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This issue of the Legislative Update is a comprehensive review of all legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2014 session. It is a report intended to provide a brief synopsis of newly enacted legislation and is generally categorized for ease of review. Please refer to the actual text of the legislation for detailed provisions.

Requests for Legislation

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Online legislation and regulations are available at http://www.scstatehouse.gov. The South Carolina Code of Laws is also available at this site.


Title 1 - Administration of the Government

SC Restructuring Act of 2014. Act No. 121 (R124, S. 22). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by enacting the "South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2014" so as to transfer, realign, or restructure various agencies, programs, requirements, and procedures in the executive and legislative branches of state government, including provisions to abolish the State Budget and Control Board on July 1, 2015; to amend § 1-30-10, as amended, relating to the agencies of the executive branch of state government, so as to establish the Department of Administration; to amend § 1-11-10, relating to the composition of the State Budget and Control Board, so as to abolish the State Budget and Control Board and transfer certain programs, powers, duties, and responsibilities to the Department of Administration; to amend § 1-11-20, as amended, relating to the divisions and staff of the State Budget and Control Board, so as to transfer certain divisions and staff to the Department of Administration; to amend § 1-30-10, as amended, relating to the governing authority of certain departments and agencies, so as to require reports to the governor and the General Assembly each year regarding restructuring of divisions, programs, or personnel by those departments and agencies and make conforming changes regarding the seven-year oversight study and investigation; to amend § 8-27-10, as amended, relating to definitions for purposes of employment protection for reports of violations of state or federal law, so as to revise the definition of "report"; by adding § 8-27-60 so as to require public bodies to make a summary of the chapter on employment protection for reports of violations of state or federal law available on its internet website; by adding Chapter 2 to Title 2 so as to define necessary terms and provide for legislative oversight of executive departments and the processes and procedures to be followed in connection with this oversight; to amend §§ 1-11-55, as amended, 1-11-56, 1-11-58, 1-11-65, 1-11-67, 1-11-70, 1-11-80, 1-11-90, 1-11-100, 1-11-110, 1-11-180, by adding § 1-11-185, to amend §§ 1-11-220, as amended, 1-11-225, 1-11-250, 1-11-260, 1-11-270, 1-11-280, 1-11-290, 1-11-300, 1-11-310, as amended, 1-11-315, 1-11-320,  1-11-335, 1-11-340, 1-15-10, as amended, 2-59-10, Chapter 9 of Title 3, §§ 10-1-10, 10-1-30, 10-1-130, 10-1-190, Chapter 9 of Title 10, §§ 10-11-50, 10-11-90, 10-11-110, 10-11-140, 10-11-330, 11-7-10, 11-7-30, 11-9-610, 11-9-620, 11-9-630, 11-9-665, 11-9-670, 11-9-680, 11-35-3820, 11-35-3840, 11-35-5270, 11-42-30, 11-42-40, 11-42-60, 11-53-20, as amended, 13-7-10, 13-7-30, 13-7-810, 13-7-830, 13-7-860, 16-3-1620, all as amended, 16-3-1680, 25-11-10, 25-11-80, as amended, 25-11-90, 25-11-310, 44-53-530, as amended, 44-96-140, 48-46-30, 48-46-40, 48-46-50, 48-46-60, 48-46-90, 63-11-500, as amended, 63-11-700, as amended, 63-11-730, 63-11-1110, 63-11-1140, 44-38-380, 63-11-1310, 63-11-1340, 63-11-1360, and 63-11-1510, all relating to various agency or department provisions, all so as to conform them to the above provisions pertaining to the new Department of Administration, the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, other appropriate state agencies, or to supplement such provisions; to repeal § 1-30-110 relating to specific agencies, boards, and commissions and their related entities administered under the Office of the Governor; by adding Article 11 to Chapter 9, Title 11 so as to provide for the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office and provide for its organization, duties, powers, and procedures; to amend §§ 11-9-820, 11-9-825, 11-9-830, and 11-9-880, all relating to the Board of Economic Advisors, so as to make the Board of Economic Advisors a division of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to further provide for its procedures, duties, and functions; to amend §§ 2-7-72, 2-7-73, 2-7-74, and 2-7-76, all relating to the fiscal impact of bills or resolutions, so as to further provide for how these fiscal impacts are determined and reported; by adding § 1-30-125 so as to establish the Executive Budget Office within the Department of Administration and transfer certain portions of the Office of State Budget of the State Budget and Control Board to the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office except for employees required to support the Executive Budget Office; to amend § 11-9-890, as amended, relating to the delineation of fiscal year revenue estimates by quarters and action to avoid year-end deficits, so as to require the Board of Economic Advisors to reduce revenue forecasts under certain circumstances and allow the Senate and House of Representatives to come into session to avoid a year-end deficit among other things; by adding Chapter 79 to Title 2 so as to provide procedures and requirements pertaining to state agency deficit prevention and recognition; to repeal § 1-11-495 relating to year-end deficits, and §§ 11-9-230 through 11-9-270 all relating to borrowing money by the State Budget and Control Board; to amend §§ 48-52-410, 48-52-440, 48-52-460,  48-52-635, and 48-52-680, relating to the State Energy Office, so as to provide that the State Energy Office shall be a part of the Office of Regulatory Staff and to further provide for the programs and operations of the State Energy Office; to amend §§ 1-11-25 and 1-11-26, both relating to the local government division of the State Budget and Control Board, and by adding § 11-50-65, all so as to provide that the local government division shall become a part of the Rural Infrastructure Authority, for the operations of the division of local government, for the operations and employees of the Rural Infrastructure Authority, and for the use and transfer of certain funding to the Rural Infrastructure Authority; to amend § 11-37-200, relating to the Water Resources Coordinating Council, so as to correct references from the State Budget and Control Board to the Rural Infrastructure Authority; by adding Chapter 17 to Title 60 so as to establish the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Commission and provide for its membership and duties; to repeal Article 7, Chapter 11, Title 1 relating to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum; by adding Chapter 55 to Title 11 so as to establish the State Fiscal Accountability Authority and provide for its membership, duties, and functions; to amend Chapter 47, Title 2, relating to the Joint Bond Review Committee, so as to make conforming changes to reference the State Fiscal Accountability Authority and revise the manner in which the Joint Bond Review Committee reviews permanent improvement projects and their funding, the process by which these projects and their funding are approved, and for the reporting of certain new projects; to provide that the Insurance Reserve Fund is transferred to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority as one of its divisions; to amend §§ 1-11-140 and 15-78-140, relating to the provisions of tort liability coverage by the state, so as to conform these sections to the above provisions; to amend  § 1-11-440, relating to the duty of the state to defend members of the State Budget and Control Board against claim or suit arising out of their official actions, so as to delete references to the State Budget and Control Board and include references to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority and director of the Department of Administration; to amend §§ 11-18-20, 11-27-10, by adding § 11-31-5, to amend §§ 11-35-310, as amended, 11-38-20, 11-41-70, as amended, 11-41-80, 11-41-90, 11-41-100, 11-41-180, 11-43-510, 11-45-30, 11-45-55, 11-45-105, 11-51-30, 11-51-125, and 11-51-190, all relating to various bond or other financial provisions, § 11-37-30, relating to the South Carolina Resources Authority, § 11-40-20, relating to the Infrastructure Facilities Authority, § 11-40-250, relating to the division of local government, and § 11-49-40, relating to the Tobacco Settlement Authority, all so as to correct references from the State Budget and Control Board to the appropriate entity and make conforming changes; to amend §§ 59-109-30 and 59-109-40, relating to the Educational Facilities Authority for private nonprofit institutions of higher learning, §§ 59-115-20 and 59-115-40, relating to the State Education Assistance Authority, and § 48-5-30, relating to the Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority, all so as to provide that their respective governing body shall be the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, and to make conforming references; to create the Charleston Naval Base Museum Authority as a division of the Charleston Naval Redevelopment Authority and restructure the membership of the latter; to amend  § 2-65-15, as amended, relating to definitions for purposes of the South Carolina Federal and Other Funds Oversight Act, so as to revise the definition of the term "board"; by adding § 2-65-130 so as to provide for the forwarding of an expenditure proposal from the Executive Budget Office to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority; to amend §§ 41-43-100 and 41-43-110, both as amended, relating to the Jobs-Economic Development Authority, so as to change references from the State Budget and Control Board to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority; to amend § 2-15-50, relating to the Legislative Audit Council, so as to revise the mission to include recommendations on whether organizations, programs, or functions should be continued, revised, or eliminated; and to require the Legislative Audit Council to conduct a performance review of the act during the year 2020 to determine its effectiveness and achievements, and to provide for other transitional provisions, for the effective date of the act, and for the manner in which it shall be implemented. See Act for Effective Date.

Administrative Law Judges. Act No. 146 (R154, S. 405). An act to amend § 1-23-560, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to administrative law judges and the enforcement and administration of these rules by the State Ethics Commission, so as to provide instead that the Commission on Judicial Conduct, under authority of the Supreme Court, shall handle complaints against administrative law judges for possible violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct in the same manner as complaints against other judges. Effective April 7, 2014.

Endometriosis Awareness Month. Act No. 166 (R179, S. 983). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 1-1-617 so as to designate March of each year as "Endometriosis Awareness Month." Effective May 16, 2014.

Official State Fossil. Act No. 177 (R194, H. 4482). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 1-1-691 so as to designate the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil. Effective May 16, 2014.

Veterans. Act No. 210 (R264, H. 4922). An act to amend § 1-13-80, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to unlawful employment practices and exceptions, so as to provide that it is not an unlawful employment practice for a private employer to give hiring preferences to a veteran, and to extend the preference to the veteran's spouse if the veteran has a service-connected permanent and total disability. Effective June 2, 2014.

Removal of officers by the Governor. Act No. 224 (R249, H. 3540). An act to amend § 1-3-240, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the removal of officers by the governor, so as to add the adjutant general to the list of officers or entities the governing board of which may be removed by the governor only for certain reasons constituting cause; to amend
§ 25-1-320, relating to the state adjutant general, so as to provide that the adjutant general must be appointed by the governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate for a term not coterminous with the governor, and to establish certain qualifications for the Office of Adjutant General; to amend  § 25-1-340, as amended, relating to vacancies in the office of adjutant general, so as to delete a reference to the eligibility requirements of constitutional officers, and to authorize the governor to make a temporary appointment to the Office of Adjutant General pursuant to § 1-3-210 should a vacancy occur at a time when the Senate is not in session; and to provide that the above provisions are effective upon the ratification of amendments to Section 7, Article VI, and Section 4, Article XIII of the Constitution of this State deleting the requirement that the state adjutant general be elected by the qualified electors of this State. See Act for Effective Date.

Barbecue. Act No. 231 (R236, S. 1136). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 1-1-683 so as to designate barbecue as the official state picnic cuisine. Effective June 2, 2014.

Solicitors Office. Act No. 248 (R277, S. 897). An act to amend § 1-11-730, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to eligibility for state health and dental plan coverage, so as to provide that a person who retires from employment with a solicitor's office under a state retirement system is eligible to participate in the state health and dental plans by paying the full premium as determined by the board if at least one county in the judicial circuit covered by that solicitor's office participates in the state health and dental plans and the person's last five years of employment prior to retirement are consecutive and in a full-time permanent position with that solicitor's office or another entity that participates in the state health and dental plans; to require that these provisions be interpreted to provide eligibility to the employee, retiree, and their eligible dependents; and to make these provisions retroactive to January 1, 2012. See Act for Effective Date.

FY 2014-15 Appropriations Bill. Act No. 286 (R304, H. 4701). An act to make appropriations and to provide revenues to meet the ordinary expenses of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, to regulate the expenditure of such funds, and to further provide for the operation of state government during this fiscal year and for other purposes. See Act for Effective Date.

Criminal Justice Academy. Act No. 316 (R144, S. 1001). A joint resolution to approve regulations of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, relating to law enforcement officer and e-911 officer training and certification, designated as Regulation Document Number 4347, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective March 13, 2014.

Water Pollution Control Permits (D. No. 4444). Act No. 317 (R185, S. 1198). A joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to water pollution control permits, designated as Regulation Document Number 4444, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 22, 2014.

Annuity mortality tables for use in determining reserve liabilities for annuities (D. No. 4453). Act No. 318 (R244, S. 1233). A joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Insurance, relating to annuity mortality tables for use in determining reserve liabilities for annuities, designated as Regulation Document Number 4453, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 29, 2014.

Seasons, Limits, Methods or take and special use restrictions on wildlife management areas (D. No. 4443). Act No. 319 (R287, S. 1305). A joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Natural Resources, relating to seasons, limits, methods of take and special use restrictions on wildlife management areas, designated as Regulation Document Number 4443, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective June 12, 2014.

Budget and Control Board. Act No. 322 (R311, H. 5084). A joint resolution directing the State Budget and Control Board to transfer from the State of South Carolina to the City of Greenville two properties in the City of Greenville, one located at the corner of North Church Street and East Park Avenue and an adjacent property on East Park Avenue, which were previously used as a state National Guard armory. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 2 – General Assembly

Revised Code Volumes 5 and 8. Act No. 324 (R182, S. 1034). A joint resolution to adopt revised Code Volumes 5 and 8 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to the extent of their contents, as the only general permanent statutory law of the state as of January 1, 2014. Effective May 16, 2014.

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Title 3 – U.S. Government, Agreements and Relations With

Ad Valorem Taxation. Act No. 289 (R323, S. 825). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Military Family Quality of Life Enhancement Act of 2014" by adding § 3-1-40 so as to exempt from ad valorem taxation any real property located within a military base or installation that is used or owned by the United States armed forces and is used as military housing for military-affiliated personnel and their families even if the real property is improved, maintained, or leased to a party that would otherwise subject the real property to tax, so long as there is a contractual agreement requiring the lessee to use the property for military housing; by adding § 44-6-35 so as to provide that military families may enroll in a Medicaid home- and community-based waiver program in this State if South Carolina is their state of legal residence, and to allow them to maintain enrollment if the family is stationed outside of South Carolina; by adding Article 21 to Chapter 11, Title 63 so as to create the "Military-Connected Children's Welfare Task Force" to identify issues related to military-connected children and open communication between child welfare agencies of this State and local military installations; to amend § 59-18-900, as amended, relating to the development of comprehensive annual report cards and academic performance ratings, so as to direct the Education Oversight Committee, working with the State Board of Education, to establish a comprehensive annual report concerning the performance of military-connected children who attend primary, elementary, middle, and high schools in this State; to amend
§ 7-15-320, as amended, relating to persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot, so as to provide that members of the armed services, their spouses, and their dependents must be permitted to vote by absentee ballot in all elections, regardless of whether they are absent from their county of residence on election day; to amend § 25-1-350, relating to the powers and duties of the adjutant general, so as to provide that the adjutant general may authorize National Guard personnel to support and assist the National Guard Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina National Guard Foundation in certain missions; and by adding § 51-13-880 so as to allow members of the USS Laffey Association who are temporarily present at Patriot's Point to perform voluntary maintenance on the USS Laffey to remain onboard the vessel overnight if the executive director of the Patriot's Point Development Authority approves and has deemed it safe. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 4 – Counties

West Florence Fire District. Act No. 183 (R203, H. 5225). An act to amend Chapter 23, Title 4, Code of Laws of 1976, relating to joint county fire districts by adding Article 10 so as to establish the West Florence Fire District to be composed of areas in Florence and Darlington counties, to provide for a governing commission for the district and its duties, powers, and functions, and to provide penalties for certain violations. Effective May 28, 2014.

Transportation infrastructure. Act No. 229 (R234, S. 1085). An act to amend § 4-37-30, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the use of local sales and use tax or toll revenues to finance transportation infrastructure in a county, so as to provide a procedure for the governing body of a county in which the transportation infrastructure local sales and use tax is currently imposed for less than the twenty-five year maximum imposition period, upon referendum approval, may extend without interruption the initial imposition period for up to seven years for not more than twenty-five years in the aggregate, including the original imposition period, to provide what questions must appear on the referendum ballot for the extension, and to provide that referendums to impose or extend the transportation infrastructure sales and use tax must be held at the time of the general election. Effective June 2, 2014.

Capital project sales tax. Act No. 243 (R272, S. 809). An act to amend § 4-10-330, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Capital Projects Sales Tax, so as to delete a provision allowing the referendum for imposition or reimposition to be held at a time other than at the time of the general election. See Act for Effective Date.

Capital improvement sales and use tax. Act No. 290 (R324, S. 940). An act to amend § 4-10-470, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the education capital improvements sales and use tax, so as to allow certain counties to impose the tax based upon certain factors; and to amend § 4-10-460, relating to the reimposition of the education capital improvements sales and use tax, so as to provide that the referendum for reimposition must not be held earlier than within the calendar year which is two years before the calendar year in which the tax in effect is scheduled to terminate. Effective June 24, 2014.

