344--SENATE ADOPTED REPORT OF THE
COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

On motion of Senator THOMAS, with unanimous consent, the Report of the Committee of Conference was taken up for immediate consideration.

Senator THOMAS spoke on the report.

On motion of Senator THOMAS, the Report of the Committee of Conference to H. 4344 was adopted as follows:

H. 4344--Conference Report
The General Assembly, Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

The COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE, to whom was referred:

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

Beg leave to report that they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend:

That the same do pass with the following amendments:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/   SECTION   1.   Title 37 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"CHAPTER 29
PalmettoPride

Section 37-29-100.   There is established PalmettoPride, an eleemosynary, nonprofit corporation organized pursuant to Chapter 31 of Title 33 and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which is authorized to coordinate and implement statewide and local programs for litter control.

Section 37-29-110.   PalmettoPride is governed by a board of directors composed of eleven members to be appointed as follows: five members of the public must be appointed by the Governor; three members must be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, to include one Senator and two members of the public; three members must be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to include one member of the House of Representatives and two members of the public. The members of the board shall elect the chairman of the board from among the public members. The board members shall serve terms of four years. A vacancy that occurs on the board must be filled by appointment by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as appropriate, for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Section 37-29-120.   The chairman of the board is authorized to make all personnel decisions to include the hiring of any necessary staff for the operation of PalmettoPride, including an Executive Coordinator. The coordinator shall submit an annual budget for the operation of PalmettoPride to the board of directors. The board of directors shall approve, disapprove, amend, or modify the budget recommended by the Executive Coordinator.

Section 37-29-130.   PalmettoPride may accept gifts, bequests, and grants from any person or foundation, and may also may receive and expend public funds appropriated to it or authorized by the General Assembly. Receipt of funds allocated to PalmettoPride shall flow through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Monies designated to the PalmettoPride-Litter Control Program pursuant to Section 14-1-208(10) must not be transferred or used for a purpose other than PalmettoPride-Litter Control. Unexpended funds must be carried forward and used only for authorized purposes."

SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Amend title to conform:

/ TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES. /

/s/John C. Land III               /s/Phillip W. Shoopman
/s/David L. Thomas                /s/Denny Woodall Neilson
/s/Chauncey K. Gregory            /s/Kenny Bingham
On Part of the Senate.            On Part of the House.

, and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Conference on:

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 4344--ENROLLED FOR RATIFICATION BY THE SENATE

H. 4344 (Word version) -- Reps. M.A. Pitts and Witherspoon: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 29 TO TITLE 37 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE PALMETTOPRIDE NONPROFIT CORPORATION, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PROGRAM PASS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND BE USED FOR LITTER CONTROL AND OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES.

The Report of the Committee of Conference having been adopted by both Houses, ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

A message was sent to the House accordingly.

PRESIDENT Pro Tempore PRESIDES

At 3:15 P.M., Senator McCONNELL assumed the Chair.

RETURNED TO THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS

H. 4745 (Word version) -- Reps. Young, Mulvaney, Umphlett, Ballentine, Huggins, E.H. Pitts, Bedingfield, Haley, Lowe, Clemmons, Viers, Scarborough, Edge, Harrell, Cotty, Mitchell, Chalk, Hagood, Talley, Gullick, Miller, Harvin, Bingham, Witherspoon, Haskins, Thompson, Merrill, Sandifer, Brady, Weeks, Scott, Duncan, Cato, Cooper, Dantzler, G.M. Smith, Whipper, R. Brown, Mahaffey, Toole, Herbkersman, Simrill, Littlejohn, Loftis and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 35 TO TITLE 6 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITY MAY CREATE AN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT COMPRISED OF NONCONTIGUOUS PARCELS OF LAND, TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITY MAY USE ASSESSMENTS TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF AN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, AND TO ALLOW AN ASSESSMENT TO BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF IMPROVEMENTS TO FUND CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMPROVEMENTS RELATED TO NEW DEVELOPMENT.

Senator RYBERG asked unanimous consent to take the Bill up for immediate consideration.

There was no objection.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the third reading of the Bill.

Motion Under Rule 26B

Senator ELLIOTT asked unanimous consent to make a motion to take up further amendments pursuant to the provisions of Rule 26B.

There was no objection.

Having received the requisite number of votes under the provisions of Rule 26B, Amendment No. 1 was taken up for immediate consideration.

Amendment No. 1

Senator ELLIOTT proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (GJK\20755SD08), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding a new SECTION appropriately numbered to read:

/   SECTION   ____.   Chapter 21, Title 6 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 6-21-185.   Under the revenue bond act for utilities in the case of a special purpose district providing hospital, nursing home, or care facilities in a county with more than fourteen million dollars in accommodations tax collections for the most recent fiscal year, the special purpose district is authorized to provide a mortgage on any real or personal property to secure its bonds or loan by any federal agency or guarantee if the federal agency provides a guarantee of any such loan securing the bonds."   /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator ELLIOTT explained the amendment.

Amendment No. 2

Senator BRYANT proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (4745R001.KLB), which was withdrawn:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   ___.   A.   Section 58-5-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 58-5-20.   Any corporation or person not engaged in business exclusively as a public utility within the corporate limits of the municipality that owns the public utility, shall be governed by the provisions of Articles 1, 3, and 5 of this chapter in respect only of the public utility owned, leased, operated, or managed by it or him and not in respect to any other business or pursuit., provided, however that the commission does not govern the municipality's public utility rates outside of its corporate limits if the rates charged by the public utility are the same for customers located within and not within the municipality's corporate limits."

B.     Section 58-5-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 58-5-30.   Except as provided in Article 23, Chapter 9 of Title 58, nothing contained in Articles 1, 3, and 5 of this chapter shall give gives the commission any power to regulate or interfere with public utilities owned or operated by or on behalf of any municipality within its corporate limits or regional transportation authority as defined in Chapter 25 of this title or their agencies., provided, however that the commission does not have the power to regulate or interfere with the operations of a municipal public utility outside of the municipality's corporate limits if the municipality's public utility rates outside of its corporate limits are the same as the rates for customers located within the municipality's corporate limits."

C.     Section 58-27-1010 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 58-27-1010.   (A)   The Commission commission shall may not regulate any contracts made by any municipality with its customers who are located within the corporate limits of the municipality, and nothing in this chapter shall be construed as permitting the regulation by the Commission commission of the rates to be charged by any municipal plant to any of its customers who are located within the corporate limits of the municipality, whether these customers be other municipalities, persons, firms, or corporations. Furthermore, the commission may not regulate contracts made by any municipality with customers who are located outside the corporate limits of the municipality if the rates charged by the public utility are the same for customers located within and not located within the municipality's corporate limits."     /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

On motion of Senator BRYANT, with unanimous consent, Amendment No. 2 was withdrawn.

Amendment No. 3

Senator BRYANT proposed the following Amendment No. 3 (4745R002.KLB), which was withdrawn:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   ___.   Chapter 3, Title 5 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 5-3-160.   A city or town may not require annexation of property located outside the corporate limits of the municipality in exchange for providing utility services to the property."     /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

On motion of Senator BRYANT, with unanimous consent, Amendment No. 3 was withdrawn.

Statement by Senator BRYANT

I withdrew my amendments to H. 4745 because the Presiding Officer indicated that they would be ruled out of order as a violation of Senate Rule 24A because they were not germane to the Bill.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4745 (Word version) -- Reps. Young, Mulvaney, Umphlett, Ballentine, Huggins, E.H. Pitts, Bedingfield, Haley, Lowe, Clemmons, Viers, Scarborough, Edge, Harrell, Cotty, Mitchell, Chalk, Hagood, Talley, Gullick, Miller, Harvin, Bingham, Witherspoon, Haskins, Thompson, Merrill, Sandifer, Brady, Weeks, Scott, Duncan, Cato, Cooper, Dantzler, G.M. Smith, Whipper, R. Brown, Mahaffey, Toole, Herbkersman, Simrill, Littlejohn, Loftis and Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 35 TO TITLE 6 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITY MAY CREATE AN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT COMPRISED OF NONCONTIGUOUS PARCELS OF LAND, TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITY MAY USE ASSESSMENTS TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF AN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, AND TO ALLOW AN ASSESSMENT TO BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF IMPROVEMENTS TO FUND CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMPROVEMENTS RELATED TO NEW DEVELOPMENT.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

RETURNED TO THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS

H. 3309 (Word version) -- Reps. Owens, Ballentine, Duncan, Leach, Kirsh, Simrill, Gullick, Limehouse, McLeod, Witherspoon, Mahaffey, Alexander, Dantzler, Edge, Hamilton, Hayes, Jennings, Kelly, E.H. Pitts, Rice, R. Brown, Huggins, Anthony, Shoopman, Littlejohn, Harvin, Agnew, Whitmire, Moss, Pinson, Parks, Merrill, M.A. Pitts, Scarborough, Miller, Phillips, Bedingfield and Taylor: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-23-20, 6-23-30, AND 6-23-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JOINT MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS BY DELETING THE DEFINITION OF "AREA GENERALLY SERVED BY THE SAME ELECTRIC SUPPLIER", BY DELETING THAT THE "MUNICIPALITY" MUST HAVE OWNERSHIP OF A SYSTEM OR FACILITIES FOR THE GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL MEMBERS OF A JOINT AGENCY MUST BE LOCATED WITHIN THE AREA GENERALLY SERVED BY THE SAME ELECTRIC SUPPLIER, AND TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ACQUISITION OF A PROJECT BE BY PURCHASE FROM AN ELECTRIC SUPPLIER GENERALLY SERVING THE AREA IN WHICH THE MEMBERS ARE LOCATED.

Senator RANKIN asked unanimous consent to take the Bill up for immediate consideration.

There was no objection.

Motion Under Rule 26B

Senator RANKIN asked unanimous consent to make a motion to take up further amendments pursuant to the provisions of Rule 26B.

There was no objection.

Having received the requisite number of votes under the provisions of Rule 26B, Amendment No. 1 was taken up for immediate consideration.

Amendment No. 1

Senator RANKIN proposed the following Amendment No. 1 (JUD3309.001), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting therein:

/   SECTION   1.   Article 3, Chapter 27, Title 58 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 58-27-415.   The State shall not pay, nor shall any person, including a municipality or utility, impose, pay, or collect a franchise fee with respect to electrical power provided to the State by a utility under the 'Stateline Accounts.' The utility shall exclude all gross sales revenue accrued from the Stateline Accounts when calculating any franchise fee owed to a municipality and shall therefore not include those Stateline Account gross sales revenues in the payment of the franchise fee to the municipality. The 'Stateline Accounts' referenced are those state electrical power accounts that arose from the 1925 agreement validated, ratified, and approved in Act 440 of 1925 (34 Stats. 852)."

SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator RANKIN explained the amendment.

PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 4:13 P.M., the PRESIDENT assumed the Chair.

Amendment No. 5

Senator LOURIE proposed the following Amendment No. 5 (3309R003.JL), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/     SECTION   1.   Article 3, Chapter 27, Title 58 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 58-27-415(A)   The State shall not pay, nor shall any person, including a municipality or utility, impose, pay, or collect a franchise fee with respect to electrical power provided to the State by a utility under the 'Stateline Accounts.' The 'Stateline Accounts' referenced in this section are those state electrical power accounts that arose from the 1925 agreement validated, ratified, and approved in Act 440 of 1925 (34 Stats. 852).

(B)   The utility shall exclude all gross sales revenue accrued from the Stateline Accounts when calculating any franchise fee owed to a municipality and shall therefore not include those Stateline Account gross sales revenues in the payment of the franchise fee to the municipality. The 'Stateline Accounts' referenced in this section are those state electrical power accounts that arose from the 1925 agreement validated, ratified, and approved in Act 440 of 1925 (34 Stats. 852)."

SECTION   2.   Section 58-27-415(A) takes effect upon approval by the Governor. Section 58-27-415(B) takes effect January 1, 2009./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator LOURIE explained the amendment.

Amendment No. 3

Senator ELLIOTT proposed the following Amendment No. 3 (JUD3309.005), which was tabled:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   ___.   Chapter 21, Title 6 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 6-21-185.   Under the revenue bond act for utilities in the case of a special purpose district providing hospital, nursing home, or care facilities in a county with more than fourteen million dollars in accommodations tax collections for the most recent fiscal year, the special purpose district is authorized to provide a mortgage on any real or personal property to secure its bonds or loan by any federal agency or guarantee if the federal agency provides a guarantee of any such loan securing the bonds."     /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator McCONNELL spoke on the amendment.

Senator McCONNELL moved to lay the amendment on the table.

