South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 4765

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Brawley, King, McKnight, Pendarvis, Cobb-Hunter, Trantham, Alexander and Brown
Document Path: l:\council\bills\agm\19671wab20.docx

Introduced in the House on January 14, 2020
Currently residing in the House Committee on Education and Public Works

Summary: School lunch debt

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/11/2019  House   Prefiled
  12/11/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
   1/14/2020  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 97)
   1/14/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 97)
   1/16/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Trantham
   1/22/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Alexander, Brown

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/11/2019

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A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-785 SO AS TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY NOT USE DEBT COLLECTION AGENCIES TO COLLECT OR ATTEMPT TO COLLECT OUTSTANDING DEBTS ON STUDENT SCHOOL LUNCH OR BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS, TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY NOT ASSESS OR COLLECT ANY INTEREST, FEES, OR OTHER SUCH MONETARY PENALTIES FOR OUTSTANDING DEBTS FOR STUDENT SCHOOL LUNCH OR BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS, AND TO PROVIDE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT APPLY TO DEBTS ON STUDENT LUNCH AND BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS OUTSTANDING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT AND INCURRED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT.

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

SECTION    1.    Article 7, Chapter 63, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 59-63-785.    (A)    A public school or public school district may not:

        (1)    use a debt collection service to collect or attempt to collect, directly or indirectly, debts due or assessed to be owed for outstanding debts on a school lunch or breakfast account of a student; or

        (2)    assess or collect any interest, fees, or other such monetary penalties for outstanding debts on student school lunch or breakfast accounts.

    (B)    For purposes of this section, 'debt collection agency' means, as used in the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code, any person who collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, debts due or asserted to be owed or due another. The term also includes a creditor who collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, his own debts."

SECTION    2.    The provisions of this act apply to debts on student lunch and breakfast accounts outstanding on the effective date of this act and incurred after the effective date of this act.

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

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