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A211, R255, S932
Sponsors: Senators L. Martin and Campsen
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Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2010
Introduced in the House on March 3, 2010
Last Amended on May 12, 2010
Passed by the General Assembly on May 27, 2010
Became law without Governor's signature, June 8, 2010
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2009 Senate Prefiled 12/9/2009 Senate Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 1/12/2010 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-24 1/12/2010 Senate Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry SJ-24 2/24/2010 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Fish, Game and Forestry SJ-9 2/25/2010 Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted SJ-55 2/25/2010 Senate Amended SJ-55 2/25/2010 Senate Read second time SJ-55 2/26/2010 Scrivener's error corrected 3/3/2010 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-21 3/3/2010 House Introduced and read first time HJ-88 3/3/2010 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-88 4/29/2010 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-8 4/30/2010 Scrivener's error corrected 5/12/2010 House Debate adjourned HJ-88 5/12/2010 House Amended HJ-93 5/12/2010 House Read second time HJ-93 5/13/2010 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments HJ-10 5/27/2010 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled SJ-61 6/1/2010 Ratified R 255 6/8/2010 Became law without Governor's signature 6/15/2010 Effective date 06/08/10 6/17/2010 Act No. 211
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A211, R255, S932)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-16-25, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RELEASE OF PIGS FOR HUNTING PURPOSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS, BUY, SELL, OFFER FOR SALE, TRANSFER, RELEASE, OR TRANSPORT FOR THE PURPOSE OF RELEASE A MEMBER OF THE SUIDAE FAMILY INTO THE WILD, EXCEPT THAT A CAPTURED FREE ROAMING PIG MAY BE RELEASED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS UPON A PERMIT ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-710, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST NIGHT HUNTING, SO AS TO PERMIT THE NIGHT HUNTING OF HOGS UNDER SPECIFIED CONDITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-16-70, RELATING TO PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 16, TITLE 50, SO AS TO INCLUDE VIOLATIONS OF PERMIT CONDITIONS; BY ADD SECTION 50-9-655 SO AS TO REQUIRE PERMITS FOR TAKING, TRANSPORTING, AND RELEASING A PIG FROM A FREE ROAMING POPULATION AND FOR MAINTAINING A PIG HUNTING ENCLOSURE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 5-11-380 RELATING TO UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CERTAIN AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS IN GAME ZONE 1.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Unlawful release; permit exceptions
SECTION 1. Section 50-16-25 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-16-25. (A) It is unlawful to possess, buy, sell, offer for sale, transfer, release, or transport for the purpose of release a member of the family Suidae (pig) into the wild. A person who holds a valid permit, issued by the Department of Natural Resources, for the taking, transporting, and releasing of a pig from a free roaming population or his agent may capture and release a free roaming pig so long as: (1) the permit holder has express permission from the landowner to capture and transport free roaming pigs from the tract on which the free roaming pig is to be captured, (2) the free roaming pig is captured, transported, and released pursuant to a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources, and (3) the pig is released on the same tract on which the pig was captured or into a permitted pig enclosure utilized for hunting purposes. Under no circumstances may a free roaming pig be released in a county other than the county in which the pig was captured.
(B) All free roaming pigs captured pursuant to a permit must be tagged at the point of capture as prescribed by the department and the tags must remain affixed to the pigs. Pig hunting enclosures must be permitted by the department at a cost of fifty dollars annually.
(C) It is unlawful to transport a live pig captured in the wild except as permitted by this section."
Night hunting of hogs
SECTION 2. Section 50-11-710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-11-710. (A) Night hunting in this State is unlawful except that:
(1) raccoons, opossums, foxes, coyotes, mink, and skunk may be hunted at night; however, they may not be hunted with artificial lights except when treed or cornered with dogs, or with buckshot or any shot larger than a number four, or any rifle ammunition larger than a twenty-two rimfire; and
(2) hogs may be hunted at night with an artificial light that is carried on the hunter's person attached to a helmet or hat, or part of a belt system worn by the hunter and with a sidearm that has iron sites, and barrel length not exceeding nine inches. The sidearm may not be equipped with a butt-stock, scope, laser site, or light emitting or light enhancing device. However, hogs may not be hunted at night from a vehicle, or with a centerfire rifle or shotgun, unless specifically permitted by the department. A person that violates this item is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.
(B) For the purposes of this section, 'night' means that period of time between one hour after official sundown of a day and one hour before official sunrise of the following day.
(C) Any person violating the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be fined for the first offense not more than one thousand dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both; for the second offense within two years from the date of conviction for the first offense, not more than two thousand dollars nor less than four hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than one year nor for less than ninety days, or both; for a third or subsequent offense within two years of the date of conviction for the last previous offense, not more than three thousand dollars nor less than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than one year nor for less than one hundred twenty days, or both. Any person convicted under this section after more than two years have elapsed since his last conviction must be sentenced as for a first offense.
(D) In addition to any other penalty, any person convicted for a second or subsequent offense under this section within three years of the date of conviction for a first offense shall have his privilege to hunt in this State suspended for a period of two years. No hunting license may be issued to an individual while his privilege is suspended, and any license mistakenly issued is invalid. The penalty for hunting in this State during the period of suspension, upon conviction, must be imprisonment for not more than one year nor less than ninety days.
(E) The provisions of this section may not be construed to prevent any owner of property from protecting the property from destruction by wild game as provided by law.
(F) It is unlawful for a person to use artificial lights at night, except vehicle headlights while traveling in a normal manner on a public road or highway, while in possession of or with immediate access to both ammunition of a type prohibited for use at night by the first paragraph of this section and a weapon capable of firing the ammunition. A violation of this paragraph is punishable as provided by Section 50-11-720."
Penalty provisions supplemented
SECTION 3. Section 50-16-70 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-16-70. A person violating the provisions of this chapter, or any condition of a permit issued pursuant to this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both."
SECTION 4. Chapter 9, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-9-655. (A) For the privilege of taking, transporting, and releasing a pig from a free roaming population, a person must obtain an annual pig transport and release permit from the department for fifty dollars.
(B) For the privilege of maintaining a pig hunting enclosure, a pig hunting enclosure owner must obtain an annual pig enclosure permit from the department for fifty dollars."
SECTION 5. Section 50-11-380 of the 1976 Code is repealed.
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 1st day of June, 2010.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 6/8/2010.
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