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A75, R95, H4013
Sponsors: Reps. Hixon, Tallon, Johnson and R. Williams
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Introduced in the House on February 19, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on April 9, 2019
Last Amended on May 9, 2019
Passed by the General Assembly on May 9, 2019
Governor's Action: May 16, 2019, Signed
Summary: Geological Survey Unit
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/19/2019 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 40) 2/19/2019 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 40) 3/27/2019 House Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 33) 4/2/2019 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: R.Williams 4/2/2019 House Debate adjourned until Wed., 4-3-19 (House Journal-page 43) 4/4/2019 House Read second time (House Journal-page 64) 4/4/2019 House Roll call Yeas-99 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 64) 4/4/2019 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (House Journal-page 65) 4/5/2019 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 7) 4/9/2019 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 14) 4/9/2019 Senate Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources (Senate Journal-page 14) 4/25/2019 Senate Committee report: Favorable Agriculture and Natural Resources (Senate Journal-page 10) 5/7/2019 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 98) 5/7/2019 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 98) 5/7/2019 Senate Roll call Ayes-44 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 98) 5/8/2019 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 72) 5/9/2019 House Senate amendment amended (House Journal-page 40) 5/9/2019 House Returned to Senate with amendments (House Journal-page 40) 5/9/2019 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 68) 5/13/2019 Ratified R 95 5/16/2019 Signed By Governor 5/31/2019 Effective date 05/16/19 6/5/2019 Act No. 75
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(A75, R95, H4013)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 48-22-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF THE STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY UNIT, SO AS TO CHANGE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STATE GEOLOGIST; TO AMEND SECTION 48-22-30, RELATING TO THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE GEOLOGIST, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT THE STATE GEOLOGIST BECOME FAMILIAR WITH GEOLOGIC HAZARDS THROUGHOUT THE STATE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 48-22-40, RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY UNIT, SO AS TO ESTABLISH NEW DUTIES FOR THE UNIT AND REMOVE CERTAIN MAPPING DUTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
State Geologist, requirements
SECTION 1. Section 48-22-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-22-10. The South Carolina Geological Survey Unit is established under the Department of Natural Resources. The State Geologist must be hired by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources. He must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a full curriculum in geology and had at least eight years of practical work experience, academic, governmental, or industrial, in geology."
State Geologist, powers and duties
SECTION 2. Section 48-22-30(A)(1) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(1) travel throughout the State so as to make himself familiar with the geology, geologic hazards, and mineral resources of each section;"
SECTION 3. Section 48-22-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-22-40. In addition to other duties assigned to it, the unit:
(1) shall conduct field and laboratory studies in geologic reconnaissance, mapping, evaluating mineral resources, and related gathering of surface and subsurface data. Investigative areas include offshore and onshore lands in this State;
(2) shall make surface and subsurface data available to governmental agencies, private business, and the public by disseminating published geologic information as bulletins, maps, economic reports, and related series and open-file reports;
(3) shall provide geologic advice and assistance to other state and local governmental agencies engaged in environmental protection or in industrial or economic development projects. In addition, the unit must be involved actively in geologic aspects of regional planning and effective land use in the State;
(4) shall encourage economic development in the State by disseminating published geologic information as bulletins, maps, economic reports, and related series and open-file reports to appropriate governmental agencies and private industry. The unit is encouraged further to initiate and maintain appropriate industrial contacts to promote the extraction and conservation of South Carolina's earth raw materials and their manufacture to the economic improvement of the State;
(5) shall provide unsolicited advice, when appropriate, to the Mining Council and its associated state regulatory agency, on geologic and related mining matters in keeping with the intent of the South Carolina Mining Act;
(6) shall operate and maintain a central, statewide repository for rock cores, well cuttings and related subsurface samples, and all associated supplemental data. Private firms and public agencies are encouraged to notify the unit before exploratory or developmental drilling and coring;
(7) may conduct cooperative work with appropriate agencies of the United States Government in its geologic activities and investigations;
(8) shall provide a minerals research laboratory related to the identification, extraction, and processing of industrial minerals and minerals of economic potential wherever found throughout the onshore and offshore areas of the State. The minerals research laboratory is encouraged to accept mineral research projects from South Carolina businesses or citizens on a per cost, per unit basis and to encourage expended use of the raw materials of the State. The minerals research laboratory may accept public and private gifts or funds and may enter into cooperative agreements for the purpose of applied research in the metallic and nonmetallic minerals of this State;
(9) when appropriate, shall provide unsolicited advice to other state and governmental agencies concerning geologic hazards including, but not limited to, earthquakes, ground liquefaction, sinkhole development and collapse, landslide development, and coastal vulnerability."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 13th day of May, 2019.
Approved the 16th day of May, 2019.
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