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This issue of the Legislative Update is a comprehensive review of all legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2015 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.

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Title 1 - Administration of the Government

SC Infantry Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America. Act 90 (R132, S. 897) removes the South Carolina Infantry Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America from the state house grounds and provides for its display in the Confederate Relic Room. Effective July 9, 2015

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Title 4 – Counties

Hospital Public Service District. Act 14 (R27, S. 673) an act to amend § 4-9-82, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the transfer of assets by a hospital public service district, so as to specify that the provisions of the section do not apply to a transaction that includes the hospital public service district's entry into a lease of any or all of its real property associated with the delivery of hospital services regardless of the length of the term of the real property lease or whether or not the transaction also includes the sale or lease of other assets of the district, and to provide application limitations. Effective May 7, 2015

SC Community Economic Development Act. Act 46 (R48, S. 350) an act to amend § 4 of Act 314 of 2000, as amended, so as to terminate the provisions of the South Carolina Community Economic Development Act on June 30, 2020.  Effective June 3, 2015

Landrum Fire and Rescue District. Act 48 (R62, H. 3304) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 12 to Chapter 23, Title 4 so as to create the Landrum Fire and Rescue District to include establish a governing commission, and to prescribe the functions and powers of the commission. Effective June 3, 2015

Murrell's Inlet-Garden City Fire District. Act 78 (R109, S. 754) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 4-23-15 so as to increase the boundaries of the Murrell's Inlet-Garden City fire district. Effective June 8, 2015

West Florence Fire District. Act 89 (R119, H. 3670) makes changes in relation to the West Florence Fire District. Effective July 7, 2015

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

Automatic Residential Fire Sprinklers for Homes. Act 17 (R35, H. 3662) an act to amend § 6-9-55, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the prohibition on the enforcement of § 501.3 of the 2012 International Residential Code, so as to remove provisions allowing enforcement of the code after a certain date. Effective May 7, 2015

Contracts to Buy Power. Act 25 (R47, S. 304) an act to amend § 6-23-110, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976, relating to contracts to buy power between a joint power and energy agency and its constituent municipalities, so as to provide for the renewal or extension of contracts to buy power for additional periods not to exceed fifty years from the date of the renewal or extension. Effective June 1, 2015

Local Government. Act 28 (R51, S. 375) an act to amend § 6-5-15, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to securing deposits of funds by local entities, so as to allow a local entity to deposit all or a portion of surplus public funds in its control or possession in accordance with certain conditions. Effective June 1, 2015

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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 Constitutional Officers of S.C. Act 1 (R1, S. 8) an act to ratify 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 to ratify 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 March 5, 2015

Aiken County Voting Precincts. Act 13 (R25, S. 588) 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 add five precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective May 7, 2015

Raffles. Act 3 (R5, H. 3519) an act to ratify an amendment to Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, relating to the prohibition on lotteries and the exceptions to this prohibition, so as to provide that the General Assembly may authorize raffles to be operated and conducted by religious, charitable, or nonprofit organizations for religious, charitable, or eleemosynary purposes, and by general law must define the type of organization authorized to conduct raffles, to provide the standards for their conduct and management, to provide penalties for violations, and to provide for any other law necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, integrity, and charitable purposes for which the raffles are conducted. Effective March 5, 2015

Voting Precincts in Horry County. Act 38 (R69, H. 3840) 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 the various precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective June 1, 2015

Laurens County Voting Precincts. Act 39 (R74, H. 4076) 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, 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 Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to make technical corrections. Effective August 1, 2015

Lancaster County Voting Precincts. Act 40 (R76, H. 4106) an act to amend § 7-7-350, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Lancaster County, so as to delete three precincts, add nine precincts, and redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective June 1, 2015

Spartanburg County Voting Precincts. Act 57 (R88, H. 3888) 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 consolidate and rename certain precincts, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.  Effective June 3, 2015

Colleton County Voting Precincts. Act 67 (R115, H. 4260) an act to amend § 7-7-200, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Colleton County, so as to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to make technical corrections. Effective June 8, 2015

