South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 397

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Harpootlian and Senn
Document Path: l:\s-res\rah\004sher.sp.rah.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 22, 2019
Last Amended on February 13, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate

Summary: Municipal police officer authority

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/22/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
   1/22/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 7)
   1/23/2019  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Turner (ch), Hutto, Talley, 
                        Cash, Harpootlian
    2/6/2019  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 39)
   2/13/2019  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 18)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/22/2019
2/6/2019
2/13/2019

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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED

February 13, 2019

S. 397

Introduced by Senators Harpootlian and Senn

S. Printed 2/13/19--S.

Read the first time January 22, 2019.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-4510 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS, TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY SHERIFF HAS THE SAME POWER AS A MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICER TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 13, CHAPTER 6, TITLE 61.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Chapter 4, Title 61 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 61-4-280.    (A)    Municipal police officers have the power of constables to enforce the provisions of Sections 61-4-50 through 61-4-160 and Section 61-4-230 in cases arising within the municipal limits; and in addition, have all powers to enforce these provisions as they have to enforce municipal ordinances. When in fresh and continuous pursuit of a suspect for violations of these provisions occurring within the municipal limits, police officers may follow and arrest the suspect anywhere in the State.

(B)    A county sheriff has the power of a constable to enforce the provisions of Sections 61-4-50 through 61-4-160 and Section 61-4-230 in cases arising within the county limits, including within municipal limits; and in addition, have all powers to enforce these provisions as they have to enforce county ordinances. When in fresh and continuous pursuit of a suspect for violations of these provisions occurring within the county limits, police officers may follow and arrest the suspect anywhere in the State."

SECTION    2.    Section 61-6-4510 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 61-6-4510.    (A)    Municipal police officers have the power of constables to enforce the provisions of this article, except Section 61-6-4720, in cases arising within the municipal limits; and in addition, have all powers to enforce these provisions as they have to enforce municipal ordinances. When in fresh and continuous pursuit of a suspect for violations of these provisions occurring within the municipal limits, police officers may follow and arrest the suspect anywhere in the State.

(B)    A county sheriff has the power of a constable to enforce the provisions of this article, except Section 61-6-4720, in cases arising within the county limits, including within municipal limits; and in addition, have all powers to enforce these provisions as they have to enforce county ordinances. When in fresh and continuous pursuit of a suspect for violations of these provisions occurring within the county limits, police officers may follow and arrest the suspect anywhere in the State."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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