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This issue of the Legislative Update is a comprehensive review of all legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2013 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

Legislative Printing, Information, and Technology Systems. Act 31 (R42, H. 3223) an act to amend §§ 1-11-55, as amended, 1-11-425, 1-23-120, as amended, 2-1-230, 2-3-75, 2-13-60, 2-13-180, 2-13-190, as amended, 2-13-200, 2-13-210, 11-35-310, 11-53-20, and 29-6-250, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, all relating, in whole or in part, to the Office of Legislative Printing, Information and Technology Systems (LPITS), so as to change the name of this office to the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). Effective May 21, 2013

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Title 4 – Counties

Murrell's Inlet-Garden City Fire District. Act 86 (R108, H. 3944) an act to amend § 4-23-20, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Board of Fire Control for the Murrell's Inlet - Garden City Fire District in Georgetown and Horry Counties, so as to provide that the members of that board representing Georgetown County must be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of a majority of the Georgetown County legislative delegation notwithstanding the provisions of Act 515 of 1996 devolving that appointment authority on the governing body of Georgetown County and to delete obsolete language. See Act for Effective Date

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

Special Purpose District. Act 20 (R30, S. 295) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 6-11-2028, so as to allow the governing body of a special purpose district created by act of the General Assembly, which provides recreational services and has as its boundary the same as the county in which it is located, to voluntarily dissolve itself and transfer its assets and liabilities to a county if accepted by resolution of its governing body; to require a public hearing to be conducted before taking a supermajority vote of its governing body and the governing body of the county; to require the governing body of the county to comply with the provisions of § 6-11-2140; to provide for calculating the millage limitation for a county when a special purpose district transfers its assets and liabilities to a county; and to provide that this section does not apply to a special purpose district that provides both recreational and aging services or that has a board appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the county legislative delegation. Effective May 3, 2013

Fireplaces. Act 65 (R78, S. 348) an act to amend § 6-9-55, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the South Carolina Building Codes Council promulgating certain regulations, so as to extend a provision regarding regulations and residential fire sprinkler systems, and to provide that § 501.3 of the 2012 International Residential Code must not be enforced prior to July 1, 2015; and by adding § 6-10-35 so as to provide for requirements for fireplaces in lieu of requirements of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. Effective June 14, 2013

Volunteer Service Personnel Appreciation Act. Act 76 (R95, H. 3378) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 6-1-90 so as to enact the "Volunteer Service Personnel Appreciation Act" and to allow the governing body of a local government to authorize the distribution of certain rewards to three enumerated categories of volunteer service personnel so long as all personnel in a respective category are treated equally. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 7 – Elections

McCormick County Voting Precincts.  Act 8 (R11, S. 352) an act to amend § 7-7-390, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in McCormick County, so as to add the "Monticello" Precinct, to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board, and to correct archaic language.  Effective March 22, 2013

Clarendon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.  Act 9 (R13, s. 230) an act to amend § 7-27-275, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Clarendon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, so as to adjust the membership and composition of the board. Effective April 12, 2013

Oconee County New Hope Precinct. Act No. 52 (R61, S. 636) an act to amend § 7-7-430, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Oconee County, so as to add the "New Hope" Precinct, to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board, and to correct archaic language. Effective June 7, 2013

Equal Access to the Ballot Act. Act 61 (R74, S. 2) an act to amend § 7-11-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to methods of nominating candidates, so as to prohibit a person who was defeated as a candidate in a party primary or by party convention from having his name placed on the ballot for the ensuing general or special election except when the party's nominee dies, resigns, is disqualified, or otherwise ceases to become the party's nominee for that office; to amend § 7-11-15, as amended, relating to qualifications to run as a candidate in general elections, so as to provide streamlined guidelines and procedures for the filing of statements of intention of candidacy and party pledge and any filing fees to the State Election Commission or the County Board of Registration and Elections, as appropriate; to amend § 7-11-30, relating to party convention nomination of candidates, so as to provide a procedure for the nomination of candidates by party convention by a three-fourths vote at the convention to use the convention nomination process with a majority vote in the party's next primary election to approve this process; to amend § 7-11-210, as amended, relating to notice of candidacy and pledge, so as to reference § 7-11-15, delete provisions relating to notice, and make conforming changes to the party pledge; to amend § 7-13-40, as amended, relating to the time of the party primary, certification of names, verification of candidates' qualifications, and the filing fee, so as to provide certification of candidates not later than noon on April fifth or noon on the following Monday if the fifth falls on the weekend; to amend § 7-13-45, as amended, relating to filing as a candidate, so as to reference the requirements of § 7-11-15 and make conforming changes; to amend § 8-13-365, as amended, relating to electronic filing for disclosures and reports, so as to exempt forms and reports required pursuant to Article 9, Chapter 13, Title 8 from the State Ethics Commission's directive to establish an electronic filing system and to delete obsolete language; to amend § 8-13-1140, relating to filing of an updated statement of economic interests, so as to reference § 8-13-365 and to change the filing deadline from April fifteenth to noon on March thirtieth; to amend § 8-13-1356, as amended, relating to the filing of statements of economic interests by candidates, so as to provide that a candidate who files a statement of intention of candidacy seeking nomination by political party primary or convention must electronically file a statement of economic interests prior to the close of filing for that particular office, a candidate who files a petition for nomination must file a statement of economic interests within fifteen days of submitting the petition, and a person who becomes a write-in candidate must electronically file a statement of electronic interests within twenty-four hours of filing an initial campaign finance report or before taking the oath of office, whichever occurs earlier; to repeal § 7-11-220 relating to notice or pledge by candidates for the state Senate; and to require the State Election Commission to notify each county Election Commission of the provisions of this act, to post the provisions of this act on its website, and to require each state party executive committee to notify the county executive parties of the provisions of this act. See Act for Effective Date

Greenwood County Voting Precincts. Act 89 (R111, H. 3962) 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 certain precincts and to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective June 13, 2013

Berkeley County Voting Precincts. Act No. 91 (R115, H4192) 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 an existing precinct, to add four precincts, to delete an obsolete reference, and to redesignate the map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by the Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board. Effective June 13, 2013

Chester County Voting Precincts. Act 92 (R116, H. 3204) an act to amend § 7-7-170, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of precincts in Chester County, so as to redesignate certain precincts, to designate a map number on which the names of these precincts may be found and maintained by Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board, and to correct archaic language. Effective June 13, 2013

Richland County Voting Precincts. Act 93 (R117, H. 4216) an act to amend § 7-7-465, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of voting precincts in Richland County, so as to revise and add certain precincts, to redesignate the map number on which the names and precinct lines of these precincts may be found as maintained by the by Office of Research and Statistics of the State Budget and Control Board, to correct references, and to provide for alternate precinct polling places under specified conditions. Effective January 1, 2014

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Title 8 - Public Officers and Employees

Governmental Contracts. Act 46 (R54, S. 438) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 8-15-70 so as to provide for the fair and open competition in governmental contracts by stipulating that state or local entities, officials, and employees, in regard to a public building, may not require or prohibit a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor from entering into or adhering to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to the project and may not otherwise discriminate against a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor for becoming or refusing to become a signatory to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to the project, to provide that state and local entities, officials, and employees shall not award a grant, tax abatement, or tax credit conditioned upon the inclusion of such agreements in the award, and to provide exceptions to and exemptions from these provisions. Effective June 7, 2013

Title 9 - Retirement Systems

PEBA. Act 24 (R35, H. 3624) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 9-4-15 so as to provide that the state shall defend members of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) against claims and suits arising out of the performance of their official duties, and require that the state indemnify these directors for any loss or judgment incurred by them with respect to such a claim or suit, to provide that the state shall defend PEBA officers and management employees against claims and suits arising out of the performance of their official duties unless the officer or management employee was acting in bad faith, and require that the state indemnify PEBA officers and management employees for any loss or judgment incurred by them with respect to such a claim or suit, and to extend the requirement to defend and indemnify members of the board of directors, officers, and management employees of PEBA to such persons after leaving office or employment with PEBA for official duties undertaken by them while serving as a director, officer, or management employee of PEBA. See Act for Effective Date

Police Officer Retirement System. Act 69 (R82, S. 484) an act to amend § 9-11-80, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to disability retirement for members of the Police Officers Retirement System, so as to delete the requirement that certain members be eligible for, and provide proof of, Social Security disability benefits to continue to receive a disability retirement benefit, and to make technical changes; to amend § 9-11-10, as amended, relating to definitions that apply to the Police Officers Retirement System, so as to define "medical board"; to amend § 9-11-30, as amended, relating to the administration of the Police Officers Retirement System, so as to require the board of directors of the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority to designate a medical board, to establish its membership, and to provide its duties; and to amend Act 153 of 2005, relating to the retirement systems, so as to make conforming changes relating to references to the medical board. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 10 - Public Buildings and Property

