This issue of the Legislative Update is a comprehensive review of all legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2017 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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General Assembly & South Carolina Code of Laws

Online legislation and regulations are available at www.scstatehouse.gov. The South Carolina Code of Laws is available at this site as well.


Title 1 - Administration of the Government

State Health Plan. Act No. 43 (R64, S. 61) an act to amend § 1-11-720, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to eligibility for participation in the State Health Plan, so as to allow employees and retirees, and their dependents, of any political subdivision of the state to participate in the State Health Plan. Effective May 19, 2017

SC Crime Victim Services Act. Act No. 96 (R126, S. 289) enacts the "South Carolina Crime Victim Services Act" to restructure and consolidate victim services. See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective July 1, 2017

Appropriations Bill. Act No. 97 (R128, H. 3720)  an act to make appropriations and to provide revenues to meet the ordinary expenses of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, 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. 2017-2018.

Capital Reserve Fund. Act No. 98 (R129, H. 3721) a joint resolution to appropriate monies from the Capital Reserve Fund for fiscal year 2016-2017, 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

Shellfish (D. No. 4736). Act No. 108 (R12, S. 496)  a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to shellfish, designated as Regulation Document Number 4736, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective April 5, 2017

State of Emergency Management Standards (D. No. 4703). Act No. 109 (R17, H. 3908) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Office of the Governor, relating to State Emergency Management Standards, designated as Regulation Document Number 4703, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective April 5, 2017

Health Care Administrators. Act No. 110 (R29, S. 372) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators, relating to Administrator-in-Training Program Requirements, designated as Regulation Document Number 4722, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

Tuberculosis. Act No. 111 (R30, S. 374) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to The Evaluation of School Employees for Tuberculosis, designated as Regulation Document Number 4704, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

Drycleaning Facility Restoration (D. No. 4705). Act No. 112 (R31, S. 375) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to Drycleaning Facility Restoration, designated as Regulation Document Number 4705,, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

Underground Storage Tanks (D. No. 4706). Act No. 113 (R32, S. 376)  a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to Underground Storage Tank Control Regulations, designated as Regulation Document Number 4706, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

Pharmacy Board. Act No. 114 (R33, S. 378) a joint resolution to disapprove regulations of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Pharmacy, relating to Minimum Specifications and Practice Standards Governing Pharmacies and Pharmacists Engaged in Nonsterile and Sterile Compounding, designated as Regulation Document Number 4734, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

WIC Vendors (D. No. 4671). Act No. 115 (R35, S. 453) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, relating to WIC Vendors, designated as Regulation Document Number 4671, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 9, 2017

General Regulations (D. No. 4686).  Act No. 116 (R77, S. 421) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Natural Resources, relating to General Regulations; and Additional Regulations Applicable to Specific Properties, designated as Regulation Document Number 4686, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code.. Effective May 19, 2017

Natural Resources Department (D. No. 4741). Act No. 117 (R78, S. 422)  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 4741, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

SC National Guard Assistance Program (D. No. 4730).  Act No. 118 (R83, S. 485) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Commission on Higher Education, relating to South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program, designated as Regulation Document Number 4730, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Free Tuition for Residents Sixty Years of Age (D. No. 4728). Act No. 119 (R84, S. 486)  a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Commission on Higher Education, relating to Free Tuition for Residents Sixty Years of Age, designated as Regulation Document Number 4728, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Certification Requirements (D. No. 4698). Act No. 120 (R87, S. 601) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the State Board of Education, relating to Certification Requirements, designated as Regulation Document Number 4698, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Credential Classification (D. No. 4699). Act No. 121 (R88, S. 602) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the State Board of Education, relating to Credential Classification, designated as Regulation Document Number 4699, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Requirements for Additional Areas of Certification (D. No. 4701).  Act No. 122 (R89, S. 603)  a joint resolution to approve regulations of the State Board of Education, relating to Requirements for Additional Areas of Certification, designated as Regulation Document Number 4701, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Administrative and Professional Personnel Qualifications, Duties, and Workloads (D No. 4695). Act No. 123 (R90, S. 604)  a joint resolution to approve regulations of the State Board of Education, relating to Administrative and Professional Personnel Qualifications, Duties and Workloads, designated as Regulation Document Number 4695, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Terms and Conditions for the Public's Use of State Lakes and Ponds (D. No. 4727). Act No. 124 (R124, H. 4247) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the Department of Natural Resources, relating to Term and Conditions for the Public's Use of State Lakes and Ponds Owned or Leased by the Department of Natural Resources, designated as Regulation Document Number 4727, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 19, 2017

Code Volumes Revised and Adopted. Act No. 126 (R7, H. 3677)  a joint resolution to adopt revised Code Volumes 6 and 16 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, 2017. Effective March 10, 2017

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Title 2 – General Assembly

College and University Trustee Screening Commission. Act No. 17 (R26, S. 213) an act to amend Chapter 20, Title 2, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to nonjudicial screening and election, so as to create the College and University Trustee Screening Commission to consider the qualifications of candidates for trustees to state-supported colleges and universities, to provide for the membership of the commission, and to provide for the investigative, nomination, and election processes.  Effective May 9, 2017

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

Pelham-Batesville Fire District. Act No. 20 (R36, S. 530) an act to authorize the Pelham-Batesville Fire District, which provides fire protection services to portions of Greenville and Spartanburg counties, to issue bonds to finance certain necessary capital improvements and to provide for the amount and process through which the bonds may be issued. Effective May 9, 2017

Civil Service Commission in the City of Spartanburg. Act No. 105 (R98, H. 3231) an act to provide that consistent with certain provisions of Section 34, Article III of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, creating a civil service commission of the city of Spartanburg for its police and fire departments under such terms and conditions as the general assembly shall provide, the governing body of the City of Spartanburg by ordinance shall establish the terms, conditions, membership, and procedures of the City of Spartanburg's Civil Service Commission for the benefit of the police and fire departments, and to repeal Act 612 of 1936 relating to civil service commissions for municipalities of a certain population the size of the City of Spartanburg, and Act 345 of 1965, Act 991 of 1966, and Act 618 of 1992 relating to a civil service commission of the City of Spartanburg for the police and fire departments. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 7 – Elections

Voting Precincts. Act No. 7 (R14, H. 3582) an act to amend § 7-7-270, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Georgetown County, so as to rename four 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 April 5, 2017

Calhoun County Voting Precincts. Act No. 8 (R15, H. 3661) an act to amend § 7-7-130, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Calhoun County, so as to designate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective April 5, 2017

Dillon County Voting Precincts. Act No. 9 (R16, H. 3803)  an act to amend § 7-7-220, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Dillon County, so as to designate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective April 5, 2017

Special Elections. Act No. 15 (R39, H. 3150) an act to amend § 7-13-190, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to special elections to fill vacancies in offices, so as to adjust the dates on which primaries, runoff primaries, and special elections must be held, and to remove the exemption from holding certain special and general elections; and to require the State Election Commission to provide rank choice ballots for a federal special election for which the primary is held on May 2, 2017, to individuals casting ballots in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.  See Act for Effective Date

