South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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H. 3308

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Huggins, Hill, Forrest, Caskey and Hixon
Document Path: l:\council\bills\agm\19802cz21.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 364, 387, 457

Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Introduced in the Senate on March 16, 2021
Last Amended on May 13, 2021
Currently residing in conference committee

Summary: Watercraft

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/9/2020  House   Prefiled
   12/9/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs
   1/12/2021  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 152)
   1/12/2021  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 152)
   2/17/2021  House   Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural 
                        Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 4)
   2/23/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Caskey
   2/23/2021  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s).  White, GM Smith, 
                        Stavrinakis, Thayer, Hewitt, Fry, Whitmire, Gatch, 
                        Murphy, Yow, Bernstein, Hart, Tedder, R Williams, 
                        Hosey, Kirby, Bradley, W Newton, Brittain, Lowe, 
                        Sandifer, Henegan, Cogswell, Anderson 
                        (House Journal-page 25)
   2/25/2021  House   Debate adjourned until  Tues., 3-2-21 
                        (House Journal-page 21)
   3/10/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hixon
   3/11/2021  House   Amended (House Journal-page 21)
   3/11/2021  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 21)
   3/11/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-97  Nays-15 (House Journal-page 23)
   3/11/2021  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (House Journal-page 24)
   3/12/2021  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 1)
   3/16/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6)
   3/16/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 6)
   4/28/2021  Senate  Recalled from Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)
   5/11/2021  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 21)
   5/12/2021  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 35)
   5/12/2021  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 35)
   5/12/2021  Senate  Roll call Ayes-38  Nays-2 (Senate Journal-page 35)
   5/13/2021  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 18)
   5/13/2021  Senate  Roll call Ayes-45  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 18)
   5/13/2021  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 18)
   5/13/2021  House   Non-concurrence in Senate amendment 
                        (House Journal-page 45)
   5/13/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-0  Nays-98 (House Journal-page 45)
   5/14/2021  Senate  Senate insists upon amendment and conference committee 
                        appointed  Campsen, Goldfinch, Williams 
                        (Senate Journal-page 20)
   5/13/2021  House   Conference committee appointed  Huggins, Murphy, S 
                        Williams (House Journal-page 51)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/9/2020
2/17/2021
3/11/2021
4/29/2021
5/11/2021
5/12/2021
5/13/2021

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AS PASSED BY THE SENATE

May 13, 2021

H. 3308

Introduced by Reps. Huggins, Hill, Forrest, Caskey and Hixon

S. Printed 5/13/21--S.

Read the first time March 16, 2021.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-870, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PERSONAL WATERCRAFT AND BOATING SAFETY, SO AS TO INCREASE DISTANCE LIMITS BETWEEN A WATERCRAFT OPERATING IN EXCESS OF IDLE SPEED UPON CERTAIN WATERS OF THIS STATE AND A MOORED OR ANCHORED VESSEL, WHARF, DOCK, BULKHEAD, PIER, OR PERSON IN THE WATER.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Section 50-21-10 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding two appropriately numbered new items to read:

"(    )    'Narrow waterway' means a segment of the waters of this State that is two hundred feet or less in width.

( )    'Wake surf' means to operate a vessel that is ballasted in the stern so as to create a wake that is, or is intended to be, surfed by another person."

SECTION    2.    Section 50-21-870(B)(6) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(6)(a)    operate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel while upon a narrow waterway in excess of idle speed within fifty feet of a moored or anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier, or person in the water; or

(b)    operate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel while upon the all other waters of this State in excess of idle speed within 50 one hundred feet of a moored or an anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier, or a person in the water, or within 100 one hundred yards of the Atlantic Ocean coast line. The prohibitions contained in this item (6) do not apply to an unoccupied, moored vessel or watercraft or to a person behind a vessel or watercraft who is on water skis or a floating device with the permission of the operator of the vessel or watercraft;

(c)    The provisions of this item do not apply to Lake Moultrie."

SECTION    3.    Section 50-21-870(B) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately numbered new item to read:

"(    )    wake surf in excess of idle speed within two hundred feet of a moored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier, or person in the water."

SECTION    4.    Unless otherwise provided, this act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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