Flags on Top of State House. Act 27 (R37, S. 237) an act to amend § 10-1-161, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the flying of flags atop the State Capitol Building at half-staff, so as to provide the length of time that these flags may be flown at half-staff for members of the United States military services who were residents of South Carolina and who lost their lives in the line of duty while in combat, to provide the procedure for hoisting and lowering the flags atop the State Capitol Building when more than one individual is honored, and to provide that on a day where the flags atop the State Capitol Building are flown at half-staff, the Governor shall identify the person or persons who are honored on the Governor's website. Effective May 17, 2013

Belton National Guard Armory.  Act 116 (R10, S. 351) a joint resolution to authorize the State Budget and Control Board to transfer ownership of the Belton National Guard Armory to the City of Belton. Effective October 1, 2013

Clover National Guard Armory. Act 117 (R6, H. 3180) a joint resolution to authorize the State Budget and Control Board to transfer ownership of Clover National Guard Armory in Clover, South Carolina, to the Town of Clover. Effective March 1, 2013

Mullins National Guard Armory. Act 118 (R25, H. 3586) a joint resolution to authorize the State Budget and Control Board to transfer ownership of the Mullins National Guard Armory to the City of Mullins. Effective April 23, 2013

Williston National Guard Armory. Act 119 (R22, H. 3426) a joint resolution to authorize the State Budget and Control Board to transfer ownership of the Williamston National Guard Armory to the Town of Williamston. Effective April 23, 2013

North Augusta. Act 120 (R12, H. 501) a joint resolution to authorize the City of North Augusta to relocate the World War I and World War II Memorial Monument in Calhoun Park to the Veterans Memorial at Wade Hampton Veterans Park. Effective March 22, 2013

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Title 11 - Public Finance

Boeing Incentive Bill. Act 13 (R19, S. 578) an act to amend various provisions of Chapter 41, Title 11 of the 1976 Code, the State General Obligation Economic Development Bond Act, to provide for the issuance of general obligation debt to support an enhanced economic development project, to make findings that the issuance of the bonded indebtedness supports a public purpose and is in the best interest of the state, to provide qualifying investment and job creation criteria, and to provide for the terms, conditions, and requirements for the issuance of the bonded indebtedness. Effective April 23, 2013

Economic Development Project. Act 73 (R87, S. 610) an act to amend § 11-41-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for purposes of the State General Obligation Economic Development Bond Act, so as to clarify that the definition of "economic development project", including a national and international convention and trade show center owned by a public entity includes an adjacent facility allowing specific events thereby making additional time and space available for the major conventions, trade shows, and special events contemplated by the act and require Joint Bond Review Committee review and comment on such an adjacent facility; and to amend § 11-41-70, relating to purposes of the issue of bonds pursuant to the State General Obligation Economic Development Bond Act and specific requirements applicable to a public entity receiving bond proceeds, so as to extend from ten to fifteen years the period in which a national and international convention and trade show center must be completed. See Act for Effective Date

High Growth Small Business Access to Capital Act. Act 80 (R101, H. 3505) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 44 to Title 11 so as to enact the "High Growth Small Business Job Creation Act of 2013" by providing for state nonrefundable income tax credits for qualified investments in businesses meeting certain criteria and primarily engaged in specified activities, to establish the criteria and procedures for the credit, to make the credit transferable and provide for limitations on and reporting of certain information on the credits, to provide for certain adjusted net capital gain and loss computations for investor taxpayers who recognize such a gain or loss on the sale of credit assets as defined in this chapter, and to provide that the provisions of Chapter 44, Title 11 are repealed on December 31, 2019; and to amend § 12-54-240, as amended, relating to disclosure of records, reports, and returns filed with the Department of Revenue, so as to authorize the exchange between the Department of Revenue and the Secretary of State of any information that assists the Department of Revenue or the Secretary of State in determining or verifying information concerning whether a business is a qualified business under Chapter 44, Title 11. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 12 – Taxation

Internal Revenue Code. Act 10 (R14, S. 261) 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 January 2, 2013, and to delete an inapplicable subitem; and to amend § 12-6-50, as amended, relating to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code not adopted by this State, so as to not adopt certain provisions relating to the reduction on itemized deductions and the reduction on the personal exemption. Effective April 9, 2013

Motion Picture Tax Rebate. Act 26 (R29, S. 163) an act to amend § 12-62-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the rebate to a motion picture production company of certain South Carolina payroll, so as to provide that the rebate for a qualifying motion picture company may not exceed twenty percent of the total aggregate payroll for persons subject to South Carolina income tax withholdings and may not exceed twenty-five percent for residents of South Carolina; to amend § 12-62-60, as amended, relating to the rebate of certain expenditures of a motion picture production company, so as to provide that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism may rebate up to thirty percent of the expenditures in South Carolina if there is a minimum in-state expenditure of one million dollars; and by adding § 12-62-95 so as to provide that the provisions of the South Carolina Motion Picture Incentive Act do not apply if the motion picture or television production that is made, in whole or in part, in South Carolina is found to contain scenes the average person, applying contemporary state community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct, and whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. Effective May 8, 2013

Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act. Act 57 (R91, H. 3093) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 67 to Title 12 so as to enact the "South Carolina Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act" to provide that a taxpayer making investments of a certain size in rehabilitating an abandoned building based on the population of the political subdivision in which the building is located may at the taxpayer's option receive specified income tax credits or credits against the property tax liability, to provide the procedures, criteria, and requirements necessary to obtain these credits, and to provide that the provisions of Chapter 67, Title 12 are repealed on December 31, 2019.  See Act for Effective Date

Admissions License Tax Exemption for Motorsports Entertainment Complex. Act 68 (R81, S. 481) an act to amend § 12-21-2425, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the admissions license tax exemption for a motorsports entertainment complex, so as to require the complex to be a NASCAR -sanctioned motor speedway that hosted at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2012, and continues to host at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, or any successor race featuring the same NASCAR Cup series. See Act for Effective Date

Tax Credits. Act 81 (R102, H. 3557) an act to amend § 12-6-3375, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the tax credit for port cargo volume increase, so as to expand the types of businesses that qualify for the credit, to give the Coordinating Council for Economic Development discretion in awarding credits, to further define terms, to provide that taxpayers engaged in the movement of goods imported or exported through South Carolina's port facilities may be eligible for the credit if the cargo supports a presence in the state and meets other job and capital investment requirements, and to provide that a taxpayer that fails to meet the requirements of the credit must repay a pro rata portion of the credit. See Act for Effective Date

Department of Revenue. Act 90 (R113, H. 3974) an act to amend § 12-54-240, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the disclosure of records and returns filed with the Department of Revenue, so as to allow the disclosure of certain information to the Secretary of State about a taxpayer who filed an initial or final corporate return; and by adding § 12-58-165 so as to allow the Department of Revenue to expunge the recording of a lien once the lien is fully paid and satisfied. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses

Altering, Tampering With, or Bypassing Electric, Gas, or Water Meters. Act 23 (R34, H. 3568) an act to amend § 16-13-385, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to altering, tampering with, or bypassing electric, gas, or water meters, § 58-7-60, relating to the unlawful appropriation of gas, and § 58-7-70, relating to the wrongful use of gas and interference with gas meters, all so as to restructure the penalties and provide graduated penalties for violations of the statutes. Effective May 3, 2013

Tobacco products. Act 35 (R67, H. 3538) an act to amend § 16-17-500, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the sale or purchase of tobacco products for minors, so as to include alternative nicotine products in the purview of the statute; to amend § 16-17-501, as amended, relating to definitions for purposes of relevant tobacco product for minors offenses, so as to define the terms "alternative nicotine product" and "electronic cigarette"; and to amend §§ 16-17-502, 16-17-503, and 16-17-504, relating to distribution of tobacco product samples, enforcement and reporting, and implementation, respectively, all so as to make conforming changes to include alternative nicotine products. Effective June 7, 2013

