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Sponsors: Reps. Limehouse, Sottile, H.B. Brown and Hutto
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Introduced in the House on June 16, 2009
Introduced in the Senate on February 3, 2010
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6/16/2009 House Introduced and read first time HJ-72 6/16/2009 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-72 1/27/2010 House Committee report: Favorable Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-4 2/2/2010 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hutto 2/2/2010 House Read second time HJ-58 2/3/2010 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-10 2/3/2010 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-27 2/3/2010 Senate Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry SJ-27
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
January 27, 2010
S. Printed 1/27/10--H.
Read the first time January 16, 2009.
To whom was referred a Joint Resolution (H. 4147) to establish a study committee to review, study, and make recommendations concerning the need to regulate the sale of potentially highly flammable furniture in this State, to provide, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
WILLIAM E. SANDIFER for Committee.
TO ESTABLISH A STUDY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW, STUDY, AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE NEED TO REGULATE THE SALE OF POTENTIALLY HIGHLY FLAMMABLE FURNITURE IN THIS STATE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY COMMITTEE'S MEMBERSHIP, AND TO REQUIRE THE STUDY COMMITTEE TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN JANUARY 20, 2011, AT WHICH TIME THE STUDY COMMITTEE IS ABOLISHED.
Whereas, each year, numerous South Carolinians lose their lives or become permanently injured as a result of furniture catching fire within their homes; and
Whereas, prior attempts to regulate the sale of potentially highly flammable furniture on the federal level have been impeded by competing interests; and
Whereas, it is in the best interest of the health and safety of all South Carolinians that the General Assembly consider ways in which it may take action to prevent these tragedies from continuing to happen. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. There is established a study committee to review, study, and make recommendations concerning the need to regulate the sale of potentially highly flammable furniture in this State.
SECTION 2. (A) The study committee must be composed of the following nine members:
(1) two members appointed by the Governor;
(2) two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(3) two members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
(4) one member who represents the furniture manufacturing industry;
(5) one member appointed by the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs; and
(6) one member appointed by the South Carolina Product Safety Council.
(B) Members of the committee shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified, and vacancies must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner of original appointment.
(C) Members of the study committee shall serve without pay.
SECTION 3. The study committee shall make a report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly no later than January 20, 2011, at which time the study committee must be abolished. The study committee may make recommendations it considers appropriate including, but not limited to, regulation of the sale of potentially highly flammable furniture.
SECTION 4. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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