Charleston County Voting Precincts. Act No. 26 (R45, H. 3936) an act to amend § 7-7-140, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Charleston County, so as to redesignate the map number on which the names of the Charleston County voting precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to strike obsolete references to the Office of Research and Statistics. Effective May 9, 2017      

Spartanburg County Voting Precincts. Act No. 58 (R91, S. 637) an act to amend § 7-7-490, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Spartanburg County, so as to add Anderson Mill Baptist, D. R. Hill Middle School, Hope, Lyman Elementary, and Trinity Presbyterian precincts; to remove the Friendship Baptist Precinct; 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 July 1, 2017

Berkeley County Voting Precincts.  Act No. 59 (R92, S. 651) 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 add Carnes Cross Road 3, Pimlico 1, and Pimlico 2 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 19, 2017

Saluda County Voting Precincts. Act No. 73 (R109, H. 3667) an act to amend § 7-7-480, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Saluda 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 May 19, 2017

Newberry County Voting Precincts. Act No. 82 (R120, H. 4178) an act to amend § 7-7-420, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Newberry 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 and to correct outdated references to the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective May 19, 2017

Abbeville County Voting Precincts. Act No. 83 (R121, H. 4179) an act to amend § 7-7-30, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Abbeville County, so as to add the Smithville Precinct, to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to correct outdated references to the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective May 19, 2017

Clarendon County Voting Precincts. Act No. 84 (R122, H. 4183) an act to amend § 7-7-190, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Clarendon 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 and to correct outdated references to the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective May 19, 2017

Greenwood County Voting Precincts. Act No. 85 (R123, H. 4204) 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 add the Angel Oaks Crossing and Graham's Glen Precincts, to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, and to correct outdated references to the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 9 - Retirement Systems

SC Retirement System. Act No. 13 (R22, H. 3726) amends numerous sections of Title 9 and a portion of Title 1, relating to the South Carolina Retirement System employer and employee contribution rates.  See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective July 1, 2017

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Title 12 – Taxation

Internal Revenue Code. Act No. 4 (R10, S. 250) 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 2016 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 April 5, 2017

Maintenance Tax Imposed By Workers' Comp Commissions. Act No. 68 (R103, H. 3406)  an act to amend Act 95 of 2013, relating to the maintenance tax imposed by the Workers' Compensation Commission on self-insurers, so as to delete an uncodified provision that terminates the act five years after its effective date; and to amend § 12-21-2420, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to admissions tax exemptions, so as to include the amount that an accredited college or university requires a season ticket holder to pay to a nonprofit athletic booster organization that is exempt from federal income taxation in order to receive the right to purchase athletic event tickets. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 13 – Planning, Research and Development

Coordinating Council for Workforce Development. Act No. 252 (R260, H. 4145) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 13-1-2030 so as to create the "Coordinating Council for Workforce Development" to meet certain current and future workforce needs, to provide for the members of the coordinating council, and to establish the duties of the council. Effective June 8, 2016

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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

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. Act No. 147 (R151, H. 4666 ) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 7 to Chapter 25, Title 16 so as to entitle the article the "Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committees", establish the domestic violence fatality review committees in each circuit, provide appropriate protocols which must be followed by the committees, provide for the composition of the committees, provide for confidentiality of certain information by the committees and other persons, and provide penalties for the release of confidential information. Effective March 15, 2016

Arson. Act No. 154 (R159, H. 3545) an act to amend the "Omnibus Crime Reduction And Sentencing Reform Act Of 2010", Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to amend § 16-11-110, relating to arson, so as to restructure the elements of the degrees of arson; to amend § 16-23-500, relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent crime classified as a felony, so as to provide procedures for the return of firearms or ammunition to an innocent owner under certain circumstances; to amend § 22-3-560, as amended, relating to the ability of magistrates to punish breaches of the peace, so as to provide that magistrates may punish breaches of the peace by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty days, or both; to amend § 24-19-10, as amended, relating to the definition of "youthful offender", so as to provide that if the offender committed burglary in the second degree pursuant to § 16-11-312(b), the offender must receive and serve a minimum sentence of at least three years, no part of which may be suspended, and the person is not eligible for conditional release until the person has served the three-year minimum sentence; to amend §§ 24-21-5 and 24-21-100, relating to administrative monitoring by the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, both so as to provide the procedures the department shall follow when notifying persons under administrative monitoring; to amend § 24-21-280, as amended, relating to compliance credits of persons under the supervision of the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, so as to provide that an individual may earn up to twenty days of compliance credits for each thirty-day period in which the department determines that the individual has substantially fulfilled all of the conditions of supervision; to amend §§ 44-53-370 and 44-53-375, both as amended, relating to controlled substance offenses, both so as to remove certain provisions pertaining to prior and subsequent controlled substance convictions; to amend § 44-53-470, as amended, relating to when a controlled substance offense is considered a second or subsequent offense, so as to provide that a conviction for trafficking in controlled substances must be considered a prior offense for purposes of any controlled substance prosecution; and to amend § 56-1-396, relating to the driver's license suspension amnesty period, so as to provide that qualifying suspensions do not include suspensions pursuant to § 56-5-2990 or 56-5-2945, and do not include suspensions pursuant to § 56-1-460 if the person drives a motor vehicle when the person's license has been suspended or revoked pursuant to § 56-5-2990 or 56-5-2945. Effective April 21, 2016

Counterfeit or Nonfunctional Airbags. Act No. 271 (R295, S. 1015) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 16-13-165 so as to make unlawful certain actions involving counterfeit or nonfunctional airbags. Effective June 9, 2016

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Title 15 - Civil Remedies and Procedures

Individual Retirement Accounts. Act No. 63 (R96, H. 3176) an act to amend § 15-41-30, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to an individual retirement account being exempt from attachment, levy, and sale, so as to delete the provision that the exemption applies only to the extent that is permitted in Section 522(d) of the federal bankruptcy code. Effective May 19, 2017

Bankruptcy Exemptions. Act No. 69 (R104, H. 3429) an act to amend § 15-41-30, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to property exempt from bankruptcy proceedings or attachment, levy, and sale, so as to revise exemptions in bankruptcy. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses

Impersonating a Lawyer. Act No. 64 (R97, H. 3215) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 16-17-770 so as to create the offense of impersonating a lawyer and provide graduated penalties. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 23 - Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Law Enforcement Training Council New Definitions. Act No. 46 (R67, S. 173) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 23-23-55 so as to provide that a Class 1-LE, Class 2-LCO, or Class 3-SLE law enforcement officer must complete Continuing Law Enforcement Education Credits in mental health or addictive disorders during the recertification period, and to provide the content of the training; to amend § 23-23-80, as amended, relating to the Law Enforcement Training Council and Criminal Justice Academy, so as to provide that the Law Enforcement Training Council is authorized to provide training for officers to recognize trauma and stress-related disorders in other officers and recommend participation in the Law Enforcement Assistance Program for officers involved in an incident resulting in death or serious bodily injury; and to amend § 23-3-65, relating to the Law Enforcement Assistance Program, so as to provide that one purpose of the program is to provide counseling services to officers experiencing stress-related disorders. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 24 – Corrections, Jails, Probations, Paroles and Pardons