Stealing or Stolen Goods. Act 82 (R103, H. 3602) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 16-13-131 so as to create offenses relating to stealing goods or merchandise from a merchant by creating or affixing a product code and to provide graduated penalties; by adding § 16-13-135 so as to define necessary terms, create offenses relating to retail theft, and to provide graduated penalties; to amend § 16-13-440, relating to the use of a false or fictitious name or address to obtain a refund from a business establishment for merchandise, so as to include using a false or altered driver's license or identification card to commit certain retail theft offenses; to amend § 17-25-323, relating to default on court-ordered payments including restitution by persons on probation or parole and civil judgments and liens, so as to include defendants who default on the various magistrates or municipal court-ordered payments including restitution in the purview of the statute and to provide that a filing fee or other fee may not be required when seeking a civil judgment; to amend § 14-25-65, as amended, relating to penalties the magistrates court may impose, restitution, and contempt, so as to allow a magistrate to convert certain unpaid court-ordered payments to a civil judgment; to amend § 22-3-550, as amended, relating to the jurisdiction of the magistrates court over minor offenses, restitution, and contempt, so as to allow a magistrate to convert certain unpaid court-ordered payments to a civil judgment; and to amend § 16-13-180, as amended, relating to receiving stolen goods, so as to include receiving or possessing stolen goods from an agent of a law enforcement agency and to revise the penalties for the offense. Effective June 13, 2013

Harassment and Stalking. Act 99 (R122, H. 3717) an act to amend § 16-3-1700, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for purposes of the offenses of harassment and stalking, so as to include in the purview of the offenses persons who commit the offenses while subject to the terms of a restraining order issued by the Family Court; to amend §§ 16-3-1710, 16-3-1720, and 16-3-1730, all as amended, relating to penalties for harassment in the second degree, harassment in the first degree, and stalking, respectively, all so as to include persons subject to a restraining order issued by the family court; to amend § 20-4-60, as amended, relating to orders of protection from domestic abuse, so as to provide a procedure for vacating an order of protection and destruction of the records of the order when mutual orders of protection have been entered that do not comply with the provisions of the statute; and to amend § 16-3-1760, as amended, relating to emergency hearings for temporary restraining orders, so as to provide a procedure for vacating a temporary restraining order and destruction of the records of the order when an order was improperly issued due to unknown facts. Effective June 20, 2013

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Title 17 - Criminal Procedures

Expungement of Criminal Record. Act 75 (R93, H. 3184) an act to amend § 22-5-910, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to expungement of criminal records, so as to provide that a person may be eligible for expungement of a first offense crime which carries a fine of one thousand dollars rather than five hundred dollars; to amend § 17-1-40, as amended, relating to the destruction of criminal records when charges are dismissed, so as to provide for destruction of criminal records when a courtesy summons was issued under certain circumstances and to require removal of any internet-based public record of a charge that is dismissed or discharged no later than thirty days from the disposition date. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 23 - Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Handguns. Act No. 22 (R33, H. 3560) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 10, Chapter 31, Title 23 so as to require the Judicial Department and the State Law Enforcement Division to develop procedures for the collection of information on individuals who have been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution and for the submission of this information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); to provide that a person prohibited from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm or ammunition pursuant to federal or state law may petition the court issuing the original order to remove the firearm and ammunition prohibition, to provide procedures to seek this removal and to appeal the denial of such relief; to provide that if this prohibition is removed, NICS promptly must be informed of the court action removing the prohibition; to provide that it is a felony for a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution to ship, transport, possess, or receive a firearm or ammunition, to provide criminal penalties, and to require confiscation of such firearms and ammunition, and to establish procedures for the return of firearms and ammunition to an innocent owner; to amend § 44-22-100, relating to the confidentiality and release of mental health commitment and treatment records and exceptions, so as to authorize reporting information in these records to (NICS); and to establish prospective and retroactive requirements for courts to submit mental health adjudication and commitment information. Effective August 1, 2013

Firefighter Mobilization Act of 2000. Act 85 (R107, H. 3870) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 23-49-65 so as to provide in the "Firefighter Mobilization Act of 2000" that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has specific and exclusive jurisdiction on behalf of the state in matters pertaining to the response to and crisis management of acts of terrorism and emergency event management of explosive devices; to amend § 23-49-20, relating to the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Oversight Committee, so as to add the Chief of SLED to the committee and to correct obsolete references; to amend § 23-49-50, relating to the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Plan, so as to rename the committee as the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization and Emergency Response Task Force Plan, to add the task force to those resources that the plan is intended to offer, and to provide the plan is operational when the Chief of SLED directs a response to a terrorist or explosive device event; to amend § 23-49-60, relating to the duties of the committee, so as to provide the committee shall develop guidelines for using resources allocated to the task force at the state and regional level; to amend § 23-49-70, relating to state and regional coordinators appointed by the committee to execute the plan, so as to make a conforming change to the name of the plan, to require the Office of State Fire Marshal to provide administrative support as required by the committee to perform its prescribed functions, and to provide that the state coordinator appointed by the committee shall report to the State Fire Marshal and provide administrative support to the committee; to amend § 23-49-80, relating to information required of the South Carolina State Firemen's Association, so as to correct obsolete language; and to amend § 23-49-110, relating to definitions, so as to define additional terms. Effective June 13, 2013

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

Computation of Time Served. Act 34 (R66, H. 3193) an act to amend § 24-13-40, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the computation of time served by a prisoner, so as to provide that any time served under house arrest by a prisoner may be used in computing time served by a prisoner. Effective June 7, 2013

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Title 27 - Property and Conveyances

Rental Recovery for Improvements Made in Good Faith. Act 71 (R84, S. 562) an act to amend
§ 27-27-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the recovery of the value of improvements made in good faith in an action to recover lands and tenements, so as to provide that the defendant shall be entitled to recover the full value of all improvements if the defendant purchased or acquired title to the lands and tenements. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 30 - Public Records

Cherokee County Register of Deeds. Act 12 (R18, S. 374) an act to amend § 30-5-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the performance of the duties of the Register of Deeds, so as to add Cherokee County to those counties exempt from the requirement that those duties be performed by the Clerk of Court; and to amend § 30-5-12, as amended, relating to the appointment of the Register of Deeds for certain counties, so as to add Cherokee County to those counties where the governing body of the county shall appoint the Register of Deeds. Effective April 23, 2013

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Title 33 - Corporations, Partnerships and Associations

Raffles. Act 11 (R16, S. 213) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 57 to Title 33 so as to authorize qualified nonprofit organizations to operate and conduct raffles through registration with the South Carolina Secretary of State, to provide standards for these events, to require proceeds to be used for charitable purposes, to provide penalties for violations, and to repeal these provisions July 1, 2020, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly and to provide for similar repeals at ten-year intervals. See Act for Effective Date

Charitable Funds. Act 43 (R50, S. 250) an act to amend § 33-56-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to organizations exempt from filing registration statements to solicit charitable contributions, so as to add public school districts and public schools as organizations exempt from the filing requirement. Effective June 7, 2013

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Title 36 - Commercial Code

Commercial Code-funds Transfers. Act 42 (R49, S. 221) an act to amend § 36-4a-108, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to Uniform Commercial Code-funds transfers, so as to make the chapter applicable to remittance transfers, unless the remittance transfer is an electronic fund transfer, and to provide that, in the event there is an inconsistency between the applicable provision of the chapter and the applicable provision of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, the provision of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act governs. Effective June 7, 2013

UCC-Secured Transactions. Act 96 (R51, S. 323) an act to amend the official comment to § 36-9-101, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Chapter titled "Uniform Commercial Code - Secured Transactions", so as to, inter alia, identify the specific version of the United States Bankruptcy Code referenced throughout the comments to Chapter 9, Title 36; to amend § 36-9-102, relating to the definitions applicable to Chapter 9, Title 36, so as to revise existing or provide new definitions for certain terms, and to make technical corrections; to amend § 36-9-105, relating to the control of electronic chattel paper, so as to clarify the conditions under which a secured party is deemed to have control of electronic chattel paper; to amend § 36-9-307, relating to the debtor's location, so as to include provisions for designating a main office, home office, or other compatible office; to amend § 36-9-311, relating to the perfection of security interests in property subject to certain statutes, regulations, and treaties, so as to make a technical correction; to amend § 36-9-316, relating to the continued perfection of a security interest following a change in the governing law, so as to provide rules that apply to collateral to which a security interest attaches within four months after a debtor changes location; to amend § 36-9-317, relating to the priority of interests, so as revise the terminology of certain types of interests and priorities; to amend § 36-9-326, relating to the priority of security interests created by a new debtor, so as to clarify provisions regarding the perfection of a security interest; to amend § 36-9-406, relating to the discharge of an account debtor, so as to clarify provisions regarding a sale under a disposition pursuant to section 36-9-610, or an acceptance of collateral pursuant to § 36-9-620; to amend section 36-9-408, relating to restrictions on assignment of promissory notes, so as to clarify provisions regarding a sale under a disposition pursuant to § 36-9-610, or an acceptance of collateral pursuant to § 36-9-620; to amend §36-9-502, relating to the contents of a financing statement and a record of mortgage as a financing statement, so as to clarify provisions regarding the name of a debtor on a record of mortgage as a financing statement; to amend § 36-9-503, relating to the name of a debtor and secured party, so as to revise provisions regarding the proper name of a debtor on a financing statement; to amend § 36-9-507, relating to the effect of certain events on the effectiveness of a financing statement, so as to revise provisions regarding the sufficiency of the debtor's name; to amend § 36-9-515, relating to the duration and effectiveness of a financing statement, so as to clarify the effectiveness of certain initially filed financing statements; to amend § 36-9-516, as amended, relating to what constitutes filing and the effectiveness of filing, so as to clarify when a debtor is an individual or an organization; to amend § 36-9-518, as amended, relating to a claim concerning an inaccurate or wrongfully filed record, so as to include provisions regarding the filing of an information statement; to amend § 36-9-521, regarding the uniform form of a written financing statement and amendment, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 36-9-607, relating to collection and enforcement by a secured party, so as to revise provisions regarding the secured party's sworn affidavit; by adding Part 8 to Chapter 9, Title 36, so as to entitle Part 8 as "transition"; and to make corresponding changes to appropriate official comments as necessary to reflect the changes to Chapter 9, Title 36. Effective July 1, 2013