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Title 6 - Local Government - Provisions Applicable to Special Purpose Districts and Other Political Subdivisions

Local accommodation tax revenues. Act No. 184 (R206, S. 294). An act to amend § 6-4-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the expenditure of local accommodations tax revenues, so as to clarify that in certain situations, funds may be used for beach renourishment, and to allow a municipality or county, in certain situations, upon a two-thirds vote of the membership of the local governing body, to hold the funds for more than two years if the funds are committed for the control and repair of waterfront erosion, including beach renourishment. Effective June 2, 2014.

Beach Preservation Act. Act No. 188 (R212, S. 503). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 6 to Chapter 1, Title 6 so as to enact the "Beach Preservation Act,” to allow a qualified coastal municipality to impose a fee not to exceed one percent on the gross proceeds derived from the rental or charges for accommodations furnished to transients subject to the municipality's local accommodations tax, to provide that the municipality may impose the fee only after its approval in a referendum held in the municipality, to provide that the fee is in addition to all other local accommodations taxes imposed and must not be deemed cumulative to other local accommodations taxes imposed by the municipality, to provide uses for which the fee revenue must be applied, to provide for reporting and for remittance of these fees, and to provide definitions. Effective June 2, 2014.

Property tax millage. Act No. 249 (R279, S. 964). An act to amend § 6-1-320, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the limit on annual property tax millage increases imposed by political subdivisions, so as to provide that the governing body of a fire district that existed on January 1, 2014, which serves less than seven hundred homes, may adopt an ordinance or resolution requesting the governing body of the county to conduct a referendum to suspend the millage rate increase limitation for fire district general operating expenses, and to provide that the governing body of a county may adopt an ordinance, subject to referendum, to suspend the millage rate increase limitation for the purpose of imposing a special millage not to exceed six-tenths of a mill for county mental health services. Effective June 6, 2014.

Fairness in Lodging Act. Act No. 261 (R280, S. 985). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 8 to Chapter 1, Title 6, so as to enact the "Fairness in Lodging Act," to allow municipalities and counties by ordinance to implement additional enforcement provisions for the local accommodations tax as those provisions apply to the owners of residential real property who rent the property to tourists, including data sharing with the South Carolina Department of Revenue, specific notice to property owners included in property tax bills, an additional penalty that may be imposed for noncompliance after the receipt of such a notice, and directions to the South Carolina Department of Revenue to identify "rental by owner" websites advertising tourists rentals and request them to post on the websites a statement regarding the legal obligations of the owners of property in this State listed on the website, to pay all applicable local and state taxes and fees with respect to such rentals; and to amend §§ 6-1-120, 12-54-240, as amended, and 12-4-310, relating respectively to the confidentiality of local and state tax data and exceptions thereto, and the duties of the South Carolina Department of Revenue, so as to conform them to the provisions of this Act. Effective June 9, 2014.

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Title 7 – Elections

Edgefield County voting precincts. Act No. 122 (R126, S. 671). An act to amend § 7-7-240, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Edgefield County, so as to revise certain precincts and to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective January 27, 2014.

Anderson County voting precincts added and revised. Act No. 124 (R128, S. 689). An act to amend § 7-7-80, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of precincts in Anderson County, so as to add the "Belton Annex" precinct, the "North Pointe" precinct, and the “Glenview" precinct, to redesignate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board, and to correct archaic language. Effective March 4, 2014.

Lexington County voting precincts. Act No. 125 (R129, S. 807). An act to amend § 7-7-380, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Lexington County, so as to add four precincts and to redesignate the map number on which these may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 4, 2014.

Spartanburg County voting precincts. Act No. 127 (R131, S. 987). An act to amend § 7-7-490, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of precincts in Spartanburg County, so as to change the names of two precincts and delete a precinct and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 4, 2014.

Aiken County voting precincts. Act No. 130 (R135, H. 4475). An act to amend § 7-7-40, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Aiken County, so as to redesignate various existing precincts, to add three precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 4, 2014.

Beaufort County voting precincts. Act No. 131 (R136, H. 4497). An act to amend § 7-7-110, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Beaufort County, so as to redesignate five existing precincts, add nine precincts and delete three precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which these may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 4, 2014.

Jasper County voting precincts. Act No. 132 (R137, H. 4521). An act to amend § 7-7-330, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Jasper County, so as to add a precinct and to redesignate the map number on which the name of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective July 1, 2014.

Horry County voting precincts. Act No. 137 (R149, H. 4468). An act to amend § 7-7-320, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Horry County, so as to redesignate various existing precincts, to add two precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 13, 2014.

Laurens County voting precincts. Act No. 138. (R151, H. 4647). An act to amend § 7-7-360, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Laurens County, so as to revise boundaries of existing precincts and to designate the map number on which the boundaries of Laurens County voting precincts as revised by this Act may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 13, 2014.

Dorchester County voting precincts. Act No. 141 (R141, S. 957). An act to amend § 7-7-230, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Dorchester County, so as to add nine precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 13, 2014.

Greenwood County voting precincts. Act No. 142 (R142, S. 989). An act to amend § 7-7-290, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Greenwood County, so as to revise boundaries of existing precincts and to designate the map number on which the boundaries of Greenwood County voting precincts as revised by this Act may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 13, 2014.

York County voting precincts. Act No. 143 (R143, S. 995). An act to amend § 7-7-530, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in York County, so as to revise boundaries of existing precincts and to designate the map number on which the boundaries of York County voting precincts as revised by this Act may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective March 13, 2014.

York County voting precincts. Act No. 169 (R183, S. 1180). An act to amend § 7-7-530, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to voting precincts in York County, so as to delete four precincts and add ten new voting precincts and to designate the map on which the boundaries of York County voting precincts as revised by this Act may be found. Effective July 1, 2014.

Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration. Act No. 174 (R191, H. 3939). An act to amend § 7-27-240, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration (Board), so as to provide that members of the Board serve until their successors are appointed and certified and to remove the prohibition on members of the Board serving more than two terms or eight consecutive years. Effective May 16, 2014.

Berkeley County voting precincts. Act No. 176 (R193, H. 4467). An act to amend § 7-7-120, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Berkeley County, so as to redesignate various existing precincts, to add eleven precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective July 1, 2014.

Candidate nominations. Act No. 196 (R220, S. 815). An act to amend § 7-3-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the selection and duties of the executive director of the State Election Commission, so as to require the executive director of the State Election Commission to supervise, review, and audit the conduct and performance of the county boards of voter registration and elections; by adding § 7-3-25 so as to provide remedial procedures when the State Election Commission determines that a county board of voter registration and elections has failed to comply with applicable state or federal law; to amend § 7-5-10, as amended, relating to the appointment and removal of members of county boards of registration, so as to establish county boards of voter registration and elections and to provide for their composition, terms, and duties; to amend § 7-5-20, relating to deputy members of county boards of registration, so as to provide that county boards of voter registration and elections may appoint deputy members; to amend § 7-5-30, relating to the duties and terms of members of county boards of registration, so as to delete references to the members' terms; to amend § 7-11-30, as amended, relating to party convention nomination of candidates, so as to provide that a party may choose to change from nomination of candidates by primary to a method to nominate candidates by convention and to clarify that a political party that has nominated candidates by convention in the previous election cycle is not required to hold a primary in order to continue using the convention method to nominate candidates; to repeal  § 7-5-35 relating to combined county election and registration commissions, § 7-13-70 relating to the appointment, removal, and training of county election commissioners, and Chapter 27, Title 7 relating to county boards of registration and election commissions; and to amend § 7-3-20, as amended, relating to the selection and duties of the executive director of the State Election Commission, so as to require the State Election Commission to publish on the commission's website certain changes to voting procedures enacted by state or local governments. Effective June 2, 2014.

Chester County voting precincts. Act No. 212 (R266, H. 5159). An act to amend § 7-7-170, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of precincts in Chester County, so as to consolidate certain precincts, and to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective July 1, 2014.

Spartanburg County voting precincts. Act No. 237 (R242, S. 1214). An act to amend § 7-7-490, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Spartanburg County, so as to change the names of four precincts. Effective July 1, 2014.

Laurens County voting precincts. Act No. 240 (R246, S. 1307). An act to amend § 7-7-360, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Laurens County, so as to revise boundaries of existing precincts and to designate the map number on which the boundaries of Laurens County voting precincts as revised by this Act may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective June 2, 2014.

Party conventions or party primary elections. Act No. 256 (R306, H. 4732). An act to amend  §§ 7-11-20, 7-11-25, and 7-13-15, all as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating, respectively, to the conduct by the State Election Commission of party conventions or party primary elections, the authority of political parties to conduct advisory primary elections at party expense, and the date provided by law for holding primary elections and the primaries not subject to that date, so as to delete obsolete date references, to clarify the authority of a political party to conduct an advisory primary at party expense, to clarify that the date of a presidential preference primary conducted by the State Election Commission must be set by the party rather than the general state law date for primaries and to allow the State Election Commission to carry forward any year-end balances in its filing fee and primary and general election accounts to the succeeding fiscal year, and to provide that these carried forward funds must be expended for the same purpose. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 9 - Retirement Systems

SC Retirement System. Act No. 263 (R283, S. 1008). An act to amend § 9-8-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions pertaining to the retirement system for judges and solicitors, so as to include administrative law judges in the definition of "judge"; to amend § 9-8-40, as amended, relating to membership in the system, so as to allow administrative law judges serving on July 1, 2014, to elect to become a member; to amend  9-8-60, as amended, relating to the retirement of members of the system, so as to allow a person to receive a retirement allowance while under employment by another system; to amend § 9-8-120, as amended, relating to a member of the system returning to service, so as to impose a ten thousand dollar earning limitation on members returning to employment under another system, and to provide exceptions; and to repeal § 9-8-65 relating to retirement compensation while employed by a public institution of education. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 11 - Public Finance

Microenterprise Development Act. Act No. 171 (R188, H. 3125). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Microenterprise Development Act" by adding Chapter 55 to Title 11 so as to provide that the Department of Commerce (Department) shall establish the Microenterprise Partnership Program to promote and facilitate the development of microenterprises in this State and to define "microenterprise" as a business, whether new or existing, including startup, home-based, and self-employment, with five or fewer employees; to provide that the Department shall award grants to community organizations to make loans and develop loan sources; to establish criteria to be considered in awarding grants; to provide that authorized funds may be awarded as a grant to microloan delivery organizations and that such grants must be matched by non-state funds; to provide the purpose for which grant funds may be expended; to provide certain provisions that must be in a contract between the Department and a statewide microlending support organization; and to require the state to submit an annual report to the governor and General Assembly; and to establish a Clean Energy Industry Manufacturing Market Development Advisory Commission (Commission) to assist in the development of clean energy technology, materials, and products in this State; to provide for the members of the Commission and their powers and duties, including, conducting an analysis of the current status of the clean energy manufacturing industry in the state and of the market and employment potential, recommending incentives for developing clean energy manufacturing and for developing categories of clean energy markets, and to provide that the Commission shall issue a final report by September 30, 2015, at which time the Commission is dissolved unless otherwise extended. See Act for Effective Date.

Rural Infrastructure Authority. Act No. 195 (R219, S. 812). An act to amend § 11-50-50, as amended, §§ 11-50-60, 11-50-90, and 11-50-160, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, all relating to the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (Authority), so as to update the list of counties in which a board member may reside or represent, to remove the Authority from the jurisdiction of the Administrative Procedures Act, and to no longer require the Authority to obtain review and approval of the Joint Bond Review Committee (Committee) before providing financial assistance, but to require the Authority to submit an annual report to the Committee regarding loans and other financial assistance. Effective June 2, 2014.

Convention and Trade show center. Act No. 215 (R222, S. 828). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 11-41-75 so as to exempt certain bond reimbursement requirements if a convention and trade show center is sold and is to be replaced with a new convention and trade show center, and to set forth exemption requirements; and to amend § 11-41-70, as amended, relating to requirements for economic development bonds, so as to make a conforming change. Effective June 2, 2014.

Iran Divestment Act. Act No. 267 (R291, H. 3021). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 57 to Title 11 so as to enact the Iran Divestment Act of 2014 and to prohibit certain investments and contracts with persons deemed to be engaging in investment activities in Iran. See Act for Effective Date.

Capital Reserve Fund. Act No. 298 (R305, H. 4702). A joint resolution to appropriate monies from the Capital Reserve Fund for fiscal year 2013-2014, and to allow unexpended funds appropriated to be carried forward to succeeding fiscal years and expended for the same purposes. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 12 – Taxation

Internal Revenue Code.  Act No. 126 (R130, S. 953). An act to amend § 12-6-40, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the application of the Internal Revenue Code to state income tax laws, so as to update the reference to the Internal Revenue Code to the year 2013 and to provide that any Internal Revenue Code sections adopted by the state that expired on December 31, 2013, that are extended by congressional enactment in 2014, are also extended for South Carolina income tax purposes. Effective March 4, 2014.

Property tax assessments. Act No. 133 (R145, H. 3027). An act to amend § 12-43-220, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to property tax assessment ratios, so as to provide that, in certain situations, an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States may claim the four percent assessment ratio regardless of the owner's relocation and regardless of any rental income, and to provide that an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, in certain situations, may claim the four percent assessment ratio on two residential properties so long as the owner attempts to sell the first residence within thirty days of acquiring the second residence. See Act for Effective Date.

Income tax deductions. Act No. 134 (R146, H. 3089). An act to amend § 12-6-1140, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to deductions allowed from South Carolina taxable income of an individual for purposes of the South Carolina Income Tax Act, so as to allow a maximum three thousand dollar a year deduction for volunteer state constables designated by the State Law Enforcement Division as state constables and to provide the eligibility requirements for this deduction. See Act for Effective Date.

Accommodation tax. Act No. 172 (R189, H. 3561). An act to amend § 12-36-920, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to tax on accommodations, so as to provide that certain optional charges are not subject to the tax. Effective July 1, 2014.

Out-of-state businesses. Act No. 220 (R228, S. 1033). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding 
§ 12-2-110 so as to provide that an out-of-state business or employee that performs disaster or emergency-related work in this State is exempt from certain licensing and taxing provisions during the disaster period, to define terms, and to provide notice requirements. Effective June 2, 2014.

Admissions license tax. Act No. 242 (R271, S. 474). An act to amend § 12-21-2420, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the admissions license tax, so as to exempt admissions charged by the state museum. Effective July 1, 2014.

Property tax. Act No. 259 (R269, S. 437). An act to amend § 12-43-220, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to valuation and classification of property for purposes of the property tax, so as to provide that the owner-occupant of residential property qualifies for the four percent assessment ratio allowed owner-occupied residential property, if the owner is otherwise qualified and the residence is not rented for more than seventy-two days a year, and to delete other references to the rental of these residences; to amend § 12-54-240, as amended, relating to disclosure of records, reports, and returns with the Department of Revenue, so as to provide verification that the federal Schedule E conforms with the same document required by a county assessor is not prohibited; to amend § 12-36-920, as amended, relating to the seven percent state sales tax imposed on accommodations, so as to provide that the tax does not apply to gross proceeds from rentals received by persons renting their personal residence for fewer than fifteen days total in a year and if the gross proceeds of the rental income are excluded from federal taxable income pursuant to the provisions of § 280a(g) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; to amend   § 12-37-220, relating to property tax exemptions, so as to include certain religious trusts in exempting property used for the holding of its meetings when no profit or benefit inures to the benefit of any stockholder or individual; to amend § 12-24-40, relating to exemptions from deed recording fees, so as to exempt transfers from a trust established for the benefit of a religious organization to the religious organization; and to amend § 12-43-220, as amended, relating to the four percent special assessment ratio, so as to provide that an eligibility provision requiring a certain ownership percentage does not apply if the property is held by a trust, family limited partnership, or limited liability company under certain situations, and to provide that if a person resides in a mobile home or single family residence and only rents a portion of the mobile home or single family residence to another individual as a residence, the person may claim the four percent assessment ratio. See Act for Effective Date.

Multiple lot discount. Act No. 277 (R321, H. 4944). An act to amend § 12-43-225, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the multiple lot discount, so as to provide an additional year of eligibility in certain circumstances. See Act for Effective Date.