Inmates. Act No. 49 (R70, S. 271) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 24-3-220 so as to establish a procedure to allow an inmate who the department has determined is not a security risk and confined in a Department of Corrections' facility to attend the funeral service of certain individuals or visit certain individuals while they are hospitalized, to provide for the transportation of the inmate and to provide that under certain circumstances, the department shall notify the victim and relatives of the victims of the crime committed by the inmate; and to amend § 24-3-210, relating to furloughs for qualified inmates, so as to delete the provision that allows an inmate to attend the funeral of certain persons. Effective May 19, 2017

Probation, Parole and Pardon. Act No. 75 (R111, H. 3742) an act to amend §§ 24-21-230 and 24-21-280, both as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the employment, duties, and powers of Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon services' agents, hearing officers, and staff, so as to provide that the director of the department may employ offender supervision specialists, to provide that the department shall promulgate regulations regarding the qualifications for these employees, and procedures for classifying offenders as standard and low-risk, and to provide the duties and authority of an offender supervision specialist. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 27 - Property and Conveyances

Time shares. Act No. 90 (R107, H. 3647)  an act to amend § 27-32-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning vacation time sharing plans, so as to define and redefine certain terms concerning resale services, among others; to amend § 27-32-55, relating to fees for the resale of interests in vacation timeshares, so as to provide requirements of resale vacation timeshare services and providers of these services, and to include consumer protection provisions; and to amend § 27-32-130, relating to enforcement and implementation provisions, so as to make the provisions applicable to vacation time sharing associations. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 30 - Public Records

Office of Freedom of Information Act Review. Act No. 67 (R102, H. 3352) amends numerous sections of Title 30, relating to rights to inspect public records under the Freedom of Information Act. See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 37 - Consumer Protection Code

Mortgage Lending and Licensing. Act No. 93 (R75, S. 366) amends numerous sections of the Consumer Protection Code and related titles, related to mortgage lending. See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective September 16, 2017

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Title 38 – Insurance

Hurricane, Earthquake and Fire Advisory Committee. Act No. 28 (R47, S. 315) an act to amend § 38-75-470, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Hurricane, Earthquake, and Fire Advisory Committee, so as to authorize the advisory committee to address the mitigation of property losses due to flood; to amend § 38-75-480, relating to the Loss Mitigation Grant Program, so as to establish that grants may be made to local governments to mitigate losses and provide technical assistance for the development of proactive hazard mitigation strategies and to allow the Department of Insurance to accept grants in aid for the mitigation of losses for eligible properties; and to amend § 38-75-485, relating to the South Carolina Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program, so as to establish certain criteria that a residential property must meet in order to be eligible for a nonmatching grant, to prohibit the program from issuing a grant for a residential property from exceeding five thousand dollars, to allow for matching grant funds to be made available to local governments and nonprofit entities under certain circumstances, and to establish a formula for determining nonmatching grant awards based on an applicant's household income. Effective May 10, 2017

Medical Expense Policy. Act No. 42 (R63, S. 9) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 38-71-380 so as to provide that the optional intoxicants and narcotics exclusion provision contained in certain insurance policies that require the replication of exact language as provided in § 38-71-370 does not apply to a medical expense policy, and to define medical expense policy. Effective May 19, 2017

Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Act. Act No. 48 (R69, S. 254)  an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Act" by adding Article 8 to Chapter 13, Title 38 so as to express the purpose of this act, to define necessary terms, to require an insurer to maintain a risk management framework for certain purposes, to require an insurer or insurance group of which an insurer is a member to conduct an Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Act (ORSA) on no less than an annual basis, to require an insurer or insurance group to submit an ORSA report to the Director of the Department of Insurance and to describe what the report must contain, to provide exemptions from the reporting provisions in certain circumstances and to allow an insurer to apply for a waiver under certain circumstances, to establish that the ORSA report be prepared in a manner consistent with the ORSA Guidance Manual, to provide that all documents, materials, and information created under the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Act are confidential, to prohibit the director or anyone who receives ORSA-related information from testifying in a private civil action concerning the confidential information, to permit the director to take certain actions concerning his regulatory duties, to provide a penalty for an insurer who fails to file the ORSA summary report, and to set an effective date for the provisions of this act; and to amend § 38-21-10, as amended, relating to defined terms for the Insurance Holding Company Regulatory Act, so as to define the term "supervisory college". Effective May 19, 2017

Insurance. Act No. 55 (R81, S. 463) an act to amend § 38-1-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions used in Title 38, so as to include certain forms of disability insurance in the definition for the term "surplus lines insurance"; and to amend § 38-43-100, as amended, relating to insurance producer licensing, so as to authorize the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to retain fingerprints for use in identification purposes. Effective May 19, 2017

Insurance. Act No. 70 (R105, H. 3488)  an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 7 to Chapter 55, Title 38 so as to allow an insurer to deliver, store, or present evidence of insurance coverage by electronic means, to establish certain conditions that must be met before a notice or document may be delivered by electronic means, to require the insurer to deliver a hardcopy notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or termination by first-class mail if the insurer knows the documents were not received by the insured when delivered by electronic means, to require the party to verify or acknowledge receipt of the electronically delivered notice or document in certain circumstances, to provide that a withdrawal of consent does not affect the legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of the notice or document, to require an insurer to notify the party of certain privileges before sending additional notices or documents subject to consent to receive certain notices or documents, to allow for a party to electronically sign electronically delivered documents, to require the insurer to retain records, and to authorize the director to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 39 - Trade and Commerce

Drug Substitutions. Act No. 11 (R20, H. 3438) an act to amend § 39-24-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions in the Drug Product Selection Act, so as to change the definition of "substitute" to include interchangeable biological products; to amend § 39-24-30, relating to the substitution of equivalent drugs, so as to allow a pharmacist to substitute an interchangeable biological product for a specific biological product; to amend § 39-24-40, as amended, relating to the substitution of prescriptions by pharmacists, so as to allow pharmacists to substitute interchangeable biological products when appropriate; to amend § 40-43-30, relating to definitions in the Pharmacy Practice Act, so as to add definitions for "biological product" and "interchangeable biological product"; and to amend § 40-43-86, relating in part to label requirements for prescriptions, so as to address labeling, prescriber notification, and other requirements applicable to interchangeable biological products. Effective April 24, 2017

Unfair Trade Practices for Motor Fuel Retailers. Act No. 29 (R48, S. 359) an act to amend § 39-5-325, Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976, relating to unfair trade practices for motor fuel retailers, so as to remove references to the Department of Consumer Affairs; and to amend § 39-5-350, relating to exemptions from merchandising unfair trade practices, so as to remove the references to the Department of Consumer Affairs. Effective May 10, 2017

Pyramid Promotional Scheme Prohibition Act. Act No. 39 (R62, H. 3883) a bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the "Pyramid Promotional Scheme Prohibition Act" by adding Article 7 to Chapter 5, Title 39 so as to provide pyramid promotional schemes constitute unfair trade practices under the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act, and to provide necessary definitions; and to repeal § 39-5-30 relating to pyramid clubs and similar operations. Effective May 10, 2017