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Title 37 - Consumer Protection Code

Financial Transaction Card Crime. Act 15 (R21, H. 3248) an act to amend § 16-13-510, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to financial identity fraud, so as to broaden the scope of financial identity fraud and revise the definition of "personal identifying information", to define the term "financial resources", to provide venue for prosecution of an identity fraud offense, and to add conforming language contained in financial transaction card crime to provide that it is not a defense when some of the acts of the crime did not occur in this state or within a city, county, or local jurisdiction; to amend § 37-20-130, relating to the initiation of a law enforcement investigation of identity theft, so as to delete the language allowing referral of the matter to the law enforcement agency where the crime was committed for investigation; and to amend § 39-1-90, relating to breach of certain security and business data and notice to the Consumer Protection Division, so as to revise the definition of "personal identifying information". Effective April 23, 2013

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Title 38 – Insurance

Insurers. Act 19 (R27, H. 3621) as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the revocation or suspension of a certificate of authority to transact business in this state by an insurer, so as to revise provisions concerning hazardous insurers. Effective April 23, 2013

Small Employer Health Insurance Availability Act. Act 48 (R56, S. 465) an act to amend § 38-71-1330, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions in the Small Employer Health Insurance Availability Act, so as to revise the definition of an "eligible employee". Effective June 7, 2013

Health Insurance. Act 49 (R57, S. 530) an act to amend § 38-71-1730, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to closed panel health plans, so as to remove the requirement that certain employers who offer only closed panel health plans to its employees also offer a point-of-service option to its employees, to make conforming changes, to provide that a point-of-service option may not discriminate against certain health care providers by excluding them from network participation on the basis of their profession, and to increase the allowable differences between coinsurance percentages for in-network and out-of-network covered services and supplies under a point-of-service option. Effective July 22, 2013

Insurance. Act 66 (R79, S. 460) an act to amend § 38-45-90, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to duties of brokers placing business with nonadmitted insurers, so as to revise the proof that the director of the Department of Insurance may require from a broker seeking to place business with a nonadmitted insurer, to provide a necessary definition, and to impose certain due diligence requirements on the broker. Effective June 13, 2013

Department of Insurance. Act 67 (R80, S. 463) an act to amend § 38-53-90, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to applicants for licensure as professional bondsmen and runners, so as to require certain state and national criminal background checks, to provide the Department of Insurance must report the results, and to provide the applicant must bear the associated costs. Effective June 13, 2013

Health/Medical Insurance. Act 88 (R110, H. 3960) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 38-41-35 so as to require an employer who participates in a multiple employer self-insured health plan to execute hold harmless agreements in which the employer agrees to pay all unpaid portions of insured claims, to require these agreements must be made on certain forms that the Department of Insurance shall provide, and to impose certain related responsibilities on the employer and insurer; and to amend § 38-41-50, as amended, relating to stop-loss coverage in multiple employer self-insured plans, so as to revise the requirements for determining policy coverage limits, and to require a participating employer's fund for an excess stop-loss policy. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 39 - Trade and Commerce

Captive Insurance Company. Act 18 (R26, H. 3620) an act to amend § 38-90-160, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the exemption of captive insurance companies from certain provisions of Title 38, so as to provide an industrial insured captive insurance company is subject to certain requirements concerning reports for risk-based capital, acquisitions disclosure, and asset disposition, and ceded reinsurance agreements, and to provide the Director of the Department of Insurance may elect not to take regulatory action concerning risk-based capital in specific circumstances.  See Act for Effective Date

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Title 40 - Professions and Occupations

Physician Assistant. Act 28 (R38, S. 448) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 40-47-938 so as to provide circumstances in which a physician may enter a supervisory relationship with a physician assistant; to amend § 40-47-910, relating to definitions in the physician assistants practice act, so as to add and revise certain definitions; to amend § 40-47-940, relating to application for licensure, so as to provide an application must be complete before a license may be granted; to amend § 40-47-945, relating to conditions for granting permanent licensure, so as to delete requirements that a supervising physician must accompany an applicant appearing before the board with his scope of practice guidelines, and to delete the prohibition against approval by a supervising physician of on-the-job training or tasks not listed on the application for limited licensure as a physician assistant; to amend § 40-47-950, relating to requirements for limited licensure as a physician assistant, so as to delete references to supervising physicians; to amend § 40-47-955, relating to physical presence requirements of the supervising physician of a physician assistant, so as to delete existing requirements concerning on-site settings and to provide where and how a physician assistant may practice, to revise provisions concerning off-site settings, and to revise certain requirements of a supervising physician; to amend § 40-47-960, relating to scope of practice guidelines for physician assistants, so as to include authorization to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances among situations requiring direct evaluation or immediate referral by the supervising physician; to amend § 40-47-965, relating to Schedule II controlled substances and scope of practice guidelines of a physician assistant, so as to provide a physician assistant may receive and distribute professional samples of these substances and may prescribe these substances in certain circumstances; to amend § 40-47-970, relating to the prescribing of drugs by a physician assistant, so as to as to delete a prohibition against prescribing Schedule II controlled substances; to amend § 40-47-995, relating to the termination of a supervisory relationship between a physician and physician assistant, so as to provide that upon this termination the practice of the physician assistant must cease until new scope of practice guidelines, rather than a new application, are submitted by a new supervising physician to the board; and to repeal § 40-47-975  relating to on-the-job training and § 40-47-980 relating to the treatment of patients in chronic care and long-term care facilities. Effective May 21, 2013

Massage/Bodywork Practice Act. Act 41 (R48, S. 214) an act to amend § 40-30-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions concerning the Massage/Bodywork Practice Act, so as to add, revise, and delete definitions; to amend § 40-30-40, relating to the advisory panel for massage/bodywork therapy under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, so as to redesignate the advisory panel to be known as the "panel", to revise qualifications and manner of appointment of panel members, and to provide compensation for members and reimbursement of certain expenses; to amend § 40-30-50, relating to duties of the panel, so as to provide additional duties and powers; to amend  § 40-30-60, relating to use of employees of the department and promulgation of regulations by the board, so as to remove obsolete references; to amend § 40-30-90, relating to reporting requirements, so as to remove an obsolete reference; to amend § 40-30-110, relating to qualifications for licensure, so as to require classroom study instead of supervised study, and to specify professional examinations considered acceptable for licensure; to amend § 40-30-200, relating to complaints concerning the fitness of a licensee to practice, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-30-220, relating to equitable remedies available to the panel, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-30-230, relating to grounds of misconduct, so as to make conforming changes and revise the grounds related to convictions for certain criminal conduct; to amend § 40-30-240, relating to investigations of misconduct related to substance abuse, so as to make conforming changes and revise language concerning records the panel obtains in an investigation; to amend § 40-30-250, relating to actions the board may take in response to a disciplinary violation, so as to make conforming changes and add provisions concerning a private reprimand; to amend § 40-30-260, relating to voluntary surrender of a license, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-30-270, relating to appeals from disciplinary panel decisions, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-30-300, relating to service of process on nonresidents, so as to make conforming changes; to amend § 40-30-310, relating to civil penalties, so as to make conforming changes; and to repeal § 40-30-65 relating to the creation and structure of the disciplinary panel, § 40-30-70 relating to duties of the disciplinary panel, and § 40-30-210 relating to procedures before the disciplinary panel. Effective June 7, 2013

Engineers and Surveyors. Act 55 (R73, H. 4038) an act to amend § 40-22-280, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the application of the chapter concerning engineers and surveyors, so as to add an exemption for the work or practice of rendering certain engineering services to a corporation operating under a production certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Authority, and to define a related term. Effective June 7, 2013

