South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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H. 3957

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Hewitt, Kirby, Bailey and G.M. Smith
Document Path: l:\council\bills\gt\6027cm21.docx

Introduced in the House on February 23, 2021
Introduced in the Senate on March 17, 2021
Last Amended on March 16, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry

Summary: Flounder- catch size and limits

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   2/23/2021  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 40)
   2/23/2021  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 40)
   3/11/2021  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Agriculture, 
                        Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 3)
   3/16/2021  House   Amended (House Journal-page 18)
   3/16/2021  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 20)
   3/16/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-106  Nays-3 (House Journal-page 21)
   3/17/2021  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 22)
   3/17/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 8)
   3/17/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 8)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/23/2021
3/11/2021
3/16/2021

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AMENDED

March 16, 2021

H. 3957

Introduced by Reps. Hewitt, Kirby, Bailey and G.M. Smith

S. Printed 3/16/21--H.

Read the first time February 23, 2021.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTIONS 50-5-1705 AND 50-5-1710, BOTH AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CATCH AND SIZE LIMITS FOR THE TAKING, POSSESSING, LANDING, SELLING, OR PURCHASING OF CERTAIN FISH FROM THE STATE'S WATERS, SO AS TO DECREASE THE CATCH LIMIT AND INCREASE THE SIZE LIMIT FOR FLOUNDER.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Section 50-5-1705(G) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(G)    It is unlawful for a person to take or possess more than ten five flounder (Paralichthys species) taken by means of gig, spear, hook and line, or similar device in any one day, not to exceed twenty ten flounder in any one day on any boat."

SECTION    2.    Section 50-5-1710(B)(2) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(2)    flounder (Paralichthys) of less than fifteen sixteen inches total length, or more than twenty inches in total length, provided that one flounder (Paralichthys) taken or possessed may be greater than twenty inches, not to exceed two per boat;"

SECTION    3.    The amendments contained in SECTIONS 1 and 2 of this act are repealed on June 30, 2025 and the text amended by these SECTIONS therefore shall revert back to the language as contained in the South Carolina Code of Laws as of January 1, 2020.

SECTION    4.    The Department of Natural Resources shall furnish a written report to the General Assembly on South Carolina's stock of flounder by January 30, 2025. The report must provide future projections.

SECTION    5.    This act takes effect on July 1, 2021.

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