Produce Safety Act. Act No. 92 (R118, H. 4003) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 26 to Title 39 so as to enact the "Produce Safety Act", to establish the authority of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to enforce certain food safety standards applicable to farm produce including, but not limited to, the authority to inspect certain farms; to seize, condemn, and destroy covered produce; and to obtain a court order for forfeiture and destruction of covered produce; to provide for the appeal of court orders; to define certain terms, including "farm" and "covered produce"; to provide exceptions for certain farms and produce; to authorize the department to promulgate regulations; to establish certain penalties for violation of the chapter; to provide for the repeal of the chapter under certain circumstances; and for other purposes. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 40 - Professions and Occupations

Engineer Immunity. Act No. 18 (R27, S. 342) an act to amend § 40-22-295, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to engineer immunity for certain voluntary professional services rendered at the scenes of declared state or national emergencies at the request of the Governor, so as to extend the exemption to surveyors; and to amend § 40-22-280, as amended, relating to the exemption of electric cooperative employees from the state regulation of engineers and surveyors in certain circumstances, so as to revise the classification of employees to whom the exemption is applicable and to correct an obsolete reference. Effective May 9, 2017

Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. Act No. 32 (R52, S. 279) a bill to enact the "Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" by adding Article 3 to Chapter 60, Title 40 of the 1976 code, relating to the South Carolina Real Estate Appraiser License and Certification Act, to provide certain definitions, to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations; to amend § 40-60-10(b), relating to the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company; and to redesignate Chapter 60, Title 40 as "Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Management Companies". See Act for effective date

Nurse Licensure Compact. Act No. 41 (R56, H. 3349) a bill to amend Article 15, Chapter 33, Title 40, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Nurse Licensure Compact, so as to revise the provisions of the compact to reflect changes mandated for membership in the compact. Effective May 10, 2017

Criminal Background Check Requirements of Real Estate Commission.  Act No. 60 (R93, H. 3041) an act to amend § 40-57-115, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to criminal background checks required for initial licensures by the Real Estate Commission, so as to require these background checks for licensure renewals and to require background checks to be fingerprint-based; to amend § 40-57-340, relating to licensure renewal requirements for real estate salespersons, brokers, and brokers-in-charge, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-57-710, relating to grounds for license denial and discipline, so as to include failure to disclose civil judgments brought on grounds of fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit; and to amend § 40-57-510, relating to property managers and property managers-in-charge, so as to require fingerprint-based background checks for applicants and every third renewal, and to provide licensees be placed on inactive status for failing to submit to required criminal background checks. Effective May 19, 2017

Real-Estate Commission Authority. Act No. 77 (R114, H. 3861)  an act to amend § 40-57-120, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the authority of the Real Estate Commission to recognize nonresident real estate licenses on active status from other jurisdictions which reciprocate, so as to provide the commission may enter into reciprocal agreements with real estate regulatory authorities of other jurisdictions that provide waivers of education requirements or examinations if the commission considers the education and examination requirements of the other jurisdiction to be substantially equivalent to the requirements of the commission.  Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 41 – Labor and Employment

Employee Benefit. Act No. 3 (R9, S. 218) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 41-1-25 so as to provide that political subdivisions of the state may not establish, mandate, or otherwise require employee benefits, and to define necessary terms. Effective April 5, 2017

Interest Rates on Bonds Approved by Fiscal Accountability Authority. Act No. 80 (R117, H. 3927) an act to amend § 41-43-100, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the power of the State Fiscal Accountability Authority to issue certain bonds to finance industrial development projects under the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Fund Act, so as to delete the requirement that the authority approve interest rates on such bonds and to specify approval of such interest rates by the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development is not required; to amend § 41-43-110, as amended, relating to the power of the authority to issue certain bonds under the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Fund Act, so as to make conforming changes, to provide the authority annually shall report related activities to the Joint Bond Review Committee, and to provide the authority shall publish lists of bonds approved by the authority and relevant information on its website; and to make the provisions of this act effective June 1, 2017. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 42 – Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation Burial Expenses. Act No. 38 (R61, H. 3879) a bill to amend § 42-9-290, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the maximum amount of burial expenses payable under workers' compensation laws for accidental death, so as to increase the maximum payable amount to seventy-five hundred dollars. Effective May 10, 2017

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Title 43 - Social Services

Workers' Compensation. Act No. 24 (R43, H. 3441) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 42-9-450 so as to provide workers' compensation payments by employers' representatives must be made by checks or electronic payment systems. Effective May 9, 2017

Disabilities. Act No. 52 (R73, S. 325) an act to amend § 43-33-310, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to Advocacy for Handicapped Citizens, Inc., so as to revise legislative findings to reflect the change of the organization's name to "Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.", and to make technical changes; to amend §§ 43-33-330 and 43-33-340, both relating to the operation of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc., so as to reflect the change of the organization's name to " Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.", and to make technical changes; to amend § 43-33-350, relating to the powers and duties of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc., so as to reflect the change of the organization's name to " Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.", and to provide that the organization shall administer the Client Assistance Program; to amend §§ 43-33-370, 43-33-380, and 43-33-400, all relating to the operation of South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc., so as to reflect the change of the organization's name to " Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.", and to make technical changes; to amend § 1-11-10, as amended, relating to certain agencies transferred to the Department of Administration, so as to make conforming changes; and to repeal § 43-33-320 relating to the transfer of functions to the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 44 – Health

Certificate of Need. Act No. 10 (R18, S. 354) an act to amend § 44-7-130, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for the State Certification of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act, so as to define "crisis stabilization unit facility"; to amend § 44-7-170, as amended, relating to the requirement for a Certificate of Need review, so as to exempt crisis stabilization unit facilities; and to amend § 44-7-260, as amended, relating to requirements for licensure for health facilities, so as to require crisis stabilization unit facilities to obtain a license from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Effective April 24, 2017

S.C. Hazardous Waste Management Act. Act No. 16 (R25, S. 181) an act to amend § 44-56-200, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Act, so as to make the Federal Superfund Recycling Equity Act applicable to the act.  Effective May 9, 2017

Medical Information Confidentiality. Act No. 47 (R68, S. 234) an act to amend § 44-61-160, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the confidentiality of information and data collected or prepared by emergency medical services, so as to make the identities of patients and emergency medical technicians subject to subpoena in judicial proceedings; and to amend § 44-61-340, as amended, relating to the confidentiality of information and data collected as part of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, so as to make conforming changes. Effective May 19, 2017

Hospice Programs.  Act No. 61 (R94, H. 3132)  an act to amend Chapter 71, Title 44, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to hospice programs, so as to add definitions; to establish certain licensing requirements; to provide for the registration of multiple office locations of licensed hospices; to provide for expansion of hospice service areas; to require the Department of Health and Environmental Control to approve applications for registration of multiple office locations and for expansion of hospice service areas, with exceptions; to authorize the Department of Health and Environmental Control to deny, suspend, or revoke approvals under certain circumstances; to provide for the disposal of a deceased patient's unused controlled substances in certain circumstances; and for other purposes. Effective May 19, 2017

Pharmacies. Act No. 76 (R112, H. 3817) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 44-53-362 so as to allow pharmacies and other entities to register as a collector to receive controlled substances as part of law enforcement controlled substance take-back events and operate controlled substance mail-back programs and to require the Department of Health and Environmental Control to facilitate and encourage registration and participation. Effective May 19, 2017

