South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 5109

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General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. D.C. Moss, Bryant, Bailey, Pope, Wooten, McCravy, McDaniel, Tallon, Gagnon, Ridgeway, Hixon, Gilliam, Jones, Yow and Rutherford
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Introduced in the House on February 5, 2020
Currently residing in the House

Summary: Law enforcement officers

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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    2/5/2020  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 49)
    2/5/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 49)
   2/19/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Wooten, 
                        McCravy, McDaniel, Tallon, Gagnon, Ridgeway, Hixon, 
                        Gilliam, Jones, Yow, Rutherford
   3/11/2020  House   Committee report: Favorable Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 9)
   3/12/2020          Scrivener's error corrected
    4/8/2020  House   Debate adjourned

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2/5/2020
3/11/2020
3/12/2020

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COMMITTEE REPORT

March 11, 2020

H. 5109

Introduced by Reps. D.C. Moss, Bryant, Bailey, Pope, Wooten, McCravy, McDaniel, Tallon, Gagnon, Ridgeway, Hixon, Gilliam, Jones, Yow and Rutherford

S. Printed 3/11/20--H.    [SEC 3/12/20 2:02 PM]

Read the first time February 5, 2020.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 5109) to amend Section 23-23-40, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the certification of a law enforcement officer employed or appointed by a public, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

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

PETER M. MCCOY, JR. for Committee.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 23-23-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER EMPLOYED OR APPOINTED BY A PUBLIC LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE A NONCERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SHALL ONLY PERFORM HIS DUTIES AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHILE ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE.

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

SECTION    1.    The first paragraph of Section 23-23-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"No law enforcement officer employed or appointed on or after July 1, 1989 2020, by any public law enforcement agency in this State is authorized to enforce the laws or ordinances of this State or any political subdivision thereof unless he has been certified as qualified by the council, except that any public law enforcement agency in this State may appoint or employ as a law enforcement officer, a person who is not certified if, within one year after the date of employment or appointment, the person secures certification from the council; provided, that if any public law enforcement agency employs or appoints as a law enforcement officer a person who is not certified, the person shall not perform any of the duties of a law enforcement officer involving the control or direction of members of the public or exercising the power of arrest until he has successfully completed a firearms qualification program approved by the council; and provided, further, that within three working days of employment, the academy must be notified by a public law enforcement agency that a person has been employed by that agency as a law enforcement officer, and within three working days of the notice the firearms qualification program as approved by the director must be provided to the newly hired personnel; and shall only perform his duties as a law enforcement officer while accompanied by a certified law enforcement officer. If the firearms qualification program approved by the director is not available within three working days after receipt of the notice, then the public law enforcement agency making the request for the firearms qualification program may employ the person to perform any of the duties of a law enforcement officer, including those involving the control and direction of members of the public and exercising the powers of arrest. Should any such person fail to secure certification within one year from his date of employment, he may not perform any of the duties of a law enforcement officer involving control or direction of members of the public or exercising the power of arrest until he has been certified. He is not eligible for employment or appointment by any other agency in South Carolina as a law enforcement officer, nor is he eligible for any compensation by any law enforcement agency for services performed as an officer. Exceptions to the one-year rule may be granted by the director in these cases:

(1)    military leave or injury occurring during that first year which would preclude the receiving of training within the usual period of time; or

(2)    in the event of the timely filing of application for training, which application, under circumstances of time and physical limitations, cannot be honored by the training academy within the prescribed period; or

(3)    upon presentation of documentary evidence that the officer-candidate has successfully completed equivalent training in one of the other states which by law regulate and supervise the quality of police training and which require a minimum basic or recruit course of duration and content at least equivalent to that provided in this chapter or by standards set by the council; or

(4)     if it is determined by documentary evidence that the training will result in undue hardship to the requesting agency, the requesting agency must propose an alternate training schedule for approval."

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

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