The amendment was laid on the table.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Report of the Committee of Free Conference having been adopted by both Houses, and this Joint Resolution having been read three times in each House, it was ordered that the title thereof be changed to that of an Act and that it be enrolled for ratification:

S. 144 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary, Vaughn, Campsen, Richardson, McGill, Elliott, Fair and Williams: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE A SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION TO REVIEW, STUDY, AND RECOMMEND LEGISLATION FOR SENTENCING GUIDELINES, THE PAROLE SYSTEM, AND ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROCEDURES FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has requested and was granted Free Conference Powers and has appointed Reps. Young, Cobb-Hunter and Simrill to the Committee of Free Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 530 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO ENACT THE PROVISO CODIFICATION ACT OF 2007, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CODIFICATION IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS OF CERTAIN PROVISOS CONTAINED IN THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT EFFECTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008 ONLY.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Free Conference on:

S. 530 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO ENACT THE PROVISO CODIFICATION ACT OF 2007, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CODIFICATION IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS OF CERTAIN PROVISOS CONTAINED IN THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT EFFECTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008 ONLY.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Report of the Committee of Free Conference having been adopted by both Houses, and this Bill having been read three times in each House, it was ordered that the title thereof be changed to that of an Act and that it be enrolled for ratification:

S. 530 (Word version) -- Senator Leatherman: A BILL TO ENACT THE PROVISO CODIFICATION ACT OF 2007, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CODIFICATION IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS OF CERTAIN PROVISOS CONTAINED IN THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT EFFECTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008 ONLY.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it refuses to concur in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 913 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-310, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MUST PROVIDE FOR BALLOTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND TO DELETE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

S. 913--SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

S. 913 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-310, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MUST PROVIDE FOR BALLOTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND TO DELETE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE.

On motion of Senator PEELER, the Senate insisted upon its amendments to S. 913 and asked for a Committee of Conference.

Whereupon, Senators MARTIN, MALLOY and SHEHEEN were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. Clemmons, Mulvaney and Scott to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 913 (Word version) -- Senators Martin and Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-310, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MUST PROVIDE FOR BALLOTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND TO DELETE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it insists upon the amendments proposed by the House to:

H. 4355 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Kirsh, Bales, Lowe, E.H. Pitts, Cotty, Mahaffey, Battle and Crawford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 4-10-20, 4-10-350, 4-10-580, AND 4-37-30, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX, THE CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX, THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION SALES TAX, AND THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX, SO AS TO EXEMPT FROM THESE TAXES UNPREPARED FOOD ITEMS ELIGIBLE FOR PURCHASE WITH UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOOD COUPONS AND MAKE THIS EXEMPTION APPLY PROSPECTIVELY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO ALLOW A COUNTY GOVERNING BOARD BY ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE STATE SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR FOOD ITEMS TO A LOCALLY IMPOSED SALES AND USE TAX.
asks for a Committee of Conference, and has appointed Reps. Littlejohn, Limehouse and Kirsh to the committee on the part of the House.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 4355--CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

H. 4355 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Kirsh, Bales, Lowe, E.H. Pitts, Cotty, Mahaffey, Battle and Crawford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 4-10-20, 4-10-350, 4-10-580, AND 4-37-30, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX, THE CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX, THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION SALES TAX, AND THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX, SO AS TO EXEMPT FROM THESE TAXES UNPREPARED FOOD ITEMS ELIGIBLE FOR PURCHASE WITH UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOOD COUPONS AND MAKE THIS EXEMPTION APPLY PROSPECTIVELY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO ALLOW A COUNTY GOVERNING BOARD BY ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE STATE SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR FOOD ITEMS TO A LOCALLY IMPOSED SALES AND USE TAX.

Whereupon, Senators LAND, O'DELL and HAYES were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

H. 3798--SENATE ADOPTED REPORT OF THE
COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

H. 3798 (Word version) -- Rep. G.R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-1-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A PERSON WHO MAY PERFORM MARRIAGE CEREMONIES, SO AS TO ALSO INCLUDE THE CHIEF OF A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ENTITY RECOGNIZED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS.

On motion of Senator RANKIN, with unanimous consent, the Report of the Committee of Conference was taken up for immediate consideration.

Senator RANKIN spoke on the report.

On motion of Senator RANKIN, the Report of the Committee of Conference to H. 3798 was adopted as follows:

H. 3798--Conference Report
The General Assembly, Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

The COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE, to whom was referred:

H. 3798 (Word version) -- Representative G.R. Smith - TO AMEND SECTION 20-1-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A PERSON WHO MAY PERFORM MARRIAGE CEREMONIES, SO AS TO ALSO INCLUDE THE CHIEF OF A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ENTITY RECOGNIZED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS.

Beg leave to report that they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend:

That the same do pass with the following amendments:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting the following:

/   SECTION   1.   Section 20-1-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 20-1-20.   Only ministers of the Gospel or, accepted Jewish rabbis and, officers authorized to administer oaths in this State, and the chief or spiritual leader of a Native American Indian entity recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs pursuant to Section 1-31-40 are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in this State."       /

Amend title to conform.

Sen. James H. Ritchie, Jr.        /s/Rep. Garry R. Smith
/s/Sen. Luke A. Rankin            /s/Rep. Ben A. Hagood, Jr.
/s/Sen. Joel Lourie               /s/Rep. Walton J. McLeod
On Part of the Senate.            On Part of the House.

, and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Conference on:

H. 3798 (Word version) -- Rep. G.R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-1-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A PERSON WHO MAY PERFORM MARRIAGE CEREMONIES, SO AS TO ALSO INCLUDE THE CHIEF OF A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ENTITY RECOGNIZED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 3798--ENROLLED FOR RATIFICATION BY THE SENATE

H. 3798 (Word version) -- Rep. G.R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 20-1-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A PERSON WHO MAY PERFORM MARRIAGE CEREMONIES, SO AS TO ALSO INCLUDE THE CHIEF OF A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ENTITY RECOGNIZED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS.

The Report of the Committee of Conference having been adopted by both Houses, ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

A message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. G. M. Smith, Talley and Weeks to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

H. 3715 (Word version) -- Reps. Talley, Duncan, Mahaffey, Clemmons, Shoopman, Toole and G.R. Smith: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-750 SO AS TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SECTION AND TO PROVIDE AN ENHANCED PENALTY FOR PERSONS AFFILIATED WITH A SCHOOL IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY WHO COMMIT CERTAIN DELINEATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT, EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR, OR KIDNAPPING OFFENSES AGAINST A STUDENT.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it refuses to concur in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 1159 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF BEER OR WINE FOR CONSUMPTION BY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4070, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS TO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 20-7-8920 AND 20-7-8925, RELATING TO UNDERAGE PURCHASE, CONSUMPTION, OR POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, OR ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, SO AS TO ALLOW ESTABLISHMENTS TO USE PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE TO TEST COMPLIANCE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

S. 1159--SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENTS
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

S. 1159 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF BEER OR WINE FOR CONSUMPTION BY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4070, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS TO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 20-7-8920 AND 20-7-8925, RELATING TO UNDERAGE PURCHASE, CONSUMPTION, OR POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, OR ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, SO AS TO ALLOW ESTABLISHMENTS TO USE PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE TO TEST COMPLIANCE.

On motion of Senator LOURIE, the Senate insisted upon its amendments to S. 1159 and asked for a Committee of Conference.

Whereupon, Senators GREGORY, HAYES and LOURIE were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. G. M. Smith, Rutherford and Talley to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 1159 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF BEER OR WINE FOR CONSUMPTION BY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4070, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS TO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE IN ONE CODE SECTION FOR CLARIFICATION; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 20-7-8920 AND 20-7-8925, RELATING TO UNDERAGE PURCHASE, CONSUMPTION, OR POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, OR ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, SO AS TO ALLOW ESTABLISHMENTS TO USE PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE TO TEST COMPLIANCE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

H. 3212--REPORT OF THE

H. 3212 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, M.A. Pitts, Haley, Crawford, Chellis, G.R. Smith, Owens, Rice, Weeks, Viers, Simrill, Bedingfield, Vick, Duncan, Mulvaney, Stavrinakis, Clemmons and Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALABLE WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT VALID OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALABLE WEAPONS HELD BY A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE MUST BE HONORED BY THIS STATE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THIS STATE WILL ONLY HONOR OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS ISSUED BY A STATE WITH WHICH SOUTH CAROLINA HAS RECIPROCITY.

On motion of Senator KNOTTS, with unanimous consent, the Report of the Committee of Conference was taken up for immediate consideration.

Senator KNOTTS spoke on the report.

On motion of Senator KNOTTS, the Report of the Committee of Conference to H. 3212 was adopted as follows:

H. 3212--Conference Report
The General Assembly, Columbia, S.C., June 4, 2008

The COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE, to whom was referred:

H. 3212 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, M.A. Pitts, Haley, Crawford, Chellis, G.R. Smith, Owens, Rice, Weeks, Viers, Simrill, Bedingfield, Vick, Duncan, Mulvaney, Stavrinakis, Clemmons and Young: TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALABLE WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT VALID OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALABLE WEAPONS HELD BY A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE MUST BE HONORED BY THIS STATE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THIS STATE WILL ONLY HONOR OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS ISSUED BY A STATE WITH WHICH SOUTH CAROLINA HAS RECIPROCITY.

Beg leave to report that they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend:

That the same do pass with the following amendments:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting the following:

/   SECTION   1.   Section 23-31-215(N) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 347 of 2006, is further amended to read:

"(N)   Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal state must be honored by this State, provided, that the reciprocal state requires an applicant to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. A resident of a reciprocal state carrying a concealable weapon in South Carolina is subject to and must abide by the laws of South Carolina regarding concealable weapons. SLED shall make a determination as to those states which have permit issuance standards equal to or greater than the standards contained in this article and shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity."

SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Amend title to conform.

/s/Sen. John D. Hawkins           /s/Rep. F. Gregory Delleney, Jr.
/s/Sen. John M. Knotts, Jr.       /s/Rep. Jeffrey D. Duncan
/s/Sen. Kent M. Williams          /s/Rep. Ted Martin Vick
On Part of the Senate.            On Part of the House.

, and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Conference on:

H. 3212 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, M.A. Pitts, Haley, Crawford, Chellis, G.R. Smith, Owens, Rice, Weeks, Viers, Simrill, Bedingfield, Vick, Duncan, Mulvaney, Stavrinakis, Clemmons and Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALABLE WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT VALID OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALABLE WEAPONS HELD BY A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE MUST BE HONORED BY THIS STATE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THIS STATE WILL ONLY HONOR OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS ISSUED BY A STATE WITH WHICH SOUTH CAROLINA HAS RECIPROCITY.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Report of the Committee of Conference having been adopted by both Houses, and this Bill having been read three times in each House, it was ordered that the title thereof be changed to that of an Act and that it be enrolled for ratification:

H. 3212 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, M.A. Pitts, Haley, Crawford, Chellis, G.R. Smith, Owens, Rice, Weeks, Viers, Simrill, Bedingfield, Vick, Duncan, Mulvaney, Stavrinakis, Clemmons and Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALABLE WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT VALID OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALABLE WEAPONS HELD BY A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE MUST BE HONORED BY THIS STATE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT THIS STATE WILL ONLY HONOR OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS ISSUED BY A STATE WITH WHICH SOUTH CAROLINA HAS RECIPROCITY.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has adopted the report of the Committee of Conference on:

H. 3993 (Word version) -- Reps. Duncan, Bedingfield, Davenport, Barfield, Brantley, G. Brown, Ceips, Gambrell, Hiott, Hodges, Jennings, Knight, Leach, Littlejohn, Lowe, Miller, Owens, M.A. Pitts, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, Spires and Taylor: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-125 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE OPENING DAY OF THE ANNUAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON EACH YEAR IS DESIGNATED AS "TEXTILE LEAGUE BASEBALL DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that the Report of the Committee of Conference having been adopted by both Houses, and this Bill having been read three times in each House, it was ordered that the title thereof be changed to that of an Act and that it be enrolled for ratification:

H. 3993 (Word version) -- Reps. Duncan, Bedingfield, Davenport, Barfield, Brantley, G. Brown, Ceips, Gambrell, Hiott, Hodges, Jennings, Knight, Leach, Littlejohn, Lowe, Miller, Owens, M.A. Pitts, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, Spires and Taylor: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-125 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE OPENING DAY OF THE ANNUAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON EACH YEAR IS DESIGNATED AS "TEXTILE LEAGUE BASEBALL DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CONSIDERATION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS RETURNED FROM THE HOUSE.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AMENDED
RETURNED TO THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS

S. 429 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy, Jackson and Ford: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 17, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 28, THE "ACCESS TO JUSTICE POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING, AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 28, THE "PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

Senators McCONNELL and MALLOY proposed the following amendment (MS\7702AHB08), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/   SECTION   ___. A.   This SECTION may be cited as the "South Carolina Protection from Violence Against Women and Children Act".

B.   Chapter 3, Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

(A)   'DNA sample' means the tissue, saliva, blood, or any other bodily fluid taken at the time of arrest from which identifiable information can be obtained;

(B)   'DNA profile' means the results of any testing performed on a DNA sample; and

(C)   'DNA record' means the tissue or saliva samples and the results of the testing performed on the samples."

C.   Section 23-3-620 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-620.   (A)   Following sentencing and at the time of intake at a jail or prison a lawful custodial arrest, the service of a courtesy summons, or a direct indictment for:

(1)   a felony offense or an offense that is punishable by a sentence of five years or more; or

(2)   eavesdropping, peeping, or stalking, any of which are committed in this State, a person, except for any juvenile, arrested or ordered by a court must provide a saliva or tissue sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided by:. Additionally, any person, including any juvenile, ordered to do so by a court, and any juvenile convicted or adjudicated delinquent for an offense contained in items (1) or (2), must provide a saliva or tissue sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database.