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Act No. 91 (R113, H. 3824) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 44-53-1645 so as to require health care practitioners to review a patient's controlled substance prescription history, as maintained in the prescription monitoring program, before prescribing a Schedule II controlled substance, with exceptions; to amend § 44-53-1630, as amended, relating to the prescription monitoring program, so as to add a definition of "practitioner"; to amend § 44-53-1640, as amended, relating to the prescription monitoring program, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 44-53-1680, as amended, relating to penalties for violating requirements of the prescription monitoring program, so as to establish a penalty if a practitioner or authorized delegate fails to review a patient's controlled substance prescription history, as maintained in the prescription monitoring program, before prescribing a Schedule II controlled substance; by adding § 40-15-145 so as to establish educational requirements for dentists addressing the prescription and monitoring of certain controlled substances; to amend §§ 40-37-240, 40-47-965, as amended, and 40-51-140, relating to continuing education requirements for certain health care practitioners, so as to add requirements addressing the prescription and monitoring of certain controlled substances; to amend § 40-43-130, relating in part to continuing education requirements for pharmacists, so as to add requirements addressing certain controlled substances; to amend § 40-43-82, relating to authorized actions of a certified pharmacy technician, so as to prohibit certain actions involving the filling, refilling, or repackaging of medications; to amend § 40-43-86, as amended, relating in part to the requirement for a pharmacist-in-charge to develop certain pharmacy policies, so as to prohibit pharmacists from supervising more than four pharmacy technicians; to amend § 40-43-130, relating to continuing education requirements provided in the South Carolina Pharmacy Practice Act, so as to include exemptions for pharmacy technicians; by adding § 40-43-75 so as to authorize a renal dialysis facility to deliver legend drugs or devices to patients in certain circumstances; and to amend § 40-43-86, as amended, relating in part to the authority of a pharmacist to refill a prescription without the authorization of the prescriber, so as to provide for emergency refills. Effective May 19, 2017

Drug or Alcohol-Related Overdose Medical Treatment. Act No. 95 (R125, S. 179) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 19 to Chapter 53, Title 44 so as to provide limited immunity from prosecution for certain drug and alcohol-related offenses for a person who seeks medical assistance for another person who is experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose or for a person who is experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose and seeks medical assistance, to allow the court to consider as a mitigating factor in proceedings related to other criminal offenses whether or not medical assistance was sought, to limit the immunity to allow prosecution of a person for other crimes arising out of the drug or alcohol-related overdose, to allow for admissibility of certain evidence, to provide civil and criminal immunity for law enforcement officers relating to certain arrests if the officer made the arrest based on probable cause, and to provide for other procedural and related provisions pertaining to the above. Effective June 10, 2017

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Title 46 – Agriculture

Misdemeanors. Act No. 31 (R50, S. 570)  an act to amend § 46-33-90, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to registration requirements for the shipment and sale of trees, plants, and shrubs, to provide a nursery registration fee schedule and a nursery dealer registration fee schedule and to define necessary terms; to amend §§ 46-9-90, relating to penalties for violating the chapter on the State Crop Pest Commission, 46-10-100, relating to boll weevil eradication, 46-13-180, relating to penalties for violating the Pesticide Control Act, 46-15-100, relating to agricultural marketing generally, 46-23-80, relating to noxious weeds, and 46-49-70, relating to the supervision and regulation of milk and milk products, all so as to remove reference to regulations; and to amend § 46-13-90, relating to the denial, suspension, revocation, or modification of certain pesticide control licenses and certificates, so as to provide that the director may deny, suspend, revoke, or modify a license or certificate if the holder made a pesticide application without the proper license. Effective May 10, 2017

Industrial Hemp Cultivation. Act No. 37 (R59, H. 3559) a bill to amend Chapter 55, Title 46, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp, so as to revise the definitions of terms contained in this chapter, to provide a definition for the term "human consumption", to create the South Carolina Industrial Hemp Program, to provide that industrial hemp is an agricultural crop upon which an institution of higher education may conduct research, to provide that industrial hemp or hemp products may not be considered an adulterant, to provide provisions that regulate the growing, selling, and importation of industrial hemp and hemp seed, to delete the provision that excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, to revise the provision that specifies that certain conduct regarding the manufacturing, distribution, purchase, and other activities relating to disguising marijuana to make it appear to be industrial hemp, and to provide for laboratory testing of industrial hemp. Effective May 10, 2017

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Title 47 – Animals, Livestock and Poultry

Wild Cats, Apes, and Bears. Act No. 86 (R57, H. 3531) a bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 2 to Title 47 so as to define certain terms, to prohibit certain persons from owning, possessing, importing, purchasing, or selling a large wild cat, non-native bear, or great ape, to authorize confiscation of these animals under certain circumstances, and to provide that local governmental bodies may adopt ordinances that regulate the possession of these animals, to regulate the treatment of these animals, and to provide a penalty; and to amend § 47-5-50, relating to the prohibition of the sale of wild carnivores as pets and the sale of domesticated ferrets, so as to delete the provision that allows the public display, showing, or exhibition of certain wild carnivores, primates, or other animals. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 48 - Environmental Protection and Conservation

Fires. Act No. 74 (R110, H. 3719) an act to amend § 48-35-50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the State Forester's authority to direct that certain fires not be started, so as to provide that the State Forester may prohibit all open burning except fires used for nonrecreational purposes; and to amend § 48-35-60, relating to penalties associated with the starting of unlawful fires, so as to revise these penalties. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft

Hunting and Fishing. Act No. 12 (R21, H. 3517) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-9-750 so as to provide that the Director of the Department of Natural Resources may issue special authorization for hunting and fishing to any person who is not more than twenty-one years old who has been diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening illness or injury who is sponsored by certain nonprofit charitable organizations, to provide that license, tag, and fee requirements for hunting and fishing are waived, and to allow the director to determine the period of time in which the special authorization is valid. Effective April 24, 2017

Shellfish. Act No. 30 (R49, S. 465) adds definitions and amends numerous sections of Title 50, relating to shellfish.  See full text of Act for detailed provisions.  Effective May 10, 2017

Bear Hunting. Act No. 71 (R106, H. 3601) contains numerous amendments to Title 50, relating to the issuance of bear hunting tags by the Department of Natural Resources. See full text of Act for detailed provisions.   Effective May 19, 2017

Hunting and Fishing. Act No. 72 (R108, H. 3665)  an act to amend § 50-5-1710, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to size limits for certain fish that may be lawfully taken, possessed, landed, sold, or purchased, so as to increase the size limit for flounder that may be lawfully taken, possessed, landed, sold, or purchased; and to amend § 50-5-1705, as amended, relating to catch limits for certain fish, so as to reduce the catch limit for flounder. Effective July 1, 2017

Night Hunting. Act No. 88 (R79, S. 443) contains numerous amendments to Title 50 related to night hunting, provides definitions and penalties. See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 56 - Motor Vehicles

Clemson License Plates. Act No. 1 (R5, S. 263) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 140 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue "Clemson University 2016 Football National Champions" special license plates. Effective March 10, 2017

Beginner's Permit, Instruction Permit, or Driver's License For Minors. Act No. 2 (R8, S. 198) an act to amend § 56-1-100, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the persons who must sign an application of a minor for a beginner's permit, instruction permit, or driver's license, so as to delete the term "instruction permit", and to revise the list of persons who must sign the application of an unemancipated minor. Effective April 5, 2017

