South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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H. 3225


General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. J.E. Smith and Jefferson
Document Path: l:\council\bills\swb\5076cm13.docx

Introduced in the House on January 8, 2013
Introduced in the Senate on February 7, 2013
Last Amended on June 6, 2013
Currently residing in conference committee

Summary: Special license plates


     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
    1/8/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 133)
    1/8/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 133)
   1/31/2013  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and 
                        Public Works (House Journal-page 6)
    2/5/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Jefferson
    2/5/2013  House   Amended
    2/5/2013  House   Read second time
    2/5/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-90  Nays-3
    2/5/2013  House   Reconsidered (House Journal-page 28)
    2/6/2013  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 21)
    2/6/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-85  Nays-13 (House Journal-page 21)
    2/7/2013  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 27)
    2/7/2013  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 4)
    2/7/2013  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 4)
   5/29/2013  Senate  Recalled from Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)
    6/4/2013  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 96)
    6/4/2013  Senate  Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 96)
    6/6/2013  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 39)
    6/6/2013  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 39)
    6/6/2013  Senate  Roll call Ayes-39  Nays-2 (Senate Journal-page 39)
    6/6/2013  House   Non-concurrence in Senate amendment 
                        (House Journal-page 88)
    6/6/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-4  Nays-84 (House Journal-page 88)
    6/6/2013  Senate  Senate insists upon amendment and conference committee 
                        appointed McGill, Grooms, Campbell 
                        (Senate Journal-page 48)
    6/6/2013  House   Conference committee appointed  Daning, JE Smith, Taylor 
                        (House Journal-page 100)
   6/18/2013  House   Conference report rejected (House Journal-page 61)
   6/18/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-11  Nays-84 (House Journal-page 65)

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June 6, 2013

H. 3225

Introduced by Reps. J.E. Smith and Jefferson

S. Printed 6/6/13--S.

Read the first time February 7, 2013.




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

SECTION    1.    Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 132

SC Riverkeepers Special License Plates

Section 56-3-13210.    (A)    The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue SC Riverkeepers special license plates to owners of private passenger carrying motor vehicles, as defined in Section 56-3-630, or motorcycles registered in their names which shall have a blue background and imprinted on them in white 'SC Riverkeepers', 'Keep Our Rivers Clean', a crescent, and a palmetto tree. The fee for this special license plate is thirty dollars every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3, Title 56; provided, however, that the fee is twenty-five dollars for a person holding a valid commercial driver's license in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee. This special license plate must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates. This special license plate must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month it is issued.

(B)    The additional fees collected pursuant to this section above the cost of production must be distributed equally to the Congaree Riverkeeper, Charleston Waterkeeper, Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Catawba Riverkeeper, and Santee Riverkeeper organizations.

(C)    The guidelines for the production, collection, and distribution of fees for a special license plate under this section must meet the requirements of Section 56-3-8100."

SECTION 2.    Section 56-1-140(B)(1) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(1)    a United States Department of Defense discharge certificate, also known as a DD Form 214, that shows a characterization of service, or discharge status of 'honorable' or 'general under honorable conditions' and establishes the person's qualifying military service in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard; and"

SECTION    3.    Section 56-1-2080 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"(D)(1)    For the purposes of this subsection, 'intrastate commerce' is the transportation of persons or property within the State of South Carolina where both the point of origin and the destination point are within the State and where no state line is crossed. The bill of lading will be conclusive evidence of whether a shipment or commodity is travelling intrastate.

(2)    The department may institute and supervise an Intrastate Vision Waiver Program. Pursuant to the program, the department may waive the vision standards for a commercial driver's license contained in 49 CFR, Part 391.41 (b)(10). A waiver may be granted if the applicant is applying for, or has been issued, a commercial driver's license and will be driving commercially only within the State of South Carolina. The department may only issue a vision waiver if it finds that a waiver would achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved if such waiver were not granted. The department must promulgate regulations to implement the conditions, restrictions, issuance processes, and other matters related to the program.

(3)    To be eligible to receive a waiver, an applicant must:

(a)    not have on his driving record:

(i)        any suspensions, revocations, or cancellations of his driver's license;

(ii)    any involvement in an accident for which he was convicted of a moving violation in any motor vehicle, including a personal vehicle;

(iii)    any convictions of a disqualifying offense, as defined in 49 CFR 383.51(b)(2);

(iv)    more than one serious traffic violation, as defined by 49 CFR, Part 385.5, while driving a commercial motor vehicle that disqualifies the applicant in accordance with the driver disqualification provisions of 49 CFR 383.51; and

(v)    more than two convictions for any moving violations; and

(b)    meet all other physical requirements set forth in 49 CFR, Part 391.41.

(4)    The department may issue a waiver from the department if:

(a)    the applicant:

(i)        has 20/40 or better distant visual acuity with corrective lenses in the better eye and has a binocular horizontal visual field diameter of not less than one hundred twenty (120) degrees and a vertical field of not less than eighty (80) degrees without the use of visual field expanders. If the applicant is monocular, the horizontal visual field may not be less than seventy (70) degrees temporally and thirty-five (35) degrees nasally; or

(ii)    has vision that is uncorrectable in one eye and the applicant does not wear corrective lenses, then uncorrected vision must be at least 20/25 in the better eye;

(iii)    has the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber; and

(iv)    has a medical certificate required under Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 391.43; and

(b)    the applicant meets the same requirements for interstate driving, except that:

(i)        the applicant must have held a driver's license for the previous seven years and must have held a commercial driver's license with a classification A, B, or C, or was similarly licensed in 'Excepted Interstate' commerce, during the previous two years; and

(ii)    the applicant must present the form specified by the department, signed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist licensed in the State of South Carolina, in lieu of meeting the vision requirements of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 391.41, and must present a Medical Examination Report in which the medical safety officer has certified that he has found the applicant to be qualified under Part 391.41 in all other physical requirements set forth in 49 CFR, Part 391.41 and mark the medical certificate 'Qualifies for Vision Waiver' if the applicant meets the tolerance allowances for a waiver.

(5)    If the waiver application is denied and the applicant currently holds a commercial driver's license, the commercial driver's license will be cancelled and the commercial driver's license must be surrendered to the department.

(6)    Waiver certificates are valid for a period not to exceed two years after the date of the applicant's medical examiner's physical examination.

(7)    Waivers shall not be issued for passenger endorsement vehicles, school bus operation, or for vehicles transporting hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR, Part 172, subpart F.

(8)    All recipients of a waiver will be required to have a license with the appropriate 'CDL' restriction.

(9)(a)    Applications for the renewal of the vision waiver endorsement will be granted, provided that:

(i)        the applicant's driving history continues to meet the requirements contained in this subsection; and

(ii)    the applicant continues to meet the vision standards contained in this subsection and all other requirements of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 391.41.

(b)    If the holder of a South Carolina intrastate vision waiver fails to renew the waiver, the driver will be notified in writing by the department of this requirement via the most recent address on file. Failure to comply within a sixty-day period will result in the cancellation of their commercial driver's license and it must be surrendered to the department.

(10)    A person who does not qualify to drive in interstate commerce may still qualify to drive in intrastate commerce. In such cases the driver's commercial driver's license will contain a restriction that will indicate that the holder of the license is restricted to travel in intrastate commerce only.

(11)    The department must promulgate regulations to implement the conditions, restrictions, and issuance processes and other matters related to the Intrastate Vision Waiver Program."

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect six months after approval by the Governor.


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