S.C. Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. Act 79 (R117, H. 3154) an act to amend § 7-13-350, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the certification of candidates and verification of qualifications, so as to revise the dates by which candidates for president and vice president must be certified; to amend § 7-15-10, as amended, relating to the duties of the State Election Commission, so as to make technical corrections; to amend § 7-15-20, as amended, relating to the liberal construction of Chapter 15, Title 7, so as to include the new Article 9; to amend § 7-15-310, as amended, relating to definitions applicable to Article 5, Chapter 15, Title 7, so as to make technical corrections; by adding Article 9 to chapter 15, Title 7 so as to enact the "South Carolina Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act,” to define necessary terms, and provide registration and absentee voting alternatives for certain military and overseas voters; and to repeal §§ 7-15-400, 7-15-405, 7-15-406, and 7-15-460 all relating to absentee registration and voting. Effective June 11, 2015

Berkeley County Voting Precincts. Act 82 (R121, H. 4005) 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 the precincts and the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective July 1, 2015

Richland County Voting Precincts. Act 84 (R123, H. 4142) an act to amend § 7-7-465, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of precincts in Richland County, so as to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective June 11, 2015

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Title 9 - Retirement Systems

SC Retirement System. Act 27 (R50, S. 373) an act to amend §§ 9-1-1620 and 9-11-150, both as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the optional forms of retirement allowances for members of the South Carolina Retirement System and the South Carolina Police Officers Retirement System, respectively, so as to allow a member to change the form of monthly payment within five years of a change in marital status, instead of one year.  See Act for Effective Date

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Title 11 - Public Finance

Proposals. Act 63 (R96, H. 3583) prohibits cities and towns from accepting proposals from businesses that boycott based on race or religion. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 12 – Taxation

State Income Tax Laws and Internal Revenue Code. Act 5 (R7, S. 397) 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 2014 and to provide that if the Internal Revenue Code sections adopted by this State are extended, then these sections also are extended for South Carolina income tax purposes. Effective March 27, 2015

Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption. Act 23 (R44, S. 153) an act to amend § 12-37-220, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the property tax exemption on two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by a disabled veteran, so as to allow the exemption to the surviving spouse of the person on one private passenger vehicle owned or leased by the spouse for the spouse's lifetime or until the remarriage of the surviving spouse. Effective June 1, 2015

Forfeited Lands Emergency Development Act. Act 59 (R90, S. 78) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the "Forfeited Lands Emergency Development Act" by adding § 12-59-140 so as to authorize the county council to petition the Department of Revenue to allow the county's forfeited land commission to utilize emergency procedures, to specify the process by which the petition is submitted, and to specify the emergency procedures; and by adding § 12-59-150 so as to prohibit an immediate family member of a county forfeited land commission member from purchasing land from the forfeited land commission on which their relative serves, and to provide exceptions.  Effective June 4, 2015

State-owned Abandoned Buildings. Act 68 (R97, H. 3725) provides requirements for obtaining tax credits for making qualified rehabilitation expenditures for certified historic structures and abandoned buildings and defines "state-owned abandoned building.” Effective June 9, 2015

Sales Tax Exemptions. Act 69 (R112, H. 3568) an act to amend § 12-36-2120, Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976, relating to exemptions from the state sales tax, so as to exempt certain construction materials used by an entity organized under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a nonprofit organization, to expand the exemption for parts and supplies used by persons engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning aircraft, and to exempt certain children's clothing sold to a private charitable organization exempt from federal and state income tax and to provide exceptions. Effective January 1, 2016

Tax Penalties. Act 85 (R108, S. 526) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 12-4-397 so as to authorize the department of revenue to designate a three-month amnesty period during which the department shall waive delinquent tax penalties and interest and shall not initiate a criminal investigation, to specify taxpayers that may participate in the program, and to set forth the manner in which the department shall administer the program. Effective June 8, 2015

County Tax Officials. Act 87 (R116, S. 379) makes technical changes to the state’s tax code related to county tax officials. Effective June 11, 2015