Clean Energy Industry Market Development Advisory Council. Act No. 279 (R297, H. 3644). An act to amend
§ 12-6-3588, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Renewable Energy Tax Credit Incentive Program, so as to redesignate the program the "South Carolina Clean Energy Tax Incentive Program," to revise definitions to extend the credit to additional forms of energy production and operations, to decrease investment thresholds and decrease job creation thresholds for qualifying for the credit and make the credit, previously due to expire December 31, 2015, available through 2020, and to revise credit administration procedures for credits earned after 2014; to amend § 12-6-3620, relating to the corporate income and license tax credit allowed for equipment installed to produce energy from biomass sources, so as to provide that the primary administration of such credits earned after taxable year 2013, is by the South Carolina Department of Revenue; to amend § 12-20-105, relating to the corporate license tax credit allowed for cash contributions to provide infrastructure for eligible projects, so as to include in the definition of "eligible project" a municipal or county-owned, multiuse sports and recreational complex located in a county in which has been collected at least five million dollars in a fiscal year in state-imposed accommodations tax and to further define "infrastructure" for purposes of a multiuse sports and recreational complex; to amend § 12-10-95, relating to the credit against withholding for retraining, so as to increase the credit, specify eligible employees and programs, provide that a business may not claim the credit if the employee is required to reimburse or pay for the costs of the retraining, increase the match amount for the business, and provide that the programs are subject to review by the Department of Revenue and the State Board of Technical and Comprehensive Education; and to amend § 12-10-105, relating to the annual fee for a business claiming the withholding credit, so as to increase the threshold below which the annual fee for the job retraining credit does not apply. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 13 – Planning, Research and Development

Regional Education Centers. Act No. 149 (R158, H. 3410). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 13 to Chapter 1, Title 13 so as to transfer the regional education centers established by the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council to the Department of Commerce; to amend § 59-59-190, relating to assistance the Department of Employment and Workforce, the Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, and the Commission on Higher Education shall provide the Department of Education with respect to certain programs under the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act, so as to make conforming changes; and to repeal § 59-59-170 relating to the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council, and § 59-59-180 relating to regional education centers. Effective April 7, 2014.

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Title 14 – Courts

Criminal Justice Academy. Act No. 247 (R276, S. 894). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 14-1-240 so as to provide that a five dollar surcharge to fund training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy must be levied on all fines, forfeitures, escheatments, or other monetary penalties imposed in the general sessions court or in magistrates or municipal court for misdemeanor traffic offenses or for non-traffic violations, to provide for the transmittal of revenue collected from the surcharge, to provide for the examination of financial records by the state auditor under certain circumstances, and to provide that the act shall sunset on June 30, 2016. See Act for Effective Date.

Veterans Treatment Court Program Act. Act No. 280 (R316, H. 3014). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 29 to Title 14 so as to enact the "Veterans Treatment Court Program Act"; to authorize circuit solicitors to establish veterans treatment court programs; to provide that each circuit solicitor that accepts state funding for the implementation of a veterans treatment court program must establish and administer at least one veterans treatment court program for the circuit within one hundred eighty days of receipt of funding; and to provide that the circuit solicitor must administer the program and ensure that all eligible persons are permitted to apply for admission. Effective June 10, 2014.

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Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses

Firearms.  Act No. 123 (R127, S. 308). An act to amend § 16-23-465, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the prohibition on the carrying of a pistol or firearm into a business that sells alcoholic liquors, beer, or wine to be consumed on the premises, so as to provide that the prohibition does not apply to persons carrying a concealable weapon in compliance with a concealable weapon permit under certain circumstances, including that the person may not consume alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine while carrying the concealable weapon on the premises; to provide that the business may choose to prohibit the carrying of concealable weapons on its premises by posting notice; to revise the penalties for violations, and to make technical changes; to amend § 23-31-210, as amended, relating to definitions for purposes of the article on concealed weapon permits, so as to revise the definitions of "picture identification" and "proof of training," to delete the term "proof of residence," and to make conforming changes; to amend § 23-31-215, as amended, relating to the issuance of concealable weapon permits, so as to revise the requirements that must be met in order to receive a concealable weapon permit, to allow permit applications to be submitted online with SLED, to provide that a person may not carry a concealable weapon into a place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon, to provide that a permit is valid for five years, to require SLED to send a renewal notice at least thirty days before a permit expires, and to make conforming changes; to amend § 16-23-20, as amended, relating to the unlawful carrying of a handgun, so as to allow a concealable weapon permit holder to also secure his weapon under a seat in a vehicle or in any open or closed storage compartment in the vehicle; and to amend § 16-23-10, as amended, relating to definitions for purposes of the article on handguns, so as to redefine the term "luggage compartment." Effective February 11, 2014.

Military Service Integrity and Preservation Act. Act No. 175 (R192, H. 4259). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 16-17-760 so as to enact the "South Carolina Military Service Integrity and Preservation Act," to provide that a person who, with the intent of securing a tangible benefit, knowingly and falsely represents himself to have served in the armed forces of the United States or to have been awarded certain decorations, medals, or ribbons authorized by Congress or pursuant to federal law for the armed forces of the United States, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Effective May 16, 2014.

Nonferrous metals. Act No. 190 (R214, S. 561). An act to amend § 16-17-680, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the purchasing, selling, and transporting of nonferrous metals, so as to define the term "coil"; to provide that a secondary metals recycler must not purchase or otherwise acquire a coil and provide a penalty for presentment of a falsified bill of sale; to restrict a secondary metals recycler from entering into cash transactions in payment for the purchase of copper, catalytic converters, or beer kegs which total twenty-five dollars or more and prohibit a secondary metals recycler from entering into more than one cash transaction per day per seller for these purchases; and to clarify sellers for whom the provisions of the section do not apply under certain circumstances. Effective June 2, 2014.

Lotteries. Act No. 194 (R218, S. 779). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 16-19-60 so as to provide that certain social tiles, cards, and dice games are not unlawful under certain circumstances. Effective June 2, 2014.

Sexual exploitation of a minor. Act No. 269 (R298, H. 3959). An act to amend § 16-15-395, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, so as to include the appearance of a minor in a state of sexually explicit nudity when a reasonable person would infer the purpose is sexual stimulation in the purview of the offense; to amend § 16-15-405, as amended, relating to second degree sexual exploitation of a minor, so as to include the appearance of a minor in a state of sexually explicit nudity when a reasonable person would infer the purpose is sexual stimulation in the purview of the offense; and to amend § 16-15-410, as amended, relating to third degree sexual exploitation of a minor, so as to include the appearance of a minor in a state of sexually explicit nudity when a reasonable person would infer the purpose is sexual stimulation in the purview of the offense. Effective June 9, 2014.

Public library trespass, Act No. 296 (R314, S. 813). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 16-11-625 so as to provide a person who, without legal cause or good excuse, enters a public library after having been warned by the library director, branch manager, or acting branch manager of the library not to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor triable in a municipal or magistrates court, to provide procedures for a written warning and for appealing the warning, and to provide the provisions of this section must be construed as in addition to, and not as superseding, another statute relating to trespass or unlawful entry on lands of another. Effective August 27, 2014.

Study Committee on Expungement of Criminal Offenses, Act No. 323 (R176, S. 900). A joint resolution to create the "Study Committee on Expungement of Criminal Offenses" (Study Committee) to review the criminal laws of the state and determine criminal offenses appropriate for expungement, to provide for the membership and staffing of the Study Committee, and to provide for the Study Committee's termination. Effective May 16, 2014.

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Title 17 – Criminal Procedures

Bond revocations. Act No. 144 (R152, S. 19). An act to amend § 17-15-55, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to bond and the authority of the circuit court to revoke bond under certain circumstances, so as to provide that a bond hearing must be held in circuit court within thirty days when a person commits a subsequent violent crime while on bond for a previous violent crime and to provide for the revocation of bond on previously set bonds and for no bond on the current violent offense when the court finds that no conditions will ensure the person will not flee or pose a danger to the community; to amend § 17-15-30, relating to matters to be considered when determining conditions of release on bond, so as to include that the court shall consider whether the charged person appears in the state gang database maintained by the State Law Enforcement Division; to amend § 22-5-510, as amended, relating to bond hearings and information to be provided to the court, so as to make conforming changes to  § 17-15-30 to include the same factors a court may and shall consider in determining release on bond; to amend § 22-5-530, relating to deposits in lieu of recognizance in magistrates and municipal courts, so as to provide for the payment of bond set by a summary court judge to the jail or detention facility in which the person is held; and to create the Study Committee on Bonds to review the bond laws of the state and make recommendations to the General Assembly concerning proposed changes to the bond laws. Effective April 7, 2014.

Expungement of criminal records. Act No. 276 (R320, H. 4560). An act to amend § 17-1-40, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to destruction or expungement of certain arrest and booking records under certain circumstances, so as to define the term "under seal,” to provide in the case of offenses expunged for the retention by law enforcement and prosecution agencies of arrest and booking records, associated bench warrants, incident reports, and other information under seal for three years and one hundred twenty days and allow for their indefinite retention for certain delineated purposes, to provide that this information is not a public document and is exempt from disclosure except by court order, to authorize redaction of certain information in an incident report if a request is made to inspect or obtain an incident report pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, and to provide a criminal penalty for persons who violate provisions relating to the release of an incident report; to amend § 22-5-910, as amended, relating to expungement of criminal records, so as to include associated bench warrants in the information that may be expunged; to amend § 17-22-910, relating to applications for certain offenses eligible for expungement, so as to conform the provisions to that of § 44-53-450 which allows for expungement of certain delineated drug offenses, to amend § 17-22-940, relating to the expungement process, so as to include the traffic education program director's participation in the process; and to amend § 17-22-950, relating to the issuance of expungement orders, so as to make a conforming change to add that associated bench warrants are included in the expungement order and to provide expungement procedures when criminal charges are brought in summary court when the person was not fingerprinted. Effective June 9, 2014.

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Title 22 – Magistrates and Constables

Magistrate jury areas. Act No. 192 (R216, S. 657). An act to amend § 22-2-190, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to magistrates court jury areas in each county, so as to revise and update the territorial descriptions of the jury areas and provide references to public maps showing the jury areas.  See Act for Effective Date.

Magistrate courts. Act No. 241 (R268, S. 176). An act to amend § 22-3-1000, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the time for a motion for new trial and appeal in magistrates court, so as to increase the time period in which a motion for a new trial may be made from five to ten days, and to provide an exception for motions for a new trial made under Chapters 37 and 40, Title 27. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 23 - Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Commission on National and Community Service. Act No. 163 (R175, S. 817). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 23-3-47 so as to require persons seeking certain positions or who volunteer or serve in a position supported, sponsored, or administered by the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service to undergo a state and national criminal history background check and to provide procedures to be followed and for the costs of the background checks. Effective May 16, 2014.

Modular Buildings Construction Act. Act No. 179 (R196, H. 4578). An act to amend § 23-43-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions of the South Carolina Modular Buildings Construction Act, so as to revise the definition of the term "approved inspection agency" to require that an approved inspection agency retain a building construction-oriented engineer or architect to ensure compliance; to amend § 23-43-90, relating to inspection and certification of a modular building, so as to provide that final plan approval for a single family residential modular building be performed by an approved inspection agency, and to provide that final approval for a commercial modular building be performed by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; and to amend § 23-43-80, relating to certification by the South Carolina Building Codes Council, so as to make a conforming change. Effective May 16, 2014.

Charitable organizations. Act No. 187 (R211, S. 495). An act to amend § 23-3-115, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to fees for criminal record searches, so as to clarify the definition of charitable organizations which pay a reduced fee to include local park and recreation volunteers through a commission, municipality, county, or the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Effective June 2, 2014.

Law enforcement certification. Act No. 206 (R259, H. 4630). An act to amend § 23-23-60, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the expiration or lapse of the law enforcement certification of an officer upon his discontinuance of employment, so as to provide an exemption when the employment is discontinued because of his absence from work due to a disability he sustained in that employment for which he receives workers' compensation benefits and from which he has not been authorized to return to work without restriction to require he satisfy continuing education requirements of this period; and to make these provisions retroactive to January 1, 2013. See Act for Effective Date.

Coroners. Act No. 225 (R254, H. 3958). An act to amend Chapter 23, Title 23, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Law Enforcement Training Council, so as to provide that this chapter also relates to the Criminal Justice Academy, to provide definitions for the terms "academy" and "director," to correct certain references, and to make technical changes; to amend
§ 17-5-130, relating to the qualifications for the election of and training for coroners, so as to substitute the term "South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy" for the term "Department of Public Safety"; to amend § 24-5-340, relating to reserve detention officers, so as to substitute the term "South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy" for the term "Department of Public Safety"; to amend
§§ 63-19-1860 and 63-19-1880, both relating to the conditional release of a juvenile and the employment of probation counselors, so as to substitute the term "South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council" for the term "Department of Public Safety," and to correct certain references to the Code of Laws. Effective June 2, 2014.

Law enforcement personnel. Act No. 228 (R233, S. 1076). An act to amend § 23-31-600, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to identification cards issued to and firearm qualification provided for retired law enforcement personnel, so as to revise the definition of the terms "identification card" and "qualified retired law enforcement officer," to make technical changes, to provide that an agency or department of this State may issue identification cards, and to eliminate the fee imposed to obtain an identification card. Effective June 2, 2014.

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Title 25 – Military, Civil Defense and Veterans Affairs

Veteran's unclaimed cremated remains. Act No. 160 (R168, S. 842). An act to amend Chapter 12, Title 25, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to veterans unclaimed cremated remains, so as to provide that a coroner may work with a veterans service organization to provide for the disposition of unclaimed cremated remains of a veteran pursuant to the provisions contained in this chapter. Effective April 14, 2014.

Prisoner of War Medal. Act No. 233 (R238, S. 1173). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 5 to Chapter 11, Title 25 so as to create the South Carolina Prisoner of War Medal, to provide that the governor may present the medal on behalf of the people of the state of South Carolina, to set forth eligibility, and to allow the medal to be awarded to a deceased or absent person. Effective June 2, 2014.

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Title 26 – Notaries Public and Acknowledgements

Notaries Public. Act No. 185 (R208, S. 356). An act to amend Chapter 1, Title 26, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to notaries public, so as to define terms, to make grammatical corrections, to provide that to be qualified for a notarial commission, a person must be registered to vote and read and write in the English language, to authorize and prohibit certain acts of a notary public, to provide the maximum fee a notary may charge, to provide the process for giving a notarial certificate, to specify changes for which a notary must notify the secretary of state, to provide the elements and penalties of certain crimes relating to notarial acts, and to provide the form for a notarized document sent to another state, among other things. Effective June 2, 2014.

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Title 27 - Property and Conveyances

Landowners liability. Act No. 255 (R303, H. 4673). An act to amend § 27-3-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions regarding the limitation on liability of landowners, so as to define "aviation activities," to include aviation activities within the definition of "recreational purpose," and to include easement holder within the definition of "owner." Effective June 6, 2014.

Geodetic survey. Act No. 262 (R282, S. 988). An act to amend § 27-2-105, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the duties of the South Carolina Geodetic Survey (SCGS) with respect to determining county boundaries, so as to authorize the SCGS to clarify county boundaries and mediate boundary disputes between counties by providing a procedure allowing the SCGS administratively to adjust county boundaries, to provide the procedures including notice that SCGS must follow in making such adjustments, to provide that affected parties may file a request for a contested case on these adjustments to the administrative law court, provide the time within which such a request must be filed, and provide for further appeals, to provide the method of determining the effective date of these administrative county boundary adjustments and the notice requirements for these adjustments to be effective, and to provide that nothing contained in this administrative process restricts the authority of the General Assembly by legislative enactment to adjust or otherwise clarify county boundaries by legislative enactment. Effective June 9, 2014.

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Title 29 – Mortgages and Other Liens

Methods of entering a satisfaction of mortgage. Act No. 198 (R247, H. 3134). An act to amend § 29-3-330, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to methods by which certain parties may cancel, discharge, or satisfy a mortgage, so as to define necessary terms, to expand applicability to include written instruments securing the payment of money and being a lien upon real property, to revise related procedures and forms, and to make conforming changes. Effective June 2, 2014.

Mortgage foreclosures. Act No. 218 (R226, S. 1007). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 29-3-625 so as to provide a process for expediting mortgage foreclosures and to define necessary terminology. Effective June 2, 2014.

Contractor payment bonds. Act No. 264 (R284, S. 1026). An act to amend § 29-5-440, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to suits on contractor payment bonds, so as to provide that certain written notice required of a remote claimant must be sent by certified or registered mail and must generally conform with statutory limits on the aggregate amount of liens filed by a sub-subcontractor or supplier, to provide any payment bond surety for the bonded contractor shall have the same rights and defenses of the bonded contractor, to make the language applicable to any payment bond whether private, common law, public, or statutory in nature, when the bonds are not otherwise required or governed by statute, and to provide necessary definitions; and to amend
§ 11-1-120, relating to suits on payment bonds and remote claimants involving construction contracts with the state or a political subdivision of the state, § 11-35-3030, relating to contract performance payment bonds under the consolidated procurement code, and § 57-5-1660, relating to contractor bonds involving the Department of Transportation, all so as to make conforming changes. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 33 - Corporations, Partnerships and Associations

Charitable Funds Act. Act No. 135 (R147, H. 3367). An act to amend § 33-56-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for purposes of the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, so as to revise specific definitions; to amend
§ 33-56-60, relating to certain filing requirements, so as to further provide for which charitable organizations are required to file and the applicable filing requirements; to amend § 33-56-70, relating to contracts with professional solicitors required to be filed with the secretary of state, so as to provide for additional filing information and to further provide when a professional solicitor, commercial co-venturer, or professional fundraising counsel may begin providing or continue providing solicitations and services in this State; to amend § 33-56-110, relating to registration of certain persons, so as to revise the provisions of the section in regard to the requirements of and procedures for registration, including the sanctions or penalties for noncompliance or violation; and to amend § 33-56-120, relating to prohibited misrepresentations, so as to clarify a reference. Effective March 13, 2014.

