South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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S. 36

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Grooms
Document Path: l:\s-res\lkg\007blue.kmm.lkg.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 3818

Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2021
Introduced in the House on March 2, 2021
Last Amended on February 24, 2021
Currently residing in the House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

Summary: Blue catfish

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/9/2020  Senate  Prefiled
   12/9/2020  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry
   1/12/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 107)
   1/12/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 107)
   2/18/2021  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Fish, Game 
                        and Forestry (Senate Journal-page 7)
   2/24/2021  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 20)
   2/24/2021  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 20)
   2/24/2021  Senate  Roll call Ayes-42  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 20)
   2/25/2021  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 14)
    3/2/2021  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 12)
    3/2/2021  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 12)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/9/2020
2/18/2021
2/24/2021

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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED

February 24, 2021

S. 36

Introduced by Senator Grooms

S. Printed 2/24/21--S.

Read the first time January 12, 2021.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-640 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE POSSESSION OF BLUE CATFISH, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS MORE THAN TWO BLUE CATFISH LONGER THAN THIRTY-TWO INCHES PER DAY IN LAKE MARION, LAKE MOULTRIE, OR THE UPPER REACH OF THE SANTEE RIVER, AND THE CONGAREE AND WATEREE RIVERS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A DAILY CATCH LIMIT OF TWENTY-FIVE BLUE CATFISH A DAY IN LAKE MARION, LAKE MOULTRIE, AND THE UPPER REACH OF THE SANTEE RIVER; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-1120(3) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE POINT SYSTEM FOR FISHING VIOLATIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT A VIOLATION OF BLUE CATFISH CATCH LIMITS IS FOURTEEN POINTS; AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CONDUCT A STUDY OF THE BLUE CATFISH FISHERY IN THE SANTEE AND COOPER RIVER SYSTEMS.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Section 50-13-640 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 50-13-640.    (A)    It is unlawful to possess more than one two blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) greater than thirty-six thirty-two inches in length in any one day in Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, or the upper reach of the Santee River, and the Congaree and Wateree Rivers.

(B)    It is unlawful to take more than twenty-five blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) a day in Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, and the upper reach of the Santee River.

(C)    A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than three hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both."

SECTION    2.    Section 50-9-1120(3) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered new subitem to read:

"(    )    taking or possessing more than the legal creel or size limit of blue catfish:    14."

SECTION    3.    The Department of Natural Resources shall conduct a study of the blue catfish fishery in the Santee and Cooper River systems and make recommendations to the General Assembly concerning the fishery on or before January 1, 2025.

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect thirty days after approval by the Governor.

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