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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

Human Trafficking. Act 7 (R16, S. 196) authorizes the state grand jury to investigate human trafficking, expands the definition of sex trafficking and requires information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline to be posted in certain establishments. Effective April 2, 2015

Mental Health Court Program Act. Act 30 (R53, S. 426) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Mental Health Court Program Act;” by adding Chapter 31 to Title 14 so as to establish a mental health court program, to provide for a system that diverts mentally ill offenders to appropriate treatment programs rather than incarceration, to define necessary terms, to provide for eligibility to participate in mental health court, to provide that existing mental health courts established pursuant to an administrative order of the Supreme Court shall continue in existence, to provide that each solicitor may establish a program, to provide for qualifications for service as a mental health court judge, to provide that mental health court judges have the same protections from civil liability and immunity as other judicial officers in this state, and to provide that solicitors who accept state funding for the program must establish the program within one hundred eighty days of the receipt of funding. Effective June 1, 2015

Jurisdiction of State Grand Jury. Act 45 (R46, S. 268) makes changes relating to the jurisdiction and procedures to be followed when a state grand jury is impaneled, Effective June 3, 2015

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Title 15 - Civil Remedies and Procedures

Trespasser Responsibility Act. Act 65 (R111, H. 3226) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 82 to Title 15 so as to establish the "Trespasser Responsibility Act" which provides a limitation on liability by land possessors to trespassers, and to provide exceptions. Effective June 8, 2015

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Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses

Criminal Domestic Violence Offenses and Penalties. Act 58 (R80, S. 3) enacts the "Domestic Violence Reform Act" to strengthen penalties and prohibit firearm possession for those convicted of domestic abuse.  Effective June 4, 2015

Human Trafficking. Act 74 (R103, S. 183) an act to amend § 16-3-2020, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to trafficking in persons offenses, so as to provide that a person is considered a trafficker if the person gives or offers anything of value to another person to engage in commercial sexual activity knowing that the other person is a victim of trafficking in persons, to provide that a victim convicted of a trafficking in persons violation or prostitution may motion the court to vacate the conviction, and to provide that a victim is not subject to prosecution for trafficking in persons or prostitution if the victim was a minor at the time of the offense under certain circumstances; to amend § 16-3-2030, relating to businesses and trafficking in persons, so as to provide that a court may consider disgorgement of profit from a business involved in trafficking in persons and disbarment from government contracts; to amend § 16-3-2040, relating to restitution for victims of trafficking in persons, so as to provide that the court may order restitution in an amount representing the value of the victim's labor or services and include attorney's fees; to amend § 16-3-2050, as amended, relating to the task force on trafficking in persons, so as to provide that the task force may make grants or contracts to develop or expand victims' service programs. Effective June 8, 2015

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Title 17 – Criminal Procedures

Automatic Expungement of Juvenile Records. Act 22 (R43, S. 133) an act to amend § 17-22-910, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to applications for the expungement of criminal records, so as to establish limitations on the court's right to consider offenses for which a person could have been charged, when determining eligibility; and to amend § 63-19-2050, relating to expungement of juvenile records, to provide for certain rights to and requirements for expungement of records of status offenses and of nonviolent criminal offenses committed by a juvenile. Effective June 1, 2015

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Title 19 – Evidence

Procedure for Certification of Domestic and Foreign Records. Act 4 (R6, S. 177) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 19-5-520 so as to allow for certification, instead of requiring extrinsic evidence, of the authenticity of certain domestic and foreign business records of regularly conducted activity for the records to be admissible and to require a criminal penalty for false certification. Effective March 27, 2015

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Title 23 - Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Body-worn Cameras Worn by Law Enforcement. Act 71 (R100, S. 47) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 23-1-240 so as to define the term "body-worn camera;” to require all state and local law enforcement officers to implement the use of body-worn cameras pursuant to guidelines established by the Law Enforcement Training Council; to require state and local law enforcement agencies to submit policies and procedures related to the use of body-worn cameras to the law enforcement training council for review, approval, or disapproval; to establish a "Body-Worn Cameras Fund;” and to provide that data recorded by a body-worn camera is not subject to disclosure under the freedom of information act. Effective June 10, 2015