(1)   any person convicted or adjudicated delinquent and incarcerated in a state correctional facility on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender convicted or adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2004, who is ordered by the court to provide a sample.

(B)   A convicted offender who is required to provide a DNA sample under subsections (A)(1) or (A)(2) but who is not sentenced to a term of confinement must provide a sample as a condition of his sentence. This sample must be taken at a prison, jail, sheriff's office that serves a courtesy summons, courthouse where a direct presentment indictment is served, or other location as specified by the sentencing court detention facility at the time the person is booked and processed into the jail or detention facility following the custodial arrest, or other location when the taking of fingerprints is required prior to a conviction. The sample must be submitted to SLED as directed by SLED. If appropriately trained personnel are not available to take a sample from which DNA may be obtained, the failure of the arrested person to provide a DNA sample shall not be the sole basis for refusal to release the person from custody. An arrested person who is released from custody before providing a DNA sample must provide a DNA sample at a location specified by the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the offense on or before the first court appearance.

(C)(B)   At such time as possible and before parole or release Unless a sample has already been provided pursuant to the provisions of subsection (A), before a person may be paroled or released from confinement, the person must provide a suitable sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided by:

(1)   a person who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who was sentenced to and is serving a term of confinement on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender ordered by the court who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who was sentenced to and is serving a term of confinement on or after July 1, 2004.

(D)(C)   An agency having custody of an offender who is required to provide a DNA sample under pursuant to subsection (C)(1) or (C)(2) (B) must notify SLED at least three days, excluding weekends and holidays, before the individual person is paroled or released from confinement.

(E)(D)   At such time as possible and Unless a sample has already been provided pursuant to the provisions of subsection (A), before release a person is released from confinement or release released from the agency's jurisdiction, a suitable sample from which DNA may be obtained for inclusion in the State DNA Database must be provided as a condition of probation or parole by:

(1)   a person convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, who is serving a probated sentence or is paroled on or after July 1, 2004, for:

(a)   eavesdropping or peeping (Section 16-17-470); or

(b)   any offense classified as a felony in Section 16-1-90 or any other offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years or more; and

(2)   any criminal offender ordered by the court who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 2004, and who is serving a probated sentence or is paroled on or after July 1, 2004.

(F)   A person who provides a sample pursuant to this article also must provide any other information as may be required by SLED.

(G)(E)   A person required to provide a sample pursuant to this section may be required to provide another sample if the original sample is lost, damaged, contaminated, or unusable for examination prior to the creation of a DNA record or DNA profile suitable for inclusion in the DNA Database.

(H)(F)   The provisions of this section apply to juveniles notwithstanding the provisions of Section 20-7-8510."

D.   Section 23-3-630 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-630.   (A)   Only a correctional health nurse technician, physician, registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, laboratory technician, or other an appropriately trained health care worker person may take a sample from which DNA may be obtained.

(B)   A person taking a sample pursuant to this article is immune from liability if the sample was taken according to recognized medical procedures. However, no person is relieved from liability for negligence in the taking of any blood a sample."

E.   Section 23-3-650 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-650.   (A)   The DNA sample record and the results of a DNA profile of an individual provided under this article are confidential and must be securely stored, except that SLED must make available the results to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and to approved crime laboratories which serve these agencies and to the solicitor or the solicitor's designee upon a written or electronic request and in furtherance of an official investigation of a criminal offense. These records and results or the DNA sample of an individual also must be made available as required by a court order following a hearing directing SLED to release the record or sample results. However, SLED must not make the DNA record or the DNA profile available to any entity that is not a law enforcement agency unless instructed to do so by order of a court with competent jurisdiction.

(B)   To prevent duplications of DNA samples, SLED must coordinate with any law enforcement agency obtaining a DNA sample to determine whether a DNA sample from the person under lawful custodial arrest has been previously obtained and is in the DNA Database.

(B)(C)   A person who wilfully discloses in any manner individually identifiable DNA information contained in the State DNA Database to a person or agency not entitled to receive this information is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred ten thousand dollars or three times the amount of any financial gain realized by the person, whichever is greater, or imprisoned not more than one year five years, or both.

(C)(D)   A person who, without authorization, wilfully obtains individually identifiable DNA information from the State DNA Database is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred ten thousand dollars or three times the amount of any financial gain realized by the person, whichever is greater, or imprisoned not more than one year five years, or both."

F.   Section 23-3-660 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-660.   (A)   A person whose DNA record or DNA profile has been included in the State DNA Database may request expungement on the grounds that must have his DNA record and his DNA profile expunged if:

(1)   the charges pending against the person who has been arrested or ordered to submit a sample:

(a)   have been nolle prossed;

(b)   have been dismissed; or

(c)   have been reduced below the requirement for inclusion in the State DNA Database; or

(2)   the person has been found not guilty, or the person's conviction or adjudication has been reversed, set aside, or vacated.

(B)   The solicitor in the county in which the person was charged must notify the person in writing, on a form created by South Carolina Court Administration, and must notify SLED when the person becomes eligible to have his DNA record and DNA profile expunged. Upon receiving this notification, SLED must begin the expungement procedure.

(C)   SLED, at no cost to the person, shall must purge DNA and all other identifiable record information and the DNA profile from the State Database and shall must destroy the person's sample if SLED receives the person's written request for expungement and either:

(1)   a document certified:

(a)   by a circuit court judge,

(b)   by a prosecuting agency, or

(c)   by a clerk of court

that must be produced to the requestor at no charge within fourteen days after the request is made and after one of the events in subsection (A) has occurred, and no new trial has been ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction; or

(2)   a certified copy of the court order finding the person not guilty, or reversing, setting aside, or vacating the conviction or adjudication and proof that the identity of the individual making the request is the person whose record is to be expunged. If the person has more than one entry in the State DNA Database, only the entry covered by the expungement request may be expunged.

(D)   The person's entry in the State DNA Database shall not be removed if the person has another qualifying offense.

(E)   The jail intake officer, sheriff's office employee, courthouse employee, or detention facility intake officer shall provide written notification to the person of his right to have his DNA record and DNA profile expunged and the procedure for the expungement pursuant to this section at the time that the person's saliva or tissue sample is taken. The written notification must include that the person is eligible to have his DNA record and his DNA profile expunged at no cost to the person when:

(1)   the charges pending against the person are:

(a)   nolle prossed;

(b)   dismissed; or

(c)   reduced below the requirement for inclusion in the State DNA Database; or

(2)   when the person has been found not guilty, or the person's conviction has been reversed, set aside, or vacated.

(F)   When SLED completes the expungement process, SLED must notify the person whose DNA record and DNA profile have been expunged and inform him, in writing, that the expungement process has been completed."

G.   Section 23-3-670 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 23-3-670.   (A)   The cost of collection supplies for processing a sample pursuant to this article must be paid by the general fund of the State. A person who is required to provide a sample pursuant to this article, upon conviction, pleading guilty or nolo contendere, or forfeiting bond, must pay a two hundred and fifty dollar processing fee which may not be waived by the court. However:

(1)   If if the person is incarcerated, the fee must be paid before the person is paroled or released from confinement and may be garnished from wages the person earns while incarcerated.; and

(2)   If if the person is not sentenced to a term of confinement, payment of the fee must be a condition of the person's sentence and may be paid in installments if so ordered by the court.

(B)   The processing fee assessed pursuant to this section must be remitted to the general fund of the State and credited to the State Law Enforcement Division to offset the expenses SLED incurs in carrying out the provisions of this article."

H.   Section 23-3-120(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)   A person subjected to a lawful custodial arrest for a state offense must be fingerprinted at the time the person is booked and processed into a jail or detention facility or other location when the taking of fingerprints is required. Fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency or detention facility pursuant to this section must be submitted to the State Law Enforcement Division's Central Record Repository within three days, excluding weekends and holidays, for the purposes of identifying record subjects and establishing criminal history record information."

I.   This SECTION takes effect on January 1, 2009. However, the implementation of the procedures provided for in this SECTION is contingent upon the State Law Enforcement Division's receipt of funds necessary to implement these provisions. Until the provisions of this SECTION are fully funded and executed, implementation of the provisions of this SECTION shall not prohibit the collection and testing of DNA samples by the methods allowed prior to the implementation of this SECTION from persons convicted, adjudicated delinquent, or on probation or parole for those crimes listed in Section 23-3-620. Upon this SECTION taking effect, a South Carolina law enforcement agency, which has in its possession any DNA samples that have been included in the DNA Database, immediately must destroy and dispose of the DNA samples in accordance with regulations promulgated by SLED pursuant to Section 23-3-640. /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator McCONNELL explained the amendment.

Senator McCONNELL proposed the following amendment (MS\7703AHB08), which was adopted:

Amend the amendment, as and if amended, by deleting Section 23-3-660(B), as contained in SECTION ___.F., and inserting:

/ (B)   The solicitor in the county in which the person was charged must notify SLED when the person becomes eligible to have his DNA record and DNA profile expunged. Upon receiving this notification, SLED must begin the expungement procedure. /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator McCONNELL explained the amendment.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was ordered returned to the House with amendments.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it refuses to concur in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

S. 429 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy and Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 17, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 28, THE "ACCESS TO JUSTICE POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING, AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 28, THE "PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

S. 429--SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENTS
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

S. 429 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy and Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 17, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 28, THE "ACCESS TO JUSTICE POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING, AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 28, THE "PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE.

On motion of Senator MARTIN, the Senate insisted upon its amendments to S. 429 and asked for a Committee of Conference.

Whereupon, Senators KNOTTS, MALLOY and CLEARY were appointed to the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it has appointed Reps. G. M. Smith, Crawford and Jennings to the Committee of Conference on the part of the House on:

S. 429 (Word version) -- Senators Malloy and Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 17, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 28, THE "ACCESS TO JUSTICE POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING, AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 28, THE "PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE ACT", SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

CONCURRENCE

S. 669 (Word version) -- Senator Alexander: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 43-7-465 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL INSURERS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF A CLAIM FOR A HEALTH CARE ITEM OR SERVICE AS A CONDITION OF DOING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE SHALL PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ON INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE STATE PLAN, SHALL ACCEPT THE STATE'S RIGHT OF RECOVERY OF CERTAIN PAYMENTS MADE UNDER THE STATE PLAN, SHALL RESPOND TO CLAIMS, AND SHALL AGREE NOT TO DENY CLAIMS ON THE BASIS OF THE TIME THE CLAIM WAS FILED, IF TIMELY FILED, THE FORMAT OF THE CLAIM FORM, OR FAILURE TO PRESENT DOCUMENTATION AT THE POINT OF SALE THAT IS THE BASIS OF THE CLAIM.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator HAYES, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

CONCURRENCE

S. 987 (Word version) -- Senator Gregory: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-80, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF BOATING LAWS, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THIS ENFORCEMENT, THE AUTHORITY OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ENFORCE THESE PROVISIONS, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-114, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO OPERATING A WATER DEVICE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS AND THE IMPLIED CONSENT FOR A BREATH TEST TO DETERMINE BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR PROCEDURAL MATTERS IN REGARD TO THESE TESTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-130, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DUTIES OF A VESSEL OPERATOR INVOLVED IN A COLLISION, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THESE DUTIES INCLUDING WHEN AN ACCIDENT REPORT IS REQUIRED AND TO STIPULATE THE PERSONS AND ENTITIES WHO MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE REPORT; BY ADDING SECTION 50-21-118 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE OPERATOR OF A WATERCRAFT IS STRICTLY LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS AND CONDUCT OF ALL PERSONS ON BOARD AND ANY PERSONS BEING TOWED BY THE WATERCRAFT; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-175, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO WATERCRAFT REQUIRED TO HEAVE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE MAGISTRATES COURT RETAINS JURISDICTION OVER VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION; BY ADDING SECTION 50-21-190 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO ABANDON A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR ON THE PUBLIC LANDS OR WATERS OF THIS STATE OR ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE PROPERTY OWNER AND TO ALSO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-710, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND REGULATORY MARKERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL NO WAKE ZONES HERETOFORE ESTABLISHED ARE CONSIDERED ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THIS SECTION; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 50-21-132, 50-21-133, 50-21-135, 50-21-136, 50-21-137, 50-21-138, 50-21-139, 50-21-142, 50-21-143, 50-21-144, 50-21-145, 50-21-147, AND 50-21-149 RELATING TO NO WAKE ZONES OR OTHER REGULATION OF WATERCRAFT ACTIVITIES.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator GREGORY, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

CONCURRENCE

S. 1376 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Peeler, Gregory and Short: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-530, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN YORK COUNTY, SO AS TO REVISE AND ADD CERTAIN VOTING PRECINCTS OF YORK COUNTY, AND TO REDESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER FOR THE MAP ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator HAYES, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

CONCURRENCE

H. 4320 (Word version) -- Reps. Whipper, Clyburn, R. Brown and Hosey: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-63-31, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SO AS TO ADD THE RESIDENCE OF A CHILD IN A PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS A RESULT OF A PARENT'S OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S MILITARY DEPLOYMENT.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator VERDIN, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

CONCURRENCE

H. 4511 (Word version) -- Rep. Walker: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY REPEALING SECTION 56-1-1750 RELATING TO A MOPED DRIVER'S LICENSE.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator GROOMS, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

CONCURRENCE

H. 4554 (Word version) -- Reps. Cobb-Hunter and Bedingfield: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-57-245 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY MAY NOT IMPOSE A LICENSE, OCCUPATION, OR PROFESSIONAL TAX OR FEE UPON REAL ESTATE LICENSEES, EXCEPT UPON THE BROKER-IN-CHARGE AT THE PLACE WHERE THE REAL ESTATE LICENSEE SHALL MAINTAIN A PRINCIPAL OR BRANCH OFFICE AND TO PROVIDE THAT A MUNICIPALITY MAY IMPOSE AN OCCUPATION, LICENSE, OR PROFESSIONAL TAX OR FEE UPON REAL ESTATE BROKERS-IN-CHARGE BASED UPON GROSS RECEIPTS ONLY FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN ITS CORPORATE LIMITS, AND A COUNTY GOVERNING AUTHORITY MAY IMPOSE AN OCCUPATION, LICENSE, OR PROFESSIONAL TAX OR FEE UPON REAL ESTATE BROKERS-IN-CHARGE BASED UPON GROSS RECEIPTS ONLY FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF THE COUNTY.

