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2016-02-29T17:34:06+00:00March 1st, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on Statehouse Report

Each week, the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police releases it’s Statehouse Report detailing legislation which impacts law enforcement.

 

 

 

S.47 (Wearable Video Cameras) is a General Bill by Senator Malloy and others that provides that all law enforcement agencies must equip their officers with wearable video cameras.  The cameras must be worn and record activity while the officers are on duty.

 

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time in Senate and referred to Senate Judiciary

2/9/15              Referred to Subcommittee:  Hutto (ch), Corbin, Hembree, Young, Kimpson

3/26/15            Subcommittee Hearing: 9am in Room 407 Gressette (continued)

4/15/15            Subcommittee Hearing: 10:30am in 308 Gressette (favorable with amendment – calls for a body                                     camera policy to be created by CJA Training council which can be used by agencies or modified                                 if approved by the council. A trust fund would be established to pay for equipment, maintenance,                    etc. Bill also addresses FOI requests limiting those who can request video.)

4/21/15            Full Judiciary Committee: 3pm in 308 Gressette (favorable with amendment re: FOIA)

4/28/15            Senate Calendar up for second reading

4/30/15            Received third reading sent to the House where it was placed on the Calendar without reference.

5/12/15            House Calendar – up for second reading on contested Calendar

5/14/15            Received third reading sent to the Senate with amendments.

5/20/15            Returned to the House with amendments

5/26/15            Pending Question: Will the House concur with the Senate amendments?

5/26/15            House Non-concurrence in Senate amendment

5/27/15            Senate insists upon amendment and conference committee appointed Hembree, Malloy,                                        Thurmond

5/28/15            House Conference committee appointed Pope, Gilliard, Tallon

6/4/15              Conference committee report adopted. Enrolled and Ratified. Awaiting Governor’s action.

6/10/15            Signed by the Governor

6/18/15            Act Number 71

 

S.199  (Peanut’s Law) is a General Bill by Senators Grooms and Hembree relating to speeding in work zones and provides for offenses and associated penalties. The legislation speaks to “highway worker” which includes law enforcement and fire fighters, an emergency medical services provider, or any other authorized person, who removes hazards from bridges, roadways, shoulders, medians, and associated rights-of-way, or who responds to accidents and other incidents on bridges, roads, shoulders, medians, associated righter-of-way, or in highway work zones.

 

12/10/14          Prefiled

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time in Senate and referred to Senate Transportation

3/5/15              Passed out of Senate Transportation favorably

4/29/15            Senate Calendar – read second time

4/30/15            Senate Calendar – Read third time and sent to the House and referred to House Education.

5/5/15              Transportation Subcommittee – Tuesday, May 5, at 1.5 hours upon adjournment in room 433                                     (referred to House Judiciary)

5/14/15            Discussed in Criminal Laws Subcommittee, amended and carried over.  (Added emergency                                     vehicle language)

5/19/15            Scheduled for Criminal Laws Subcommittee @ 11:30am in Room 516 Blatt

5/19/15            Pending outcome of Criminal Laws Subcommittee scheduled for full Judiciary @ 2:30 or 1.5                                     hours after adjournment in room 516 Blatt (passed out favorably with amendments)

5/26/15            House Read second time

5/27/15            House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments (Question: Will the Senate                                     concur in House amendments?

3/1/16              Senate Calendar – (Pending Question:  Will the Senate concur in the House amendments?) Asked                           Senate Staff to amend the language by removing the numbered Section (1901) from the bill while                      retaining the NFPA standard language.

 

S.381   (Retirement Benefits) is a General Bill by Senator Shealy, et.al. which provides that any public employee covered under any of the retirement systems who is terminated within one year of full retirement shall have five days after termination to purchase the remaining time in order to attain retirement eligibility.

 

1/28/15            Introduced and read first time in Senate and referred to Senate Finance

3/10/15            Senate Finance Committee @ 3pm in 308 Gressette (passed out favorably)

3/19/15            Passed Senate sent to House and referred to Ways and Means

 

S.429 (Workers Compensation) is a General Bill by Senator Thurmond relating to the definitions of Injury and personal injury in workers’ compensation and to provide that first responder and change the requirements of a first responder seeking workers’ compensation for personal injury caused by stress, mental injury or mental illness and adds mental illness to related conditions that may be compensable if resulting from a significant traumatic experience.

 

2/5/15              Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary

2/27/15            Referred to Subcommittee:  Gregory (ch), Bright, Coleman, Turner, Kimpson

4/15/15            Subcommittee Hearing @ 11am in room 307 Gressette (continued)

4/23/15            Subcommittee Hearing Thursday @ 9am in room 209 Gressette (favorable with amendment re:                                     limited workers comp to PTSD only).