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Title 25 – Military, Civil Defense and Veterans Affairs

Reemployment Rights of the National Guard.  Act 16 (R34, H. 3547) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 25-1-2350 so as to provide that the reemployment rights and protections granted to members of the South Carolina National Guard and South Carolina State Guard who serve state duty shall apply also to a person who is employed in South Carolina but is a member of another state's national guard or state guard.  Effective May 7, 2015

Adjutant General. Act 19 (R38, H. 3683) an act to amend § 25-1-350, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the general powers and duties of the Adjutant General, so as to require the Adjutant General to submit an annual report to the General Assembly.  Effective May 7, 2015

S.C. Emergency Management Law Enforcement Act. Act 35 (R60, H. 3168) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 6 to Chapter 9, Title 25 so as to enact the "South Carolina Emergency Management Law Enforcement Act,” to define necessary terms, and provide qualifications, powers, duties, and limitations of special law enforcement officers serving pursuant to this article. Effective June 1, 2015

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Title 27 - Property and Conveyances

Escheatment to the State of Unclaimed United States Savings Bonds. Act 81 (R120, H. 3852) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 27-18-75 so as to provide for escheatment to the state of unclaimed united states savings bonds, to provide for judicial determination of escheatment, to provide for procedures for challenging escheatment, to provide for deposit of the proceeds of escheatment and reimbursement to the administration for the costs of escheatment; and by adding § 27-18-76 so as to provide that a person claiming an interest in a united states savings bond may file a claim with the administrator administering the uniform unclaimed property act and to provide for limitations on such claims. Effective June 11, 2015

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Title 30 - Public Records

Notice of Meetings for Public Bodies. Act 70 (R99, S. 11) an act to amend § 30-4-80, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to provisions in the freedom of information act concerning required notice for meetings of public bodies, so as to provide public bodies shall post agendas for all regularly scheduled meetings and special meetings, to provide the time and manner for posting these agendas and notices of meetings, to specify contents required for these meeting notices, and to provide for the manner in which these agendas subsequently may be amended.  Effective June 8, 2015

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Title 33 - Corporations, Partnerships and Associations

Business Development Corporations. Act 60 (R92, S. 389) an act to amend Chapter 37, Title 33, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to South Carolina business development corporations, so as to further provide for the manner in which these corporations are organized, regulated, and permitted to operate. Effective June 4, 2015

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Title 37 - Consumer Protection Code

Guaranteed Asset Protection Act. Act 31 (R54, S. 441) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 30 to Title 37 so as to enact the "Guaranteed Asset Protection Act", to provide a framework within which guaranteed asset protection waivers are defined and may be offered within this state, to provide requirements for offering guaranteed asset protection waivers, to provide the disclosures required, to provide for cancellation of guaranteed asset protection waivers, to provide for enforcement of this Chapter, and to provide for civil remedies. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 38 – Insurance

Annual Enterprise Risk report. Act 2 (R3, S. 342) makes changes to include requiring filing of an annual enterprise risk report by the ultimate controlling person of an insurance holding company and to provide specific requirements for the content of the report. Effective March 9, 2015

Automobile Insurance. Act 26 (R49, S. 361) an act to amend § 38-73-736, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to automobile insurance rate reductions for non-youthful operators, so as to delete references to approved driver training refresher courses and to reduce from six hours to four hours the amount of classroom training required for approved driver training courses. Effective June 1, 2015

Premium Service Agreements. Act 47 (R59, S. 666) makes changes relating to matters that may be included in insurance premium service agreements and relating to activities prohibited of insurance premium service companies. Effective June 3, 2015

Medical Malpractice Insurance Joint Underwriting Association Board. Act 64 (R98, H. 3772) an act to amend § 38-79-260, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to appointment of directors to the Board of the South Carolina Medical Malpractice Insurance Joint Underwriting Association, so as to provide for the reappointment of directors to successive terms by deleting a related prohibition. Effective June 4, 2015