Starr-IVA Water, Act No. 320 (R125, S. 502). An act to authorize the Starr-IVA Water and Sewer District in Anderson County to provide water service to a specified area of Abbeville County, upon the consent of the governing body of Abbeville County, to solve a critical water service problem. Effective January 27, 2014.

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Title 36 - Commercial Code

Uniform Commercial Code. Act No. 213 (R207, S. 343). An act to amend Chapter 7, Title 36, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to Article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code, so as to revise the chapter in its entirety in order to provide for the use of electronic documents of title; and to amend Chapter 1, Title 36, §§ 36-2-103, 36-2-104, 36-2-202, 36-2-310, 36-2-323, 36-2-401, 36-2-503, 36-2-505, 36-2-506, 36-2-509, 36-2-605, 36-2-705, 36-2a-103, 36-2a-501, 36-2a-514, 36-2a-518, 36-2a-519, 36-2a-527, 36-2a-528, 36-3-103, 36-4-104, 36-4-210, 36-4a-105, 36-4a-106, 36-4a-204, 36-5-103, 36-8-102, 36-9-102, 39-8-103, 36-9-203, 36-9-207, 36-9-208, 36-9-301, 36-9-310, 36-9-312, 36-9-313, 36-9-314, 36-9-317, 36-9-338, 36-9-601, all relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, so as to make conforming changes; to repeal § 36-2-208 relating to the Commercial Code governing certain sales and   § 36-2a-207 relating to the Commercial Code governing leases; to provide findings that the provisions of this Act relate to one subject; to state that provisions of this Act are severable; to provide for the prospective application of this Act; and to provide for the effective date of this Act. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 37 - Consumer Protection Code

Identity theft protection. Act No. 145 (R153, S. 148). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding 
§ 37-20-161 so as to provide circumstances in which consumer reporting agencies shall place a security freeze on the consumer report of a protected consumer, to provide for the duration of the freeze and circumstances for its removal, to provide consumer reporting agencies shall not release certain information from frozen accounts, to prohibit consumer reporting agencies from charging related fees, and to define necessary terms. Effective January 1, 2015.

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Title 38 – Insurance

Automobile insurance. Act No. 128 (R133, H. 3623). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding 
§ 38-77-127 so as to provide that an automobile insurer may verify the coverage of an insured by electronic format to a mobile electronic device upon request of the insured, and to provide a necessary definition; and to amend § 56-10-225, relating to requirements for maintaining proof of financial responsibility in an automobile, so as to permit the use of a mobile electronic device to satisfy these requirements, to provide an insurer is not required to issue this verification in an electronic format, to provide that presenting an electronic mobile device to law enforcement to satisfy proof of automobile financial responsibility does not subject information contained or stored in the device to search absent a valid search warrant or consent of the lawful owner of the device. Effective March 4, 2014.

Risk-based capital. Act No. 164 (R177, S. 908). An act to amend § 38-9-310, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning risk-based capital, so as to revise existing definitions and define additional terms; to amend § 38-9-320, relating to preparing and submitting a risk-based capital report, so as to provide for determining a health organization's risk-based capital report and to provide that each risk for a life and health insurer, property and casualty insurer, and a health organization must be determined in a certain manner; to amend § 38-9-330, as amended, relating to company action level events, so as to add an additional event concerning a health organization, among other things; to amend § 38-9-360, relating to the role of the director of the Department of Insurance when a mandatory control level event occurs, so as to add provisions concerning health organizations; to amend § 38-9-370, relating to hearings available to a licensee to challenge a determination or action by the director in response to a mandatory control level event, so as to provide a licensee may have the hearing confidentially, on the record, and before the director upon provision of certain notice, and to provide the director shall set a date for the hearing in a certain manner; to amend
§ 38-9-380, relating to the confidentiality of risk-based capital reports and adjusted risk-based capital reports, so as to provide circumstances in which the director may share, receive, and use certain related information that is confidential and privileged; to amend § 38-9-430, relating to exemptions from reporting requirements, so as to add provisions concerning domestic health organizations; and to amend § 38-9-340, § 38-9-350, § 38-9-365, § 38-9-390, § 38-9-400, § 38-9-440, and § 38-9-460, all relating to capital, surplus, reserves, and other financial matters, so as to make conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2015.

Competitive Insurance Act. Act No. 191 (R215, S. 569). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Competitive Insurance Act"; to amend § 38-3-110, relating to duties of the chief insurance commissioner, so as to provide that the director must engage in certain efforts to provide market assistance and promote consumer education to coastal residential property insurance consumers, and to provide the director annually must submit a report regarding the status of the coastal property insurance market to certain members of the General Assembly and post this report on the internet website of the Department of Insurance (Department); to amend § 38-7-200, relating to credits against a premium tax, so as to delete a provision applying the section to all new policies issued with an effective date after December 31, 2007; to amend § 38-75-755, relating to notification of applicants or renewing policyholders of available credits, discounts, and deductions, so as to provide that all insurers shall notify applicants or policyholders of certain disclosures at the issuance of new personal lines residential property insurance policies and at each renewal of these policies, to provide the director or his designee shall prescribe the form and manner for insurer notices or disclosures, to provide these disclosures are for informational purposes only and are not admissible in related litigation except in certain circumstances, and to delete a provision applying this section to policies issued or renewed after December 31, 2007; and to provide the Department shall conduct a study to assess the feasibility of creating a hurricane model by the state with emphasis on the associated costs and certain logistical requirements, among other things, and to require the Department shall provide a summary of its findings to certain committees of the General Assembly before January 1, 2015. See Act for Effective Date.

Worker's compensation insurance. Act No. 197 (R221, S. 826). An act to amend § 38-73-500, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to random drug and alcohol testing procedures concerning merit rating for workers' compensation insurance, so as to provide that a single sample may be used for the first and second tests if a second test is administered. Effective June 2, 2014.

Notice requirements of an insurer. Act No. 209 (R263, H. 4916). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 38-72-66 so as to provide specific notice requirements of an insurer before it may consider a long-term care insurance policy that it has written to be terminated at the request of the policyholder or certificate holder or lapsed or terminated for nonpayment of premium, and to provide for reinstatements. Effective June 2, 2014.

Self-Storage facilities. Act No. 226 (R231, S. 1065). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 5 to Chapter 43, Title 38 so as to provide for the limited licensing of self-storage facilities to sell or offer insurance. Effective June 2, 2014.

Captive insurance companies. Act No. 282 (R278, S. 909). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 38-90-165 so as to provide that the director of the Department of Insurance (Department) may declare a captive insurance company inactive in certain circumstances and that the director may modify the minimum tax premium applicable to the company during inactivity; by adding  § 38-90-215 so as to provide a protected cell may be either incorporated or unincorporated, and to provide requirements for each; by adding § 38-90-250 so as to provide the Department must consider a licensed captive insurance company that meets the requirements of an insurer for issuance of a certificate of authority to act as an insurer; to amend
§ 38-90-10, as amended, relating to definitions concerning captive insurance companies, so as to provide additional terms and revise definitions of certain existing terms; to amend § 38-90-20, as amended, relating to the documentation required for licensing captive insurance companies, so as to remove the requirement of a certificate of general good issued by the director; to amend
§ 38-90-35, relating to the confidentiality of information concerning captive insurance companies submitted to the Department, so as to revise requirements for making the information subject to discovery in a civil action; to amend § 38-90-40, as amended, relating to capitalization requirements, security requirements, and restrictions on dividend payments for captive insurance companies, so as to include captive insurance companies and risk retention groups, to revise the form of capital required for a captive insurance company that is not a sponsored captive insurance company that assumes risk, and to revise requirements for contributions to a captive insurance company incorporated as a nonprofit, among other things; to amend § 38-90-50, as amended, relating to free surplus requirements of a captive insurance company, so as to include captive insurance companies and special purpose captive insurance companies formed as a risk retention group, and to revise the form of capital required for a captive insurance company that is not a sponsored captive insurance company that assumes risk; to amend § 38-90-55, as amended, relating to the incorporation of captive insurance companies, so as to delete provisions concerning the minimum number and status of incorporators, prerequisites to transmitting articles of incorporation to the secretary of state, and the issuance of capital stock at par value; to amend § 38-90-60, as amended, relating to incorporation options and requirements for captive insurance companies, so as to revise the available options; to amend § 38-90-70, as amended, relating to reporting requirements for captive insurance companies and captive reinsurance companies, so as to include captive insurance companies formed as risk retention groups; to amend § 38-90-80, as amended, relating to inspections and examinations of captive insurance companies by the Department, so as to delete references to pure captive insurance companies and special purpose captive insurance companies; to amend § 38-90-90, as amended, relating to the suspension or revocation of a captive insurance license, so as to make a grammatical change; to amend
§ 38-90-100, as amended, relating to the loans by captive insurance companies, so as to provide a sponsored captive insurance company may make loans to its parent company in certain circumstances and to make conforming changes; to amend § 38-90-110, as amended, relating to credit reserves, so as to include captive insurance companies formed as risk retention groups; to amend
§ 38-90-130, as amended, relating the prohibition against participation in plan, pool, association, guaranty, or insolvency funds by captive insurance companies, so as to provide captive insurance companies, including pure captive insurance companies, may participate in a pool for the purpose of commercial risk sharing, among other things; to amend § 38-90-160, as amended, relating to applicability of the chapter, so as to include captive insurance companies formed as risk retention groups; to amend § 38-90-180, as amended, relating to the applicability of sponsored captive insurance company assets and capital provisions, so as to provide requirements for the name of new captive insurance companies, to provide circumstances in which a sponsored captive insurance company may establish protected cells, including requirements for a plan of operation, the attributions of assets and liabilities between a protected cell and the general account of the sponsored captive insurance company, and administrative and accounting procedures; to amend § 38-90-210, relating to the separate accounting of protected cells when established, so as to require this accounting must reflect the participants of the protected cell in addition to existing requirements; to amend § 38-90-220, as amended, relating to certain requirements applicable to sponsors of captive insurance companies, so as to revise the requirements; to amend § 38-90-230, as amended, relating to participants in sponsored captive insurance companies, so as to provide that protected cells assets are only available to creditors of the sponsored captive insurance company and related requirements, and to provide requirements concerning obligations of sponsored captive insurance companies with respect to protected cells and its general account; to amend § 38-90-240, relating to the eligibility of a licensed captive insurance company for certificate of authority to act as insurer, so as to delete the existing language and to provide for who may participate in a sponsored captive insurance company and obligations of these participants, and to provide sponsored captive insurance companies may not be used to facilitate insurance securitization transactions; to amend § 38-90-450, as amended, relating to organization requirements for special purpose financial captives, so as to delete provisions concerning the minimum number and status of incorporators, and prerequisites to transmitting articles of incorporation to the secretary of state; and to repeal § 38-90-235 relating to terms and conditions for protected cell insurance companies to apply to sponsored captive insurance companies. Effective June 10, 2014.

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Title 39 - Trade and Commerce

Self-Service Storage Facility Act. Act No. 136 (R148, H. 3563). An act to amend Chapter 20, Title 39, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to self-service storage facilities, so as to define "electronic mail," to provide that when rent is seven or more calendar days past due the owner may deny the occupant access to the personal property and the occupant is considered in default, to provide that when rent is fourteen or more days past due the occupant must be notified, to provide the option of notification through electronic mail, and to provide the process by which a defaulting occupant's personal property may be destroyed or sold. Effective March 13, 2014.

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Title 40 - Professions and Occupations

Environmental Certification Board. Act No. 156 (R171, H. 4574). An act to amend § 40-23-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning the Environmental Certification Board (Board), so as to revise and add definitions; to amend § 40-23-90, relating to board investigations of complaints against licensees, so as to change the manner in which an initial complaint may be referred to an investigator; to amend § 40-23-95, relating to referrals of violations from the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to the Board, so as to eliminate the authority of the Board with respect to reports of certain violations that do not allege unlicensed practice; to amend § 40-23-230, relating to licensees, so as to eliminate a provision that enables certain licensees from obtaining class “A” or class “B” well driller licenses when meeting certain criteria; to amend § 40-23-300, relating to certification classes of water treatment operators, so as to revise criteria for trainee water operators and class “E” water treatment operators; to amend § 40-23-310, relating to water distribution system operator licenses, so as to revise criteria for trainee water distribution system operator and a class “D” water distribution system operator; to amend § 40-23-320, relating to licensure as a class “C” environmental, coastal, or rock well driller, so as to remove the minimum age requirements, and to replace the requirement of having at least one year of experience as an apprentice with at least one year of experience as a class “D” well driller; and to amend § 40-23-340, relating to restrictions on well drillers according to classification of the well driller, so as to revise restrictions on class “D” and class “C” well drillers. Effective April 14, 2014.

Engineering, licensure. Act No. 157 (R172, H. 4604). An act to amend § 40-22-280, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the licensure requirement to practice engineering, so as to provide an exemption for certain activities performed by full-time employees or other personnel of a manufacturing company, and to define necessary terms. Effective April 14, 2014.

Speech pathologist and audiologist. Act No. 167 (R180, S. 997). An act to amend § 40-67-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions in the Speech Pathologists and Audiologists Practice Act, so as to add, revise, and delete definitions; to amend § 40-67-50, relating to licensure fees, so as to add, revise, and delete fees; to amend § 40-67-220, relating to licensure requirements, so as to revise the requirements; to amend § 40-67-260, relating to annual audits of licensure records that the board may conduct, so as to provide the board may conduct these audits biennially instead of annually; and to amend § 40-67-280, relating to activation of an inactive license, so as to require submission of a form developed and provided by the board. Effective May 16, 2014.

Real Estate Appraisers License and Certification Act. Act No. 180 (R197, H. 4644). An act to amend § 40-60-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, and §§ 40-60-31, 40-60-33, 40-60-34, 40-60-35, as amended, 40-60-36, 40-60-37, 40-60-38, 40-60-80, and 40-60-220, all relating to the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers License and Certification Act, so as to conform to certain revised national uniform standards, and to make technical corrections and conforming changes. See Act for Effective Date.

Professional licensing fees. Act No. 207 (R260, H. 4643). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by repealing §§ 40-11-50 and 40-67-50 relating to certain professional licensing fees.  Effective July 1, 2014.

Dental Sedation Act. Act No. 222 (R230, S. 1036). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 3 to Chapter 15, Title 40 so as to enact the “Dental Sedation Act,” to provide requirements concerning the provision of varying levels of sedation to dental patients; to amend   § 40-15-85, relating to definitions in the Dentistry Practice Act, so as to add necessary definitions; and to designate the existing sections of Chapter 15, Title 40 as Article 1 “general provisions.” Effective January 1, 2015.

Licensure of real estate brokers and salesmen. Act No. 258 (R267, S. 75). An act to amend Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 40-57-115 so as to require the South Carolina Real Estate Commission to require initial licensure applicants to submit to a national and a state criminal records check; to amend § 40-57-150, relating to investigations, so as to require investigators to complete one hundred hours of training in programs approved by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission, to require the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to conclude the investigation within one hundred fifty days of receipt of the complaint, and to provide reporting requirements; and to amend  § 40-57-145, relating to grounds for discipline or denial of licensure, so as to authorize the South Carolina Real Estate Commission to discipline or deny licensure if the applicant is convicted of certain crimes. Effective June 9, 2014.

South Carolina Board of Accountancy. Act No. 268 (R296, H. 3459). An act to amend § 40-2-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the South Carolina Board of Accountancy (Board), so as to provide the director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (Department) shall designate one full-time administrator who is a licensed certified public accountant in this State to serve as full-time administrator of the Board, to require advice and consent of the Board in making this designation, to provide the primary responsibility of the administrator is to administer the Board but that he may be assigned additional duties and responsibilities within the Department by the director if the additional duties and responsibilities do not unreasonably occupy the administrator's time, and to provide the director may terminate the administrator; to amend § 40-2-30, relating to the practice of accountancy, so as to exempt a licensee from licensure requirements of private security and investigation agencies; to amend § 40-2-70, relating to powers and duties of the Board, so as to provide the Board may conduct periodic inspections of licensees or firms in a certain manner, and to provide for complaints; and to amend § 40-2-80, relating to investigations of alleged violations, so as to provide the Department shall direct the investigator assigned to the Board to investigate an alleged violation to determine the existence of probable cause meriting further proceedings. Effective June 9, 2014.

Long Term Health Care Administrators. Act No. 271 (R302, H. 4550). An act to amend § 40-35-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning long-term health care administrators, so as to revise and add necessary definitions; to amend § 40-35-40, relating to the licensure of long-term health care administrators, so as to revise licensure criteria; and to amend  § 40-35-200, as amended, relating to the prohibition against a person acting or serving in the capacity of a nursing home administrator or residential care facility administrator without a license, so as to make a conforming change. Effective June 9, 2014.