The House returned the Bill with amendments.

On motion of Senator RYBERG, the Senate concurred in the House amendments and a message was sent to the House accordingly. Ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act and the Act enrolled for Ratification.

RATIFICATION OF ACTS

Pursuant to an invitation the Honorable Speaker and House of Representatives appeared in the Senate Chamber on June 5, 2008, at 4:30 P.M. and the following Acts and Joint Resolutions were ratified:

(R338, S. 88 (Word version)) -- Senators Campsen, Sheheen and Knotts: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 14-1-207 AND 14-1-208, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ASSESSMENTS ON MAGISTRATES COURT OFFENSES AND MUNICIPAL COURT OFFENSES, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THESE ASSESSMENTS MAY NOT BE IMPOSED ON MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS INCLUDING PROHIBITED AREA PARKING VIOLATIONS AND VIOLATIONS FOR PARKING IN PLACES CLEARLY DESIGNATED FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS; TO AMEND SECTION 14-1-211, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SURCHARGES ON GENERAL SESSIONS, MAGISTRATES, AND MUNICIPAL COURT OFFENSES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT MISDEMEANOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS EXEMPTED FROM THE SURCHARGE INCLUDE PROHIBITED AREA PARKING VIOLATIONS AND VIOLATIONS FOR PARKING IN PLACES CLEARLY DESIGNATED FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS; AND BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-2600 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A LOCAL GOVERNING BODY FROM INCREASING A FINE OF A PARKING VIOLATION BEFORE THIRTY DAYS.
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(R339, S. 144 (Word version)) -- Senators Malloy, McConnell, Ford, Rankin, Knotts, Cleary, Vaughn, Campsen, Richardson, McGill, Elliott, Fair and Williams: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENTENCING REFORM COMMISSION TO REVIEW, STUDY, AND RECOMMEND LEGISLATION REGARDING SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES, THE PAROLE SYSTEM, AND ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROCEDURES FOR OFFENDERS FOR WHOM TRADITIONAL IMPRISONMENT IS NOT APPROPRIATE; TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION; AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE STAFFING OF THE COMMISSION AND FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE COMMISSION NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2009.
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(R340, S. 218 (Word version)) -- Senator Courson: AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 5, CHAPTER 9, TITLE 25, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT, SO AS TO RENAME THE COMPACT THE "EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT" AND TO CONFORM CROSS REFERENCES; TO AMEND ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 25, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION WITHIN THE OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING AN INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES FOR MITIGATION, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE TO, AND RECOVERY FROM ALL MAN-MADE AND NATURAL HAZARDS AND TO PROVIDE THAT WHEN AN EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED, THE GOVERNOR, AMONG OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, SHALL AUTHORIZE A PARTY TO EXCEED THE TERMS OF CURFEW UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND MAY AUTHORIZE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES TO EXTEND OPERATING HOURS; BY ADDING SECTION 23-3-70 SO AS TO REQUIRE EMERGENCY, FIRE, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ADOPT PLAIN LANGUAGE COMMUNICATIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-77-123, RELATING TO PROHIBITED GROUNDS FOR REFUSING TO RENEW AN AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICY, SO AS TO ALSO PROHIBIT SUCH REFUSAL TO RENEW DUE TO USE OF A PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE FOR VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICES; AND TO RENAME ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 25 AS THE "SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION".
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(R341, S. 274 (Word version)) -- Senators Fair, Verdin, Anderson, Sheheen, Campsen, Thomas, Williams, Bryant, Cromer and Scott: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 21, TITLE 24, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION, PAROLE AND PARDON SERVICES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 13 SO AS TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP AND OPERATE DAY REPORTING CENTERS FOR CERTAIN INMATES AND OFFENDERS, TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS FOR CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF AN INMATE'S PLACEMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN A DAY REPORTING PROGRAM IS AT THE JOINT DISCRETION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION, PAROLE AND PARDON SERVICES, TO PROVIDE THE PROCEDURE FOR THE REMOVAL OF A PARTICIPANT FROM THE PROGRAM, AND TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH THE PILOT PROJECT DAY REPORTING CENTER PROGRAM TERMINATES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 22-5-110, RELATING TO A MAGISTRATE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON CHARGED WITH CERTAIN MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES MUST BE GIVEN A COURTESY SUMMONS.
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(R343, S. 691 (Word version)) -- Senator Gregory: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-300 SO AS TO DESIGNATE WHICH SPECIES CONSTITUTE BIG GAME; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-335, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO BAG LIMITS ON ANTLERED DEER, SO AS TO PROVIDE BAG LIMITS FOR GAME ZONES 1 AND 2; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-520, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO WILD TURKEY SEASON, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY DECLARE CERTAIN OTHER OPEN OR CLOSED SEASONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-565, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CERTAIN DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF ARCHERY EQUIPMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-708, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO USE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-385, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MINIMUM SIZE FOR LARGEMOUTH BASS IN CERTAIN LAKES, INCLUDING LAKE WYLIE, SO AS TO REMOVE LANGUAGE SPECIFYING THAT THE SECTION ONLY APPLIES TO PORTIONS OF LAKE WYLIE LOCATED IN YORK COUNTY; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-125, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON SWIMMING NEAR PUBLIC BOAT LANDINGS, SO AS TO DELETE REQUIREMENTS ON SIGNAGE REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON THE DEPARTMENT; BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-515 SO AS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN AMERICAN INDIAN ARTISTS MAY USE WILD TURKEY FEATHERS IN CERTAIN ARTS AND CRAFTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-310, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO OPEN SEASON ON ANTLERED DEER, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT MAY PROMULGATE REGULATIONS ON WMA LANDS TO ESTABLISH METHODS FOR HUNTING AND TAKING DEER, AND TO DEFINE PRIMITIVE WEAPONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-335, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO BAG LIMITS ON ANTLERED DEER, SO AS TO PROVIDE LIMITS ON GAME ZONES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, AND 6; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 50-3-360 RELATING TO ADDITIONAL DEPUTY ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR GAME ZONE 2, 50-11-30 RELATING TO EXTENSION OF HUNTING SEASON WHEN SEASON OPENS OR CLOSES ON SUNDAY, 50-11-170 RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR BUYING, SELLING, OR DISPLAYING FOR SALE CARCASSES OR PARTS OF WILD RABBITS IN GAME ZONES 2 AND 4, 50-11-550 RELATING TO UNLAWFULNESS OF DISCHARGING A WEAPON OTHER THAN A SHOTGUN DURING CERTAIN TIMES OF YEAR IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CATAWBA RIVER AND INDIA HOOK DAM, 50-13-20 RELATING TO LAWFUL METHODS OF CATCHING FISH IN CERTAIN LAKES AND BOYD'S MILL POND IN GAME ZONE 2, 50-13-90 RELATING TO CLOSED SEASON ON TROUT, 50-13-980 RELATING TO THE PRESUMPTION FROM POSSESSION OF FISH IN EXCESS OF LEGAL LIMITS, 50-13-1010 RELATING TO APPLICATION OF ARTICLE TO CERTAIN BOTTOM FISHING, 50-13-1020 RELATING TO CERTAIN PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS, 50-19-2220 RELATING TO FISHING REGULATIONS FOR CERTAIN WATERS OF THE SAVANNAH RIVER, 50-19-2230 RELATING TO AMENDMENTS AND ADDITIONS TO FISHING REGULATIONS, AND 50-19-3010 RELATING TO LAWFUL METHODS OF CATCHING FISH IN FAIRFOREST CREEK IN UNION AND SPARTANBURG COUNTIES.
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(R344, S. 799 (Word version)) -- Senator Hayes: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-755, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SUPERVISORY AND PROTOCOL REQUIREMENTS FOR CONDUCTING AURICULAR DETOXIFICATION THERAPY, SO AS TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT AURICULAR DETOXIFICATION THERAPISTS MUST BE SUPERVISED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-710, RELATING TO THE ACUPUNCTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT THREE MEMBERS, RATHER THAN FOUR, CONSTITUTE A QUORUM OF THE FIVE MEMBER BOARD; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-725, RELATING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH PERSONS PRACTICING ACUPUNCTURE SINCE 1980 ARE EXEMPT FROM LICENSURE, SO AS TO ALSO APPLY THESE CONDITIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM LICENSURE TO PERSONS PRACTICING AURICULAR THERAPY SINCE 1997; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-745, RELATING TO PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE AND FOR THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF CERTAIN TITLES, SO AS TO SPECIFY TITLES THAT LICENSED ACUPUNCTURISTS MAY USE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 40-47-730 RELATING TO AURICULAR THERAPY LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS.
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(R345, S. 951 (Word version)) -- Senator Hayes: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-33-245, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE FIVE PERCENT EXCISE TAX ON THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE REVENUES OF THE TAX, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION TO STATE AGENCIES, COUNTIES, AND LOCAL ENTITIES MUST BE BASED ON REVENUES RECEIVED IN FISCAL YEAR 2004-2005, RATHER THAN REVENUES ALLOCATED AND TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR TAX VIOLATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION FOR AN ESTABLISHMENT SERVING MEALS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-1610, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS LICENSED FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR BY THE DRINK, SO AS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO FOOD SERVICE.
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(R346, S. 968 (Word version)) -- Senators McGill, O'Dell, Williams and Knotts: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-405, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "WEAPON" AND THE HANDLING OF WEAPONS USED IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, SO AS TO REMOVE "KNIFE WITH A BLADE OVER TWO INCHES LONG" FROM THE DEFINITION; TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-460, RELATING TO CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCLUSION OF KNIVES WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE OFFENSE UNLESS THEY ARE USED WITH THE INTENT TO COMMIT A CRIME; TO AMEND SECTION 10-11-320, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL CARRYING OR DISCHARGING OF A FIREARM ON CAPITOL GROUNDS AND WITHIN THE CAPITOL BUILDING, SO AS TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR A PERSON WHO POSSESSES A CONCEALABLE WEAPONS PERMIT AND WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO PARK ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS OR THE GARAGE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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(R347, S. 970 (Word version)) -- Senator Hutto: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-29-135, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CONFIDENTIALITY OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE RECORDS, SO AS TO APPLY CONFIDENTIALITY TO RECORDS RELATING TO CASES OF A BLOODBORNE DISEASE AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO NOTIFY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL NURSE IF A MINOR IS ATTENDING A SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT AND HAS ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME OR IS INFECTED WITH THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS; BY ADDING SECTION 44-29-137 SO AS TO REQUIRE A SCHOOL NURSE OR OTHER SCHOOL OFFICIAL TO REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL INCIDENTS IN WHICH BLOOD OR BODILY FLUIDS HAVE BEEN TRANSMITTED BETWEEN STUDENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 44-29-230, RELATING TO REQUIRED TESTING WHEN A HEALTH CARE WORKER IS EXPOSED TO A BLOODBORNE DISEASE, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS INCLUDING ADDING HEPATITIS C TO THE DEFINITION OF "BLOODBORNE DISEASES" AND TO DEFINE "PERSON PROVIDING CARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOOD SAMARITAN ACT"; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-10-220 SO AS TO REQUIRE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ADOPT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS ON UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS FOR BLOODBORNE DISEASE EXPOSURE.
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(R348, S. 980 (Word version)) -- Senator Lourie: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-121, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CREATION, PURPOSE, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY PROVIDING GUARDIAN AD LITEM SERVICES ON THIS ACT'S EFFECTIVE DATE MAY CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES IF THE COUNTY'S PROGRAM IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE ASSOCIATION AND TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH PROGRAMS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS; TO AMEND SECTIONS 20-7-126 AND 20-7-127, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING, RESPECTIVELY, TO CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS AND IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY, SO AS TO FURTHER SPECIFY THAT THESE PROVISIONS APPLY TO COUNTY GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAMS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-129, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH FUNDING MUST NOT BE PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR A COUNTY GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM.
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(R349, S. 1007 (Word version)) -- Senator Hayes: AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 6 OF TITLE 34, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA UNIFORM MANAGEMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS ACT, SO AS TO REVISE ITS NAME TO THE "SOUTH CAROLINA UNIFORM PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS ACT" AND TO PROVIDE UPDATED ARTICULATIONS OF THE PRUDENCE STANDARDS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND INVESTMENT OF CHARITABLE FUNDS AND FOR ENDOWMENT SPENDING, APPLY PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT AND INVESTMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS TO CHARITIES ORGANIZED AS A TRUST, A NONPROFIT CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY, IMPOSE ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON THOSE WHO MANAGE AND INVEST CHARITABLE FUNDS, AND UPDATE RULES GOVERNING EXPENDITURES FROM ENDOWMENT FUNDS AND PROVISIONS GOVERNING THE RELEASE AND MODIFICATION OF RESTRICTIONS ON CHARITABLE FUNDS.
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(R351, S. 1059 (Word version)) -- Senator O'Dell: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-79-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROHIBITED CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS IN CONTRACTS FOR PHYSICAL FITNESS SERVICES, SO AS TO MAKE TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND REFERENCE CHANGES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 44-79-60, RELATING TO PERMISSIBLE CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS IN CONTRACTS FOR PHYSICAL FITNESS SERVICES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO RENEWAL OPTIONS AND AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OPTIONS INCLUDING DURATION, ENFORCEABILITY, NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS, PRICING, OPT-IN RIGHTS, AND CANCELLATION.
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(R352, S. 1106 (Word version)) -- Senators McConnell and Campsen: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 27 TO TITLE 7 SO AS TO CODIFY THE PROVISIONS OF LAW THAT CREATED AND COMBINED VARIOUS COUNTY BOARDS OF REGISTRATION AND ELECTION COMMISSIONS INTO A SINGLE ENTITY, TO PROVIDE THAT THOSE COUNTIES THAT DO NOT HAVE COMBINED BOARDS OF REGISTRATION AND ELECTION COMMISSIONS MUST HAVE THEIR SEPARATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-5-10 AND 7-13-70.
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(R353, S. 1115 (Word version)) -- Senators Leventis, Land, Ford, Anderson, Hutto, Malloy, Matthews, Williams, Peeler, Short, Sheheen, Drummond, Jackson, Ceips and Lourie: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-112-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IN-STATE TUITION AT PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THESE PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AND RETAIN IN-STATE TUITION RATES; AND BY ADDING SECTION 40-1-75 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHOSE PROFESSION OR OCCUPATION IS REGULATED BY TITLE 40 IS EXEMPT FROM COMPLETING CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR HIS PROFESSION OR OCCUPATION WHILE SERVING ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY.
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(R354, S. 1122 (Word version)) -- Senator Hutto: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-515 SO AS TO PERMIT AN AMERICAN INDIAN ARTIST WHO MEETS CERTAIN CONDITIONS TO ADVERTISE AND SELL HIS ARTS AND CRAFTS CONTAINING WILD TURKEY FEATHERS IF HE PRODUCES FROM HIS PERSON HIS AUTHORIZATION PURSUANT TO THE INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS BOARD ACT AND TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ALL OTHER PARTS OF WILD TURKEYS.