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Title 40 - Professions and Occupations

Pharmacists. Act 29 (R52, S. 413) an act to amend § 40-43-190, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to protocol for pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines and certain medications, so as to provide a procedure for creating protocol through which pharmacists may administer certain additional vaccines without a written order or prescription from a practitioner, to provide circumstances in which a pharmacy intern may administer vaccines, to revise recordkeeping requirements to extend the period for maintaining records and specify the manner of determining the date from which this period is measured, and to provide for the electronic storage of certain documents, records, and copies; and to amend § 40-43-200, relating to the Joint Pharmacist Administered Vaccines Committee, so as to provide this committee shall assist and advise the Board of Medical Examiners in determining whether a specific vaccine is appropriate for administration by a pharmacist without a written order or prescription, and to make conforming changes, among other things. Effective June 1, 2015

Optometrists. Act 43 (R32, H. 3443) an act to amend § 40-37-290, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the purchasing, possessing, administering, supplying, and prescribing of certain pharmaceutical agents by optometrists and the prohibition on Schedule I and II controlled substances, so as to clarify that Schedule II controlled substances that have been reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II on or after October 6, 2014, may continue to be purchased, possessed, administered, supplied, and prescribed by an optometrist. Effective May 7, 2015

Barbers and Barbering. Act 44 (R33, H. 3464) an act to amend § 40-7-350, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to barbers and barbering, so as to delete and replace the current language with licensing requirements for barber schools and barber school instructors. Effective May 12, 2015

SC Board of Accountancy. Act 51 (R82, S. 301) makes changes relating to the South Carolina Board of Accountancy and other aspects of the practice of accountancy. Effective June 3, 2015

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Title 41 – Labor and Employment

Corporate Officers. Act 77 (R107, S. 407) outlines the corporate officers exemption from unemployment benefits absent employer election, new business registration requirements, and increases penalties for violations of provisions. See Act for Effective Date

Unemployment Benefits. Act 80 (R118, H. 3305) an act to amend § 41-35-120, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the denial of unemployment benefits for an employee who tests positive for illegal drug use or the unlawful use of legal drugs, so as to expand the range of specimens from an employee that may be tested to include oral fluids, and to change certification requirements of laboratories that may perform these tests. Effective June 11, 2015

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Title 44 – Health

Patient's Rights. Act 32 (R56, S. 474) an act to amend § 44-22-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to chapter definitions, so as to add and define the term "authorized health care provider;” to amend § 44-22-60, relating to patients' rights, so as to allow an authorized health care provider to perform the required initial examination; and to amend § 44-22-140, relating to authorization of medications and treatment given or administered to a patient, so as to allow an authorized health care provider to perform these functions. Effective June 1, 2015

Solid Waste Policy and Management. Act 36 (R63, H. 3575) an act to amend § 44-96-40, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act, so as to revise the definition of "solid waste" to exclude steel slag. Effective June 1, 2015

Soil-based On-site Disposal Systems. Act 37 (R64, H. 3646) makes changes relating to definitions and requirements concerning soil-based on-site disposal systems. See Act for Effective Date

S.C. Overdose Prevention Act. Act 54 (R85, H. 3083) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "South Carolina Overdose Prevention Act" by adding Chapter 130 to Title 44 so as to allow certain medical professionals to prescribe opioid antidotes for individuals who the medical professional believes in good faith are at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose, to require medical professionals to provide instructional information to a person to whom the medical professional prescribes an opioid antidote, to allow pharmacists to dispense opioid antidotes pursuant to a prescription, to allow caregivers and first responders to administer opioid antidotes to individuals who the caregiver or first responder believes in good faith are at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose, to allow prescribers to prescribe standing orders for opioid antidotes to first responders and for first responders to possess these opioid antidotes, and to provide protections from civil and criminal liability for prescribing, dispensing, or administering opioid antidotes, and for other purposes. Effective June 3, 2015

