South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 4246

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Sandifer and Thayer
Document Path: l:\council\bills\agm\19595wab19.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 649

Introduced in the House on March 13, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on April 3, 2019
Last Amended on April 2, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate

Summary: Criminal Background checks for real estate professionals

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   3/13/2019  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 28)
   3/13/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry 
                        (House Journal-page 28)
   3/26/2019  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, 
                        Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 41)
    4/2/2019  House   Amended (House Journal-page 22)
    4/2/2019  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 22)
    4/2/2019  House   Roll call Yeas-107  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 23)
    4/3/2019  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 21)
    4/3/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 13)
    4/3/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 13)
   1/23/2020  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Labor, Commerce and Industry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 16)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

3/13/2019
3/26/2019
4/2/2019
1/23/2020

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COMMITTEE REPORT

January 23, 2020

H. 4246

Introduced by Reps. Sandifer and Thayer

S. Printed 1/23/20--S.

Read the first time April 3, 2019.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 4246) to amend Act 60 of 2017, relating to criminal background checks by the Real Estate Commission, so as to change the time effective date to July 1, 2020, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

THOMAS C. ALEXANDER for Committee.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

Amended by the House of Representatives on April 2, 2019

State Expenditure

This bill changes the time effective date of Act 60 of 2017. The Act requires certain real estate professionals, property managers, and property managers-in-charge to undergo criminal background checks as a condition of initial licensure and license renewals.

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. This bill changes the effective date of the provisions contained in Act 60 of 2017 to coincide with the licensure renewal date for real estate professionals. Real estate professionals are licensed by the Real Estate Commission (commission), which is under the administration of LLR. The agency indicates that changing the effective date of these provisions does not alter the regulatory responsibilities of the commission. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on LLR or the commission.

State Law Enforcement Division. SLED conducts criminal background checks for applicants seeking licensure with the Real Estate Commission. The agency has previously reported that any impacts as a result of the change in effective date can be managed within existing appropriations. Thus, there is no expenditure impact on SLED.

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND ACT 60 OF 2017, RELATING TO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS BY THE REAL ESTATE COMMISSION, SO AS TO CHANGE THE TIME EFFECTIVE DATE TO JULY 1, 2020.

Whereas, in Act 60 of 2017, the South Carolina General Assembly enacted various provisions concerning criminal background checks for licensees of the South Carolina Real Estate Commission, effective three years after approval by the Governor; and

Whereas, the Governor approved Act 60 of 2017 on May 19, 2017, which makes May 19, 2020, the effective date of that act; and

Whereas, the May 19, 2020, effective date falls during a licensee renewal period, which would make the criminal background check provisions applicable to some applicants for license renewal but not others, creating a disparate effect and unnecessarily complicating the renewal process for these hardworking professionals; and

Whereas, the General Assembly finds it necessary to revise the effective date of Act 60 of 2017 to occur immediately after the conclusion of this license renewal period. Now, therefore,

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

SECTION    1.    SECTION 5 of Act 60 of 2017 is amended to read:

"SECTION    5.    This act takes effect three years after approval by the Governor on July 1, 2020, and with respect to license renewals is only applicable to renewals initially due after June 30, 2020."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

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