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Sponsors: Senators Peeler and Hembree
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Introduced in the Senate on January 13, 2016
Last Amended on April 26, 2016
Currently residing in the Senate
Summary: Use of State House and State House Grounds
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2015 Senate Prefiled 12/9/2015 Senate Referred to Committee on Finance 1/13/2016 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 40) 1/13/2016 Senate Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 40) 4/14/2016 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Finance (Senate Journal-page 6) 4/15/2016 Scrivener's error corrected 4/21/2016 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 61) 4/26/2016 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 56) 4/28/2016 Senate Third Reading Failed (Senate Journal-page 29) 4/28/2016 Senate Roll call Ayes-16 Nays-22 (Senate Journal-page 29)
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
April 26, 2016
S. Printed 4/26/16--S.
Read the first time January 13, 2016.
TO AMEND SECTION 10-1-30 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO USE OF STATE HOUSE LOBBIES, STEPS, AND OTHER PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS, TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION CREATE A PERMIT PROCESS FOR EVENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE STATE HOUSE GROUNDS; TO AMEND SECTION 10-11-310 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF CAPITOL GROUNDS, TO ADD PENDLETON STREET TO THE DEFINITION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 10-11-330 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO THE CAPITOL BUILDING, TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO INCITE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE OR ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT ENCOURAGE UNLAWFUL CONDUCT, AND TO ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT TO REMOVE AND DISBURSE PERSONS THAT CAUSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SECURITY, HEALTH, OR WELL-BEING.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 10-1-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 10-1-30. (A) The Director of the
Division of General Services may Department of Administration shall authorize the use of areas of the State House except for those provided in subsection (B), the State House steps and grounds, and other public buildings and grounds except for those provided in subsection (B) in accordance with regulations promulgated by the department and the laws of this State.
(B) The Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall provide joint approval for access to or the use of the second and third floors of the State House; provided, that use of the respective chambers of each house shall be the prerogative of that house. The Clerk of the Senate shall provide prior authorization for any access to or use of the Senate Office Building and the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall provide prior authorization for any access to or use of the House Office Building. Management and supervision of the office buildings of each house of the General Assembly shall be exercised by each house acting through the respective clerks.
(C)(1) The regulations promulgated pursuant to subsection (A)
must shall contain provisions to ensure that the public health, safety, and welfare are protected in the use of the areas including reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions and application periods before use.
(2) These regulations shall include at a minimum the following requirements:
(a) the designation of permissible demonstration areas and prohibited demonstration areas;
(b) a permit requirement for events and demonstrations planned on the State House grounds that provides that permit applications must be submitted at least ten days prior to the scheduled event and/or demonstration, provided this permit requirement is subject to a small-group exception as established by the regulations;
(D)(1) The department, upon receipt of the permit application submitted pursuant to subsection (C), shall provide the permit application to the Director of the State Law Enforcement Division and the Director of the Department of Public Safety to review for possible public safety threats or crowd control concerns.
(2) The department shall issue only one permit each day for permissible demonstration areas unless it is determined that multiple permits may be awarded based on criteria established in regulations promulgated pursuant to subsection (A). The regulations must provide that the Director of the State Law Enforcement Division and the Director of the Department of Public Safety review the permit applications and notify the department that sufficient measures may be taken to protect the public safety and address any crowd control concerns that are anticipated by the issuance of multiple permits for any given day and the issuance of multiple permits creates no imminent threat to public safety, health, or well-being.
(3) If sufficient measures are not taken to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the Director of the Department of Administration shall deny the
requested use permit. Other restrictions may be imposed on the use of the areas as are necessary for the conduct of business in those areas and the maintenance of the dignity, decorum, and aesthetics of the areas."
SECTION 2. Section 10-11-310 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 10-11-310. As used in this article, 'capitol grounds' and 'State House grounds' shall be that area inward from the vehicular traveled surfaces of Gervais, Sumter, Pendleton,
Senate and Assembly Streets in the city of Columbia."
SECTION 3. Section 10-11-330 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 121 of 2014, is further amended to read:
"Section 10-11-330. (A) It
shall be is unlawful for any person or group of persons wilfully and knowingly: (a)(1) to enter or to remain within the capitol building unless such person is authorized by law or by rules of the House or Senate, or the Department of Administration regulations, respectively, when such entry is done for the purpose of uttering loud, threatening, and abusive language or to engage in any disorderly or disruptive conduct with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of any session of the legislature or the orderly conduct within the building or of any hearing before or any deliberation of any committee or subcommittee of the legislature; (b)(2) to obstruct or to impede passage within the capitol grounds or building; (c)(3) to engage in any act of physical violence upon the capitol grounds or within the capitol building; or (d)(4) to parade, demonstrate, or picket within the capitol building.
(B) It is unlawful for any person or group of persons: (1) to enter or to remain on the capitol grounds when such entry is accomplished in a manner that causes or incites physical violence; (2) to engage or promote conduct that would threaten the public safety, health, or well-being of others present; or (3) to remain after being told to disperse by authorized law enforcement personnel.
(C) Authorized law enforcement personnel shall have the authority to remove or disperse any persons or organizations, including those with a valid permit or who are otherwise authorized to use the capitol grounds, if their continued presence and activity would cause an imminent threat to public security, health, or well-being. Any person or group of persons refusing to comply with removal or dispersal instructions by authorized law enforcement personnel is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished as provided in Section 10-11-360. A person or group of persons may be charged under applicable law in addition to the penalties in Section 10-11-360."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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