Cremation. Act 72 (R101, S. 176) an act to amend § 44-63-74, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to electronic filing and transmission of death certificates, so as to provide for responsibilities of physicians, funeral homes, and funeral directors and to establish penalties for noncompliance; to amend § 32-8-325, relating to prerequisites before cremating human remains, so as to provide for the use of electronically filed death certificates to meet certain prerequisites; and to amend § 32-8-340, relating to the time that must elapse before cremating human remains, so as to allow use of information provided on electronically filed death certificates to calculate the time of death. Effective January 1, 2016

Renal Medullary Carcinoma. Act 76 (R106, S. 341) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 44-37-65 so as to require every hospital and birth center in the state to provide educational information on sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait and associated complications to the parents of each newborn baby who is at high risk for sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait delivered in the hospital or birth center. Effective June 8, 2015

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Title 46 – Agriculture

SC Noxious Weed Act. Act 15 (R29, H. 3323) an act to amend Chapter 23, Title 46, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the "South Carolina Noxious Weed Act" so as to delete the term "commissioner" and replace it with the term "commission”” to revise the definition of the terms "commission,” "authorized inspector”” and "noxious weed,” to provide a definition for the term "director", to make technical changes, and to delete the term "South Carolina Department of Agriculture" and replace it with the term "Division of Regulatory and Public Service Programs, Clemson University,” and to establish the powers and duties of the State Crop Pest Commission and the Director of the Regulatory and Public Service Programs, Clemson University. Effective May 7, 2015

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Title 48 - Environmental Protection and Conservation

Take Palmetto Pride Where You Live Act.  Act 8 (R18, H. 3035) enacts the "Take Palmetto Pride Where You Live Act”” to create Take Palmetto Pride Where You Live Act Commission to develop a strategic state plan for litter removal, reduction and prevention, and litter law enforcement through the coordination and cooperation of state agencies, local governments, private profit and nonprofit organizations, business, and industry to provide for the components of the plan. Effective April 2, 2015

Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands. Act 12 (R24, S. 578 ) an act to amend § 48-39-170, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976,relating to penalties for a violation of the chapter on coastal tidelands and wetlands, so as to provide a three-year statute of limitations on enforcement violations relating to minor development activities except in instances where the alleged violator knowingly or intentionally withheld information relating to the alleged violation, to describe acts of concealment, and to apply this act to all future enforcement actions and enforcement actions pending as of January 1, 2015. Effective May 7, 2015

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Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft

Deer Hunting. Act 18 (R37, H. 3668) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-11-365 so as to provide that all nonexempt persons must wear a hat, coat, or vest of solid visible international orange while on Wildlife Management Area lands during deer hunting season. Effective May 7, 2015

Animal Traps. Act 20 (R39, H. 3762) an act to amend § 50-11-2460, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to animal traps that are allowed for trapping, so as to provide that a trap may bear its owner's Department of Natural Resources-issued customer number; and to repeal § 50-11-2550 relating to the transportation of skins, furs, pelts, or hides of furbearing animals out of state. Effective May 7, 2015

Department of Natural Resources.  Act 41 (R28, H. 3118) authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate regulations governing certain areas to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey. See Act for Effective Date

Migratory Hunt and Conservation Stamp. Act 42 (R31, H. 3393) requires obtaining a federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp in addition to obtaining required state hunting licenses and permits, and provides direction for distributing revenue generated by the sale of stamps and license fees. Effective July 1, 2015

Hunting of Feral Hogs, Coyotes, and Armadillos. Act 53 (R84, S. 592) an act to amend § 50-11-710, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the hunting of feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos at night, so as to restructure the existing provisions that regulate the hunting of these animals. Effective June 3, 2015

Migratory Waterfowl Committee. Act 56 (R87, H. 3380) an act to amend § 50-11-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to certain terms and their definitions that relate to the Migratory Waterfowl Committee, the creation of the committee, its membership, and responsibilities, so as to increase its membership by one who shall be a designee of Delta Waterfowl of South Carolina who is not a paid employee. Effective June 3, 2015

