South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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R111, H3957

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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 June 8, 2021
Passed by the General Assembly on June 8, 2021
Governor's Action: June 15, 2021, Signed

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)
   4/22/2021  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Fish, Game 
                        and Forestry (Senate Journal-page 9)
    5/4/2021  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 22)
    5/4/2021  Senate  Roll call Ayes-43  Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 22)
    5/6/2021  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 19)
   5/12/2021  House   Senate amendment amended (House Journal-page 29)
   5/12/2021  House   Returned to Senate with amendments 
                        (House Journal-page 29)
   5/12/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-109  Nays-4 (House Journal-page 30)
   5/13/2021  Senate  Non-concurrence in House amendment 
                        (Senate Journal-page 27)
   5/13/2021  House   House insists upon amendment and conference committee 
                        appointed Reps.  Lowe, Hewitt, Pendarvis 
                        (House Journal-page 47)
   5/13/2021  Senate  Conference committee appointed  Campsen, Goldfinch, 
                        McElveen (Senate Journal-page 28)
    6/8/2021  Senate  Free conference powers granted (Senate Journal-page 46)
    6/8/2021  Senate  Free conference committee appointed  Campsen, Goldfinch, 
                        McElveen (Senate Journal-page 46)
    6/8/2021  Senate  Free conference report received and adopted 
                        (Senate Journal-page 46)
    6/8/2021  Senate  Roll call Ayes-42  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 46)
    6/8/2021  House   Free conference powers granted (House Journal-page 71)
    6/8/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-111  Nays-1 (House Journal-page 72)
    6/8/2021  House   Free conference committee appointed  Lowe, Hewitt, 
                        Pendarvis (House Journal-page 73)
    6/8/2021  House   Free conference report adopted (House Journal-page 73)
    6/9/2021          Ratified R  111
   6/15/2021          Signed By Governor

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/23/2021
3/11/2021
3/16/2021
4/22/2021
5/4/2021
5/12/2021
5/12/2021-A
6/8/2021

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NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R111, H3957)

AN ACT 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; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-540, RELATING TO RECREATIONAL SALTWATER FISHING LICENSES AND CHARTER FISHING VESSELS, SO AS TO INCREASE CERTAIN FEES AND TO CREATE AND ELIMINATE CERTAIN LICENSES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-920, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO REVENUES GENERATED BY CERTAIN LICENSES, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT A PORTION BE USED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A FLOUNDER STOCKING PROGRAM; AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PROVIDE A REPORT ON SOUTH CAROLINA'S STOCK OF FLOUNDER.

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

Flounder catch limit

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 five flounder (Paralichthys species) taken by means of gig, spear, hook and line, or similar device in any one day, not to exceed ten flounder in any one day on any boat."

Flounder size limit

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

"(2)    flounder (Paralichthys) of less than sixteen inches total length;"

Recreational saltwater fishing license and charter vessel license

SECTION    3.    Section 50-9-540(A) and (D) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)    For the privilege of recreational statewide fishing in saltwater:

(1)    a resident must purchase:

(a)    a fourteen-day temporary saltwater fishing license for ten dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

(b)    an annual saltwater fishing license for fifteen dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

(c)    a three-year saltwater fishing license for forty-five dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

(d)    a lifetime statewide saltwater fishing license for three hundred dollars at designated licensing locations; or

(e)    any other license which grants saltwater fishing privileges;

(2)    a nonresident must purchase:

(a)    a one-day temporary saltwater fishing license for ten dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

(b)    a seven-day temporary saltwater fishing license for thirty-five dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

(c)    an annual saltwater fishing license for seventy-five dollars, one dollar of which the issuing sales vendor may retain;

or

(d)    any other license which grants saltwater fishing privileges.

(D)    For the privilege of operating a charter fishing vessel in the salt waters of this State, the owner or operator must purchase an annual charter vessel license for each vessel. For a vessel:

(1)    to carry six or fewer passengers, the fee is two hundred seventy-five dollars for residents and five hundred fifty dollars for nonresidents;

(2)    to carry seven but no more than forty-nine passengers, the fee is four hundred fifty dollars for residents and nine hundred dollars for nonresidents;

(3)    to carry fifty or more passengers, the fee is six hundred fifty dollars for residents and one thousand three hundred dollars for nonresidents."

Flounder stocking program funding

SECTION    4.    Section 50-9-920(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 263 of 2018, is further amended to read:

"(C)    Revenue generated from the sale of recreational and commercial marine licenses, permits, and tags shall be deposited to the Marine Resources Fund. Revenue generated from the sale of recreational licenses, permits, and tags must be distributed in accordance with the provisions of Sections 50-9-960 and 50-9-965, provided that a minimum of five dollars from the sale of each recreational saltwater fishing license must be used for the development and implementation of a flounder stocking program."

Repeal

SECTION    5.    SECTION 1 of this act is repealed on June 30, 2024, and the text amended by that SECTION shall revert back to the language contained in the South Carolina Code of Laws as of January 1, 2020.

Flounder report

SECTION    6.    The Department of Natural Resources shall furnish a written report to the General Assembly on South Carolina's stock of flounder by December 31, 2023. The report must provide future projections.

Time effective

SECTION    7.    This act takes effect on July 1, 2021.

Ratified the 9th day of June, 2021.

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President of the Senate

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Speaker of the House of Representatives

Approved the ____________ day of _____________________2021.

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Governor

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