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(R355, S. 1141 (Word version)) -- Senators McConnell, Rankin, Martin, Leventis, Peeler, Alexander, Hayes, Setzler, Hutto, Ceips, Knotts and Malloy: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2110, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CALCULATION OF TAX ON MANUFACTURED HOMES, SO AS TO REFINE THE DEFINITION OF A MANUFACTURED HOME THAT IS SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM SALES TAX BECAUSE IT MEETS CERTAIN ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 52, TITLE 48, BY ADDING ARTICLE 10 SO AS TO ESTABLISH AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM PROVIDING A NONREFUNDABLE INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENT MANUFACTURED HOMES IN SOUTH CAROLINA; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3587, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A TAX CREDIT FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A SMALL HYDROPOWER SYSTEM AND TO DEFINE SUCH A SYSTEM; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-14-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ZONE TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO RESTATE THE CREDIT AS AN INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT, PROVIDE THAT THE CREDIT IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PLACEMENT IN SERVICE OF CERTAIN QUALIFIED EQUIPMENT AND A COMMITMENT TO THE REQUIRED CAPITAL INVESTMENT, PROVIDE FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR AND LIMITATIONS ON THE CREDIT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESS FOR CLAIMING THE CREDIT.
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(R356, S. 1143 (Word version)) -- Senators McConnell, Martin, Alexander, Hayes, Hutto, Ceips, Peeler, Leventis, Rankin, Setzler, Knotts and Malloy: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE SALES TAX, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS PURCHASED FOR NONCOMMERCIAL HOME OR PERSONAL USE WITH A SALES PRICE OF TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER PRODUCT OR LESS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE SALES TAX UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXEMPTION AND ITS APPLICABILITY DURING A PARTICULAR FISCAL YEAR BASED ON REVENUE FORECASTS; TO ENACT THE "SECOND AMENDMENT RECOGNITION ACT" BY AMENDING SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE SALES TAX, SO AS TO EXEMPT THE SALES OF HANDGUNS, RIFLES, AND SHOTGUNS DURING A SPECIFIED FORTY-EIGHT HOUR WEEKEND PERIOD; AND BY ADDING SECTION 12-28-340 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT REGARDLESS OF OTHER PRODUCTS OFFERED, CERTAIN MOTOR FUEL TERMINALS LOCATED WITHIN THE STATE MUST OFFER A PETROLEUM PRODUCT THAT HAS NOT BEEN BLENDED WITH ETHANOL AND THAT IS SUITABLE FOR SUBSEQUENT BLENDING WITH ETHANOL, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON OR ENTITY MUST NOT TAKE ANY ACTION TO DENY A MOTOR FUEL DISTRIBUTOR OR MOTOR FUEL RETAILER WHO IS DOING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE AND WHO HAS REGISTERED WITH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ON FORM 637(M) FROM BEING THE BLENDER OF RECORD AFFORDED THEM BY THE ACCEPTANCE BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OF FORM 637(M); AND TO PROVIDE THAT A DISTRIBUTOR OR RETAILER AND A REFINER MUST UTILIZE THE RENEWABLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (RIN) TRADING SYSTEM.
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(R357, S. 1150 (Word version)) -- Senator Verdin: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-1630, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL IMPORTATION, POSSESSION, OR SELLING OF CERTAIN FISH AND SPECIAL PERMITS FOR RESEARCH, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY ISSUE SPECIAL PERMITS FOR THE STOCKING OF STERILE WHITE AMUR OR GRASS CARP HYBRIDS IN THE WATERS OF THIS STATE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE SPECIAL PERMITS MUST CERTIFY THAT THE PERMITEE'S WHITE AMUR OR GRASS CARP HYBRIDS HAVE BEEN TESTED AND DETERMINED TO BE STERILE, TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO CHARGE FEES FOR THE WHITE AMUR OR GRASS CARP HYBRIDS PROVIDED BASED ON SIZE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE SPECIAL PERMITS FOR THE IMPORTATION, BREEDING, AND POSSESSION OF NONSTERILE WHITE AMUR OR GRASS CARP HYBRIDS.
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(R358, S. 1158 (Word version)) -- Senators Hayes, Sheheen, Gregory, Short and Peeler: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-29-230, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS, SO AS TO DESIGNATE A PORTION OF THE CATAWBA RIVER AS A SCENIC RIVER.
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(R360, S. 1172 (Word version)) -- Senators Knotts, Ford, Fair, Elliott, Thomas, Short, O'Dell, Reese and Anderson: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 17-5-50, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO FILLING OF VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF THE CORONER, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE VACANCIES SHALL BE FILLED AND FOR THE PERSON WHO SHALL ACT IN THE CORONER'S PLACE IF A VACANCY OR SUSPENSION IN THE OFFICE EXISTS.
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(R361, S. 1210 (Word version)) -- Senator Leatherman: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-29-230, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SCENIC RIVERS, SO AS TO EXPAND THE PORTION OF LYNCHES RIVER THAT IS DESIGNATED AS A SCENIC RIVER.
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(R362, S. 1232 (Word version)) -- Senators Cleary, Rankin and Elliott: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 4 TO CHAPTER 10 OF TITLE 4, ENACTING THE "EDUCATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SALES AND USE TAX ACT" SO AS TO ALLOW A ONE PERCENT LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX TO BE IMPOSED IN A COUNTY FOR NOT MORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS UPON REFERENDUM APPROVAL WITH THE REVENUES OF THE TAX USED BY THE COUNTY'S SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARDS OF TRUSTEES TO PAY FOR SPECIFIC PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE COUNTY AND TO PROVIDE A METHOD WHEREBY REVENUE OF THE TAX MAY BE SHARED FOR THE PURPOSES OF SPECIFIC CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE CAMPUSES OF A TECHNICAL COLLEGE OR OTHER STATE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING LOCATED IN THE COUNTY, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFERENDUM REQUIRED FOR THE IMPOSITION OF THE TAX, THE DURATION OF THE TAX, NOT TO EXCEED FIFTEEN YEARS, THE CRITERIA PROVIDING LIMITS ON THOSE COUNTIES IN WHICH THIS TAX MAY BE IMPOSED, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TAX AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE REVENUE.
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(R363, S. 1252 (Word version)) -- Senators Leatherman and Peeler: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 2-75-5, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS CONCERNING RESEARCH CENTERS OF ECONOMIC EXCELLENCE, SO AS TO REVISE REFERENCES AS TO SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS; TO AMEND SECTION 2-7-10, RELATING TO THE RESEARCH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE REVIEW BOARD, SO AS TO ADD TWO MEMBERS TO THE BOARD, PROVIDE FOR THEIR APPOINTMENT, PROVIDE THAT BOARD MEMBERS RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION AND REVISE THE BOARD'S REPORTING DUTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 2-75-30, RELATING TO THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE MATCHING ENDOWMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE ENDOWMENT FUNDING OF THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY ACT, ESTABLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FUNDING OF THESE APPROPRIATIONS, PROVIDE WHAT FUNDS, INCLUDING INTEREST EARNINGS, CONSTITUTE THE TOTAL FUNDS APPROPRIATED, AND PROVIDE FOR THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THE AWARDING OF ENDOWED CHAIR PROPOSALS; TO AMEND SECTION 2-75-50, RELATING TO APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO ENCOURAGE ELIGIBLE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES TO PARTNER WITH OTHER SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO DEVELOP PROPOSALS TO ENHANCE THIS STATE'S ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND TO ENHANCE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING; TO AMEND SECTION 2-75-90, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MEETING MATCHING REQUIREMENT WITH PRIVATE OR FEDERAL FUNDS, SO AS TO DELETE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE; BY ADDING SECTION 2-75-100 SO AS TO ALLOW SENIOR RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES TO UTILIZE A PORTION OF NONSTATE MATCHING FUNDS TO PAY FOR INITIAL OPERATING COSTS; BY ADDING SECTION 2-75-110 SO AS TO ALLOW THESE UNIVERSITIES TO ACCEPT AND APPLY CASH EQUIVALENT AND IN-KIND DONATIONS FROM NONSTATE SOURCES; AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 133 OF TITLE 59, RELATING TO FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY BY DESIGNATING EXISTING PROVISIONS FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY AS ARTICLE 1, TITLED "GENERAL PROVISIONS" AND ADDING ARTICLE 3 SO AS TO ALLOW THE FRANCIS MARION BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO ISSUE REVENUE BONDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ATHLETIC FACILITIES BY RESOLUTION, TO PROVIDE THE MANNER AND TERMS BY WHICH THE BONDS ARE ISSUED, AND TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS.
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(R364, S. 1297 (Word version)) -- Senator Hawkins: AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 890 OF 1976, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE HOLLY SPRINGS VOLUNTEER FIRE DISTRICT IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE DISTRICT TO THE "HOLLY SPRINGS FIRE-RESCUE DISTRICT".
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(R365, S. 1322 (Word version)) -- Senators O'Dell and Drummond: AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 780 OF 1928, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ABBEVILLE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE HOSPITAL TO THE "ABBEVILLE AREA MEDICAL CENTER" AND TO REVISE THE MANNER OF SELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
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(R366, S. 1367 (Word version)) -- Senator Elliott: AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 742 OF 1946, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LORIS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL COMMISSION, ITS MEMBERS, POWERS, AND DUTIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TERMS OF ALL MEMBERS EXPIRE ON OCTOBER FIRST OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THEIR TERMS EXPIRE.
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(R367, H. 3006 (Word version)) -- Reps. J.E. Smith, G.R. Smith, Talley, Gullick, Herbkersman, Brady, Mulvaney, Scarborough, Pinson, Shoopman, Hagood, Agnew, Stewart, Bedingfield, McLeod, Funderburk, Perry, Bales, Toole, Stavrinakis, Harrison, Vick, Ceips, Whipper and Bowen: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 56-5-160 AND 56-19-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BOTH RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "BICYCLE", SO AS TO CLARIFY THE DEFINITION AND TO EXCLUDE CHILDRENS' TRICYCLES; TO AMEND ARTICLE 27, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 56, RELATING TO BICYCLISTS AND USERS OF PLAY VEHICLES, SO AS TO DEFINE "BICYCLE LANE" AND PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT MOTOR VEHICLES MAY NOT BLOCK BICYCLE LANES AND MUST YIELD TO BICYCLISTS IN SUCH LANES, TO PROVIDE THAT BICYCLISTS MAY, BUT ARE NOT REQUIRED TO RIDE ON THE SHOULDER OF A ROADWAY, TO DELETE THE PROVISION REQUIRING A BICYCLIST TO USE A BIKE PATH WHEN PROVIDED, RATHER THAN THE ROADWAY, TO REQUIRE A MOTORIST TO MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE MOTOR VEHICLE AND A BICYCLE, TO CREATE A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE FOR HARASSING, TAUNTING, OR MALICIOUSLY THROWING AN OBJECT AT A BICYCLIST, TO DELETE PROVISIONS REQUIRING BICYCLES TO HAVE A BELL OR OTHER AUDIBLE DEVICE, TO SPECIFY THE FORM AND EXTENT OF ARM SIGNALS THAT BICYCLISTS MUST USE, TO PROVIDE A FINE FOR FAILING TO HAVE A BRAKE ON A BICYCLE, AND TO PROVIDE CIVIL FINES FOR VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING FINES WHEN A PERSON DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE CAUSES AN INJURY TO A BICYCLIST.
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(R368, H. 3008 (Word version)) -- Reps. Ballentine, Haskins, Cotty and Lowe: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-220, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT REAL PROPERTY OWNED BY A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION WHICH IS NOT USED FOR THE ORGANIZATION'S MEETINGS OR THE ORGANIZATION'S TAX EXEMPT PURPOSES BUT WHICH IS HELD FOR FUTURE USE BY THE ORGANIZATION IN PURSUIT OF ITS EXEMPT PURPOSES OR WHICH IS HELD BY THE ORGANIZATION FOR INVESTMENT IN PURSUIT OF THE ORGANIZATION'S EXEMPT PURPOSES IF THIS REAL PROPERTY WHILE HELD IS NOT RENTED OR LEASED FOR A PURPOSE UNRELATED TO THE ORGANIZATION'S EXEMPT PURPOSES AND THE USE OF THE REAL PROPERTY DOES NOT INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF ANY PRIVATE STOCKHOLDER OR INDIVIDUAL, TO LIMIT THIS EXEMPTION TO THREE YEARS, AND PROVIDE FOR RECAPTURE OF AMOUNTS EXEMPTED IF THE PROPERTY IS TRANSFERRED; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3310, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF TAX CREDITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICATION OF TAX CREDITS WHEN EARNED BY CERTAIN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3410, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS INCOME TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THIS CREDIT; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3520, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE INCOME CREDIT FOR HABITAT MANAGEMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THIS CREDIT FOR PASS THROUGH ENTITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 12-10-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE ENTERPRISE ZONE ACT OF 1995, SO AS TO ADD A DEFINITION FOR A "SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS"; TO AMEND SECTION 12-10-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO JOB DEVELOPMENT CREDITS, SO AS TO REVISE ELIGIBILITY FOR WAIVER LIMITS OF A SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS AND REVISE OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CREDIT; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 12-44-30, 4-29-67, AND 4-12-30, ALL AS AMENDED, RELATING RESPECTIVELY TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE FEE IN LIEU OF TAX SIMPLIFICATION ACT AND RELATING TO FEES IN LIEU OF TAXES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THAT INVESTMENT ATTRIBUTED TO A SPONSOR.
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(R369, H. 3023 (Word version)) -- Rep. Bingham: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 95 TO TITLE 38 SO AS TO ENACT THE "INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT" TO REGULATE CERTAIN DESIGNATED INSURANCE PRODUCTS AND ADVERTISEMENT OF THOSE PRODUCTS UNIFORMLY AMONG THE STATES THAT ARE COMPACT MEMBERS, AND TO AUTHORIZE THIS STATE TO JOIN THE COMPACT.
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(R370, H. 3159 (Word version)) -- Reps. Toole, Umphlett, Littlejohn, Huggins, Sandifer, Viers, Hamilton, G.R. Smith, Leach, Haskins, Cato, Shoopman, Bedingfield, Loftis and Lowe: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 10-1-168 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE POSTING OF THE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN LAW AND GOVERNMENT DISPLAY IN A PUBLIC LOCATION IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF THE STATE AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, TO DELINEATE THE CONTENT OF THE DISPLAY, TO PROVIDE A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DOCUMENTS INCLUDED IN THE DISPLAY, AND TO CREATE AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE DISPLAY TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY.
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(R371, H. 3323 (Word version)) -- Reps. Harrison and Cotty: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-19-265, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES' ACCEPTANCE OF ELECTRONICALLY FILED LIEN INFORMATION FOR NEWLY ACQUIRED VEHICLES, VEHICLES ALREADY TITLED, AND LIEN RELEASES, AND THE COLLECTION OF A TRANSACTION FEE FOR THE TRANSMISSION OR RETRIEVAL OF DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF THERE ARE ONE OR MORE LIENS OR ENCUMBRANCES ON A MOTOR VEHICLE OR MOBILE HOME, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL TRANSMIT ELECTRONICALLY OR BY PAPER CERTIFICATE THE LIEN TO THE FIRST LIENHOLDER AND NOTIFY THE FIRST LIENHOLDER OF ANY ADDITIONAL LIENS, AND LIEN SATISFACTIONS, TO PROVIDE WHEN ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF LIENS AND LIEN SATISFACTIONS IS USED, A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE MAY BE ISSUED WHEN THE LAST LIEN IS SATISFIED AND A CLEAR CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED, TO PROVIDE THAT WHEN A MOTOR VEHICLE OR MOBILE HOME IS SUBJECT TO AN ELECTRONIC LIEN, ITS CERTIFICATE OF TITLE IS PHYSICALLY HELD BY THE LIENHOLDER, TO PROVIDE THAT A CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ELECTRONIC RECORD OF A LIEN IS ADMISSIBLE IN COURT AS EVIDENCE OF THE EXISTENCE OF A LIEN, TO PROVIDE THAT THE LIENHOLDER HAS THE OPTION TO RECEIVE A PAPER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE AND TO RECEIVE NOTICES OF SUBSEQUENT LIENS AND SATISFACTION OF LIENS BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A TRANSACTION FEE MAY BE COLLECTED BY COMMERCIAL PARTIES AND LENDERS WHO TRANSMIT OR RETRIEVE DATA PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
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(R372, H. 3359 (Word version)) -- Reps. Gullick, Mulvaney, Simrill, Kirsh, Delleney and Shoopman: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-3-135 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MARRIAGE, OTHERWISE LAWFUL, THAT IS DECLARED VOID AB INITIO BY REASON OF FRAUD DOES NOT RELIEVE THE PARTY COMMITTING THE FRAUD OF THE DUTY TO PROVIDE SPOUSAL SUPPORT THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE EXISTED.