Hair braiding. Act No. 283 (R294, H. 3411). An act to amend § 40-7-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the definition of “hair braiding” associated with the licensure and regulation of barbers, so as to permit the use of hair extensions in hair braiding, except in public places. Effective June 11, 2014.

Precious metals. Act No. 292 (R326, H. 3149). An act to amend § 40-54-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning dealers in precious metals, so as to modify the term “purchase”; to amend § 40-54-20, relating to places in which dealers may not operate, so as to include residential dwelling and subleased spaces with a lease term of less than one year; to amend § 40-54-40, relating to the requirement that sellers of precious metals provide certain positive identification bearing his photograph, so as to revise the requirements; to amend § 40-54-50, relating to retention period for precious metals, so as to extend the period, among other things; to amend § 40-54-80, relating to penalties, so as to increase penalties for the purchase of precious metals by a dealer with a revoked license; and to amend § 40-54-100, relating to exempt transactions, so as to make a conforming change and revise existing exemptions. Effective June 23, 2014.

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Title 41 – Labor and Employment

Unemployment benefits. Act No. 265 (R285, S. 1099). An act to amend § 41-27-260, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the definition of employment for unemployment benefit purposes, so as to provide exemptions for motor carriers that use independent contractors and individuals transporting vehicles for automobile dealers under certain circumstances. Effective June 6, 2014.

Unemployment benefits. Act No. 266 (R286, S. 1100). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 41-27-265 so as to exempt corporate officers from unemployment benefits unless the employer elects coverage pursuant to specified procedures, and to comply with federal mandates by providing exemptions for individuals employed by an Indian tribe and for individuals employed by organizations that are religious, charitable, or educational in nature, or as otherwise defined by federal law. Effective January 1, 2015.

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Title 43 – Social Services

Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program. Act No. 162 (R174, S. 764). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 2 to Chapter 35, Title 43 so as to create the Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program within the Office on Aging to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem for vulnerable adults in abuse, neglect, and exploitation proceedings; to provide the duties and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem; to provide that a guardian ad litem may be a layperson or an attorney; to provide qualifications to become a guardian ad litem; to authorize the Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program to intervene in proceedings to petition for removal of a guardian ad litem under certain conditions; to provide that certain information, reports, and records must be made available to guardians ad litem by certain state and federal agencies, medical and dental practitioners, and financial institutions; to provide that reports and information collected and maintained by the program are confidential and to provide for civil immunity when acting in good faith and in the absence of gross negligence; and to amend § 43-35-45, relating, among other things, to the appointment of an attorney and a guardian ad litem for a vulnerable adult in a proceeding, so as to further provide that the court shall appoint an attorney for a lay guardian ad litem and that the guardian ad litem may be removed if the vulnerable adult has the capacity to assist in the case. Effective May 16, 2014.

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Title 44 – Health

Medicaid Nursing Home Permits. Act No. 152 (R161, H. 3978).  An act to amend Article 2, Chapter 7, Title 44, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to Medicaid nursing home permits, so as to define “Medicaid permit day,” to specify the manner in which additional Medicaid permit days are allocated, to set forth compliance standards and penalties for violations, and to provide certain reporting requirements. Effective April 7, 2014.

Long-term care facility. Act No. 170 (R187, H. 3098). An act to amend § 44-81-40, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the rights of long-term care facility residents, so as to require a resident or his representative to provide the administrator of the facility fourteen days written notice of voluntary relocation to another facility, to allow the facility to charge the resident the equivalent of fourteen days occupancy for failure to give this notice, and to require the facility to cease charging a resident fourteen days after giving notice or when the bed is filled. Effective May 16, 2014.

Mental Health. Act No. 173 (R190, H. 3567). An act to amend § 44-7-130, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the definition of terms used in the State Certificate of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act, so as to revise the definition of “children and adolescents in need of mental health treatment” in a residential treatment facility by revising the term to include young adults and by increasing the eligibility age from under eighteen to under twenty-one. Effective May 16, 2014.

Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act. Act No. 221 (R229, S. 1035). An act to amend § 44-53-110, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions applicable to narcotics and controlled substances, so as to change the definition for “marijuana” and to make technical changes to existing definitions; by adding Article 18 to Chapter 53, Title 44 so as to create Julian's law, to authorize the establishment of statewide investigation of new drug applications approved by the Federal Drug Administration that allow treatment of patients with certain forms of epilepsy with cannabidiol as part of clinical trials, to provide immunity from arrest, prosecution, and other penalties; to repeal  § 44-53-150 relating to a review of criminal penalties for sale and use of marijuana; and to create a study committee to develop a plan for the sale and use of medical marijuana. Effective June 2, 2014.

Prescription Monitoring Program. Act No. 244 (R273, S. 840). An act to amend § 44-53-1630, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the State Prescription Monitoring Program definitions, so as to add a definition for “authorized delegate”; to amend § 44-53-1640, relating to requirements for dispensers to submit certain information to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, so as to require daily submission; to amend § 44-53-1650, relating to confidentiality and authorized release of prescription information, so as to allow the Department of Health and Environmental Control to release data to an authorized delegate; to amend § 44-53-1680, relating to penalties for violating program requirements, so as to create a criminal penalty for an authorized delegate who violates program requirements and to require reporting of physicians and pharmacists to their licensing boards for certain violations; and to amend § 40-47-40, relating to physician continuing education requirements, so as to require continuing education regarding prescription dispensing and monitoring. Effective June 6, 2014.

Right of patients regarding medical records. Act No. 294 (R328, H. 4354). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 44-115-15 so as to provide that for the purposes of the Physicians' Patient Records Act, the term “medical records” includes medical bills; to amend § 44-7-325, relating to the State Certification of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act, and §§ 44-115-30 and        44-115-80, both relating to the Physicians' Patient Records Act, all so as to provide circumstances in which electronic records must be provided, to revise related fees, to permit fees even when records requested by a patient are not found, and to require annual adjustments of these fees in a certain manner. Effective June 23, 2014.

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Title 46 – Agriculture

Inspection fee on the distribution or sale of commercial fertilizer. Act No. 140 (R139, S. 699). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 46-25-815 so as to impose an inspection fee of one dollar a ton on the distribution or sale of commercial fertilizer in this State, to provide that this fee must be reported, paid, and enforced in the same manner that the existing fifty cents a ton inspection tax on the sale of commercial fertilizer is reported, paid, and enforced, to provide that the revenues of this inspection fee must be retained and expended by the division of regulatory and public service programs of Clemson University (Clemson PSA) for the support of the division's programs, and to provide that unexpended fee revenues at the end of a fiscal year carry forward to the succeeding fiscal year and must be used for the same purposes. Effective July 1, 2014.

Industrial Hemp. Act No. 216 (R223, S. 839). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 55 to Title 46 so as to provide that it is lawful to grow industrial hemp in this State, that industrial hemp is excluded from the definition of marijuana, to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp and marijuana on the same property or otherwise growing marijuana in close proximity to industrial hemp to disguise the marijuana growth, to define certain terms, and to provide penalties. Effective June 2, 2014.

Vegetable and flower seed containers and tags. Act No. 273 (R309, H. 4864). An act to amend § 46-21-215, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to required labels and tags for containers of agricultural, vegetable, and flower seeds, so as to revise certain of these labeling and tagging requirements. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 47 - Animals, Livestock and Poultry

Domestic abuse. Act No. 251 (R292, H. 3361). An act to amend § 20-4-60, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to an order for protection from domestic abuse, so as to provide that the court may prohibit harm or harassment to pet animals owned, possessed, kept, or held by the petitioner and other designated persons, and to provide that in ordering temporary possession of personal property, the court may order the temporary possession of pet animals; to amend § 47-1-40, as amended, relating to the ill-treatment of animals, so as to revise the penalties for the ill-treatment of animals; to amend  § 47-1-130, relating to arrest for violation of the laws prohibiting cruelty to animals, so as to prohibit the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or other similar organizations, from making an arrest for a violation of the laws in relation to cruelty to animals; to amend § 47-1-140, as amended, relating to the care of animals after arrest of the person in charge of the animal, so as to make conforming changes deleting references to arrests by the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to provide for the extinguishment of a lien for the expenses for the care and provision of animals under certain circumstances; to amend § 47-1-150, as amended, relating to search warrants and custody of animals, so as to make conforming changes deleting references to orders by the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and to repeal § 47-1-160 relating to the disposition of fines for violations of the chapter regarding cruelty to animals. Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 48 - Environmental Protection and Conservation

Computer Monitor Manufacturers. Act No. 129 (R134, H. 3847). An act to amend § 48-60-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for terms used in the South Carolina Manufacturer Responsibility and Consumer Convenience Information Technology Equipment Collection and Recovery Act of 2010, so as to add, among other definitions, terms related to computer monitors; to amend § 48-60-30, relating to requirements of certain manufacturers to provide labels on devices indicating the brand, so as to require computer monitor manufacturers to do so; to amend § 48-60-50, relating to the requirement for television manufacturers to provide a recovery program for recycling televisions, so as to require computer monitor manufacturers to do so; by adding § 48-60-55 so as to provide for the creation and operation of statewide consumer electronic device stewardship programs and the development and implementation of related recovery plans, including requirements for approval of plans by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (Department), and to establish other responsibilities and authority of the Department and requirements of regulated manufacturers; to amend    § 48-60-60, relating to protection from liability for certain damages, so as to apply to computer monitor manufacturers; to amend § 48-60-70, relating to retailer sale requirements, so as to prohibit retailers from selling devices made by manufacturers who do not comply with the requirements of § 48-60-55; to amend § 48-60-90, relating to discarding or placing covered devices in a waste stream, so as to prohibit components of covered devices; to amend § 48-60-100, relating to recovery process fees, so as to limit the ability of local governments to charge certain fees; to amend § 48-60-140, relating to requirements that recovery processes comply with state and federal law, so as to require recycling or reuse facilities to maintain certification, to identify approved certification programs, and to require manufacturers and governments only to use facilities that have appropriate certification; to amend § 48-60-150, relating to the Department's promulgation of regulations, so as to eliminate the right to charge certain fees to manufacturers; by adding § 48-60-160 so as to provide for certain fees and penalties; by adding  § 48-60-170 so as to set forth the purposes of the chapter and certain limitations on liability, to provide expiration dates for regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter, and to make technical corrections; to repeal § 48-60-50, relating to the requirement of television and computer monitor manufacturers to provide a recycling program, after December 31, 2014, and to repeal Chapter 60, Title 48 after December 31, 2021, except for § 48-60-90 thereof, relating to prohibitions and requirements for the disposal of covered devices applicable to the public and landfill owners and operators. Effective March 4, 2014.

Golf courses. Act No. 147 (R156, S. 1031). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 48-39-135; so as to provide that golf courses seaward of the baseline that existed prior to the effective date of certain regulations promulgated in 1991 may be protected under emergency orders of the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Effective April 7, 2014.

Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007. Act No. 150 (R159, H. 3592). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding §§ 48-52-825, 48-52-827, and  48-52-865 so as to require the state to adopt current energy efficiency and environmental rating systems for certain state-funded building projects and promulgate regulations, to limit the use of rating credits or points, and to create the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Advisory Committee and provide for its membership and duties; to amend § 48-52-810, relating to definitions, so as to change the definition of “board”; and to amend § 48-52-830, relating to certification standards for certain state-funded building projects, so as to change certification criteria. See Act for Effective Date.

Coastal zone critical areas. Act No. 219 (R227, S. 1032). An act to amend § 48-39-320, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the state's comprehensive beach management plan, so as to authorize the board or the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management of the Department of Health and Environmental Control to allow the use of pilot projects to address beach or dune erosion and to allow continued use of these projects under certain circumstances. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft

Restrictions placed on use of watercraft on Lakes in Spartanburg County. Act No. 139 (R138, S. 558). An act to amend Article 13, Chapter 25, Title 50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to restrictions placed on the use of watercraft on Lakes William C. Bowen and H. Taylor Blalock in Spartanburg County, so as to specify the types of watercraft to which these restrictions apply, to provide that certain signs that contain these restrictions must be designed and installed by the Spartanburg Water System, to provide that certain vessels are exempted from these restrictions, to provide that these restrictions apply to a hydroelectric generator outfall, and to provide that certain restrictions applicable to Lake H. Taylor Blalock do not apply to the hunting of waterfowl in certain areas during certain times of the year. Effective March 13, 2014.

Fishing along the Little Pee Dee River. Act No. 154 (R163, H. 4541). An act to amend § 50-13-325, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the taking of certain nongame fish in gill nets and shad nets, so as to revise the restrictions placed on setting nets along the Little Pee Dee River upstream of punch bowl landing. Effective April 7, 2014.

Captive Alligator Propagation Act. Act No. 159 (R167, S. 714). An act to amend Chapter 15, Title 50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act, so as to rename this Chapter “Nongame and Endangered Species,” to designate the chapter's existing sections as Article 1 “Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Species,” to delete the section that regulates alligator hunting, control, and management, to add Article 3 to this Chapter entitled the “South Carolina Captive Alligator Propagation Act” which allows the Department of Natural Resources (Department) to regulate the business of propagating alligators for commercial purposes and the hunting, control, and management of alligators; by adding Article 5 to Chapter 15, Title 50 so as to entitle this article “Alligator Management Program” which allows the Department to regulate the taking of alligators under controlled conditions and circumstances in compliance with federal law; and by adding  § 50-9-460 so as to provide fees to apply for, obtain, and renew an alligator propagation facility permit. Effective April 14, 2014.

Watercraft on Tugalo Lake. Act No. 161 (R169, S. 1028). An act to amend § 50-25-1010, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to watercraft operated on Tugalo Lake, so as to provide that no motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower shall be used on Lake Tugalo instead of twenty horsepower. Effective April 14, 2014.

Falconry. Act No. 165 (R178, S. 913). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-9-675 so as to provide for a permit to engage in falconry in this State, the fee for the permit, and that a person holding a valid federal falconry permit on January 1, 2014, may engage in falconry without a South Carolina falconer's permit until the federal permit expires; and by adding § 50-11-600 so as to define the term “falconry,” to provide that it is unlawful to use birds of prey to take wildlife under certain circumstances, to provide a penalty for violations of this section, and to provide that the Department of Natural Resources may promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Effective May 16, 2014.

Tom Yawkey Center Trust Fund. Act No. 168 (R181, S. 1010). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 10 to Chapter 3, Title 50 so as to create the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Trust Fund. Effective May 16, 2014.

Interstate Boating Violator Compact. Act No. 178 (R195, H. 4561). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 20 to Title 50 so as to authorize the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to enter into the Interstate Boating Violator Compact. Effective May 16, 2014.

Great White Shark. Act No. 205 (R258, H. 4551). An act to amend § 50-5-1705, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to catch limits for certain species of fish, so as to provide that it is unlawful to take or possess a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), and to provide that any great white shark that is caught must be released immediately and must remain completely in the water at all times while being released. Effective June 2, 2014.

Catch limits on certain fish. Act No. 211 (R265, H. 4945). An act to amend § 50-5-1705, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to catch limits imposed on the taking of certain fish, so as to impose catch limits for taking or possessing in any one day a combination of spot, whiting, and Atlantic croaker taken by hook and line. Effective June 2, 2014.

Game zones. Act No. 227 (R232, S. 1071). An act to amend § 50-1-60, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, §§ 50-11-120, 50-11-150, and §§ 50-11-310, 50-11-335, and 50-11-430, all as amended, relating to the division of the state into game zones, small game seasons, small game bag limits, the open season for antlered deer, the bag limit on antlered deer, and bear hunting, so as to decrease the number of game zones, revise the dates for the various small game seasons, to revise the small game bag limits for the various game zones, and to revise the dates for the various antlered deer open seasons; and to repeal § 50-11-2110 relating to field trials in and permits for game zone nine. Effective July 1, 2015.

Wildlife management areas. Act No. 234 (R239, S. 1177). An act to amend § 50-11-2200, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of wildlife management areas, so as to provide that certain acts or conduct are prohibited on state lakes and ponds that are owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources (Department) and heritage preserves owned by the Department, to make technical changes, and to revise the list of acts or conduct that are prohibited; and to repeal § 50-13-2011 relating to the Department’s management authority over the lakes and ponds that it owns or leases. Effective June 2, 2014.

Hunters. Act No. 235 (R240, S. 1178). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-11-2240 so as to provide the circumstances upon which a hunter's privilege to participate in a wildlife management area lottery hunt may be revoked and to provide a remedy for a hunter who is not convicted of a violation arising from the occurrence precipitating the revocation of his privilege to participate in the lottery hunt. Effective June 2, 2014.

Deer hunting. Act No. 246 (R275, S. 876). An act to amend § 50-11-355, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the unlawful deer hunting near a residence, so as to provide that it is unlawful to hunt deer with a firearm within three hundred yards of a residence when less than ten feet above the ground without the permission of the owner and occupant. Effective June 6, 2014.