Residential Builders or Contractors. Act 77 (R96, H. 3409) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 40-59-25 so as to provide circumstances in which a person may cancel a written contract for roofing systems goods and services to be paid for by property and casualty insurance proceeds if coverage is subsequently denied, to specify applicability of this provision to certain providers of roofing systems goods and services, to provide the manner of cancellation, and to provide necessary definitions; and to amend § 40-59-110, relating to bases for revocation, suspension, or restriction of certain licensees or registrants by the residential home builders commission, so as to make a related change. Effective July 1, 2013

Manufactured Housing Board. Act 97 (R118, S. 310) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 40-29-95 so as to require the Manufactured Housing Board to consider the financial responsibility of an applicant for licensure by the board, to provide the board shall promulgate related regulations, to provide that a manufactured housing retail dealer who fails to meet certain financial responsibility requirements shall appear before the board, and to provide that the board may restrict or modify the activities of a licensee who fails to meet these financial responsibility requirements; by adding § 40-29-325 so as to provide a licensed manufactured housing retail dealer shall include its dealer license number on certain advertisements for the manufactured housing by the dealer; to amend § 40-29-200, relating to applications for licensure and renewal, so as to provide an applicant for licensure as a retail dealer shall provide a financial statement reviewed by a licensed certified public accountant to the board, to provide the holder of a lien on a manufactured home is not subject to the provisions of Chapter 29, Title 40 for the sale, exchange, or transfer by lease-purchase of a repossessed manufactured home made through a licensed manufactured home retailer or a sale made through the foreclosure process, and to provide for the denial of a license to an applicant convicted of certain crimes, and to make a conforming change; and to amend § 40-29-230, relating to violations of surety bond, claim, and release requirements for applicants for licensure by the board, so as to include the inability of an applicant to satisfy requisite financial responsibility guidelines as a basis for increasing the amount of the required surety bond or other approved security.  Effective June 20, 2013

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Title 41 - Labor and Employment

Department of Employment and Workforce. Act 53 (R70, S. 3751) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to conform with federal mandates enacted by the United States Congress in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011; by adding § 41-41-45 so as to provide the Department of Employment and Workforce shall impose a penalty on fraudulent overpayments of unemployment benefits in a certain manner; by adding § 41-35-135 so as to provide circumstances when the Department shall charge the account of an employer for overpayment of benefits; by adding § 41-33-910 so as to create the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity Fund and provide for its source and use, effective October 1, 2013; to amend § 43-5-598, as amended, relating to definitions concerning the South Carolina Employables Program Act, so as to revise the definition of "new hire"; and to mandate implementation of an online, prefiling program by the Department for use of employers to address potential benefit claims. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 42 - Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation Commission. Act 95 (R104, H. 3632) an act to amend § 42-5-190, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the maintenance tax imposed by the Workers' Compensation Commission on self insurers, so as to provide that the Commission shall retain a portion of the annual maintenance tax revenue to pay the salaries and expenses of the Commission, to provide that the Commission shall retain one-half of the interest charged on delinquent maintenance tax for the same purpose, and to provide duration provisions and reporting requirements. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 44 – Health

Dry-cleaning Facility Restoration Trust Fund. Act 30 (R41, H. 3097) an act to amend Article 4, Chapter 56, Title 44, Code of Laws, 1976, relating to the Dry-cleaning Facility Restoration Trust Fund, so as to specify the use and purpose of the fund, authorize the Department of Health and Environmental Control to expend monies from the fund for assessment of potential sites prior to obtaining evidence of contamination at the site, and clarify what facilities are excluded from participating in the fund and the effect of participating in the fund if a facility is seeking exemption from the fund; and to delete obsolete provisions, reorganize provisions, and make technical corrections. Effective May 21, 2013

Adult Healthcare Consent Act. Act 39 (R45, S. 117) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 44-66-75 so as to require a health care provider to give a patient an opportunity to allow disclosure of certain information to designated family members and other individuals and to authorize the involvement of these family members and other individuals in the treatment of the patient; to specify the contents of the authorization; to provide civil and criminal immunity for good faith disclosure of information; and to amend § 44-66-20, as amended, relating to definitions in the Adult Health Care Consent Act, so as to define "patient" and "treatment" and to amend other definitions. Effective January 1, 2014

Brain Injury Leadership Council. Act 63 (R76, S. 217) an act to amend Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 6 to Chapter 38, Title 44 so as to create the South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council, to provide for duties of the  Council, to provide for qualifications and membership of the council, and to repeal § 44-20-225 relating to consumer advisory boards for individuals with certain intellectual disabilities and brain and spinal cord injuries. Effective June 13, 2013

Emerson Rose Act. Act 64 (R77, S. 341) an act to amend Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the "Emerson Rose Act" by adding § 44-37-70 so as to require each birthing facility licensed by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to perform a pulse oximetry screening, or another approved screening to detect congenital heart defects, on every newborn in its care, when the baby is twenty-four to forty-eight hours of age, or as late as possible if the baby is discharged from the hospital before reaching twenty-four hours of age. Effective September 11, 2013

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Title 46 – Agriculture

Department of Agriculture. Act 40 (R47, S. 191) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 46-3-25 so as to require the Department of Agriculture to create and maintain a program to foster relationships between South Carolina farms, school districts, and other institutions and to provide them with fresh and minimally processed foods for consumption by students. Effective June 7, 2013

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Title 47 - Animals, Livestock and Poultry

Patrol Canine teams. Act 62 (R75, S. 8) an act to amend § 47-3-110, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the liability of an owner or keeper of a dog for a dog attack, so as to provide that liability does not extend to a dog who was provoked or harassed by the person attacked or to trained law enforcement dogs under certain delineated circumstances; and by adding § 23-23-140 so as to define the term "patrol canine teams" and provide certification requirements for the teams. Effective June 12, 2013

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Title 48 - Environmental Protection and Conservation

Forestry. Act 60 (R60, S. 635) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 48-23-300 so as to provide that a major facility project requesting third-party certification shall not be allowed to seek a rating point that would discriminate against wood products of this state derived from forest lands certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. Effective June 7, 2013

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Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft

Deer Baiting.  Act 2 (R1, s. S. 91) an act to amend § 50-11-310, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the hunting and taking of antlered deer, so as to delete a prohibition on baiting deer in game zones 1 and 2. Effective March 1, 2013

Hunting Alligators.  Act 3 (R3, s. 165) an act to amend § 50-15-65, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to management and control of alligators on private lands, so as to extend the hunting season of alligators on private lands to may thirty-first.  Effective March 1, 2013

Belle W. Baruch Foundation.  Act 4 (R4, s. 244) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by repealing § 50-11-940 relating to the designation of certain property of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation in Georgetown County as a bird and game refuge; and by repealing § 50-11-941 providing that provisions of § 50-11-940 must not be construed to be in conflict with the last will and testament of Belle W. Baruch.  Effective March 4, 2013

Freshwater Fishing.  Act 6 (R8, S. 304) an act to amend § 50-13-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to certain terms and their definitions regarding general restrictions on freshwater fishing, so as to revise the definition of the term "bait fish"; to amend § 50-13-60, as amended, relating to the lawful possession of fish, so as to make a technical change to the provision relating to the possession of a game fish; to amend §§ 50-13-200, 50-13-210, 50-13-250, 50-13-260, and 50-13-270, all as amended, relating to the protection of freshwater game fish, so as to revise the age of persons in a boat that may use an unlimited number of fishing devices, to revise the number of trout that may be taken on the lower reach of the Saluda River, to provide the legal length of smallmouth bass that may be taken from certain lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, and to make a technical change; to amend §§ 50-13-620, 50-13-625, and 50-13-635, all as amended, relating to the protection of nongame fish, so as to further provide for the color of certain markings, to provide that a commercial trotline which uses fifty or fewer hooks must be marked at intervals of twenty-five hooks, to revise the age of persons in a boat that may use an unlimited number of game fishing devices, and to revise the number of set hooks a recreational fisherman may use. Effective March 22, 2013

