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Week In Review

Bills That Have Passed the Senate

S.82 – Limitations on Liability Cap: A bill to increase the liability caps of an agency or political subdivision from $300,000 to $500,000 for losses arising from a single occurrence and from $600,000 to $1,000,000 for a total sum of a loss regardless of the number of agencies or political subdivisions involved. Additionally, a party that files an offer of judgement shall be allowed to recover regardless of whether the total administrative, filing, or other costs, and the eight percent interest on the amount of the verdict or award, combined with the verdict.

S.108 – Topographic Mapping Using LiDAR: A bill to conduct topographic mapping using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data collections by December 31, 2021, and at least every seven years thereafter. The information collected must be shared with SCDNR Flood Mitigation Program . The unit is authorized to work with local, state and federal governmental entities to complete the mapping and publish the results to the public on the DNR website.

S.457 – Safe Boating Distances: A bill to provide it is unlawful to operate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel while upon a narrow waterway in excess of idle speed within fifty feet of a moored or anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier or person in the water; or upon all waters of the state within one hundred feet of a moored or anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier or person in the water, or one hundred yards of the Atlantic Ocean coast line. This does not apply to a person who is on water skis or a floating device with the permission of the operator of the vessel or watercraft.

S.505 – Electronic Dissemination of Commercial Recordings: A bill to require a person who owns or operates a website or online service dealing in substantial part in the electronic dissemination of third-party commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly, and who electronically disseminates the works to consumers to disclose clearly and conspicuously his correct name, physical address, telephone number and email address on his website in a location readily accessible by a consumer. The owner, assignee, or authorized agent or exclusive licensee of a commercial recording or audiovisual work electronically disseminated by a website may bring a private cause of action to obtain declaratory judgment for a person who violates the section.

S.506 – Home-based Foods: A bill to extend the privileges offered of home-based food production to include online, mail order, or to retail stores including grocery stores. The bill permits nonpotentially hazardous foods to be provided for sale under strict circumstances, if the operation has a net earnings of less $1,500 annually.

S.571 – Naloxone Prescriptions: A bill to provide a prescriber shall offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or another drug approved by the USFDA for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression to a patient under certain circumstances. The prescriber must follow standard labeling and care practices.

H.3501 – Revolutionary War Special Commemorative License Plates: A bill to permit the DMV to issue special commemorative motor vehicle license plates commemorating two hundred fiftieth anniversary of the American Revolution to owners of private passenger carrying motor vehicles or motorcycles. The South Carolina Revolutionary War Sestercentennial Commission shall submit to the department for approval or the design, emblem, seal, logo or other symbols for the special license plate. Production of the special plate will cease January 1, 2033.

H.3900 – Podiatrists To Administer COVID-19 Vaccine: A bill to permit licensed podiatrists in good standing with the SC LLR Board of Podiatry Examiners to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, if they have successfully completed COVID-19 training programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The joint resolution expires on September 1, 2021.

This Week In Committee

Judiciary Committee

S.28 – Ignition Interlock Device Program: A bill to allow a person under the age of twenty-one who is serving a suspension or denial of a license to as a result of a DUI to enroll in the ignition interlock device program for motor vehicles, not including motorcycles. The ignition interlock restriction must be maintained on temporary alcohol license for three months, then the person can obtain a license without an ignition interlock restriction, and make other provisions.

S.94 – Personal Injury Compensation for First Responders: A bill to permit a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or volunteer firefighter to claim an impairment that causes stress, mental injury or mental illness as medically diagnosed PTSD arising from the first responder’s involvement in a significant traumatic experience or situation occurring during the scope of his employment, without regard to whether the experience was extraordinary of unusual to normal working conditions under certain circumstances.

S.456 – Fingerprint Background Check: A bill to authorize an agency of the state to obtain a fingerprint-based background check on an individual applicant for employment or licensure by SLED and a national criminal records check by the FBI. SLED may charge a reasonable fee for collection and retention of the fingerprints.

S.472 – Responsible Alcohol Server Training Act: A bill to require an individual to, within sixty days of employment, obtain an alcohol server certificate. The licensee must complete training on responsible alcohol server training, and shall not be mentally or physically impaired by alcohol, drugs or controlled substances while serving alcohol. Each licensee shall maintain at all times on its permitted of licensed premises copies of the alcohol server certificates in its premises, and must make that available to the department or division when requested. The South Carolina Department of Revenue is authorized to approve alcohol server training programs offered by providers. A provider shall not charge an individual more than thirty-five dollars for a training program.

Education Committee

S.202 – State Inspector General: A bill to authorize the State Inspector General to initiate, supervise, and coordinate any investigation of a public school, public school district, public charter school or public school authorizer if requested by the Governor, State Superintendent, majority vote of the legislative delegation or by majority vote of the local school district board membership.

S.241 – Military Personnel Tuition Rates: A bill to eliminate the requirement that a veteran or dependent enroll in a public institution of higher education within three years of the veterans discharge in order to receive educational assistance.

S.607 – Charter School District Board Removal: A bill to provide that members of a charter school board of directors who willfully commit or engage in malfeasance, misfeasance, absenteeism, conflicts of interest, misconduct or persistent neglect of duty in office are deemed incompetent, may be removed from office by the Governor. The Governor must inform the person in writing of specific charges and provide an opportunity on reasonable notice to be heard.

S.615 – Interscholastic Activities Participation: A bill to permit students who attend private schools to participate in an interscholastic athletic program offered at a public school in the district, if selected, if the student meets certain requirements including: residing in the attendance zone of the public school, if the student’s school is not a member of the SCHSL and the enrollment does not exceed two hundred students, the private school does not offer the sport for the student’s gender, the student meets the eligibility requirements and fees required of all other public school students.

Family and Veterans Services Committee

S.229 – South Carolina Child Abuse Response Protocol: A bill to require multidisciplinary teams involved in child abuse investigation and prosecution follow certain child abuse response protocol, establish an advisory committee to review and update the protocol and require children’s advocacy centers to hold certain accreditation status, and other provisions.

S.243 – Unfounded Child Abuse and Neglect Reports: A bill to authorize the release of information about child fatalities or near fatalities. The state director or designee may publicly disclose findings about an unfounded case of child abuse or neglect which resulted in a fatality or near fatality under certain restrictions.

S.425 – Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation: A bill to provide that a bank, credit union, wealth management institution or other financial services company may, but is not required to, decline or place a hold on any transaction of a vulnerable adult if the account is suspected to be engaged in financial exploitation of the vulnerable adult. A institution that declines or places a hold on the transaction shall make a reasonable effort to notify all parties of the hold and report the incident to the appropriate investigative entity.

S.631 – Electronic Notaries: A bill to allow a notary public to become an electronic notary public. Before a notary public performs an electronic notarization, the notary must register with the Secretary of State and must identify the technology that he intends to use, which must conform to any rules or regulations adopted by the Secretary of State. A registration fee of fifty dollars must be submitted to the Secretary of State within the registration form, and makes other requirements of electronic notaries.

Medical Affairs Committee

S.628 – Pharmacy Access Act: A bill to establish protocol and processes for pharmacists in the state. The bill does not create a duty of care for a person who prescribes or dispenses a self-administered hormonal contraceptive or administers an injectable hormonal contraceptive. A person licensed under the South Carolina Pharmacy Practice Act may dispense to a patient eighteen years of age or older or under the age of eighteen with a written order, and other requirements including continuing education requirements.

The information provided in this review is not intended to represent Senator Bennett's approval or disapproval but rather a listing of the activity and outcomes within the South Carolina Senate. You may find Senator Bennett's voting record here.