Hunting, fishing, or trapping. Act No. 250 (R281, S. 986). An act to amend § 50-1-90 Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the hunting, fishing, or trapping of game without the consent of a landowner or manager, so as to increase the fine for a violation of this provision, and to provide that the magistrates court has concurrent jurisdiction to hear first and second offense violations under this section; and to amend § 50-9-1120, as amended, relating to the establishment of the point system for violations of the provisions that regulate the hunting, fishing, and trapping of game, so as to revise the points associated with certain violations. Effective June 6, 2014.

Blue catfish. Act No. 254 (R301, H. 4543). An act to amend § 50-13-640, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the unlawful possession of blue catfish, so as to decrease the maximum length of a blue catfish that may be taken on certain bodies of water, to make a technical change, to establish the daily possession limit for blue catfish taken from Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, and the upper reach of the Santee River, and to require the Department of Natural Resources to make a study of the blue catfish fishery on the Santee and Cooper River systems, and make recommendations on any needed modifications of this section; to amend § 50-9-1120, as amended, relating to the establishment of the point system for violating certain provisions that regulate fishing and hunting, so as to provide that taking or possessing more than the legal creel or size limit of blue catfish is a fourteen point violation; and to provide that the Department of Natural Resources must conduct a study of the status of the blue catfish population and present the study to the General Assembly. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 51 – Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Old Jacksonborough Historic District Authority. Act No. 278 (R322, H. 5040). An act to amend § 51-13-1720, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the board of regents for the Old Jacksonborough Historic District Authority, so as to reduce the board to seven members, and to change the manner in which two appointments are made. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 53 - Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days

Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival. Act No. 182 (R200, H. 4993). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 53-3-125 so as to designate the third Saturday in September as “Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival Weekend.”  Effective May 16, 2014.

A Day of Recognition for Veterans' Spouses and Families. Act No. 204 (R257, H. 4527). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 53-3-195 so as to establish “A Day of Recognition for Veterans' Spouses and Families” on the day after Thanksgiving each year. Effective June 2, 2014.

Spirit of 45 Day. Act No. 257 (R307, H. 4788). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 53-3-65 so as to designate the second Sunday in August as “Spirit of '45 Day.” Effective June 6, 2014.

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Title 54 - Ports and Maritime Matters

State Ports Authority. Act No. 230 (R235, S. 1089). An act to amend § 54-3-700, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the cessation of marine terminal operations and the sale of property at Port Royal, so as to recognize that the State Ports Authority has ceased operations at Port Royal, to direct the State Ports Authority to sell the Port Royal property as soon as practicable on or before June 30, 2015, to provide the conditions and requirements for the sale, to provide for certain circumstances where the sale may be closed after June 30, 2015, but not later than December 31, 2015, to provide that if the property is not sold by June 30, 2015, subject to certain circumstances, or not closed by December 31, 2015, the State Ports Authority must irrevocably transfer the property on July 1, 2015, to the Division of General Services to be sold at public auction; to provide for an appraisal of the property prior to sale, to provide that the property may be sold by the State Ports Authority or General Services for eighty percent or more of the appraised value; to provide that all sales must be made according to state procedures, to provide for the distribution of sales proceeds, and to provide that a sale of the property pursuant to this Act satisfies the State Ports Authority Board's fiduciary duties to the authority and to the State Ports Authority’s bond holders. Effective June 2, 2014.

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Title 56 - Motor Vehicles

DUI and DUS for person under 21 years of age. Act No. 158 (R166, S. 137). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact “Emma's Law”; to amend § 56-1-286, as amended, relating to the suspension of a driver's license of a person under the age of twenty-one for having an unlawful alcohol concentration, so as to make technical changes, to reduce the time period from five to three years in which a person who refuses to take a breath test must have his driving record evaluated to determine whether his driving privilege is suspended for one year for previously violating a provision that makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, to reduce the time period from five to three years in which a person who has an alcohol concentration of two one-hundredths of one percent or more must have his driving record evaluated to determine whether his driving privilege is suspended for one year for previously violating a provision that makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, to delete references to § 56-5-2950, to delete the term “administrative hearing” and replace it with the term “contested case hearing”; to amend § 56-1-400, as amended, relating to the suspension of a driver's license, a driver's license renewal or its return, and the issuance of a driver's license that restricts the driver to operating only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device, so as to make technical changes, to provide for the issuance of an ignition interlock restricted license for the violation of certain motor vehicle offenses, to provide a fee for the license, and to provide for the disposition of fees collected from the issuance of the license, to revise the period of time that a person's driver's license must be suspended when he refuses to have an ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle when required by law and when he consents to have the device installed on his vehicle, to revise the procedure whereby a person who only may operate a vehicle during the time for which he is subject to having an ignition interlock device installed on a vehicle may obtain permission from the Department of Motor Vehicles to drive a vehicle that is not equipped with this device; to amend  § 56-1-460, as amended, relating to driving a motor vehicle with a canceled, suspended, or revoked driver's license, so as to revise the penalty for a third or subsequent offense, make technical changes, and to provide that this provision applies also to a driver's license that is suspended or revoked pursuant to § 56-5-2945; to amend § 56-1-748, as amended, relating to the issuance of a restricted driver's license to a person who is ineligible to obtain a special restricted driver's license, so as to make technical changes, and to allow a person who possesses a route-restricted driver's license to use the driver's license to attend Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program classes or a court-ordered drug program in addition to the other permitted uses of the driver's license; to repeal § 56-1-1310 relating to the definition of the term “convicted”; to amend § 56-1-1320, relating to the issuance of a provisional driver's license by the Department of Motor Vehicles, so as to make technical changes; to repeal § 56-1-1350 relating to the Department of Motor Vehicles requirement that a person must provide proof of financial responsibility and assurance of his acceptance into an alcohol traffic safety school prior to being issued a provisional driver's license; to amend § 56-5-2941, as amended, relating to the requirement that a person who is convicted of certain offenses shall have an ignition interlock device installed on any motor vehicle he drives, so as to make technical changes, to provide that this section applies to an offense contained in § 56-5-2947, to provide that this section does not apply to certain provisions of law, to revise the procedures that the Department of Motor Vehicles shall follow when it waives or withdraws the waiver of the requirements of this section, to revise the time that a device is required to be affixed to a motor vehicle, to revise the length of time a person must have a device installed on a vehicle based upon the accumulation of points under the ignition interlock device point system, to provide for the use of funds contained in the Ignition Interlock Device Fund, to revise the amount this ignition interlock service provider shall collect and remit to the Ignition Interlock Device Fund, to provide a penalty for a person's failure to have the ignition interlock device inspected every sixty days or fails to complete a running retest of the device, to revise the information that must be contained in an inspection report of a device and penalties associated with violations contained in the report, to decrease the number of ignition interlock device points that may be appealed, to provide that the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services must provide a notice of assessment of ignition interlock device points that must advise a person of his right to request a contested case hearing before the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings and that under certain circumstance his right to a hearing is waived, to provide the procedure to obtain a hearing, the potential outcomes that may result from a hearing, and the procedures to be followed during the hearing, to revise the time period in which a person may apply for the removal of an ignition interlock device from a motor vehicle and the removal of the restriction from the person's driver's license, to revise the penalties applicable to a person who is subject to the provisions of this section and is found guilty of violating them, to require a person who operates an employer's vehicle pursuant to this Section to have a copy of the Department of Motor Vehicle's form, contained in § 56-1-400, to provide that obstructing or obscuring the camera lens of an ignition interlock device constitutes tampering, to provide that this provision does not apply to certain leased vehicles, to provide that a device must capture a photographic image of the driver as he operates the ignition interlock device, to provide that these images may be used by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to aid its management of the Ignition Interlock Device Program, to provide that no political subdivision of the state may be held liable for any injury caused by a person who operates a motor vehicle after the use or attempted use of an ignition interlock device, and to provide restrictions on the use and release of information obtained regarding a person's participation in the Ignition Interlock Device Program; to amend § 56-5-2942, as amended, relating to the immobilization of a person's vehicle upon his conviction of an alcohol-related driving offense, so as to provide that this provision does not apply to vehicles owned or registered to a person who holds a valid ignition interlock restricted license, and to make technical changes; to amend § 56-5-2945, as amended, relating to the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and great bodily injury or death occurs, so as to make technical changes, to delete the provision relating to the period of incarceration that must be imposed upon a person for a conviction of a crime contained in this section when great bodily injury or death occurs, and to provide that after a person is released from prison after a conviction for an offense contained in this section, he is required to enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program, have the suspension of his driver's license ended, and obtain an ignition interlock restricted license, and to specify the period of time in which an ignition interlock device must be affixed to a motor vehicle for certain convictions; to amend § 56-5-2947, as amended, relating to the offense of child endangerment, so as to make technical changes, to revise the period of a driver's license suspension for a conviction for the various infractions contained in this section, to provide that a person convicted of child endangerment for certain infractions contained in this section shall enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program, have his period of driver's license suspended, and obtain an ignition interlock restricted driver's license, to provide the period of time an ignition interlock device must be affixed to a motor vehicle, to revise this effective date of enrollment in an alcohol and drug safety action program and the issuance of a provisional driver's license, and to make technical changes; to amend  § 56-5-2950, as amended, relating to a person who operates a motor vehicle giving implied consent to submit to chemical tests to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs in his body, so as to make technical changes, to provide that certain periods of driver's license suspension contained in this section may be ended if a person enrolls in the Ignition Interlock Device Program, and to delete the term “administrative hearing” and replace it with the term “contested case hearing”; to amend § 56-5-2951, as amended, relating to the suspension of a driver's license of a person who refuses to be tested to determine his alcohol concentration, so as to make technical changes, to delete the term “administrative hearing” and replace it with the term “contested case hearing,” to require that a person who does not request a contested case hearing enroll in an alcohol and drug safety action program, to provide an exception to certain periods of driver's license suspension or issuance of a license or permit contained in this section if a person enrolls in the Ignition Interlock Device Program, obtains an ignition interlock restricted license, and has an ignition interlock device affixed to certain motor vehicles for a certain period of time, to revise the list of offenses that are applicable to this provision, to revise the conditions that must be met before a person's privilege to operate a vehicle must be restored, and to delete the Department of Motor Vehicles' authority to promulgate regulations under this section; and to amend § 56-5-2990, relating to the suspension of a person's driver's license for a violation of certain alcohol and drug-related driving offenses, so as to make technical changes, to revise the penalties contained in this provision, to specify the offenses that are considered prior offenses, to revise the list of offenses that are covered by this provision, and to provide the circumstances upon which the Department of Motor Vehicles may waive the successful completion of the alcohol and drug safety program as a mandatory requirement of the issuance of an ignition interlock restricted license. Effective October 1, 2014.

Motor vehicle dealers. Act No. 201 (R253, H. 3904). An act to amend § 56-3-2340, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Department) allowing licensed motor vehicle dealers to issue first time motor vehicle registration and license tags directly from their dealerships, so as to make a technical change, to provide that the Department may certify third-party providers to process titles, license plates, temporary license plates, and vehicle registration transactions on behalf of the Department, to provide that the Department and third-party providers may collect transaction fees from entities who transmit or retrieve certain data from the Department; and to amend  § 56-19-265, as amended, relating to liens recorded against motor vehicles and mobile homes by the Department, so as to make technical changes, to provide that lien recordings may be electronically transmitted to the Department, to provide that the owners of motor vehicles or mobile homes may retain the electronic copy of the vehicle's title with the Department once all liens are satisfied, to provide that the Department may convene a working group to develop program specifications relating to governing the transmission of electronic lien information, and to substitute the term “state treasurer” for the term “comptroller general.” Effective June 2, 2014.

Special license plates. Act No. 202 (R255, H. 4383). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 136 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may issue “South Carolina stands with Israel” special license plates. Effective June 2, 2014.

Dealer licenses. Act No. 217 (R224, S. 998). An act to amend § 56-16-140, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the issuance of motorcycle dealer and wholesaler licenses by the Department of Motor Vehicles, so as to provide for the issuance of a dealer's exhibition license that allows a holder to exhibit motorcycles and their related products at fairs, recreational or sports shows, vacation shows, and other similar events or shows. Effective June 2, 2014.

Use of cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Act No. 260 (R270, S. 459). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 56-5-3890 so as to define certain terms related to the use and operation of a wireless electronic communication device, to provide that it is unlawful for a person to use a wireless electronic communication device to compose, send, or read a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle on the public highways of this state, to provide exceptions to this prohibition, to provide a penalty for a violation of this section, to provide that a violation of this section must not be included in the offender's motor vehicle record or reported to his motor vehicle insurer, to provide that law enforcement officers shall issue only warnings for violations of this section during the first one hundred eighty days after its effective date, to place certain restrictions on law enforcement officers who enforce this section, to require the Department of Public Safety to maintain statistical information regarding citations issued pursuant to this section, and to provide that this section preempts all ordinances, regulations, and resolutions adopted by local governmental entities regarding persons using wireless electronic communication devices while operating motor vehicles on the public highways of this State. Effective June 9, 2014.

Commercial driver license. Act No. 274 (R310, H. 5014). An act to amend § 56-1-2100, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to a commercial driver license, so as to delete the various endorsements and restrictions that may be attached to a commercial driver license, and to provide that endorsements and restrictions are added to a commercial driver license as required under the federal motor carrier safety regulations; to amend § 56-5-2770, relating to signals and markings on school buses, overtaking and passing a school bus, and loading passengers on a school bus, so as to provide that a school bus may be equipped with a digital recording device mounted on the school bus; by adding  § 56-5-2773 so as to provide that a uniform traffic citation may be issued based upon images obtained from a digital recording device mounted on a school bus, and to provide that the digital images may be used as evidence at a hearing regarding an offense related to the operation of a school bus; to amend
§ 56-7-35, as amended, relating to the issuance of a uniform traffic ticket for speeding or disregarding a traffic control device, so as to provide that the provisions of this section do not apply to a uniform traffic citation alleging the violation of the provisions that relates to the operation of a school bus; and to amend § 56-7-15, as amended, relating to the issuance of a uniform traffic ticket by a law enforcement officer to arrest a person for an offense committed in his presence or for domestic violence offenses, so as to provide that the issuance of a uniform traffic ticket alleging the violation of a provision that relates to the operation of a bus is not subject to the provisions contained in this section.  Effective June 9, 2014.

Driver’s license. Act No. 285 (R315, S. 999). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 56-1-218 so as to provide that a member of the armed forces of the United States or certain civilian employees of the Department of Defense performing duty outside of the state whose driver's license expires while serving outside of this State or whose license expires within ninety days from the beginning of service outside of this State may apply for an extension upon the expiration of the driver's license that lasts until ninety days after the member returns to the state or the time the member is discharged from the armed forces, to provide the application process, and to specify to whom extension eligibility applies. Effective June 9, 2014.

License plates, Act No. 321 (R225, S. 1000). A joint resolution to provide that in 2015 and 2016, the annual fee for the automobile manufacturer standard license plate for vehicles in the manufacturer's employee benefit program and for the testing, distribution, evaluation, and promotion of its vehicles is seven hundred fifty-four dollars, to provide that twenty dollars of each fee is credited to the general fund of the state and the balance to local governments, and to provide that the entire fee amount be credited to the general fund of the state for nonresident participants in the employee benefit program. Effective January 1, 2015.

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Title 57 – Highways, Bridges and Ferries

Department of Transportation. Act No. 148 (R157, H. 3231). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 57-1-90 so as to provide that the Department of Transportation shall not discriminate against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers when it formulates transportation policy, promulgates regulations, allocate funds, and plans, designs, constructs, equips, operates, and maintains a transportation facility, and to provide that the allocation of parking space in certain transportation facilities must make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking. Effective April 7, 2014.

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Title 58 – Public Utilities, Services and Carriers

Railroad or electric railway. Act No. 189 (R213, S. 560). An act to amend § 58-15-870, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the willful and malicious injury to a railroad or electric railway, so as to provide that it is unlawful for a person to wilfully and maliciously cut, mutilate, deface, or otherwise injure a railroad or electric railway, including anything appertaining to the railroad or electric railway or any material or instrument for the construction of the railroad or electric railway, to provide a tier of penalties for violations including those violations where specified circumstances are present, and to also provide that except in the case of an electric railway, the person committing the violation shall forfeit to the railroad company for each offense treble the damages proved to have been sustained to be recovered in a tort action in the railroad company's name; and by adding § 58-15-875 so as to provide that it is unlawful to purchase, sell, or transport railroad track materials for the purpose of recycling, to require a specified method of payment for railroad track materials, to provide exceptions, and to provide a tier of penalties for violations. Effective June 2, 2014.