Geographic Boundaries of the State’s Bodies of Water. Act 7 (R9, S. 305) an act to amend § 50-1-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the geographic boundaries of the state's bodies of waters, so as to revise the geographic boundaries of Saint Helena Sound; to amend § 50-5-15, as amended, relating to certain terms and their definitions, so as to define the term "total length"; to amend § 50-5-40, relating to the unauthorized tagging or marking and releasing of saltwater fish, so as to make technical changes; to amend § 50-5-375, relating to seafood dealers' records, so as to provide that this section applies to every wholesale seafood dealer; to amend § 50-5-545, relating to commercial crab traps, so as to provide that this section applies to traps used for taking blue crabs; to amend § 50-5-550, relating to traps attached to a buoy, so as to provide that certain minnow trap floats do not have to be marked with the operator's bait dealer license number; to amend § 50-5-705, relating to the establishment of trawling zones, so as to revise the boundaries of certain trawling zones; to amend § 50-5-1330, relating to the taking of horseshoe crabs, so as to provide that a permit is not required to possess a cast off or molted shell of a horseshoe crab, and to provide that the Department of Natural Resources may grant permits to certain institutions and persons to possess an unlimited number of horseshoe crabs or their parts; to amend § 50-5-1335, relating to the use of blue crab traps, so as to provide that it is unlawful to set a trap used for taking blue crab for commercial purposes within certain waters within this state; to amend §§ 50-5-1705 and 50-5-1710, both as amended, relating to lawful size and catch limits for certain fish, so as provide that the limits established in Article 17, Chapter 5, Title 50 apply to all state waters; and to repeal § 50-5-1340 relating to commercial use of crab pots in little Chechessee Creek in Beaufort County. Effective March 22, 2013

Fishing. Act 14 (R20, H. 3047) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-5-581 so as to provide that it is unlawful for a person to gig for flounder in salt waters during daylight hours, to define the term "daylight hours", to provide a penalty, and to provide that gigging does not include underwater spear fishing. Effective April 23, 2013

Fishing Hooks. Act 16 (R23, H. 3571) an act to amend § 50-13-665, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to bait that may be used with trotlines, set hooks, and jugs, so as to revise the size of hooks that may be used to fish along certain rivers. Effective April 23, 2013

Nongame Fish in Gill Nets. Act 17 (R24, H. 3579) an act to amend § 50-13-325, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the taking of nongame fish in gill nets, so as to reduce the minimum distance required between nets placed on the Little Pee Dee River upstream of Punch Bowl Landing. Effective April 23, 2013

Flounder. Act 50 (R58, S. 559) an act to amend § 50-5-1705, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to flounder catch limits, so as to decrease the maximum catch limits for flounder and to provide that it is unlawful for a person to take or possess more than fifteen flounder taken by means of gig, spear, hook and line, or similar device in any one day, not to exceed thirty flounder in any one day on any boat. Effective July 1, 2014

Hunting. Act 54 (R71, S.3762) an act to amend §§ 50-11-740, as amended, and 50-11-745, relating to the confiscation, forfeiture, sale, and release of property used for the unlawful hunting of wildlife, so as to provide additional types of property that are covered by both provisions, to revise the definition of the term "hunting" by excluding references to the carcass of a coyote, armadillo, or feral hog, to make a technical change, to delete the provision that relates to the hunting of certain animals under § 50-11-710, to delete the provision that requires the Department of Natural Resources to pay the net proceeds from the sale of a confiscated device to the State Treasurer for deposit into the Fish and Wildlife Protection Fund, and require that the net proceeds from a sale must be deposited in a county's game and fish fund, and to revise the penalties that may be imposed for the unlawful hunting of wildlife. Effective June 7, 2013

Antlered Deer. Act 70 (R83, S. 551) an act to amend § 50-11-310, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the open hunting season for antlered deer, so as to provide that the open season in Game Zone 1 with archery equipment and firearms is October 11 through January 1, and to provide that on Wildlife Management Area lands, the Department of Natural Resources may promulgate regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act to establish seasons for the hunting and taking of deer. Effective June 13, 2013

Catch Limits for Tarpon. Act 72 (R86, S. 590) an act to amend § 50-5-1705, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to catch limits for certain fish, so as to provide that it is unlawful for a person to take or possess more than one tarpon in any one day or a tarpon of less than seventy-seven inches in fork length; and to amend § 50-5-15, as amended, relating to certain terms and their definitions, so as to define the term "fork length". Effective June 13, 2013

Black Sea Bass. Act 83 (R105, H. 3735) an act to amend § 50-5-2730, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the state's adoption of certain federal laws and regulations that regulate the taking of fish in state waters, so as to provide that these laws and regulations do not apply to Black Sea Bass (Centropriates striata), to provide a lawful catch limit and size for this species of fish, and to provide that there is no closed season on the catching of Black Sea Bass (Centropriates striata). Effective June 13, 2013

Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Act 94 (R85, S. 584) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 50-9-15 so as to define the term "license sales vendor" and "license year"; to amend § 50-9-20, as amended, relating to the duration of hunting and fishing licenses issued by the Department of Natural Resources, so as to provide for the duration of licenses for recreational and commercial use, and permit the Department to discontinue the issuance of stamps and permit the Department to issue a license that expires on the day before the anniversary of its issuance; to amend § 50-9-30, as amended, relating to residency requirements imposed for the issuance of certain licenses, so as to revise the requirements; to amend section §, as amended, relating to apprentice hunting licenses, so as to provide that the holder of an apprentice hunting license who obtains a certificate of completion prior to the expiration date of his apprentice hunting license must use his apprentice hunting license as his statewide hunting license, provided that the licensee must have the certificate of completion in his possession while hunting; to amend § 50-9-510, as amended, relating to licenses for purchase for the privilege of hunting, so as to discontinue issuance of hunting licenses that are valid only in a single county, to remove restrictions on the three year license purchase, to clarify requirements for migratory waterfowl permits, and to provide for the retained vendor fee; to amend § 50-9-525, relating to the issuance of hunting and fishing licenses to disabled residents, so as to revise the criteria used to determine who may obtain a license under this provision; to amend § 50-9-530, as amended, relating to Catawba licenses, so as to provide that there is no cost to a Catawba hunting and fishing licensee for any other tags required by law for recreational hunting and fishing except for those department hunting and fishing activities controlled by lottery; to amend § 50-9-540, as amended, relating to recreational fishing licenses, so as to provide that residents and nonresidents must purchase any other license that grants fishing privileges, to delete the lakes and reservoirs permit, and to change the temporary nonresident fishing license from seven to fourteen days; to amend § 50-9-610, relating to additional requirements for taking nongame freshwater fish, so as to delete the provision that exempts a resident who is sixty-five years of age or older from purchasing a permit for recreational fishing of certain set hooks and provide that tags must be attached as prescribed; to amend § 50-9-665, relating to bear hunting, so as to make a technical change; to amend § 50-9-920, as amended, relating to revenues from the sale of privileges, licenses, permits, and tags, so as to make conforming changes, and to provide for revised license revenue distribution; to amend § 50-9-950, relating to the Fish and Wildlife Protection Fund, so as to revise the fund's purpose, sources of revenue, and distribution of revenues; to amend § 50-9-955, relating to the Fish and Wildlife Deferred License Fund, so as to make a technical change, and revise the formula for distributing revenues contained in the fund; to amend § 50-9-960, relating to the Marine Resources Fund, so as to revise the purpose of the fund, revise the sources of revenue contained in the fund, and revise the projects that may be supported by the fund; to amend  § 50-9-965, relating to the Marine Resources Deferred License Fund, so as to make a technical change, and revise the formula for transferring revenues into the fund; to repeal § 50-15-65(e) relating to alligator hunting, control, and management; to amend § 50-9-35, relating to a person who transfers his residency, so as to revise the provisions that regulate who may lawfully hold a resident license permit, stamp, or tag issued by the Department of Natural Resources. Effective July 1, 2013

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Title 53 - Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days

Purple Heart Day. Act 21 (R31, H. 3011) an act to amend § 53-3-120, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the designation of Purple Heart Day in South Carolina, so as to move the day from the third Saturday in February to the seventh day of August in order to coincide with the date General George Washington originally authorized the award. Effective May 3, 2013

Golden September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Act 25 (R36, H. 3973) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 53-3-115 so as to provide that the month of September of every year is designated as "Golden-September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in South Carolina. Effective May 3, 2013

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Title 54 - Ports and Maritime Matters

Hunley Commission.  Act 1 (R1, S. 156) an act to amend § 54-7-100, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the Hunley Commission, including its members and duties, so as to provide that an additional member of the commission shall be the Lieutenant Governor to serve ex officio, or his designee. Effective January 23, 2013

Commissioners of Pilotage for the Upper Coastal Area. Act 38 (R44, S. 96) an act to amend
§ 54-15-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the membership of the South Carolina Commissioners of Pilotage for the upper coastal area, so as to increase the number of members on the commission from six to eight, and to revise appointment and related provisions. Effective June 7, 2013

