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Sponsors: Senators Allen, Turner and Martin
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Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2019
Introduced in the House on March 7, 2019
Last Amended on March 6, 2019
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/12/2018 Senate Prefiled 12/12/2018 Senate Referred to Committee on Corrections and Penology 1/8/2019 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 114) 1/8/2019 Senate Referred to Committee on Corrections and Penology (Senate Journal-page 114) 2/26/2019 Senate Committee report: Favorable Corrections and Penology (Senate Journal-page 24) 2/27/2019 Scrivener's error corrected 3/6/2019 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 16) 3/6/2019 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 16) 3/6/2019 Senate Roll call Ayes-38 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 16) 3/7/2019 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 17) 3/7/2019 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 81) 3/7/2019 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 81)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
March 6, 2019
S. Printed 3/6/19--S.
Read the first time January 8, 2019.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 24-3-975 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS WITHIN OR INTRODUCE UPON THE GROUNDS OF A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY A TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE, TO DEFINE THE TERM "TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE", AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS PROVISION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 9, Chapter 3, Title 24 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 24-3-975. (A) For purposes of this section, a 'telecommunication device' means a device, an apparatus associated with a device, or a component of a device that enables, or may be used to enable, communication with a person inside or outside of a place of incarceration. Such devices include, but are not limited to, portable two-way pagers, handheld radios, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants or PDAs, laptop computers, or any components of these devices. 'Telecommunication device' also includes any new technology that is developed or used for similar purposes.
(B) Except as authorized by the appropriate official in charge of the correctional institution, it is unlawful to possess within or to introduce into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution, county jail, municipal jail, regional detention facility, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility any telecommunication device. This prohibition does not apply to devices contained within vehicles that are in designated parking areas or vehicles traveling on the grounds.
(C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than three years and forfeits all earned work credits, education credits, and good conduct credits."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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