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Title 53 - Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days

Italian American Heritage Month. Act 6 (R8, S. 411) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 53-3-200 so as to designate the month of October of every year as "Italian American Heritage Month" in South Carolina. Effective March 27, 2015

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Title 55 – Aeronautics

Aeronautics. Act 10 (R22, S. 376) an act to amend § 55-1-80, relating to county aviation commissions, so as to allow for increased membership on certain county aviation commissions, to provide for the appointment of the new members, to provide that mayors of certain municipalities shall serve ex officio on certain aviation commissions or authorities, and to provide that this provision does not apply to a multicounty aviation commission or authority; and to repeal Act 130 of 2007 which increased the Charleston County Aviation Authority by two members. Effective May 7, 2015

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Title 56 - Motor Vehicles

Vehicular Requirements. Act 9 (R21, S. 358) an act to amend § 56-5-70, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the suspension of vehicular requirements during a declared state of emergency, so as to provide for an extension of the time period for up to one hundred twenty days relating to suspensions of registration, permitting, length, width, weight, and load on non-interstate routes for certain vehicles, and to make suspensions of time of service requirements for thirty days unless extended by federal regulation for both interstate and non-interstate routes for certain vehicles. Effective May 7, 2015

Ignition Interlock Devices. Act 34 (R58, S. 590) makes amendments relating to the Department of Motor Vehicles' procedure to issue a driver's license to a person whose driver's license was suspended or revoked, and the restrictions imposed upon a driver's license issued to a person who is permitted to operate a motor vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed. Effective June 1, 2015

Special License Plates. Act 55 (R86, H. 3264) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 137 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide for the issuance of "American Red Cross Special License Plates" Effective June 3, 2015

Golf Cart Paths. Act 86 (R104, S. 211) an act to amend § 56-2-105, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the issuance of golf cart permits by the department of motor vehicles and the operation of golf carts, so as to provide that a political subdivision may create separate golf cart paths on streets and roads within the jurisdiction of the political subdivision. Effective June 8, 2015

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Title 58 – Public Utilities, Services and Carriers

Transportation Network Companies. Act 88 (R126, H. 3525) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 16 to Chapter 23, Title 58 so as to provide for the regulation of transportation network companies; to amend § 58-4-60, as amended, relating to the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Regulatory Staff, so as to provide expenses of the Transportation Department be borne by assessments to transportation network companies in addition to existing sources; and to amend § 58-23-50, as amended, relating to exemptions from regulation of motor vehicle carriers by the Public Service Commission, so as to exempt transportation network companies. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 59 – Education

In-state Tuition Rates for Military Personnel. Act 11 (R23, S. 391) an act to amend § 59-112-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to in-state tuition rates for military personnel and their dependents under certain conditions, so as to provide that active duty military personnel may be charged less than the undergraduate tuition rate for South Carolina residents for courses that are presented on a distance basis, regardless of residency, and to provide for the manner in which and conditions under which certain veterans receiving specified federal educational benefits and enrolled in a state institution and persons related to the veteran receiving specified federal educational benefits and enrolled in a state institution are entitled to receive in-state tuition rates without regard to the length of time the individual has resided in the state. Effective July 1, 201


School Make-up Days. Act 21 (R40, H. 3890) an act to amend § 59-1-425, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the requirement that all school days missed for school closings necessitated by weather conditions or other disruptions must be made up, so as to provide when designated make-up days are used or are no longer available in a district, the district board of trustees by majority vote may waive the make-up requirement for three or fewer additional missed days; to provide that after the 2014-2015 school year this waiver may not be granted for a school in the district until the school has made up three full days or the equivalent number of hours missed; to extend waivers to all charter schools and home schooling programs located in the district; to provide conditions in which the State Board may waive additional missed days and to impose a reported requirement; and to delete provisions authorizing the General Assembly to waive missed days. Effective May 7, 2015