Distributed Energy Resource Program Act. Act No. 236 (R241, S. 1189). An act to amend § 58-27-865, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the definition of “fuel cost” and related provisions in regard to electric utility rate determinations, so as to revise the definition and further provide for related provisions; by adding Chapter 39 to Title 58 so as to provide for a South Carolina distributed energy resource program, to define certain terms, to set goals for the program, and to provide for the process and implementation of the program, including the application and approval process for the program and cost recovery; by adding Chapter 40 to Title 58 so as to provide for a net energy metering program, to define certain terms, to provide for the requirements for the net energy metering program, including costs and the responsibilities of the Public Service Commission and the Office of Regulatory Staff pursuant to this program; by adding Article 23 to Chapter 27, Title 58 so as to provide for the lease of renewable electric generation facilities program, to define certain terms, to provide for the requirements of the lease program, including an application process and registration with the Office of Regulatory Staff and penalties for violations of the lease program; by adding § 58-27-1050 so as to provide that the Office of Regulatory Staff shall investigate and report to the Public Service Commission on fixed costs, fixed charges, and the extent of cost shifting that is attributable to distributed energy resources within current utility cost of service ratemaking methodologies, cost allocations, and rate designs; by adding § 58-27-460 so as to provide that the Public Service Commission shall promulgate standards for interconnection of renewable energy facilities and other nonutility-owned generation with a generation capacity of two thousand kilowatts or less to an electrical utility's distribution system and to provide that no customer-generator or customer-generator lessee shall connect or operate an electric generation unit in parallel phase and synchronization with any electrical utility without written approval by the electrical utility that all of the Public Service Commission’s requirements have been met; to provide that each distribution electric cooperative board shall consider certain general objectives and methodology in adopting a net energy metering policy, and to provide that each distribution electric cooperative shall adopt a net energy metering policy and shall report their policy to the Office of Regulatory Staff within one year; to provide that each electric cooperative shall investigate the relationship between fixed costs, fixed charges, and the extent of cost shifting that is attributable to distributed energy resources within current cost of service ratemaking methodologies, cost allocations, and rate designs, with a focus on the implications distributed energy resources could have for their business models in the future; to provide that if the application of the provisions of this act to any wholesale electrical contract existing on the date of its adoption is determined to impair unlawfully any term of such contract or to add material costs to either party, then that contract is exempt from the provisions of this act under certain conditions; and to provide how certain provisions of the act must be construed. Effective June 2, 2014.

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Title 59 – Education

National Guard College Assistance Program. Act No. 151 (R160, H. 3784). An act to amend § 59-114-30, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the National Guard College Assistance Program, so as to clarify that each academic year's annual maximum grant must be based on the amount of available program funds; to amend § 59-114-40, as amended, relating to the National Guard College Assistance Program qualification requirements, so as to provide that National Guard members become eligible for College Assistance Program grants upon completion of basic training and advanced individual training; and to amend § 59-114-65, relating to grant availability, so as to allow appropriations to the National Guard College Assistance Program to be carried forward to a subsequent fiscal year and expended for the same purpose, and to exempt appropriations to the National Guard College Assistance Program from midyear budget reductions. Effective April 7, 2014.

Exit exam requirement to graduate high school. Act No. 155 (R170, H. 3919). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-18-325 so as to provide that all students entering the eleventh grade for the first time in school year 2014-2015 and subsequent years must be administered a college and career readiness assessment and a workkeys assessment, and to provide for the acceptable uses of these assessment results; to amend § 59-18-310, as amended, relating to the exit exam required for high school graduation, so as to eliminate this requirement for students beginning with the graduating class of 2015, to provide procedures that former public high school students who did not graduate or receive a diploma solely for failing this exit exam may petition by January 31, 2015 to obtain a high school diploma, to require the State Department of Education (Department) to advertise information about this petition process to the public in a certain manner, to provide related reporting requirements of school districts and the Department, and to require the Department to remove any conflicting requirements and promulgate regulations with conforming changes; to amend § 59-18-950, relating to public school and public school district report cards,
§ 59-48-35, relating to the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, and § 59-139-60, relating to assessments of early childhood academic assistance, all so as to make conforming changes. See Act for Effective Date.

Governors School for Science and Mathematics. Act No. 181 (R198, H. 4646). An act to amend § 59-48-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to members of the board of trustees of the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, so as to provide that a provost or vice president of academic affairs who must serve as an ex officio member may designate a person to serve in his place if he intends for the designee to serve continuously. Effective May 16, 2014.

Statewide education standards and assessments. Act No. 200 (R252, H. 3893). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-1-490 so as to create the South Carolina Department of Education Use and Governance Policy; by adding § 59-18-355 so as to provide state content standards may not be revised, adopted, or implemented without approval by the Education Oversight Committee and the General Assembly, and to provide exceptions and require notification be given to the governor; to amend § 59-18-325, relating to assessments required of high school students, so as to require procurement of a summative assessment, to require the summative assessment of certain grade levels, to specify content and other requirements, to require procurement of a college and career readiness assessment, to require the assessment of certain students, to provide for a special assessment panel and for its composition and functions; to amend § 59-18-350, as amended, relating to cyclical review by academic areas of state standards and assessments, so as to make a conforming change and mandate a specific review; and to provide that on the effective date of this Act, South Carolina will no longer be a governing or advisory state in the Smarter Balance Consortium and may not adopt or administer the Smarter Balance Assessment. See Act for Effective Date.

Charter schools. Act No. 208 (R262, H. 4871). An act to amend § 59-40-140, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to various provisions pertaining to charter schools including a provision exempting all earnings or property of charter schools from state or local taxation, except for the sales tax, so as to clarify that property of charter schools exempt from such taxation includes owned or leased property. Effective June 2, 2014.

Teacher salaries. Act No. 238 (R243, S. 1219). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-25-57 so as to provide that notwithstanding another provision of law, school districts uniformly may negotiate salaries below the school district salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year for retired teachers who are not participants in the Teacher and Employee Retention Incentive Program, and to extend this negotiation option to school districts through July 1, 2020. Effective June 2, 2014.

Midlands Technical College Commission. Act No. 239 (R245, S. 1295). An act to amend § 59-53-1710, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Midlands Technical College Commission (Commission), so as to add one member from Fairfield County, and to revise the manner of appointing the chairman of the Commission; and to amend §§ 59-53-1720, 59-53-1730, 59-53-1740, and 59-53-1750, all relating to the Commission, so as to make conforming changes. Effective June 2, 2014.

Mental health counseling. Act No. 252 (R293, H. 3365). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding  § 59-66-40 so as to create the School Safety Task Force (Task Force), to provide the purposes and composition of the Task Force, and to provide for the termination of the Task Force upon reporting its recommendations to the General Assembly before January 1, 2015. Effective June 6, 2014.

High School Equivalency Diploma Accessibility Act. Act No. 272 (R308, H. 4840). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the “High School Equivalency Diploma Accessibility Act”; by adding § 59-43-25 so as to provide that before January 1, 2015, the State Board of Education (Board) shall select a test or test battery that eligible candidates successfully may complete to receive a high school equivalency diploma, to provide that the test batteries must have demonstrated the appropriate rigor for a high school equivalency exam and must be valid and reliable for the purpose for which these test batteries are administered, to provide the Board shall select at least one test battery meeting this rigor requirement that is available in paper and pencil form, if one is available, and that the approved test batteries that are available in paper and pencil form and dependent on computer technology must be available to eligible candidates in both forms, to require the Board shall authorize the administration of this test by the state Department of Education pursuant to certain regulations and policies, and to provide the Board shall issue high school equivalency diplomas to eligible candidates who successfully complete the test or test battery after January 1, 2015; and to amend § 59-43-20, relating to powers of the Board with respect to basic adult and secondary education, so as to make conforming changes and clarify applicability. Effective June 9, 2014.

Back to Basics in Education Act of 2013. Act No. 275 (R319, H. 3905). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the “Back to Basics in Education Act of 2014” by adding      § 59-29-15 so as to require cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables as subjects of instruction in public schools, to require students demonstrate competence in each subject before completion of the fifth grade, to provide the State Department of Education shall assist the school districts in identifying the most appropriate means for integrating this requirement into their existing curriculums and recommend cursive writing instructional materials for inclusion on the approved state textbook adoption list, and to make the provisions of this Act applicable beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. See Act for Effective Date.

Read To Succeed Act. Act No. 284 (R313, S. 516). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 155 to Title 59 so as to create the South Carolina Read to Succeed Office and to provide for its purposes, to provide necessary definitions, to provide for a comprehensive state plan to improve reading achievement in public schools by assessing the readiness and reading proficiency of students progressing from prekindergarten through third grade and providing appropriate interventions and other assistance to students as appropriate, to provide related obligations of the State Department of Education (Department), Read to Succeed Office, State Board of Education (Board), and each school concerning the plan and related provisions, to provide that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year a student must be retained in the third grade if he fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of the third grade as indicated by scoring at a certain achievement level on the state summative reading assessment, to provide exceptions, to provide for the assistance of retained students through certain support and services, to provide related education requirements for teachers and administrators implemented over several years, to encourage local school districts to create family-school-community partnerships to promote and enhance reading development and proficiency throughout the year in homes and in the community, to require the Read to Succeed Office and each district to plan for and act decisively to engage the families of students as full participating partners in promoting the reading and writing habits and skills development of their children in a certain manner, and to provide the Board and Department shall translate the statutory requirements for reading and writing specified in this chapter into standards, practices, and procedures for school districts, boards, and their employees and for other organizations as appropriate and in a certain manner; by adding Chapter 156 to Title 59 so as to create the Child Early Reading Development and Education Program, to provide a full day, four-year-old kindergarten program for at-risk children which must be made available to qualified children in all public school districts within the state, to specify requirements of the program, to provide the program first must be made available to eligible children in eight specific trial districts and that remaining funds may be used to expand the program in a specific manner, to provide eligibility criteria, to provide requirements and procedures for determining eligibility, to provide related requirements of the Department of Education, Read to Succeed Office, and the Office of First Steps to School Readiness, to require providers of the South Carolina Child Early Reading Development and Education Program shall offer a complete educational program in accordance with age-appropriate instructional practice and a research-based preschool curriculum aligned with school success, to provide related requirements, to recognize and improve relationships between the skills and preparation of prekindergarten instructors and the educational outcomes of students, to provide public and private providers are eligible for transportation funds pursuant to certain criteria and requirements, to provide specific duties of the Read to Succeed Office with respect to approved private providers and public providers, to provide funding formulas, to provide the Department of Social Services shall maintain a list of all approved public and private providers and provide the Department of Education and the Office of First Steps information necessary to carry out the requirements of this Chapter, to provide the Office of First Steps to School Readiness is responsible for the collection and maintenance of data on the state-funded programs provided through private providers, and to make these requirements contingent on state funding. See Act for Effective Date.

First Steps to School Readiness Initiative. Act No. 287 (R295, H. 3428). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-152-25 so as to define terms concerning the First Steps to School Readiness Initiative; by adding § 59-152-32 so as to provide the First Steps board of trustees shall develop a comprehensive long-range initiative for school readiness and a strategy for fulfilling this initiative; by adding § 59-152-33 so as to provide a statewide assessment of student school readiness; by adding § 63-11-1725 so as to provide for the composition, function, and duties of the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council; by adding § 63-11-1735 so as to provide First Steps shall ensure the compliance of BabyNet with federal maintenance of effort requirements, and to define certain terms; to amend § 59-152-10, relating to the establishment of First Steps, so as to redesignate county First Steps partnerships as local First Steps partnerships and provide for the continuance of certain collaborations and partnerships; to amend § 59-152-20, relating to the purpose of First Steps, so as to redesignate county partnerships as local partnerships; to amend § 59-152-30, relating to the goals of First Steps, so as to restate certain goals of student readiness; to amend § 59-152-40, relating to oversight of the initiative by the First Steps board of trustees, so as to require the board also be accountable for the initiative; to amend § 59-152-50, relating to the establishment of the Office of First Steps to school readiness, so as to revise the time and manner for required performance audits, revise ongoing data collection provisions, and to correct an obsolete reference; to amend § 59-152-60, relating to First Steps partnerships, so as to provide each county must be represented and served by a local partnership board, to provide that meetings and elections of local partnership boards are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and to impose certain disclosure requirements, to specify and revise requirements for the membership composition of a local partnership board, to provide the board of trustees shall conduct a formal review of the membership categories of First Steps partnership board composition, make related findings concerning the continued applicability and appropriateness of these categories, to report its findings to the General Assembly, and to make conforming changes, to amend § 59-152-70, relating to the powers and duties of a local partnership board, so as to provide requirements concerning the comprehensive plan of each local partnership board, to revise the requirements concerning county needs assessments, record keeping and reporting, to provide staffing pursuant to local bylaws, and to provide multiple local partnerships may collaborate to maximize efficient delivery of services and the execution of their duties and powers; to amend § 59-152-90, relating to First Steps grants, so as to establish the grants as local partnership grants, and to revise the process for obtaining a grant and the method of allocating grant funds; to amend § 59-152-100, relating to use of First Steps grant funds, so as to provide the section applies to grants expended by a First Steps partnership, and to revise the permissible uses of grant funds; to amend  § 59-152-120, relating to the use of grant funds for capital expenditures, so as to revise the purpose for which funds may be used and to require prior approval of the board of trustees; to amend § 59-152-130, relating to a mandatory matching of funds by local partnerships, so as to revise the mandatory amount, to encourage private contributions to help local partnerships meet their mandatory matching requirement, and to delete a provision allowing certain expenses to be included in determining matching funds; to amend § 59-152-140, relating to the permissibility of carry forward funds by a local partnership, so as to make a conforming change; to amend § 59-152-150, relating to accountability systems, so as to provide for the exclusive use of all private and nonstate funds sought by local partnerships; to amend  § 59-152-160, relating to progress evaluations, so as to revise related requirements to include an independent evaluation of each prevalent program investment in a certain manner and to impose related reporting requirements; to amend § 63-11-1720, relating to the First Steps board of trustees, so as to revise the composition of the board, to create the Office of First Steps Study Committee and provide for its functions and composition, and to reauthorize the provisions of Act 99 of 1999 until July 1, 2016; to amend § 63-11-1730, relating to powers of the board of trustees, so as to make conforming changes, delete obsolete language, and add miscellaneous provisions; to amend § 1-5-40, relating to duties of the secretary of state to monitor state board and commissions, so as to include the board of trustees; and to repeal § 59-152-80 relating to First Steps grants and § 59-152-110 relating to the use of First Steps local partnership grant funds. Effective June 18, 2014.

Alternative Education Campus. Act No. 288 (R318, H. 3853). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-40-111 so as to authorize an alternative education campus (AEC) to be established by a charter school sponsor which shall constitute a charter school serving a specific student population, and to provide the criteria for a charter school to be designated as an AEC; to amend   § 59-40-55, relating to a charter school sponsor's powers and duties, so as to further provide for these powers and duties including the adoption of national industry standards for the school, and the closure of low performing schools; to amend § 59-40-60, as amended, relating to charter school applications and the formation of charter schools, so as to provide that the charter school application must be based on an application template with compliance guidelines developed by the Department of Education, and to further provide for the contents of the application and for letters of intent to be submitted by an applicant and a charter committee; to amend § 59-40-70, as amended, relating to the Charter School Advisory Committee and its duty to review charter school applications, so as to delete the committee, to revise the procedures required of a charter school applicant in regard to a charter school application, to provide that the Department of Education shall provide guidance on compliance to both sponsors and applicants, and to further provide for the standards for a school board of trustees or area commission to follow when considering the denial of an application; to amend § 59-40-90, as amended, relating to appeal of final decisions of a school district to the administrative law court, so as to also include final decisions of a public or independent institution of higher learning sponsor; to amend § 59-40-110, as amended, relating to the duration of a charter school sponsor and the renewal or termination of a charter by the sponsor, so as to further provide for the circumstances when a charter school shall automatically and permanently close, to revise the criteria to consider when revoking or not renewing a charter, to provide for when a sponsor summarily may revoke a charter, to provide for the manner in which stays of the revocation or nonrenewal of the charter take effect or may be granted, and to require a sponsor to develop a public charter school protocol to ensure a smooth and orderly closure and transition; to amend § 59-40-115, as amended, relating to the termination of a charter school's contract with a sponsor, so as to delete a reference to the Charter School Advisory Committee; to amend § 59-40-180, as amended, relating to regulations and guidelines pertaining to charter schools, so as to delete a reference to the Charter School Advisory Committee; and to amend
§ 59-40-65, as amended, relating to online or computer instruction used in a charter school, so as to require that such instruction must be approved by the charter school's sponsor rather than the State Department of Education. Effective June 12, 2014.

State Board of Education. Act No. 293 (R327, H. 4061). An act to amend § 59-32-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the requirement that the State Board of Education (Board) select or develop instructional units in comprehensive health education for use by school districts, so as to provide that before September 1, 2015, the Board, through the State Department of Education, shall select or develop instructional units in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention, with separate units appropriate for each age level from four-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade; and to amend  § 59-32-30, relating to the requirement that local school districts implement the Comprehensive Health Education Program, among other things, so as to provide that beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the districts annually shall provide age-appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to all students in four-year-old kindergarten, where offered, through twelfth grade, based on the units developed by the State Board of Education and State Department of Education. Effective June 23, 2014.

