South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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H. 4825

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Hewitt, Murphy, W. Newton, Brewer, Gatch, Robbins, Kirby, Mitchell, Crawford, Yow, Bailey, Pope, Guest, Hartnett, West, Oremus, Leber, Williams, Jefferson, Gilliard, Schuessler, Landing, Bustos, Calhoon, Gilliam, Gibson, M.M. Smith, B. Newton and Anderson
Companion/Similar bill(s): 4633
Document Path: LC-0217AHB24.docx

Introduced in the House on January 10, 2024
Introduced in the Senate on January 31, 2024
Judiciary

Summary: Kidnapping, luring

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date Body Action Description with journal page number
1/10/2024 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 39)
1/10/2024 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 39)
1/17/2024 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Williams, Jefferson, Gilliard
1/24/2024 House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 4)
1/25/2024 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Schuessler, Landing, Bustos, Calhoon, Gilliam, Gibson
1/30/2024 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: M.M. Smith, B. Newton, Anderson
1/30/2024 House Read second time (House Journal-page 23)
1/30/2024 House Roll call Yeas-113 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 24)
1/31/2024 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 23)
1/31/2024 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
1/31/2024 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 7)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

01/10/2024
01/24/2024



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Committee Report

January 24, 2024

 

H. 4825

 

Introduced by Reps. Hewitt, Murphy, W. Newton, Brewer, Gatch, Robbins, Kirby, Mitchell, Crawford, Yow, Bailey, Pope, Guest, Hartnett, West, Oremus, Leber, Williams, Jefferson and Gilliard

 

S. Printed 01/24/24--H.

Read the first time January 10, 2024

 

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The committee on House Judiciary

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 4825) to amend the South Carolina Code of Laws by amending Section 16-3-910, relating to offenses involving kidnapping, so as to include unlawfully luring another person,, etc., respectfully

Report:

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

 

WESTON. NEWTON for Committee.

 

statement of estimated fiscal impact

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

 

State Expenditure

This bill amends provisions related to offenses involving kidnapping to include the act of luring and to creates an enhanced penalty for a person convicted of kidnapping a minor. The enhanced penalty increases a defendant's term of imprisonment by an additional five years. The bill also provides that a person convicted of attempting to unlawfully seize, confine, inveigle, lure, decoy, kidnap, abduct, or carry away another person is guilty of a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment for not more than 30 years, in addition to the term of imprisonment for five years if the victim is a minor.

 

Judicial. Judicial reports that implementation of the bill may result in an increase in general sessions court caseloads, which can be managed using existing staff and appropriations. Therefore, the bill will result in no expenditure impact for Judicial.

 

Commission on Prosecution Coordination. This bill adds luring to the offense of kidnapping which could result in an increase in the number of cases handled by state prosecutors. The agency indicates that if this bill results in a significant increase in the workload, the agency will request an increase in General Fund appropriations. 

 

Commission on Indigent Defense. This bill adds luring to the offense of kidnapping which could result in an increase in the number of cases handled by the indigent defense attorneys. The agency indicates that if this bill results in a significant increase in the workload, the agency will request an increase in General Fund appropriations. 

 

Department of Corrections. This bill may result in an increase in the number of inmates housed by the Department of Corrections. However, no data are available to estimate the increase in the number of inmates that may be housed by Corrections. According to Corrections, in FY 2022-23, the annual total cost per inmate was $37,758, of which $34,570 was state funded.  However, as the potential increase in incarcerations is unknown, any expenditure impact for Corrections is undetermined. Corrections indicates that if this bill results in a significant increase in the inmate population, the agency will request an increase in General Fund appropriations.

 

 

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

 

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A bill

 

TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 16-3-910, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING KIDNAPPING, SO AS TO INCLUDE UNLAWFULLY LURING ANOTHER PERSON, TO PROVIDE FOR A SENTENCING ENHANCEMENT WHEN THE VICTIM IS A MINOR, TO SPECIFICALLY PROVIDE FOR PUNISHMENT FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OFFENSES, AND TO DEFINE THE TERM "MINOR".

 

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

 

SECTION 1.  Section 16-3-910 of the S.C. Code is amended to read:

 

    Section 16-3-910.  (A) Whoever shall unlawfully seize, confine, inveigle, lure, decoy, kidnap, abduct or carry away any other person by any means whatsoever without authority of law, except when a minor is seized or taken by his parent, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for a period not to exceed thirty years unless sentenced for murder as provided in Section 16-3-20. If the victim is a minor, the person convicted of an offense provided in this subsection must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to five years in addition to a sentence as otherwise provided in this subsection.

    (B) A person who attempts to commit an offense provided in subsection (A), upon conviction, must be punished as for the principal offense.

    (C) The term "minor" means a person who is less than eighteen years of age.

 

SECTION 2.  The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.

 

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

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