Special License Plates. Act No. 5 (R11, S. 365) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 141 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue "2016 Baseball National Champions" special license plates. Effective April 5, 2017

REAL ID cards. Act No. 6 (R13, H. 3358) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 56-1-87 so as to provide that a person may hold only one Department of Motor Vehicles-issued credential at a time, to provide that a REAL ID card may be a driver's license or identification card, and to provide that the department may issue a compliant or noncompliant credential to a person who presents certain documents to the department; to amend § 56-1-85, relating to the state's nonparticipation in the federal REAL ID Act, so as to provide that the state shall meet all the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act, and to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles shall not provide direct access to its full driver's license database to any other jurisdiction; to amend § 56-1-90, relating to identification necessary to obtain a driver's license, so as to revise the criteria that must be met to prove the existence and validity of a person's social security number; to amend § 56-1-140, as amended, relating to the issuance of a driver's license, so as to revise the cost and frequency of the renewal period for a driver's license, to revise the content of a driver's license, and to eliminate the fee associated with the placement of a veteran designation on a driver's license; to amend § 56-1-210, relating to the expiration of a driver's license, so as to revise the expiration date of a license issued after October 1, 2017, and to revise the criteria that must be met by a person who seeks to have his license renewed; to amend § 56-1-220, as amended, relating to vision screenings required for renewal of a driver's license, so as to revise the criteria that must be met by a person who seeks to renew his driver's license; and to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles is authorized to expend a certain amount in the current fiscal year from its cash balances to implement the provisions of this act. Effective April 5, 2017

Driver's License or Permit. Act No. 19 (R28, S. 344) an act to amend § 56-1-80, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the contents of an application for a driver's license or permit, so as to provide that an application for a driver's license or permit must allow an applicant who has been medically diagnosed with autism to voluntarily disclose that he is autistic, which must be indicated by a symbol designated by the department on the driver's license and contained in the driver's record; and to amend § 56-1-3350, as amended, relating to the issuance of special identification cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles, so as to provide that an applicant for a special identification card who wishes to obtain a card that indicates that he is autistic must provide documentation of his condition which must be indicated by a symbol designated by the department on his special identification card. Effective May 9, 2017

Special License Plates. Act No. 21 (R37, S. 617)  an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 142 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue "University of South Carolina 2017 Women's Basketball National Champions " special license plates. Effective May 9, 2017

Motor Vehicles. Act No. 34 (R54, S. 444)  a bill to amend §§ 56-1-10(15) and 56-1-10(18) of the 1976 Code, relating to driver's license definitions, to change "automotive three-wheel vehicle" to "autocycle" and provide the definition and to update references to the definition; to amend § 56-1-130(c), relating to license examinations, to change "automotive three-wheel vehicle" to "autocycle"; to amend § 56-3-20(30) and 56-3-20(31), relating to motor vehicle registration and licensing definitions, to change "automotive three-wheel vehicle" to "autocycle"; to amend § 56-5-145, relating to the definition of "automotive three-wheel vehicle", to change "automotive three-wheel vehicle" to "autocycle"; to amend § 56-5-155, relating to the definition of "motorcycle three-wheel vehicle", to update references; and to amend §§ 56-19-10(44) and 56-19-10(45), relating to definitions regarding the protection of titles to and interests in motor vehicles, to change "automotive three-wheel vehicle" to "autocycle" and update references. Effective November 10, 2017

Recreational Vehicles. Act No. 51 (R72, S. 321) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 14 to Title 56 so as to establish procedures that regulate the relationship between recreational vehicle manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of recreational vehicles; to amend § 56-15-10, as amended, relating to certain terms and their definitions regarding the regulation of motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, and dealers, so as to revise the definition of the term "motor vehicle" and to delete the term "motor home" and its definition; to repeal Article 5, Chapter 17, Title 31 relating to the sale of travel trailers; and to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may promulgate regulations for enforcement of the provisions of Chapter 14, Title 56. See Act for Effective Date

Dealer License and Demonstration Plates. Act No. 57 (R85, S. 488) an act to amend § 56-3-2320, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the issuance of motor vehicle dealer license plates, so as to provide that a dealer license plate may be used by a person whose vehicle is being serviced or repaired by the dealership, provided the vehicle displaying the license plate is part of a manufacturer program and the plate is given to the person by the dealer at no charge to the consumer for not more than thirty days, and to provide that a dealer may be issued two plates for the first fifteen vehicles sold during the preceding year and a dealer participating in a manufacturer program may be issued two additional plates for each fifteen vehicles sold beyond the initial twenty during the preceding year. Effective May 19, 2017

Palmetto Cross Special License Plates. Act No. 65 (R100, H. 3256) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Articles 140, 143, 141, and 142 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may issue Palmetto Cross special license plates, Powering the Palmetto State special license plates, Legion Of Merit special license plates, and Virginia Tech special license plates, respectively; and to amend § 56-3-8400, as amended, relating to the Lions Club special license plates, so as to specify to whom the license plates may be issued. Effective May 19, 2017

Safe Following Distance. Act No. 66 (R101, H. 3289)  an act to amend § 56-5-1930, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the distance that must be maintained between vehicles traveling along a highway, so as to revise the term "driver" to "operator" in regard to these vehicles, and to provide that this section does not apply to the operator of any nonleading commercial motor vehicle subject to federal motor carrier safety regulations and traveling in a series of commercial vehicles using cooperative adaptive cruise control or any other automated driving technology. Effective May 19, 2017

Child Passenger Restraint. Act No. 78 (R115, H. 3864)  an act to amend §§ 56-5-6410 and 56-5-6420, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the requirement that certain children must be secured in a child passenger restraint system while traveling in a motor vehicle, and the transportation of children in a vehicle with an insufficient number of child restraint devices, so as to revise the age, weight, and position of a child who must be secured in a child passenger restraint system, to provide exceptions when medically necessary, and to include temporary living quarters in recreational vehicles as being considered rear passenger seats. Effective May 19, 2017

Speeding in Work Zones. Act No. 81 (R119, H. 4033) an act to amend § 56-5-1535, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to speeding in work zones and penalties associated with speeding in work zones, so as to delete this provision, to create the offense of "endangerment of a highway worker", to provide a penalty for this offense and to provide definitions for the terms "highway work zone" and "highway worker"; to amend § 56-1-720, relating to the point system established for the evaluation of the driving record of persons operating motor vehicles, so as to provide that the offense of endangerment of a highway worker resulting in no injury is a two point violation, the offense of endangerment of a highway worker in which injury results is a four point violation, and to delete the offense of failing to give a signal or giving improper signal for stopping, turning, or suddenly decreasing speed as a four point violation; to repeal § 56-5-1536 relating to driving in temporary work zones and penalties for unlawful driving in temporary work zones; and to amend § 56-5-2150, relating to turning, stopping, and reducing the speed of a motor vehicle and the signals required to be used for these actions, so as to provide a penalty for a violation of this provision. Effective May 19, 2017

Mopeds. Act No. 89 (R99, H. 3247) contains numerous amendments to Title 56 related to the operation and classification of mopeds.  See full text of Act for detailed provisions.  See Act for Effective Date

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Title 57 – Highways, Bridges and Ferries

Sign Erection and Maintenance. Act No. 27 (R46, S. 200) an act to amend § 57-25-150, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to permits issued by the Department of Transportation for the erection and maintenance of certain outdoor advertising signs, so as to revise provisions that void permits for conforming and nonconforming signs removed in certain circumstances, to provide permits must be maintained for nonconforming signs structurally damaged by vandalism, and to provide procedures for restoring nonconforming signs structurally damaged by vandalism. Effective May 10, 2017

SC Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act. Act No. 40 (R51, H. 3516) is a comprehensive Act providing for additional road funding to establish reliable sources of revenue for addressing SC’s roads and supporting infrastructure system. See full text of Act for detailed provisions.  See Act for effective date.