Aiken County School Board. Act No. 299 (R288, S. 1311).  An act to amend Act 588 of 1986, as amended, relating to the establishment of single-member election districts for the School Board of Aiken County, so as to reapportion the districts beginning with the school board elections in 2014, to redesignate the map number on which these districts may be found, and to provide demographic information regarding the reapportioned election districts. Effective June 6, 2014.

Anderson County Board of Education. Act No. 300 (R164, H. 4633). An act to amend Act 510 of 1982, as amended, relating to the Anderson County Board of Education, so as to reapportion the districts from which board members are elected; and to amend Act 509 of 1982, as amended, relating to the election of trustees of the five Anderson County school districts, so as to reapportion these districts. Effective April 7, 2014.

Anderson County School Districts. Act No. 301 (R261, H. 4775). An act to amend Act 509 of 1982, as amended, relating to the boards of trustees of the school districts of Anderson County by deleting provisions altering the membership of district boards based on district enrollment and to delete provisions relating to the role of the Anderson County Board of Education in redistricting single-member districts and to provide the number of the official map defining the election districts of Anderson County School District 5 as maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective April 7, 2014.

Barnwell County School Consolidation Planning Committee. Act No. 302 (R290, S. 1341). A joint resolution to establish the Barnwell County School Consolidation Study Committee (Committee) to explore the consolidation of the three present school districts of the county, to provide for the membership of the Committee and the issues it shall consider, and to provide that the Committee is dissolved upon the submission of its report to the county legislative delegation which must be submitted no later than March 1, 2015. Effective June 6, 2014.

Snow days. Act No. 303 (R312, H. 5316). A joint resolution to provide that notwithstanding the provisions of a joint resolution of 2014 bearing ratification number 150 and the provisions of § 59-1-425, the governing body of the Charleston County School District may waive the requirement that schools make up full days missed due to inclement weather for five or fewer full school days that students who attend schools or charter schools in the district missed due to inclement weather during the 2013-2014 school year regardless of whether the district exhausts or plans to exhaust all statutorily required make-up days remaining on the 2013-2014 school calendar. Effective June 5, 2014.

Reapportion election districts for Colleton County School District Boards of Trustees. Act No. 304 (R186, S. 1284). An act to amend Act 190 of 1991, as amended, relating to the board of trustees of the School District of Colleton County, so as to reapportion the specific election districts from which members of the board of trustees of the School District of Colleton County must be elected beginning with school district elections in 2014, and to provide for demographic information in regard to these newly drawn election districts. Effective May 16, 2014.

Edgefield County School District Board of Trustees. Act No. 305 (R289, S. 1329). An act to amend Act 595 of 1992, as amended, relating to the board of trustees of the Edgefield County School District, so as to reapportion the seven single-member districts from which the trustees are elected beginning with the school district elections in 2014, to designate a map number on which these election districts are delineated, to provide demographic information pertaining to the reapportioned election districts, and to provide for the terms and manner of election of trustees. Effective June 6, 2014.

Fairfield County School District. Act No. 306 (R132, S. 1002). An act to amend Act 191 of 1991, as amended, relating to the Fairfield County School District, so as to revise the boundaries of the seven single-member districts from which members of the board of trustees of the School District of Fairfield County are elected. Effective March 4, 2014.

Florence School District No. 5. Act No. 307 (R140, S. 921). An act to amend Act 250 of 1991, as amended, relating to the annual budget for Florence School District Number 5, so as to only require a meeting of the citizens if the proposed budget requires a millage increase. Effective March 13, 2014.

Marlboro County School Board. Act No. 308 (R155, S. 798). An act to amend Act 256 of 1981, as amended, relating to the School District of Marlboro County, so as to revise the manner in which candidates for election to the county school board are deemed to be elected, to provide the county school board may determine salaries and allowances of board members and approve local tax funds needed for these salaries and allowances, and to delete provisions requiring the board members to receive a per diem and the chairman to receive additional compensation. Effective April 7, 2014.

Newberry County Board of Education. Act No. 309 (R202, H. 5134). An act to amend Act 485 of 1998, relating to the election procedures applicable to the Newberry County Board of Education, so as to amend the filing period dates and the dates that the county election commission shall examine petitions and verify signatures. Effective May 16, 2014.

Rock Hill School District 3. Act No. 310 (R165, H. 4819). An act to amend Act 470 of 2000, as amended, relating to the election districts of members of Rock Hill School District 3 in York County, so as to establish and reapportion these election districts. Effective April 7, 2014.

Clover School District 2. Act No. 311 (R173, H. 4820). An act to amend Act 473 of 2002, relating to the election districts of members of Clover School District 2 in York County, so as to establish and reapportion these election districts. Effective April 14, 2014.

Snow days. Act No. 312 (R204, H. 5253). A joint resolution to provide that notwithstanding the provisions of a joint resolution of 2014 bearing ratification number 150 and the provisions of § 59-1-425, the respective governing bodies of Dorchester School District Two, the Berkeley County School District, and the Spartanburg County School Districts may waive the requirement that schools make up full days missed due to inclement weather for five or fewer full school days that students who attend schools or charter schools in the district missed due to inclement weather during the 2013-2014 school year regardless of whether the district has exhausted all statutorily required make-up days remaining on the 2013-2014 school calendar. Effective May 28, 2014.

Snow days. Act No. 313 (R150, H. 4576). A joint resolution to provide that the governing body of a school district may waive the requirement that schools make up full days missed due to inclement weather for up to five full school days that students who attend a school, charter school, or approved home school program in the district missed due to inclement weather during the 2013-2014 school year if the district has exhausted all statutorily required make up days remaining on the 2013-2014 school calendar. Effective March 12, 2014.

Summer reading program funds. Act No. 314 (R184, S. 1194). A joint resolution to allow certain school districts to use summer reading program funds to partner with the state Department of Education's Summer Reading Loss Prevention Project to provide books to certain students over the summer, and to allow partnering school districts to carry forward unexpended funds for summer reading camp programs. Effective May 16, 2014.

Teachers’ salaries. Act No. 315 (R199, H. 4921). A joint resolution to provide that notwithstanding another provision of law, school districts uniformly may negotiate salaries below the school district salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year for retired teachers who are not participants in the Teacher and Employee Retention Incentive Program. Effective May 16, 2014.

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Title 60 - Libraries, Archives, Museums and Arts

Arts Commission. Act No. 232 (R237, S. 1172). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 60-15-75 so as to provide for the establishment of criteria and guidelines for state-designated cultural districts by the South Carolina Arts Commission (Commission), to state the intended purpose of the cultural districts, and to provide related powers and duties of the Commission with respect to the cultural districts. Effective June 3, 2014.

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Title 61 - Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Motorsports entertainment complex. Act No. 199 (R251, H. 3626). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 61-4-515 so as to provide that the owner of a “motorsports entertainment complex” or a “tennis specific complex” located in this State or his designee may apply for and be issued a biennial license which authorizes the purchase, sale, and consumption of beer and wine at any occasion held on the grounds of the complex year round on any day of the week, to provide for the terms and conditions for this biennial license, including the fee, and to provide for other matters relating to the administration of and qualifications for this license and applicable alcoholic beverage control laws in connection with the use of this license; and by adding § 61-6-2016 so as to provide that the owner of a “motorsports entertainment complex” or a “tennis specific complex,” or his designee, also may be issued, upon application, an annual license that authorizes the purchase, sale, and consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink at any occasion held on the grounds of the complex under the same specified terms and conditions as provided for beer and wine permits. Effective June 2, 2014.

Alcoholic liquors. Act No. 223 (R248, H. 3512). An act to amend § 61-6-1560, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to discounts on alcoholic liquors or nonalcoholic items, so as to authorize a retail dealer to offer a discount on such products at the register so long as all the costs of the discount are borne by the retail dealer; to amend § 61-6-1500, relating to restrictions on retail dealers of alcoholic liquors, so as to prohibit transactions involving alcoholic liquors amongst retail dealers and to provide penalties; by adding § 61-6-195 so as to provide that before a retail dealer license is issued, the retail dealer must certify that he has not and will not purchase alcoholic liquors from a person who does not hold a wholesaler's license; to amend § 61-6-1530, relating to required posting of signs, so as to require a retail dealer to post a sign stating that the purchase of alcoholic liquor from the retail dealer by another retail dealer is unlawful; to amend § 61-4-1515, as amended, relating to breweries, so as to authorize a brewery to sell beer produced on its premises for on-site consumption at an eating area within the brewery, to authorize the brewery to apply for an on-premises consumption permit to sell beer and wine purchased from a wholesaler through the three-tier distribution chain, and to set forth certain criteria; and to amend   § 61-6-4160, relating to the sale of alcoholic liquors on certain days, so as to allow for the sale on statewide election days and to prohibit the sale on Christmas. See Act for Effective Date.

Alcohol permits. Act No. 253 (R300, H. 4399). An act to amend § 61-6-120, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to certain alcohol permits in the proximity of schools, playgrounds, and churches, so as to allow the issuance of a license for the on-premises consumption of alcoholic liquor if all playgrounds and churches in the proximity affirmatively state that they do not object to the issuance; and by adding § 61-6-4157 so as to prohibit certain transactions involving powdered alcohol, to prohibit the holder of certain licenses from using powdered alcohol as an alcoholic beverage, to provide penalties, and to provide exceptions. See Act for Effective Date.

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Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code

Children's Advocacy Medical Response System Act. Act No. 153 (R162, H. 4347). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the “South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System Act” by adding Article 4 to Chapter 11, Title 63 so as to create the South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System, a program to provide coordination and medical service resources statewide to agencies and entities that respond to victims of child abuse and neglect, and to provide for the duties and responsibilities of the program. Effective April 7, 2014.

Use of restraints on juvenile defendants. Act No. 186 (R209, S. 440). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 63-19-1435 so as to provide that the use of restraints on juveniles appearing in court is prohibited unless the restraints are necessary to prevent the juvenile from harming himself or others or if the juvenile is a flight risk and there are no less restrictive alternatives available; to give a juvenile's attorney the right to be heard before the court orders the use of restraints; and if restraints are ordered, to require the court to make findings of fact in support of the order; and by adding § 24-13-425 so as to provide that it is unlawful to knowingly, without authority, remove, destroy, or circumvent the operation of an electronic monitoring device used for detention, a condition of bond, pretrial release, probation, or parole or to request another person to remove, destroy, or circumvent the operation of such devices and to provide criminal penalties for violations.  Effective June 2, 2014.

Blind Person's Right To Parent Act. Act No. 193 (R217, S. 687). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the “South Carolina Blind Person's Right to Parent Act” by adding Article 4 to Chapter 15, Title 63 so as to provide that a court may not make a decision on guardianship, custody, or visitation based upon a sole consideration of the blindness of a child's parent or guardian, and that a decision concerning adoption may not be based upon the sole consideration that the person seeking to adopt a child is blind. Effective June 2, 2014.

Child Fatality Advisory Committee. Act No. 203 (R256, H. 4408). An act to amend § 63-11-1930, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the State Child Fatality Advisory Committee (Committee), so as to add three members to the Committee, to change quorum requirements, and to make technical corrections. Effective June 2, 2014.

Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children. Act No. 245 (R274, S. 872). An act to amend   § 63-1-50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children (Committee), so as to reauthorize the Committee through December 31, 2023, and to delete obsolete provisions. Effective June 6, 2014.

Child visitation. Act No. 270 (R299, H. 4348). An act to amend § 63-3-530, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the jurisdiction of the family court, including jurisdiction to order visitation for grandparents of minor children, so as to eliminate certain prerequisites to ordering visitation, and to clarify that parent means the natural or adoptive parent. Effective June 9, 2014.

Jaidon’s Law. Act No. 281 (R317, H. 3102).  An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact “Jaidon's Law”; to amend § 43-5-1285, relating to evaluation of the success and effectiveness of the South Carolina Family Independence Act of 1995, so as to require the Department of Social Services (DSS) to report annually certain data to the General Assembly; by adding § 2-15-64 so as to require the Legislative Audit Council to audit every three years a program of DSS to be determined in consultation with the House Judiciary Committee and Senate General Committee and to authorize the Legislative Audit Council to seek reimbursement of audit costs from DSS under certain circumstances; to amend § 63-7-1680, as amended, relating to a placement plan for a child removed from the custody of the parent or guardian, so as to allow DSS to file a motion with the court to terminate or suspend visitation with the parent or guardian; to amend § 63-7-1690, relating to contents of a placement plan when the conditions for removal of a child from the custody of a parent include controlled substance abuse, so as to make technical changes; to amend § 63-7-1710, relating to circumstances under which DSS is required to file a petition to terminate parental rights, so as to add committing, and aiding or abetting to commit, homicide by child abuse of another child of the parent and wilful failure to comply with the terms of a treatment plan or placement plan twice within twelve months; to amend § 63-7-1940, relating to court-ordered entry of a person in the central registry for child abuse and neglect, so as to require entry if a newborn infant tests positive for a controlled substance, prescribed drug, or alcohol-related diagnosis, in certain circumstances; to amend § 63-7-2570, as amended, relating to grounds for termination of parental rights, so as to add addiction to alcohol or illegal drugs or prescription medication abuse and committing murder, voluntary manslaughter, or homicide by child abuse of another child of the parent; to amend  § 63-7-1700, as amended, relating to permanency planning for a child, so as to require a parent to undergo a drug test before returning the child to the home if the reason for removal is related to drug abuse by the parent; to amend § 17-5-540, relating to coroner or medical examiner notification of the Department of Child Fatalities, so as to apply in all cases when a child dies as a result of violence; and to amend  § 43-1-210, as amended, relating to DSS reporting requirements, so as to require DSS annually to report certain data to the governor and General Assembly addressing child protection worker caseloads, timeliness of child abuse and neglect investigations, and timeliness of caseworker visits with children in foster care. Effective June 10, 2014.

Child abuse. Act No. 291 (R325, H. 3124). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 63-7-315 so as to prohibit an employer from dismissing, demoting, suspending, or disciplining an employee who reports child abuse or neglect, whether required or permitted to report; to create a cause of action for reinstatement and back pay; and to authorize an award of attorney's fees to the prevailing party under certain circumstances; to amend § 63-7-940, relating to the use of unfounded case information in child abuse and neglect cases, so as to provide that the director of the Department of Social Services (Department) may disclose such to be reviewed in closed sessions kept confidential when in response to an inquiry made by certain committees of the General Assembly investigating the Department; and to amend § 63-7-1990, relating to the confidentiality and release of child abuse and neglect information and records maintained by the Department, so as to also authorize the director to disclose to the media limited information placed in the public domain by the party in interest, to disclose limited information, to respond to an allegation made by the alleged perpetrator, the attorney for the alleged perpetrator, the party in interest, or other public officials in public testimony before certain committees, of the General Assembly be reviewed in closed session and kept confidential when in response to an inquiry made by certain committees of the General Assembly investigating the Department. Effective June 23, 2014.

Childcare facility. Act No. 295 (R329, H. 4665). An act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding
§ 63-13-185 so as to require a childcare facility to obtain parental permission to administer medication to a minor child before administering the medication, to provide for exceptions to the requirement, and to create criminal penalties; to amend § 63-13-80, relating to Department of Social Services' (Department) visits to childcare centers and group homes, so as to apply also to family childcare homes, to allow the Department to conduct annual unannounced visits, and to require the Department to conduct an investigation upon receipt of a complaint; and to amend § 63-13-840, relating to visits to family childcare homes upon receipt of a concern, so as to provide requirements for the investigation of a complaint. Effective June 23, 2014.

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South Carolina Constitution

Lieutenant Governor. Act No. 214 (R210, S. 446). An act to ratify an amendment to Section 8, Article IV of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, relating to the election, qualifications, and term of the lieutenant governor, so as to provide that the lieutenant governor must be elected jointly with the governor in a manner prescribed by law; by adding Section 37 to Article III so as to provide that the Senate shall elect from among its members a president to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law; to amend Article IV, relating to the executive department, by deleting Sections 9 and 10, so as to eliminate provisions relating to the presiding officer of the Senate made obsolete by the amendments ratified by this Act; to amend Section 11, Article IV, relating to the removal of the lieutenant governor from office by impeachment, death, resignation, disqualification, disability, or removal from the state, so as to provide that the governor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, a successor to fulfill the unexpired term; and to amend Section 12, Article IV, relating to the disability of the governor, so as to change references to the presiding officer of the Senate to conform to amendments ratified by this Act. Effective May 29, 2014.

Adjutant General. Act No. 297 (R250, H. 3541). A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, relating to the constitutional officers of this state, to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the adjutant general serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision the adjutant general must be appointed by the governor upon the advice and consent of the senate for a term not coterminous with the governor, may be removed only for cause, and the General Assembly shall provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the adjutant general may be removed from office; and proposing an amendment to Section 4, Article XIII, relating to the adjutant general and his staff officers, to update references to his title and provide that the adjutant general's military rank is major general as opposed to brigadier general, and to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the adjutant general serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision, he must be appointed by the governor in the manner required by Section 7, Article VI. Effective May 29, 2014.

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