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TO AMEND SECTION 57-25-40, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S ISSUANCE OF PERMITS THAT ALLOW THE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BENCHES UPON WHICH COMMERCIAL ADVERTISEMENTS MAY BE PLACED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PERMITS MUST BE RENEWED ANNUALLY INSTEAD OF TERMINATED ON JULY 1, 2010.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 57-25-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 57-25-40. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon proper application, the Department of Transportation may issue appropriate permits to a regional transit authority or public transit operator to install and maintain benches upon which commercial advertisements are placed provided that each bench will be located at one of the applicant's bus stops, the proposed location for the bench is within the right-of-way of a public road, and the applicant otherwise meets all relevant federal statutory and regulatory requirements. The department may charge a permit fee of twenty-five dollars for each permit application. All permits issued pursuant to this section
expire on July 1, 2010 must be renewed annually upon payment of the annual permit fee."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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