4/28/15            Full Senate Judiciary Committee @ 3pm in room 308 Gressette (passed out favorably with a                                     minority report on it from Senator Turner)

3/1/16              Senate Calendar – up for second reading (minority report on the bill)

 

647 (Photographing or Recording a Law Enforcement Officers) by Senator Malloy and others is a General Bill that amends the code to provide that the criminal offense of hindering a law enforcement officer does not apply to a person who photographs or records a law enforcement officer performing the officer’s official duties while the officer is in a public place or the person is in a place that person has the right to be.

 

4/14/15            Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary

4/14/15            Subcommittee Malloy (ch), Hembree, Shealy, Turner, Kimpson

4/30/15            Subcommittee meeting Thursday @ 9am in room 207 Gressette (passed out favorably)

5/26/15            MEETING CANCELED: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 308                                                 Gressette

1/26/16            MEETING: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 105 Gressette

Reported out favorably with a minority report by Senator Corbin.

3/1/16              Up for second reading on the Senate Calendar (minority report by Senator Corbin)

 

649 (Officer Involved Shooting) by Senator Malloy is a General Bill amends the code to establish a process for officer involved shooting deaths whereby each agency shall develop a policy and that the policy ensures that two investigators are assigned to the investigation and neither officer is employed by the agency that employs the officer involved in the shooting.

 

4/14/15            Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary

4/14/15            Subcommittee Malloy (ch), Hembree, Shealy, Turner, Kimpson

4/30/15            Subcommittee meeting Thursday @ 9am in room 207 Gressette (passed out favorably and used                                     only if S650 does not pass)

5/26/15            MEETING CANCELED: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 308                                                 Gressette

1/26/16            MEETING: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 105 Gressette

Recommitted to Subcommittee.  Bill was carried over.

2/9/16              MEETING: Senate Full Judiciary Committee:  Tuesday 4pm in room 308 Gressette

Bill was carried over.

2/16/16            MEETING: Senate Full Judiciary Committee:  Tuesday @ 3pm in room 105 Gressette.

2/18/16            Senate Calendar:  Read 2nd time.

2/23/16            Senate Calendar: Up for 3rd reading.

3/1/16              Senate Calendar: Up for 3rd reading (Senator Lourie desires to be present)

 

S.650 similar (H3973, H3990, H3991) by Senator Scott and others amends the code to grant SLED specific and exclusive jurisdiction and authority to conduct an investigation of all officer-involved shootings that result in death or bodily injury.

 

4/14/15            Introduced and referred to Judiciary

4/14/15            Subcommittee Malloy (ch), Hembree, Shealy, Turner, Kimpson

4/30/15            Subcommittee meeting Thursday @ 9am in room 207 Gressette (passed out favorably)

5/26/15            MEETING CANCELED: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 308                                                 Gressette

1/26/16            MEETING: Senate Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 105 Gressette  S.650 was                              recommitted to subcommittee.

3/2/16              MEETING: Senate Subcommittee @ 10am in room 308 Gressette.

 

S.676 (Officer Involved Shootings) is a General Bill by Senator Sabb that provides that SLED must investigate officer involved deaths or where a law enforcement officer inflicts great bodily injury on an individual for state and municipal agencies.  The Attorney General will assign a law enforcement agency to investigate SLED officer involved deaths or where a SLED officer inflicts great bodily injury on an individual.  The Attorney General must prosecute the cases unless he has a conflict of interest in which case he must select another prosecutor. NOTE: Similar to S.649 which is up for 3rd reading on the Senate Floor

 

4/16/15            Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary

 

S.289 similar H3692 (Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature) is a General Bill by Senate Alexander that provides that the crime of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature occurs when a person injures a law enforcement officers, emergency medical service provider, or firefighter, in the discharge of or because of their official duties.

 

01/13/15          Prefiled and Referred to Senate Judiciary

03/20/15          Referred to Subcommittee:  Hutto (ch), Corbin, Young

02/11/16          Subcommittee Hearing in room 105 @ 10am. Bill was passed out favorably with amendment                                     (Amendment: adds others to the list and 1st (becomes ABHAN), 2nd (becomes 1st) and 3rd (becomes 2nd) when a                                     person injures a law enforcement officer, firefighters, emergency medical provider, hospital                                employee, correctional employee.

02/16/16          Senate Judiciary @ 3pm in room 105 Gressette (no action).

02/23-25/16     FULL SENATE JUDICIARY DID NOT MEET LAST WEEK

3/1/16              Full Senate Judiciay @ 4pm in room 105 Gressette.

 

H.3025 (Concealed Weapons) is a General Bill by Representative Clemmons that revises the conditions that allow a holder of an out-of-state concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon in South Carolina.

 

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time in House and referred to House Judiciary

3/5/15              House Subcommittee: passed out favorably.  Chief Stewart, SLED, Sheriffs Association all                                     testified against the bill.

3/17/15            House Judiciary Committee: 2:30pm or an hour and one-half hours after adjournment in room                                     516 Blatt (passed out favorably)

3/24/15            House Calendar – up for second reading on contested calendar.

4/14/15            House Calendar – up for second reading on contested calendar (adjourned debate).