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Title 59 – Education

Higher Ed Mission and Goals. Act No. 14 (R23, H. 3793) an act to amend § 59-103-15, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the mission and goals of institutions of higher learning, so as to authorize certain degree programs so long as state general funds are not appropriated for the operations of the degree program. Effective April 24, 2017

In-state Tuition. Act No. 22 (R38, H. 3034) an act to amend § 59-112-50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the definition of "covered individual" for the purposes of providing in-state tuition and fee rates for children and spouses of veterans and active duty military personnel, so as to provide that the definition includes a child or spouse enrolling within three years of a veteran's discharge provided that the child or spouse is entitled to and receiving assistance under Section 3319, Title 38 of the United States Code, a child or spouse of active duty military personnel who is entitled to and receiving assistance under Section 3319, Title 38 of the United States Code, and a child or spouse of active duty military personnel killed in the line of duty who is entitled to and receiving assistance under Section 3311(b)(9), Title 38 of the United States Code; and to provide eligibility for continuous enrollment beyond the three year initial eligibility period in certain circumstances. Effective May 9, 2017

Fiscal Practices and Budgetary Conditions. Act No. 23 (R41, H. 3221) an act to, among other things, amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-20-90 so as to require the State Department of Education to develop and adopt a statewide program for identifying fiscal practices and budgetary conditions that, if uncorrected, could compromise the fiscal integrity of a school district and for advising the district on how to take appropriate corrective actions, to establish three levels of fiscal and budgetary concerns with conditions and requirements associated with each, and to direct the department to promulgate regulations to carry out the provisions of this section. Effective May 9, 2017

Football Stadiums. Act No. 25 (R44, H. 3792) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-23-245 so as to require minimum numbers of toilets and lavatories at middle school stadiums and high school stadiums based on gender and seating capacity, and to provide these standards apply notwithstanding otherwise applicable building codes and plumbing codes. Effective May 9, 2017

S.C. Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council. Act No. 35 (R55, H. 3220) a bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-59-175 so as to establish the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council and to provide for its membership, duties, and functions. Effective May 10, 2017

Central Carolina Technical College Commission.  Act No. 53 (R76, S. 411)  an act to amend § 59-53-1410, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Central Carolina Technical College Commission, so as to increase the number of members appointed from Kershaw County and to increase the total number of commission members accordingly. Effective May 19, 2017

Uniform High School Diplomas. Act No. 54 (R80, S. 462) an act to amend § 59-39-100, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the uniform diploma for graduates of accredited high schools, so as to provide personalized pathways for students to earn the diploma and to provide related course of study-based endorsements students may earn, to revise the coursework students entering ninth grade during the 2018-2019 school year must earn for graduation, to provide this revised coursework requirement must support the profile of the graduate, to provide for a uniform employability credential available for certain students with disabilities as an alternative to diploma pathways, and to provide the State Department Of Education shall monitor numbers of diplomas and employability credentials earned by students and biannually report such numbers to State Board Of Education and the General Assembly. See Act for Effective Date

Denmark Technical College. Act No. 56 (R82, S. 480) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-53-600 so as to devolve temporarily the powers, duties, and obligations of the Denmark Technical College Area Commission upon the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, to require the state board to issue quarterly status reports and to study the most effective, efficient delivery of technical college education opportunities in certain counties; and to repeal this section on November 1, 2018. See Act for Effective Date

Education Oversight Committee.  Act No. 94 (R130, H. 3969) creates a single report card and single overall school performance rating system to eliminate confusion and duplication caused by the prior federal and state reporting systems.  See full text of Act for detailed provisions. Effective June 10, 2017

School Start Date. Act No. 99 (R3, S. 338 ) a joint resolution to provide that the opening date for students to attend public schools during the 2017-2018 school year may be as early as Thursday, August seventeenth, in the discretion of the school district board of trustees. Effective February 28, 2017

School District 4. Act No. 100 (R1, S. 42)  a joint resolution to provide that the school days missed by students attending Townville Elementary School in Anderson County School District 4, following the tragic events that occurred on September 28, 2016, are exempt from the make-up requirement that full school days missed due to disruptions be made up. Effective February 28, 2017

Charleston County School District. Act No. 101 (R40, H. 3171) an act to amend Act 340 of 1967, as amended, relating to the Charleston County School District, so as to reestablish the boundary lines that define the Charleston County School District's constituent districts; and to amend Act 245 of 1979, as amended, relating to the Cooper River School District Number 4 Board of Trustees, so as to redraw the three geographic areas in which the members of the board of trustees must reside, to designate a map number on which these geographic areas are delineated, and to provide demographic information pertaining to the redrawn areas. Effective May 9, 2017

Board of Trustees Fairfield County School District. Act No. 102 (R6, S. 457) an act to amend Act 191 of 1991, as amended, relating to the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield County School District, so as to allow board members to receive a monthly stipend in an amount to be determined by the board, and to require actual attendance at a duly constituted board meeting in order to receive the monthly stipend. Effective April 4, 2017

Florence County Board of Trustees. Act No. 103 (R24, H. 4067) an act to amend Act 84 of 2011, as amended, relating to the Board of Trustees of Florence County School District Number Three, so as to extend the terms of the members of the Board of Trustees of Florence County School District Number Three to four years, to stagger the terms of the members, to require that the members be elected at a general election held in an even-numbered year, and to provide the process by which a vacancy is filled. Effective April 24, 2017

Pickens County School Board of Trustees. Act No. 104 (R42, H. 3346) an act to amend Act 260 of 1981, as amended, relating to the Pickens County School Board of Trustees, so as to increase the number of board members from six to seven and to provide for seven single-member districts beginning with the 2018 general election; and to provide for a procedure for closing a school within the district. Effective May 9, 2017

Act No. 321, Consolidation of Sumter County School District. Act No. 106 (R86, S. 562)  an act to amend Act 321 of 2010, relating to the consolidation of the Sumter County School District, so as to provide for two at-large members of the Sumter County School District Board of Trustees, to provide for the initial appointment and subsequent election of at-large school board members, to abolish the at-large seats following the next reapportionment and to assign the former at-large seats to newly created single member districts, and to stagger the terms of the at-large school board members. Effective June 6, 2017

Williamsburg County School District Board of Trustees. Act No. 107 (R19, S. 568) an act to amend Act 471 of 2002, relating to the composition of the Williamsburg County School District Board of Trustees, so as to provide that the board shall include two members from the county at-large, to provide for the manner of initial appointment of the two at-large members, to provide for staggered terms of the two at-large members, and to conform the addition of two at-large members to the election of members to the board and filling vacancies on the board. Effective May 3, 2017

