South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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S. 1005

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General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Kimbrell and Talley
Document Path: SR-0574KM24.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 31, 2024
Introduced in the House on February 29, 2024
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

Summary: Motor Horsepower

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date Body Action Description with journal page number
1/31/2024 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 3)
1/31/2024 Senate Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry (Senate Journal-page 3)
2/2/2024 Scrivener's error corrected
2/21/2024 Senate Committee report: Favorable Fish, Game and Forestry (Senate Journal-page 12)
2/23/2024 Scrivener's error corrected
2/27/2024 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 32)
2/27/2024 Senate Roll call Ayes-43 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 32)
2/28/2024 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 25)
2/29/2024 House Introduced and read first time
2/29/2024 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

01/31/2024
02/02/2024
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Committee Report

February 21, 2024

 

S. 1005

 

Introduced by Senators Kimbrell and Talley

 

S. Printed 02/21/24--S.                                                                          [SEC 2/23/2024 2:20 PM]

Read the first time January 31, 2024

 

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The committee on Senate Fish, Game and Forestry

To whom was referred a Bill (S. 1005) to amend the South Carolina Code of Laws by amending Section 50-25-1320, relating to motor restrictions on Lake William C. Bowen, so as to provide that a boat, watercraft, etc., respectfully

Report:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:

 

GEORGE E. "CHIP" CAMPSEN III for Committee.

 

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A bill

 

TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 50-25-1320, RELATING TO MOTOR RESTRICTIONS ON LAKE WILLIAM C. BOWEN, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A BOAT, WATERCRAFT, OR OTHER TYPE OF VESSEL POWERED BY AN OUTDRIVE OR INBOARD MOTOR HAVING AN ENGINE AUTOMOTIVE HORSEPOWER RATING IN EXCESS OF TWO HUNDRED HORSEPOWER IS PERMITTED AND THAT PERSONAL WATERCRAFT MAY NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED NINETY HORSEPOWER; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 50-25-1350, RELATING TO WATER SKIING AND TOWING RESTRICTIONS ON LAKE WILLIAM C. BOWEN, SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF PERSONAL WATERCRAFT, SPECIALTY PROPCRAFT, OR VESSELS IN EXCESS OF IDLE SPEED WITHIN ONE HUNDRED FEET OF A WHARF, DOCK, BULKHEAD, OR PIER OR WITHIN FIFTY FEET OF A MOORED OR ANCHORED VESSEL OR PERSON IN THE WATER.

 

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

 

SECTION 1.  Section 50-25-1320(3) and (4) of the S.C. Code is amended to read:

 

    (3) No boat, watercraft, or any other type of vessel powered by an outdrive or inboard motor having an engine automotive horsepower rating in excess of one hundred ninetytwo hundred horsepower is permitted. This restriction does not apply to towboats which have been approved by the American Waterski Association or any Coast Guard approved boat commonly referred to as an inboard boat designed by the manufacturer for towing waterskiers with the motor or engine located near the midpoint of the boat between the bow and stern, propeller driven by a single rod drive shaft extending through the hull with the propeller located under the boat in front of a rudder. V-Drive towboats will not be permissible.

    (4) Personal watercraft may not exceed one hundred ninety horsepower.

    (4)(5) There is no minimum or maximum restriction on length of boats, watercraft, or any other type of vessel. Boats, watercraft, and other vessels operated for law enforcement, emergency medical services, or dam maintenance and repair are exempted from the restrictions in items (1) and (3) of this section.

 

SECTION 2.  Section 50-25-1350 of the S.C. Code is amended to read:

 

    Section 50-25-1350.  On Lake William C. Bowen it is unlawful to:

    (1) waterski or tow rafts, discs, or other similar floating devices within three hundred feet of any bridge or within one hundred feet of public dock facilities of the Spartanburg Water Systemoperate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel in excess of idle speed within one hundred feet of a wharf, dock, bulkhead, or pier or within fifty feet of a moored or anchored vessel or person in the water;

    (2) waterski and tow rafts, discs, or other similar floating devices upstream and west of the Interstate Highway 26 bridge which crosses over Lake William C. Bowen;

    (3) pull more than two skierspersons at one time from any boat or to waterski while carrying one or more persons piggyback;

    (4) operate any boat, watercraft, or any other type of a vessel between midnight and one hour before sunrise.

 

SECTION 3.  This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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