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(R373, H. 3478 (Word version)) -- Reps. Spires, Haley, Huggins, Bedingfield, F.N. Smith, Ballentine, Crawford, Frye, Harvin, Jefferson, Knight, Leach, Littlejohn, Mitchell, J.R. Smith, Stavrinakis, Toole, Whipper and Weeks: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-851 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL ESTABLISH A FEDERALLY REQUIRED STATE DISBURSEMENT UNIT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF CHILD, SPOUSAL, OR CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1140, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROVIDING NOTICE TO THE NONREGISTERING PARTY UNDER THE UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT WHEN AN ORDER OF SUPPORT IS REGISTERED IN ANOTHER STATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN BY FIRST-CLASS, CERTIFIED, OR REGISTERED MAIL OR BY OTHER AUTHORIZED FORMS OF PERSONAL SERVICE; BY ADDING SECTIONS 20-7-1300 AND 20-7-1310 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CENTRALIZED STATE DISBURSEMENT UNIT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF SUPPORT IS TO BE IMPLEMENTED ON A COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BASIS, TO PROVIDE THAT STATUTORY CHANGES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IMPLEMENTATION TAKE EFFECT ON A COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BASIS, AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO NOTIFY EACH AFFECTED SUPPORT PAYOR OF THE DATE ON WHICH THESE CHANGES TAKE EFFECT; TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1315, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROCEDURES FOR INCOME WITHHOLDING TO SECURE PAYMENT OF SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS, SO AS TO REVISE THESE PROCEDURES TO CONFORM TO THE FEDERALLY REQUIRED STATE DISBURSEMENT UNIT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF SUPPORT AND TO PROVIDE THAT IF A PERSON ORDERED TO PAY SUPPORT IS IN ARREARAGE IN AN AMOUNT EQUALING THREE MONTHS SUPPORT, THE PERSON'S WAGES MUST BE WITHHELD FOR THE COLLECTION OF THE PERSON'S SUPPORT OBLIGATION; TO AMEND SECTIONS 20-7-1326 AND 20-7-1328, RELATING, RESPECTIVELY, TO PROCEDURES FOR THE RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT OF SUPPORT PAYMENTS BY THE CLERK OF COURT PURSUANT TO INCOME WITHHOLDING PROCEDURES AND TO VOLUNTARY INCOME WITHHOLDING PROCEDURES, SO AS TO REVISE THESE PROCEDURES TO CONFORM WITH THE FEDERALLY REQUIRED STATE DISBURSEMENT UNIT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF SUPPORT; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-420, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE FAMILY COURT IN DOMESTIC MATTERS, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE ORDERS FOR THE PAYMENT OF SUPPORT, SO AS TO CLARIFY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE OBLIGATION TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT UP TO AND AFTER AGE EIGHTEEN.
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(R375, H. 3852 (Word version)) -- Reps. Harrison and McLeod: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-4-130, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL'S EMERGENCY HEALTH POWERS, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF "QUALIFYING HEALTH CONDITION" AND "TRIAL COURT"; TO AMEND SECTION 44-4-320, RELATING TO POWERS AND DUTIES REGARDING SAFE DISPOSAL OF HUMAN REMAINS, SO AS TO SPECIFY THAT EXISTING PROVISIONS IN THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN GOVERN THE DISPOSAL OF REMAINS AND IF THE PLAN IS NOT SUFFICIENT, MEASURES MAY BE ADOPTED RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DEATH CERTIFICATE AND AUTOPSY PROCEDURES; TO AMEND SECTION 44-4-530, RELATING TO ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE OF INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS AND PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE, SO AS TO CHANGE A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE TO A FELONY OFFENSE FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE RULES AND ORDERS AND TO PROHIBIT AN EMPLOYER FROM FIRING, DEMOTING, OR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE COMPLYING WITH AN ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE ORDER; TO AMEND SECTION 44-4-540, RELATING TO ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROCEDURES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE ISOLATION AND QUARANTINING OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS UNDER OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW MUST BE CARRIED OUT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 44-4-570, RELATING TO ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY HEALTH POWERS AND PROCEDURES REGARDING LICENSING OF HEALTH PERSONNEL, SO AS TO FURTHER SPECIFY THE USE OF IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, TO PROVIDE THAT IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN A STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY APPLIES IF THE VOLUNTEER DOES NOT RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM THE STATE FOR THE APPOINTED SERVICES AND DUTIES, AND TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO EMERGENCY ASSISTANT MEDICAL EXAMINERS OR CORONERS.
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(R376, H. 3880 (Word version)) -- Reps. W.D. Smith, Hagood, Mitchell and McLeod: AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 7, CHAPTER 56 OF TITLE 44, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE BROWNFIELDS/VOLUNTARY CLEANUP PROGRAM, SO AS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO REVISE THE LIABILITY PROTECTION PROVIDED AS AN INCENTIVE TO PARTIES TO CONDUCT RESPONSE ACTIONS WHEN THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION OF PROPERTY; TO FURTHER SPECIFY THE SCOPE OF A COVENANT NOT TO SUE PROVIDED TO PARTIES WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION OF PROPERTY; TO PROVIDE THAT CONTAMINATION OF PROPERTY INCLUDES IMPACT BY PETROLEUM OR A PETROLEUM PRODUCT; TO SPECIFY THAT PROPERTY ON WHICH A RELEASE OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS OCCURRED IS PROPERTY ELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE VOLUNTARY CLEANUP PROGRAM; TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT ELIGIBILITY FOR A NONRESPONSIBLE PARTY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM REQUIRES THE PARTY TO UNDERTAKE TO EXPAND, REDEVELOP, OR RETURN TO USE THE PROPERTY; TO FURTHER SPECIFY GROUNDS FOR TERMINATING A VOLUNTARY CLEANUP CONTRACT AND A CONTRACT COVENANT NOT TO SUE; TO FURTHER SPECIFY REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE MET BEFORE A NONRESPONSIBLE PARTY ENTERS INTO A VOLUNTARY CLEANUP CONTRACT; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS PROGRAM; AND TO CONFORM PROVISIONS IN THIS ARTICLE TO THE REVISIONS MADE PURSUANT TO THIS ACT; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3550, RELATING TO VOLUNTARY CLEANUP ACTIVITY TAX CREDITS, SO AS TO DELETE A REFERENCE TO TAXES DUE UNDER CORPORATE INCOME TAX.
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(R377, H. 3975 (Word version)) -- Reps. Delleney and Bowers: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ALLOW THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY BY ORDINANCE TO POSTPONE FOR ONE ADDITIONAL YEAR A COUNTYWIDE PROPERTY TAX EQUALIZATION AND REASSESSMENT PROGRAM OTHERWISE SCHEDULED FOR IMPLEMENTATION BEGINNING FOR PROPERTY TAX YEAR 2008.
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(R378, H. 3993 (Word version)) -- Reps. Duncan, Bedingfield, Davenport, Barfield, Brantley, G. Brown, Ceips, Gambrell, Hiott, Hodges, Jennings, Knight, Leach, Littlejohn, Lowe, Miller, Owens, M.A. Pitts, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, Spires and Taylor: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-125 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE OPENING DAY OF THE ANNUAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON EACH YEAR IS DESIGNATED AS "HISTORIC BASEBALL LEAGUES DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
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(R379, H. 4067 (Word version)) -- Rep. Harrison: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-24-10, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEED RECORDING FEE, SO AS TO EXEMPT A DEED TRANSFERRING REAL PROPERTY FROM A TRUST TO A TRUST DISTRIBUTEE UPON THE DEATH OF THE SETTLOR UPON CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
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(R380, H. 4312 (Word version)) -- Rep. Kirsh: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 62-5-106 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP, OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHED BY REASON OF INCAPACITY, AND NOT MERELY MINORITY, DOES NOT TERMINATE AUTOMATICALLY UPON THE ATTAINMENT OF THE AGE OF MAJORITY BY THE INCAPACITATED PERSON AND TO DEFINE "INCAPACITATED PERSON" FOR THAT PURPOSE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 62-5-504, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR VISITATION RIGHTS OF THE HEALTH CARE AGENT AND TO MAKE NONSUBSTANTIVE FORMAT CHANGES.
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(R381 H. 4334 (Word version)) -- Reps. J.M. Neal, Harrell, Clyburn, Haskins, Hosey, Cotty, Toole, Mahaffey, Moss, Mulvaney and Knight: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-61-80, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS TO BE CERTIFIED AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, SO AS TO ALSO REQUIRE AN APPLICANT TO UNDERGO A CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK FOR CERTIFICATION AND FOR RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATION.
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(R382, H. 4339 (Word version)) -- Reps. Cooper, Clyburn, Battle, Haskins, Harrison, Hosey, Cotty, Walker and Bales: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 9-10-35 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AFTER JUNE 30, 1993, IF OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE, ALSO MAY RECEIVE ADDITIONAL NATIONAL GUARD RETIREMENT BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THE STATE NATIONAL GUARD RETIREMENT SYSTEM UNDER CHAPTER 10 OF TITLE 9 AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION APPLY TO NATIONAL GUARD PENSION BENEFITS PAYABLE ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2007.
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(R383, H. 4340 (Word version)) -- Reps. Cooper, Clyburn, Battle, Kirsh and Hosey: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 8-23-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE MEMBERSHIP, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE DEFERRED COMPENSATION COMMISSION, SO AS TO ADD THE CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER OF THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM INVESTMENT COMMISSION AS AN EX OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE DEFERRED COMPENSATION COMMISSION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 8-23-30, RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE TO DEFER THE COMPENSATION OF AN EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATING IN A DEFERRED COMPENSATION PROGRAM, SO AS TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE LIMIT ON SUCH DEFERRALS.
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(R384, H. 4448 (Word version)) -- Reps. Bales, Ballentine, Bingham, Brady, Cotty, Frye, Haley, Harrison, Hart, Howard, Huggins, McLeod, J.H. Neal, Ott, E.H. Pitts, Rutherford, Scott, Spires, J.E. Smith and Toole: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 55-11-330, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS OF THE RICHLAND-LEXINGTON AIRPORT COMMISSION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CHAIRMANSHIP MUST BE ROTATED AMONG THE THREE PUBLIC MEMBER ENTITIES REPRESENTED ON THE COMMISSION AND THAT THE FREQUENCY OF A MEMBER OF EACH ENTITY SERVING AS CHAIRMAN MUST BE BASED UPON THE PERCENTAGE THAT EACH PUBLIC BODY'S MEMBERSHIP ON THE COMMISSION IS TO THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION.
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(R385, H. 4470 (Word version)) -- Reps. Harrell, Leach, Cato, Hagood, Hamilton, Harrison, Limehouse, Merrill, Scarborough, W.D. Smith, Stavrinakis, Walker, Young, Gambrell, Haley, Bedingfield, Mahaffey, Cotty, McLeod, Owens, Rice, Bowen, Viers and Shoopman: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 58-5-390 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE UTILITY MAY NOT IMPOSE A TAP FEE, RECURRING MAINTENANCE FEE, OR OTHER FEE, HOWEVER DESCRIBED FOR THE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM THAT EXCEEDS THE ACTUAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER LINE TO THE SYSTEM AND TO DEFINE ACTUAL COSTS; BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3622 SO AS TO ALLOW A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT, AT THE OPTION OF THE PROPERTY-TAXING ENTITY FOR TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE COSTS OF INSTALLING A FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN A COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE WHEN SUCH INSTALLATION IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW, TO ALLOW AN INCOME TAX CREDIT IN THE AMOUNT OF THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT, TO PROVIDE THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE CREDITS ARE USED WHEN EARNED BY PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES, AND TO MAKE UNUSED CREDITS TRANSFERABLE BY THE STRUCTURE'S OWNER TO A TENANT; TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-3130, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA REAL PROPERTY VALUATION REFORM ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE INSTALLATION OF A FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN A COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE WHEN THE INSTALLATION IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW IS NOT AN ADDITION OR IMPROVEMENT; BY ADDING SECTION 10-1-80 SO AS TO PROHIBIT ENFORCEMENT OF THAT PORTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE OR NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FIRE CODE THAT PROHIBITS THE USE OF NATURAL CUT TREES IN CELEBRATIONS IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-220, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT THE VALUE OF FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN A COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE WHEN THE INSTALLATION IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS EXEMPTION APPLIES UNTIL THE PROPERTY UNDERGOES AN ASSESSABLE TRANSFER OF INTEREST.
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(R386, H. 4743 (Word version)) -- Reps. Mitchell, Davenport, Littlejohn, W.D. Smith, Allen, Anthony, Cato, Hardwick, Harrell, Hosey, Kennedy, Lowe, Mack, Miller, Phillips, F.N. Smith, Talley, Young, Knight and Hodges: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 31-6-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT FOR MUNICIPALITIES AND TO AMEND SECTION 31-7-30, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT FOR COUNTIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE TERM "REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT" ALSO INCLUDES AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS WHERE ALL OR A PART OF NEW PROPERTY TAX REVENUES GENERATED IN THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT ARE USED TO PROVIDE OR SUPPORT PUBLICLY-OWNED AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT OR IS USED TO PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO SUPPORT PRIVATELY-OWNED AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT; BY ADDING SECTION 6-11-175 SO AS TO REQUIRE A DISTRICT TO ADVERTISE AND HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING PRIOR TO BEGINNING A PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT, EXPAND, OR MATERIALLY ALTER A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR THE DISTRIBUTION WATER OR A SYSTEM FOR THE COLLECTION OF SEWAGE; TO AMEND SECTION 6-11-1220, RELATING TO THE DEFINITIONS FOR PROVISIONS CONCERNING ADDITIONAL POWERS OF DISTRICTS PROVIDING SEWAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL, SO AS TO ADD RURAL WATER DISTRICT TO THE DEFINITION OF DISTRICT; BY ADDING SECTION 6-13-15 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A RURAL COMMUNITY WATER DISTRICT TO PROVIDE SEWER SERVICE TO THE AREA WITHIN ITS BOUNDARIES AND LEGAL SERVICE AREA IF THE DISTRICT HAS MET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS; AND TO REPEAL CHAPTER 33, TITLE 6 OF THE 1976 CODE RELATING TO TAX INCREMENT FINANCING FOR COUNTIES.
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(R387, H. 4758 (Word version)) -- Reps. Erickson, Bedingfield, Ballentine, Pinson, Bannister, Herbkersman, E.H. Pitts, Sellers, Taylor, Young and Hodges: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-425 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHO IS THE VICTIM OF PHYSICAL ABUSE, HARASSMENT, OR STALKING BY A CLASSMATE DURING SCHOOL HOURS OR OTHERWISE RESULTING IN A RESTRAINING ORDER BEING GRANTED AGAINST THE CLASSMATE BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION MAY TRANSFER WITH THE CONSENT OF THE STUDENT'S SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL WITHIN OR OUT OF THE DISTRICT WITHIN THIRTY SCHOOL DAYS OF THE RESTRAINING ORDER BEING VIOLATED, WITHOUT ANY LOSS OF ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES AT THE SCHOOL TO WHICH THE STUDENT TRANSFERS.