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Title 61 - Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol. Act No. 248 (R286, H. 5245an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 61-4-736 so as to provide that a manufacturer of wine, vintner, winery, an importer, or retailer may offer or sponsor certain coupons and rebates to a consumer for the purchase of wine, to provide that a wholesaler is prohibited from participating in the procurement, redemption, or other costs associated for any coupon or rebate for wine, and to provide that a winery, wine manufacturer, vintner, importer, or wholesaler is prohibited from offering paper instant redeemable coupons and scan back coupons for wine in this State; and by adding § 61-4-945 so as to provide that a manufacturer, brewer, importer, or retailer may offer or sponsor certain coupons and rebates to a consumer for the purchase of beer, to provide that a wholesaler is prohibited from participating in the procurement, redemption, or other costs associated for any coupon or rebate for beer, and to provide that a beer manufacturer or wholesaler is prohibited from offering paper instant redeemable coupons and scan back coupons for beer in this State. Effective June 5, 2016

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Title 62 - South Carolina Probate Code

Permits for Alcohol at Motorsport and Tennis Events. Act No. 33 (R53, S. 334) a bill to amend §§ 61-4-515 and 61-6-2016 of the 1976 Code, relating to permits to purchase and sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption and a biennial license to purchase alcoholic liquors by the drink at a motorsports entertainment complex or tennis specific complex, to include baseball complex, and to provide a definition for "baseball complex". Effective May 10, 2017

Alcoholic Beverages. Act No. 44 (R65, S. 114) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 61-2-185 so as to allow nonprofit organizations to apply for special nonprofit event licenses to allow them to solicit and accept donations of alcohol to be sold for on-premises consumption under certain circumstances, to prescribe a process for suppliers and wholesalers to work together to provide donated alcohol for licensed nonprofit events, to allow suppliers to furnish equipment and trained representatives to serve and pour alcohol at licensed nonprofit events, and define necessary terms.  Effective May 19, 2017

Alcohol License Requirements. Act No. 45 (R66, S. 116) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 61-2-145 so as to require that a person permitted or licensed to sell beer, wine, or alcoholic liquors for on-premises consumption shall maintain liability insurance with coverage of at least one million dollars during the period of the permit or license. See Act for Effective Date

Breweries. Act No. 50 (R71, S. 275) an act to amend § 61-4-1515, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to breweries, samples and sales for on- and off-premises consumption, so as to provide that a brewery brewing and selling beer on its permitted premises in this State may apply for a permit to sell alcoholic liquor by the drink for consumption within a specified area under certain conditions; and to amend § 61-4-1720, relating to brewpub permits in lieu of other required permits, so as to provide that a brewpub that becomes a brewery must relinquish its brewpub permit in accordance with the requirements of § 61-4-1515. Effective May 19, 2017

Sale of the Alcoholic Liquors. Act No. 62 (R95, H. 3137) an act to amend §§ 61-6-1140 and 61-6-1150, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, both related to tastings and retail sales of alcoholic liquors at licensed premises of a micro-distillery or manufacturer, so as to revise the ounce amount of alcoholic liquors dispensed at licensed premises and to revise the sale at retail of alcoholic liquors at licensed premises and to allow mixers to be used in tastings; to amend § 61-6-1035, relating to sampling of wines, so as to allow mixers to be used in tastings; to amend §§ 61-6-140 and 61-6-150, both relating to alcoholic liquor retail licenses and the limit on the number of licenses that may be issued, so as to provide that the Department of Revenue shall not issue more than three retail dealer licenses; to repeal §§ 61-6-140 and 61-6-150 relating to alcoholic liquor retail licenses and the limit on the number of licenses that may be issued, and § 61-4-960(a)(13) relating to the prohibition on tastings held in conjunction with a tasting in a retail alcoholic liquor store, that is adjacent to and licensed in the same name of the retail permit authorizing the sale of beer on April 5, 2018; and to amend § 61-4-1515, relating to breweries and samples and sales of beer, so as to delete the term "licensed" and replace it with the term "permitted" throughout and delete references allowing for samplings. Effective May 19, 2017

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Title 62 - South Carolina Probate Code

Probate Court. Act No. 87 (R34, S. 415)  an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 62-1-112 so as to clarify the Probate Court's authority to impose penalties for contempt and to grant a motion for a party to proceed in forma pauperis; to amend § 8-21-800, relating to relief from filing fees, court costs, and probate costs, so as to clarify that the Probate Judge may waive filing fees for indigent persons in the same manner as other civil cases; to amend § 62-1-302, as amended, relating to subject matter jurisdiction and concurrent jurisdiction with Family Court, so as to clarify the court's jurisdiction in matters involving the establishment, administration, or termination of a special needs trust for disabled individuals and to revise outdated terminology; to amend § 62-1-401, as amended, relating to notice, so as to authorize notice to be made by a qualifying commercial delivery service and is similar to notice by registered mail or certified mail; to strike Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7, Article 5, Title 62, and to add new and revised provisions relating to the protection of persons under disability and their property, so as to promote uniformity among the state's forty-six probate courts, to safeguard adequate due process protections for the state's alleged incapacitated individuals, to eliminate over reliance upon restrictive full or plenary guardianships, to reduce the costs of proceedings, to establish consistency between guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and to create an adequate system for monitoring guardians and conservators. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code

Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act. Act No. 36 (R58, H. 3538) a bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the "Persons With Disabilities Right To Parent Act" by adding Chapter 21 to Title 63 so as to require the Department of Social Services, law enforcement, and the family and probate courts, among others, to protect the parenting rights of persons with a disability by establishing certain requirements and safeguards applicable in child custody, child protection, and probate guardianship proceedings to ensure that persons with disabilities are not denied the right to parent or to have custody of or visitation with a child because of the disability; and to prohibit child placing agencies and adoption service providers from denying persons with a disability the right to access services because of the person's disability, with exceptions; to amend § 63-7-720, relating to reasonable efforts requirements for probable cause hearings, so as to require certain efforts if a parent or legal guardian has a disability to include referrals for services providing instruction on adaptive parenting techniques and other reasonable accommodations with regard to accessing services; to amend § 63-7-1640, as amended, relating to family court determinations whether to require reasonable efforts to preserve or reunify a family when the parent or legal guardian has a disability, so as to require the court to take into consideration the disability and ways in which to accommodate the disability to preserve or reunify the family; and to amend § 63-7-2570, as amended, relating to grounds for termination of parental rights, so as to prohibit termination of parental rights solely on the basis of a disability. Effective May 10, 2017

Adoption Disclosure Information. Act No. 79 (R116, H. 3898) an act to amend § 63-9-780, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to access to and disclosure of nonidentifying and identifying information about adoptees, biological parents, and biological siblings, so as to apply also to biological grandparents, and for other purposes. Effective May 19, 2017

Seizure Safety in Schools Study Committee. Act No. 125 (R60, H. 3587) a joint resolution to create the "Seizure Safety in Schools Study Committee" to examine issues related to epilepsy and seizure safety awareness in public schools, to provide for the membership of the study committee, and to provide for the study committee's termination. Effective May 10, 2017

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