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Title 56 - Motor Vehicles

Manufacturers and Dealers. Act 44 (R52, S. 382) an act to amend § 56-15-10, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions for regulating manufacturers, distributors, and dealers, so as to define the terms "due cause" and "material breach"; to amend § 56-15-40, relating to specific acts deemed unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices, so as to provide that a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, distributor branch or division, factory branch or division, wholesale branch or division, officer, agent, or other representative thereof, may not require or coerce a motor vehicle dealer to offer to sell or sell any extended service contract, extended maintenance plan, financial product, or insurance product offered, sold, or sponsored by the manufacturer or to sell, assign, or transfer any retail installment sales contract or lease obtained by the motor vehicle dealer in connection with the sale or lease of a new motor vehicle manufactured by the manufacturer to a specified finance company, class of finance companies, leasing company, class of leasing companies, or to any other specified person; to define the term "financial services company"; and to provide that a manufacturer or distributor may not use a certain financial services companies or leasing companies to accomplish illegal conduct; by adding § 56-15-47 so as to provide that a manufacturer may not prevent a motor vehicle dealer from designating a successor to the dealership in the event of death or incapacity of the motor vehicle dealer, and to provide the conditions upon which a person may succeed to a franchise; to amend § 56-15-60, relating to motor vehicle dealer's claims for compensation, so as to provide that all warranty claims, service claims, or incentive claims not specifically disapproved in writing within thirty days of receipt shall be construed as approved and payment must follow within thirty days, and a manufacturer shall not unreasonably disapprove a claim that results in a clerical or administrative error and that claim disapproval must be based on a material defect; by adding § 56-15-95 so as to provide that a manufacturer may not terminate or cancel a franchise or selling agreement of a motor vehicle dealer without due cause, and to provide the factors the court must use when it determines whether due cause exists; by adding § 56-15-96 so as to provide that a performance standard, sales effectiveness standard, sales objective, or program for measuring dealership performance that may have a material effect on a motor vehicle dealer shall be fair, reasonable, equitable, based on accurate information, and uniformly applied to other similarly situated motor vehicle dealers; and by adding § 56-15-98 so as to provide that a manufacturer or distributor, officer, agent, or any representative of a manufacturer or distributor may not unreasonably alter a new motor vehicle dealer's area of responsibility, and to provide a procedure to alter a new motor vehicle dealer's area of responsibility. Effective June 7, 2013

Automobile Insurance. Act 47 (R55, S. 464) an act to amend § 38-77-150, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to mandatory minimum uninsured motorist insurance coverage, so as to increase the minimum coverage to twenty-five thousand dollars; to amend § 56-9-20, relating to definitions in the Motor Vehicle Responsibility Act, so as to revise the definition of "proof of financial responsibility" to conform and to increase the amount of coverage required for multiple bodily injuries; and to amend § 56-9-353, relating to policies and bonds, and § 56-9-480, relating to satisfaction of judgments, so as to make conforming changes. See Act for Effective Date

License plates. Act 51 (R59, S. 620) an act to amend § 56-3-2335, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the issuance of research and development license plates, so as to include the manufacture and research and development of transmissions in this state as a part of the definition of the term "research and development business", to include a person or company in the business of operating a group of vehicles driven by their employees for the purpose of testing and evaluating the performance of a research and development business' transmissions as a part of the definition of the term "contracted fleet owner", to define the term "transmissions", to provide that the department of motor vehicles may issue research and development license plates for the purpose of testing and evaluating the performance of a research and development business' transmissions on a motor vehicle, to provide that the Department may enter into reciprocal agreements with other states concerning the registration and operation of vehicles owned by a research and development business for the purpose of testing and evaluating the performance of the research and development business' transmissions, and to provide that it is the sole responsibility of the research and development business or contracted fleet owner to take any other actions required by another state that are necessary for the research and development business or contracted fleet owner, to legally test and evaluate the performance of the research and development business' transmissions in that state. Effective June 7, 2013

Special License Plates. Act 56 (R90, H. 3033) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 132 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may issue special license plates to recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross; to amend §§ 56-3-1810, 56-3-1815, and 56-3-1820, all relating to special license plates that may be issued to members of the National Guard, so as to define the terms "private passenger motor vehicle" and "motorcycles"; to amend § 56-3-10410, as amended, relating to the issuance of "Veteran" special license plates, so as to increase the number of license plates that may be issued to a veteran; by adding Articles 133, 134, and 135 to Chapter 3, Title 56 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may issue "Motorcycle Awareness Alliance", "S. C. Riverkeepers", and "Savannah Lee Monroe Autism Awareness" special license plates; by adding § 56-3-8110 so as to provide that the Department of Motor Vehicles may issue motorcycle special license plates for any motor vehicle special license plate issued by the Department; to amend §§ 56-3-8000 and 56-3-8100, both as amended, relating to department of motor vehicle guidelines for the production and distribution of special license plates, so as to revise these guidelines. See Act for Effective Date

Uniform Traffic Ticket.  Act 78 (R97, H. 3451) an act to amend § 56-7-10, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the offenses that a person may be charged on a uniform traffic ticket, so as to provide that the offenses of shoplifting and criminal domestic violence first offense and second offense must be charged on a uniform traffic ticket, and that a uniform traffic ticket may be used in an arrest for certain misdemeanor offenses under the jurisdiction of the magistrate court; and to amend § 56-7-15, as amended, relating to the use of the uniform traffic ticket by a law enforcement officer to make an arrest, so as to provide that the offense must have been freshly committed or is committed in the presence of a law enforcement officer, and to provide that this provision also applies to the arrest of a person who is charged with shoplifting. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 57 - Highways, Bridges and Ferries

State Highway Secondary System. Act 98 (R119, H. 3360) an act to amend §§ 57-5-10, 57-5-70, and 57-5-80 Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the composition of the state highway system, additions to the state highway secondary system, and the deletion and removal of roads from the state highway secondary system, so as to provide that all highways within the state highway system shall be constructed to the Department of Transportation standards, to provide the funding sources that the Department may use to construct and maintain these highways, to revise the procedure and entities to which the Department may transfer roads within the state highway secondary system, and to revise the procedure whereby the Department may add a county or municipal road to the state highway system; by adding § 11-43-165 so as to provide that during each fiscal year, the Department of Transportation shall transfer fifty million dollars from nontax sources to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank to be used to finance certain projects, to provide that general revenue appropriated to the department for "highway engineering permanent improvements" is exempt from across-the-board reductions, and to provide that the implementation of this section is contingent upon fifty million dollars being appropriated to the Department of Transportation in the 2013-2014 General Appropriations Act for the purposes provided in this section; by adding § 12-36-2647 so as to provide that fifty percent of the revenues of certain sales, use, and casual excise taxes derived on the sale, use, or titling of motor vehicles required to be licensed and registered by the Department of Motor Vehicles must be credited to the state non-federal aid highway fund and used exclusively for certain purposes; and to provide that there is transferred to the Department of Transportation an amount not to exceed fifty million dollars to be used by the Department for bridge replacement and rehabilitation which shall serve as the match requirement for certain active federal aid eligible bridge replacement projects and prioritized rehabilitation projects. See Act for Effective Date

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Title 59 – Education

Charter schools located on a military base. Act 29 (R40, H. 3087) an act to amend § 59-40-50, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to various requirements, powers, and duties of charter schools, so as to provide a public charter school shall allow enrollment preference to returning students and that these returning students may not enter a lottery for charter school enrollment, and to provide that a charter school located on a federal military installation or base where the appropriate authorities have made buildings, facilities, and grounds on the installation or base available for use by the charter school as its principal location also may give enrollment priority to otherwise eligible students who are dependents of military personnel living in military housing on the base or installation or who are currently stationed at the base or installation not to exceed fifty percent of the total enrollment of the charter school. Effective May 21, 2013

Greenville Technical College Area Commission. Act 32 (R43, H. 3829) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Article 18 to Chapter 53, Title 59 so as to be captioned the "Greenville Technical College Area Commission"; to designate §§ 1a, 4, and 5 of Act 743 of 1962 as §§ 59-53-1500, 59-53-1510, and 59-53-1520, respectively, of Article 18, Chapter 53, Title 59; and to amend Article 18, Chapter 53, Title 59, relating to the membership, powers, and duties of the Greenville Technical College Area Commission, so as to reconstitute the membership of the commission and the terms and appointing procedures for members. Effective June 1, 2013

Student athletes. Act 33 (R65, H. 3061) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding § 59-63-75 so as to require the Department of Health and Environmental Control, in consultation with the Department of Education, to post on its website nationally recognized guidelines and procedures concerning the management of concussions sustained by student athletes, to require each local school district to develop its own guidelines and procedures based on the model guidelines and procedures, to require an information sheet on concussions and brain injury be provided to certain persons each year who participate in athletics, to require the removal from play and evaluation of a student athlete believed to have sustained a concussion during play, to allow for the evaluation to be undertaken by certain trained persons, to provide limited liability for certain trained persons who evaluate student athletes, to provide a student athlete removed from play and evaluated may not return to play until he has received written medical clearance by a physician, and to define necessary terms. Effective June 7, 2013

Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act. Act 37 (R69, H. 3725) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act"; by adding § 59-63-95 so as to allow school district and private school governing authorities to obtain and store supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors for schools to use in certain circumstances; to authorize certain people to prescribe and dispense prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors for administration or self-administration by students and other people; to authorize certain school personnel to provide epinephrine auto-injectors to students for self-administration of the injector; to authorize certain personnel to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students and other people; to require certain governing authorities of school districts and private schools, in consultation with the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the State Department of Education, to develop and implement a plan for management of students with life-threatening allergies, including for administration and provision of epinephrine auto-injectors to students and other people; to provide that schools are not subject to the South Carolina pharmacy act and relevant regulations governing the practice of pharmacy for purposes of certain actions taken pursuant to the section; and to provide for immunity from liability with regard to use of epinephrine auto-injectors by schools. Effective June 7, 2013

Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act. Act 45 (R53, S. 417) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Military Service Occupation, Education, and Credentialing Act"; by adding § 59-101-400 so as to provide a public, post-secondary institution of higher education in this state may award educational credit to an honorably discharged member of the armed forces for a course that is part of his military training or service, subject to certain conditions, and to require the institution to implement related policies and regulations within a specified time frame; by adding Article 3 to Chapter 1, Title 40 so as to provide miscellaneous licensure provisions for military personnel, to provide a person licensed by board or commission under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is exempt from continuing education requirements and fee assessments during active duty in the united states armed forces, to provide a board or commission may issue a temporary professional license to the spouse of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces in certain circumstances, and to provide a board or commission may accept certain coursework or experience obtained during the course of military service to satisfy related professional or occupational education or training licensure requirements; and to repeal § 40-1-75 relating to exempting active duty military personnel from continuing education requirements, and § 40-1-77 relating to temporary professional or occupational licenses for military spouses, the substance of which is incorporated into the new article added by this act. Effective June 7, 2013

Private schools. Act 59 (R99, H. 3472) an act to amend § 59-40-210, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the conversion of a private school to a charter school and the requirement that the converted private school not be allowed to open as a charter school for a period of twelve months, so as to provide that the prohibition against the converted private school being allowed to open as a charter school for a period of twelve months does not apply under specified conditions if the enrollment of the converted private school for the most recently completed school term before the date of the proposed conversion reflects the racial composition of the local school district in which the converted private school is located; and to amend § 59-40-100, as amended, relating to the conversion to a charter school, so as to provide for the manner in which certain special public schools not associated with a public school district may apply to become a public charter school, and to provide that if the special public school becomes a public charter school, it shall not be deemed to be a converted charter school. See Act for Effective Date

Citadel Board of Visitors. Act  79 (R100 H. 3502) an act to amend § 59-121-55, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the transfer of funds or property by the Citadel Board of Visitors to a nonprofit eleemosynary corporation established by the board and known as the Citadel Foundation, so as to remove a limit on the amount of funds and property that the board may transfer to the corporation, and to provide the board may transfer funds and property privately donated to the college, and income and proceeds derived from those funds and property. Effective June 13, 2013

Expanded Virtual Learning Act. Act 84 (R106, H. 3752) an act to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Expanded Virtual Learning Act"; to amend § 59-16-15, relating to the South Carolina Virtual School Program, so as to restyle the program as a virtual education program and to remove limits on the number of online credits a student may be awarded under the program; and to amend § 59-40-65, relating to enrollment of charter school students in the South Carolina Virtual School Program, so as to make a conforming change. Effective June 13, 2013

General Appropriation Act of 2012. Act 103 (R63, S. 643) an act to amend Act 288 of 2012, relating to the 2012-2013 General Appropriations Act, so as to revise paragraph 1A.48, § 1A, Part IB, that directs the Department of Education to transfer certain funds to meet maintenance of effort requirements for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by deleting the set maximum amount that may be transferred. Effective June 7, 2013

Kershaw County School District Board of Trustees. Act 106 (R5, S. 379) an act to amend Act 930 of 1970, as amended, relating to the school district board of trustees for Kershaw County, so as to revise the specific election districts from which the members of the Kershaw County School District Board of Trustees shall be elected beginning with school trustee elections in 2014, and to provide for demographic information in regard to these newly drawn election districts. Effective March 1, 2013

McCormick County Board of Trustees of School District No. 4.  Act 107 (R15, S. 517) an act to amend Act 185 of 1997, relating to the Board of Trustees of School District No. 4 of McCormick County, to provide that in the event of a vacancy on the board occurring for any reason other than expiration of a term, the Board shall call a special election to fill the unexpired term, and to make technical changes. Effective April 12, 2013

Developing and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT) (D. No. 4325).  Act 108 (R39,  S. 621) a joint resolution to approve regulations of the State Board of Education, relating to Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT), designated as Regulation Document Number 4325, pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code. Effective May 22, 2013

Sell or Lease School Property.  Act 113 (R28, S. 10) a joint resolution to authorize school trustees of a school district, in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, to sell or lease school property, real or personal, in the school district at any time they deem it expedient to do so and apply the proceeds of the sale or lease to the school fund of the district. Effective May 3, 2013

Employment of Teachers. Act 114 (R32, H. 3453) a joint resolution to require local school districts to decide and notify teachers of their employment for the 2013-2014 school year by May 5, 2013; to provide that a continuing-contract teacher who is being recommended for formal evaluation the following school year must be notified in writing on or before the date the school district issues the written offer of employment or reemployment; to require teachers who are reemployed by written notification to notify the district board of their acceptance within ten days of receipt of written notification of employment; and to allow districts to uniformly negotiate salaries of certain retired teachers below the district salary schedule. Effective April 15, 2013

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Title 61 - Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Bingo, Raffles, and Other Special Events.  Act 5 (R7, S. 3) an act to amend § 61-2-180, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to bingo, raffles, and other special events, so as to clarify that this section is not an exception or limitation to activities, devices, or machines that are prohibited by § 12-21-2710 or other provisions that prohibit gambling; and to amend § 61-4-580, relating to game promotions allowed by holders of permits authorizing the sale of beer or wine, so as to clarify that this section does not authorize the use of an activity, device, or machine that is prohibited by § 12-21-2710 or by other provisions that prohibit gambling. Effective march 22, 2013

Beer and Wine. Act 36 (R68, H. 3554) an act to amend § 61-4-1515, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to samples and sales of beer at breweries, so as to specify that twelve percent alcohol by weight is the maximum that may be offered for on-premises consumption, to allow for the sale of forty-eight ounces of beer to a consumer every twenty-four hours, of which only sixteen ounces may be more than eight percent alcohol by weight, to require the brewery to establish a system to monitor such sales and samples, to provide the beer must be sold at the approximate retail price, to provide that appropriate taxes must be remitted, to require the brewery to post certain information, to require the brewery to provide certain alcohol enforcement training, to require the brewery to maintain certain liability insurance, to clarify that a certain provision applies to off-premises consumption, to increase the fine and penalties for a brewery violating certain off-premises consumption provisions; to amend § 61-4-960, relating to retailers of beer for off-premises consumption and beer tastings, so as to allow a beer tasting to be held in conjunction with a wine tasting, and to require the Department of Revenue and the State Law Enforcement Division to submit a report detailing certain information regarding the effect of the amendments to § 61-4-1515. See Act for Effective Date

ABC Act. Act 87 (R109, H. 3956) an act to amend § 61-6-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to definitions in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, so as to revise the definition of "furnishing lodging" to provide for at least eighteen instead of twenty rooms that a business must offer for accommodations on a regular basis. Effective June 13, 2013

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Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code

Child Custody. Act 58 (R98, H. 3464) an act to amend § 63-7-730, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to expedited placement of a child with relatives at the probable cause hearing, so as to encourage placement of a child with a grandparent or other relative of the first or second degree under certain circumstances; to set forth criteria for the court to consider when deciding whether to place a child with a grandparent or other relative of the first or second degree at the probable cause hearing; to require the court to consider a parent for placement of a child at the probable cause hearing before considering other relatives of the first or second degree in certain circumstances; and to provide that if the court places a child with a grandparent or other relative of the first or second degree at the probable cause hearing, the individual may be added as a party to the action for the duration of the case or until further order of the court. Effective June 12, 2013

Child support. Act 74 (R92, H. 3099) an act to amend § 63-17-2310, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to entities required to provide information to the Department of Social Services for the purpose of establishing, modifying, and enforcing child support obligations, so as to also require these entities to provide this information to Clerks of Court for the same purpose in cases not being administered pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act by the Department of Social Services; and to make technical corrections. Effective June 14, 2013

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