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(R388, H. 4764 (Word version)) -- Reps. Witherspoon and Branham: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-3-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN REGARD TO WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND COORDINATING, SO AS TO REVISE THESE CONSIDERATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-10, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO EQUIPMENT AND OPERATION OF WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-30, RELATING TO THE SCOPE OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF VESSELS ON THE WATERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO CHANGE CERTAIN REFERENCES AND FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE SCOPE OF THESE PROVISIONS; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-10 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE, TERMS, AND CONDITIONS OF MARINE DEALERS' PERMITS; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-11 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF DEALER DEMONSTRATION NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS RELATED TO THEIR USE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-20, RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF TITLE REQUIRED FOR WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OF A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR TO NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF ITS TRANSFER; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-30, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE TITLING REQUIREMENTS OF WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WATERCRAFT AND OTHER DEVICES WHICH ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE TITLED; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-55 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF TITLE TO A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER OF THEIR USE AND ISSUANCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-60, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR A WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-70, RELATING TO AN APPLICATION FOR A WATERCRAFT CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE A DUPLICATE AND PROVIDE A FEE FOR PROVIDING THE CERTIFICATE AND A DUPLICATE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-90, RELATING TO THE CONTENTS OF CERTIFICATES OF TITLE, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THESE CONTENTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-110, RELATING TO A MANUFACTURER OR IMPORTER'S CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN, SO AS TO REVISE THE TERM "CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN" TO "STATEMENT OF ORIGIN" AND FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE STATEMENTS OF ORIGIN MUST BE PROVIDED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-120, RELATING TO THE ASSIGNMENT AND WARRANTY OF TITLE TO WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH A TITLE OR DUPLICATE TITLE MUST BE APPLIED FOR AND TO DELETE CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF A LIENHOLDER; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-130, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF A WATERCRAFT ON AN OUTBOARD MOTOR BY OPERATION OF LAW, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-140, RELATING TO THE PRIORITY AND VALIDITY OF LIENS AND OTHER ENCUMBRANCES ON WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE DEPARTMENT MUST ISSUE A TITLE CLEAR OF A LIEN AND TO REVISE THE TIME IN WHICH A SECURITY INTEREST IS PERFECTED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-180, RELATING TO A REPORT OF STOLEN WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS TO THE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY OF THE RECOVERY OF ANY STOLEN WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-190, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL ACTS AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE POSSESSION, OPERATION, OR TRANSFER OF A WATERCRAFT OR AN OUTBOARD MOTOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER PROHIBITED ACTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-200, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL ACTS IN REGARD TO WATERCRAFT AND OUTBOARD MOTORS, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-201 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER OR DECALS BY FRAUD OR MISREPRESENTATION OR TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE OR CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER OR DECALS BY FRAUD OR MISREPRESENTATION, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-205, RELATING TO SEIZURE OF WATERCRAFT, SO AS TO REQUIRE CERTAIN NOTICE TO HOLDERS OF A PERFECTED SECURITY INTEREST BEFORE THE WATERCRAFT MAY BE USED OR DISPOSED OF ACCORDING TO LAW; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-270, RELATING TO WHEN BOAT TITLING PROVISIONS APPLY, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THIS APPLICABILITY AND REVISE WHEN CERTAIN PENALTY PROVISIONS APPLY; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-280, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING CERTAIN WATERCRAFT PROVISIONS, SO AS TO REVISE A SPECIFIC PENALTY PROVISION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-290, RELATING TO CONDITIONAL TITLES, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE A TITLE WHEN A PERSON COMES INTO POSSESSION OF A WATERCRAFT WITHOUT PROPER PROOF OF OWNERSHIP; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-320, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT VESSELS BE NUMBERED, SO AS TO REVISE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN A VESSEL IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE NUMBERED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-345, RELATING TO TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES OF BOAT NUMBER, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR WHEN THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-370, RELATING TO TERMS AND RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATES OF BOAT NUMBER ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THEIR EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THESE CERTIFICATES MAY BE ISSUED; BY ADDING SECTION 50-23-375 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DISPLAY A REGISTRATION NUMBER OR VALIDATION DECAL OR AN OUTBOARD MOTOR TITLE DECAL ON ANY WATERCRAFT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR EXCEPT ON THOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS ISSUED; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-380, RELATING TO TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION UPON CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP, SO AS TO REVISE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-23-400, RELATING TO NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS OF A HOLDER OF A CERTIFICATE OF BOAT NUMBER, SO AS TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH THIS NOTICE MUST BE PROVIDED; TO REPEAL SECTION 50-21-35 RELATING TO THE USE OF DEALER DEMONSTRATION NUMBERS FOR WATERCRAFT, SECTION 50-21-60 RELATING TO PERSONNEL, EXPENSES AND SALARIES OF DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES, SECTIONS 50-23-15, 50-23-40, 50-23-50, 50-23-65, 50-23-100, AND 50-23-160 ALL RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF TITLE OR MARINE DEALER PERMITS, AND SECTION 50-23-135 RELATING TO NOTICE OF POSSESSION OF AN ABANDONED OR JUNKED WATERCRAFT.
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(R389, H. 4766 (Word version)) -- Reps. Lowe, Merrill, Crawford, Ballentine, Cobb-Hunter, Hagood, Harrell, Limehouse, E.H. Pitts, Scarborough, Spires, Young, Brady, R. Brown and Mulvaney: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-620, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENERGY CONSERVATION PLANS FOR STATE AGENCIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC ENERGY REDUCTION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FROM ANNUAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AGENCY IMPLEMENTING ALL AVAILABLE COST-EFFECTIVE ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES, AND TO PROVIDE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-640, RELATING TO PURCHASE OF ENERGY CONSERVATION PRODUCTS BY A STATE AGENCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE MAY CERTIFY FOR PROCUREMENT ONLY A PRODUCT THAT MEETS OR EXCEEDS FEDERAL ENERGY STAR STANDARDS, AND TO REQUIRE REPLACEMENT OF AN INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB USED BY A STATE AGENCY WITH A COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULB WHEN THE INCANDESCENT BULB NEEDS REPLACING; AND TO ESTABLISH THE WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION FARMS FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMITTEE, TO SPECIFY THE COMMITTEE'S COMPOSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THE COMMITTEE IS ABOLISHED ON THE SUBMISSION OF ITS REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2010, AMONG OTHER THINGS.
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(R390, H. 4773 (Word version)) -- Reps. W.D. Smith, Walker, Talley, Mahaffey, Moss, Anthony, Kelly, Littlejohn, Mitchell and Phillips: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION TO EXPEND UP TO EIGHT MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE STATE UNDER SECTION 903 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, AS AMENDED, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ERECTING AND FURNISHING A BUILDING FOR USE BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY, FOR FURNISHINGS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES FOR THE GAFFNEY AND UNION WORKFORCE CENTERS, EXPANDING THE LANCASTER WORKFORCE CENTER, IMPROVING THE SENECA WORKFORCE CENTER PARKING LOT, ASSISTING IN THE ERECTION AND FURNISHING A BUILDING FOR USE BY THE COMMISSION IN DORCHESTER COUNTY, AUTOMATING THE TRADE READJUSTMENT ALLOWANCES PAYMENT SYSTEM, DEVELOPING AN AUTOMATED DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PAYMENT SYSTEM, PROVIDING COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES FOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS, AND PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDING FOR THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM.
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(R391, H. 4783 (Word version)) -- Reps. Hagood, Cato, Harvin, Hutson, Brantley, Anthony, Battle, Herbkersman, Hodges, Hosey, Leach, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Moss and Williams: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS IN THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF ARCHITECTS, SO AS TO DEFINE "INTERN ARCHITECT"; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-240, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT APPLICATION FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND THAT AN APPLICANT MUST BE ENROLLED AND PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM; TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-250, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LICENSE RENEWAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO FURTHER CLARIFY REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS AND TO REQUIRE REGISTRANTS TO COMPLY WITH AUDIT DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-3-280, RELATING TO ARCHITECTS AND ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS HAVING A SEAL, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF AN ELECTRONIC SEAL AND SIGNATURE.
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(R392, H. 4815 (Word version)) -- Reps. Harrell, Merrill, Thompson, Brady, Stavrinakis, Haley, Ballentine, Cato, Cooper, Delleney, Harrison, Limehouse, Sandifer, Scarborough, Shoopman, Taylor, Viers, Walker, Young, Mahaffey, Neilson, Bales, R. Brown, Herbkersman, Edge, Bingham, Simrill, Whipper, Bedingfield and Bowers: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-25, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND SECTION 1-30-80, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM, SO AS TO MOVE THE SOUTH CAROLINA FILM COMMISSION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND PROVIDE TRANSITION PROVISIONS; AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 62 OF TITLE 12, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA MOTION PICTURE INCENTIVE ACT, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING AMENDMENTS REFLECTING THE TRANSFER OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA FILM COMMISSION.
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(R393, H. 4816 (Word version)) -- Reps. Bingham, Ballentine, Frye, Haley, Huggins, McLeod, Ott, E.H. Pitts, Spires and Toole: AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 378 OF 2004, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE METHOD BY WHICH THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT ALLOWED PURSUANT TO THIS ACT APPLIES WITH RESPECT TO THE NONSCHOOL-RELATED PROPERTY TAX LIABILITY OF AN OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENCE.
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(R394, H. 4847 (Word version)) -- Reps. Cotty, Brady and J.E. Smith: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-5810, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS OF CERTAIN TERMS THAT RELATE TO THE DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN ABANDONED OR DERELICT VEHICLES ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THESE DEFINITIONS ALSO APPLY TO THESE TERMS AS THEY APPEAR IN ARTICLE 39, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 56, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "OFFICER" INCLUDES CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
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(R395, H. 4982 (Word version)) -- Rep. Hayes: AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ANNUAL LEVY OF MILLAGE FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES IN DILLON COUNTY AND TO PROVIDE FOR ITS ALLOCATION FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.
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(R396, H. 5001 (Word version)) -- Reps. Owens, Hiott, F.N. Smith, Cotty, Haley, Simrill, Merrill, Spires, M.A. Pitts, Skelton, E.H. Pitts, Bedingfield, Kirsh, Mitchell, Perry, D.C. Smith, J.R. Smith, Erickson, Crawford, Daning, Leach, Ballentine, Bowen, Brantley, Cato, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Dantzler, Duncan, Hamilton, Hardwick, Hosey, Jefferson, Kelly, Lowe, Mack, Moss, J.M. Neal, Rice, Scarborough, Shoopman, G.R. Smith, Taylor, Umphlett, Vick, Walker, White, Witherspoon and Young: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-25-125 SO AS TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, CREATE THE OFFENSE OF TRESPASS UPON THE GROUNDS OR STRUCTURE OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1770, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE FORM AND CONTENT OF A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, SO AS TO REFERENCE THE OFFENSE OF TRESPASS UPON THE GROUNDS OR STRUCTURE OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER WHEN THE TRESPASSER IS SUBJECT TO A RESTRAINING ORDER OR ORDER OF PROTECTION AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 16-25-70, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A WARRANTLESS ARREST OR SEARCH WHEN A PERSON IS BELIEVED TO HAVE COMMITTED A CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSE, SO AS TO CLARIFY A WARRANTLESS ARREST OR SEARCH MAY BE UNDERTAKEN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE A VIOLATION HAS OCCURRED; TO AMEND SECTION 16-25-120, RELATING TO CONDITIONS OF RELEASE ON BOND OF PERSONS SUBJECT TO A RESTRAINING ORDER OR AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE COURT TO GIVE THE PERSON NOTICE OF THE OFFENSE OF TRESPASS ON THE GROUNDS OR STRUCTURE OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-4-60, RELATING TO ORDERS OF PROTECTION REGARDING DOMESTIC ABUSE, SO AS TO REFERENCE THE OFFENSE OF TRESPASS UPON THE GROUNDS OR STRUCTURE OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER WHEN THE TRESPASSER IS SUBJECT TO A RESTRAINING ORDER OR ORDER OF PROTECTION AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY.
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(R397, H. 5009 (Word version)) -- Reps. G.M. Smith, Weeks and Clemmons: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 40-80-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO A CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK FOR A FIREFIGHTER, SO AS TO PROVIDE NO PERSON MAY VOLUNTEER AS A FIREFIGHTER, BE EMPLOYED AS A FIREFIGHTER, OR PERFORM FIREFIGHTING DUTIES IF HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF, PLED GUILTY TO, OR PLED NOLO CONTENDERE TO ARSON.
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(R398, H. 5012 (Word version)) -- Rep. Chalk: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-33-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION MAY REQUIRE STATE AND NATIONAL CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS OF AN APPLICANT FOR LICENSURE TO PRACTICE NURSING, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY REQUIRE SUCH CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION OR DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING OF A LICENSEE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT WRITING A DISHONORED CHECK IS NOT EVIDENCE OF MORAL TURPITUDE FOR PURPOSES OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION OR DISQUALIFICATION FOR LICENSURE IF PROSECUTION OF THE OFFENSE WAS DISMISSED DUE TO PROOF OF PAYMENT OF RESTITUTION; AND BY ADDING SECTION 40-33-39 SO AS TO REQUIRE A LICENSED NURSE TO WEAR AN IDENTIFICATION BADGE BEARING THE NURSE'S FIRST OR LAST NAME, OR BOTH, AND TITLE.
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(R399, H. 5090 (Word version)) -- Rep. Vick: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-180, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SO AS TO REVISE AND NAME CERTAIN VOTING PRECINCTS OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, TO DESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER ON WHICH LINES OF THESE PRECINCTS ARE DELINEATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD, AND TO PROVIDE THAT POLLING PLACES FOR THESE PRECINCTS MUST BE ESTABLISHED BY THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF A MAJORITY OF THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION.
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Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4747 (Word version) -- Rep. Harrison: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING TITLE 63 ENTITLED "SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S CODE" SO AS TO TRANSFER PROVISIONS FROM CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20 TO TITLE 63, TO INCLUDE THE STATE POLICY ON CHILDREN, FAMILY COURT AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES, LEGAL STATUS OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY, ADOPTIONS, CHILDREN'S SERVICE AGENCIES, CHILDCARE FACILITIES, CUSTODY AND VISITATION, PATERNITY AND CHILD SUPPORT, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE; TO ADD ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 20, RELATING TO DIVORCE, SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO EQUITABLE APPORTIONMENT OF PROPERTY, TO THIS ARTICLE; TO ADD ARTICLE 5 TO CHAPTER 5, TITLE 43, RELATING TO PUBLIC AID TO CHILDREN, SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF SUBARTICLE 7, ARTICLE 13, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO PUBLIC AID, TO THIS ARTICLE; TO ADD SECTION 44-53-378 SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 20-7-105, WHICH CREATES A CRIMINAL OFFENSE FOR EXPOSING A CHILD TO METHAMPHETAMINES, TO THIS SECTION; AND TO REPEAL CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20, RELATING TO THE CHILDREN'S CODE; TO REPEAL SECTION 43-5-585, RELATING TO REPORTING CHILD SUPPORT ARREARAGES TO CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES, WHICH WAS TRANSFERRED TO ARTICLE 21, CHAPTER 17, TITLE 63; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 43-5-595, 43-5-596, AND 43-5-597, RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT THROUGH FINANCIAL INSTITUTION DATA MATCHES, WHICH WERE TRANSFERRED TO ARTICLE 17, CHAPTER 17, TITLE 63.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 4:55 P.M., Senator PATTERSON assumed the Chair.

ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 4:56 P.M., Senator GREGORY assumed the Chair.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., June 5, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3309 (Word version) -- Reps. Owens, Ballentine, Duncan, Leach, Kirsh, Simrill, Gullick, Limehouse, McLeod, Witherspoon, Mahaffey, Alexander, Dantzler, Edge, Hamilton, Hayes, Jennings, Kelly, E.H. Pitts, Rice, R. Brown, Huggins, Anthony, Shoopman, Littlejohn, Harvin, Agnew, Whitmire, Moss, Pinson, Parks, Merrill, M.A. Pitts, Scarborough, Miller, Phillips, Bedingfield and Taylor: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-23-20, 6-23-30, AND 6-23-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JOINT MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS BY DELETING THE DEFINITION OF "AREA GENERALLY SERVED BY THE SAME ELECTRIC SUPPLIER", BY DELETING THAT THE "MUNICIPALITY" MUST HAVE OWNERSHIP OF A SYSTEM OR FACILITIES FOR THE GENERATION, TRANSMISSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL MEMBERS OF A JOINT AGENCY MUST BE LOCATED WITHIN THE AREA GENERALLY SERVED BY THE SAME ELECTRIC SUPPLIER, AND TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ACQUISITION OF A PROJECT BE BY PURCHASE FROM AN ELECTRIC SUPPLIER GENERALLY SERVING THE AREA IN WHICH THE MEMBERS ARE LOCATED.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

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