Interscholastic Activities. Act 24 (R45, S.154) an act to amend § 59-39-160 Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to eligibility to participate in interscholastic activities, so as to provide the State Board of Education may grant a waiver of the requirements if a student's ineligibility to participate in interscholastic activities is due to a long-term absence as a result of a medical condition, but the student has been medically cleared to participate or for any other reasonable circumstance as determined by the State Board of Education. Effective June 1, 2015

Greenville Technical College Area Commission. Act 49 (R77, H. 4135) an act to amend Article 18, Chapter 53, Title 59, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Greenville Technical College Area Commission, so as to revise the manner in which members of the commission are selected, to revise the terms of office of certain members of the commission and the seats which certain members of the commission are deemed to be filling, and to revise or provide for other provisions relating to the selection of commission members. Effective June 3, 2015

Persons Age Sixty and Over Attending Classes. Act 50 (R81, S. 261) an act to amend § 59-111-320, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to provisions allowing persons age sixty and over to attend state-supported institutions of higher education without payment of tuition, so as to remove criteria providing these persons may receive no compensation as full-time employees.  Effective June 3, 2015

James B. Edwards Civics Education Initiative. Act 52 (R83, S. 437) requires all students of public or charter schools in this state to take the United States Citizenship and Immigration test and provide direction for reporting and recognition of results.  Effective June 3, 2015

School Bus Drivers. Act. 66 (R113, H. 3882) an act to amend § 59-67-160, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to mandatory physical examinations of public school bus drivers, so as to provide the examinations must meet certain federal requirements in addition to state requirements, to provide the examinations must be certified by medical examiners, and to delete existing provisions requiring this certification instead be made by physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician's assistants. Effective June 8, 2015

Charter School, School Leader. Act 83 (R122, H. 4084) an act to amend § 59-40-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions of charter schools from certain provisions applicable to public schools, the powers and duties of charter schools, and admissions to charter schools, so as to authorize school leaders to be hired to assist with the daily operations of charter schools, to provide that employees, board members, and staff of charter schools are subject to the ethics and government accountability requirements applicable to public members and public employees, and to provide charter contracts must contain statements of assurance of ethical compliance on behalf of the schools. Effective June 11, 2015

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Title 61 - Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Definition of Alcoholic Liquors. Act 73 (R102, S. 179) an act to amend § 61-6-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the definition of alcoholic liquors, so as to include powdered or crystalline alcohols when hydrolyzed in the definition of alcoholic liquors; and to amend § 61-6-4157, relating to the prohibition to possess, use, sell, or purchase powdered alcohol, so as to include both powdered and crystalline alcohol when hydrolyzed. Effective June 5, 2015

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Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. Act 33 (R57, S. 500) an act to amend Article 23, Chapter 17, Title 63, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, so as to enact amendments to that act adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws in 2008, as required by the federal "Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act" including, but not limited to, amendments addressing international recovery of child support and other family maintenance and determination of parentage. Effective June 1, 2015

Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. Act 61 (R94, H. 3156) enacts the "Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act" to address issues of custodial responsibility when a parent in the uniformed service is being deployed. Effective June 4, 2015

Child Abuse and Neglect. Act 62 (R95, H. 3548) provides procedure for handling reports of child abuse or neglect when the alleged abused or neglected child is a member of an active duty military family. Effective June 4, 2015

Release of a Child's Medical Records. Act 75 (R105, S. 250) an act to amend § 63-7-380, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating, in part, to the right of certain medical professionals without parental consent to perform medical examinations on and release medical records about a child who is the subject of an abuse or neglect report, so as to identify to whom primary care physicians, consulting physicians, and hospital facilities may or must release the medical records; to amend § 63-7-1990, as amended, relating to confidentiality of child abuse and neglect records maintained by the Department of Social Services, so as to allow South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System child abuse health care providers to have access to certain information about indicated cases and to require the department to share information relating to an indicated case with a child's primary or specialty health care provider; and to amend § 63-7-2000, relating to retention of records on unfounded cases of reported child abuse or neglect, so as to authorize the department to release a summary of the allegations and investigation outcome to South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System child abuse health care providers. Effective June 8, 2015

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