4/23/15            House Calendar – up for second reading on contested calendar (favorable with amendment                                     authorizing concealed constitutional carry; prohibited where posted)

4/28/15            House Calendar – up for third reading on contested calendar (passed favorably)

4/29/15            House Calendar – read a third time and sent to Senate where it was referred to Judiciary

5/6/15              Senate Judiciary – Referred to Subommittee:  Hutto (ch), Bright, Scott, Gregory, Shealy

5/28/15            Senate Judiciary – Subcommittee met and the bill was carried over

 

H.3058 (Wearable Video Cameras) is a General Bill by Representative Gilliard and others that creates a study committee on the use of wearable video cameras by state troopers.  The committee will review data, statistics, the effectiveness of wearable video cameras and report their findings to the general assembly by June 1, 2015.

 

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time and referred to House Judiciary

 

H.3145  (Immunity From Damages if Saving a Child) is a General Bill by Representative Sandifer, Lucas, et al provides circumstances in which a person is immune from civil liability for damage resulting from their forcible entry into a motor vehicle to remove a child who they reasonably believe is in imminent danger of suffering harm if not removed.

 

12/11/14          Prefiled

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time and referred to House Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI)

1/15/15            Sponsors added: Sottele, Forrester, Felder, Atwater, Toole, Huggins

1/27/15            Subcommittee meeting (favorable report).

2/3/15              Full Committee meeting (favorable report) and sent to the House floor.

2/5/15              Received 2nd reading in the House. Unanimous consent was requested and granted to give the bill                   third reading on the next legislative day.

2/10/15            Introduced and read first time in Senate and referred to Senate Judiciary.

3/19/15            Subcommittee meeting (continued):  Massey (ch), Coleman, Gregory.

5/27/15            Polled out of committee.

6/3/15              Senate amended and carried over.

2/2/16              Senate calendar – awaiting third reading.

2/3/16              Senate calendar – read a third time.

2/4/16              House concurred in Senate amendments and enrolled for ratification.

2/11/16            Ratified and awaiting action by the Governor.

2/16/16            Signed by Governor.

 

H.3168  (Emergency Management Law Enforcement Act) is a General Bill by E. Tallon which allows for the SLED Chief to designate out of state law enforcement officers to assist regular law enforcement officers during states of emergency.

 

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time and referred to House Judicary.

1/29/15            Subcommittee (favorable report).

2/4/15              Judiciary Committee (favorable report).

2/11/15            Read second time in House.

2/12/15            Read third time in House sent to Senate where read first time and referred to Senate Judiciary.

2/20/15            Referred to Subcommittee Senators Hutto, Corbin and Young.

4/15/15            Subcommittee Hearing:  10am in room 207 Gressette.

4/28/15            Full Judiciary Committee Tuesday @ 3pm in room 308 Gressette  (passed out favorably).

5/4/15              Senate Calendar – Up for second reading.

5/12/15            Senate Calendar – read second time.

5/13/15            Senate Calendar – read third time and enrolled for ratification.

5/28/15            Ratified – awaiting Governor’s action.

6/1/15              Signed by the Governor.

 

S.237 (Study Committee on Expungement of Criminal Offenses) is a Joint Resolution by Senator Allen and others which continues the study committee on expungement of criminal offenses until December 31, 2015.

 

1/13/15            Introduced and read first time and referred to Senate Judiciary.

2/19/15            Referred to Subcommittee: Senators Thurmond, Allen and Corbin.

3/19/15            Senate Calendar up for second reading.

3/26/15            Read third time and sent to House.

4/14/15            Read first time and sent to Judiciary.

4/16/15            Recalled from Judiciary and on House Calendar.

4/23/15            Read third time and enrolled for ratification.

5/7/15              Ratified R20.

5/12/15            Signed by the Governor.

 

H.3338 Personal Information is a General Bill by Rivers and others which requires state agencies and political subdivision to develop and make available a process by which a non-elected official may request the removal of certain personal information available to the general public from any website maintained by the state agency or political subdivision.

 

1/20/15            Introduced and read first time and referred to House Judiciary.

 

H.3799 – (CWP permits for Georgia residents)  General Bill by Rep. Hixon and others amends the code so as to recognize concealed weapon permits issued by Georgia and North Carolina under certain circumstances.

 

3/5/15              Introduced and read the first time in the House, referred to House Judiciary.

4/21/15            Full Judiciary @ 2:30 or 1.5 hours after adjournment in Room 516 Blatt (favorable).

4/28/15            House Calendar read second time (concealed constitutional carry added).

4/29/15            House Calendar read third time and sent to the Senate and read first time and referred to Senate                         Judiciary.

5/5/15              Referred to Subcommittee: Hutto (ch) Bright, Scott, Gregory, Shealy.

5/28/15            Senate – Subcommittee met and the bill was carried over.

 

H.4428 (similar to H.4468 and S.958) – (Mental Health Evaluations)  is a General Bill by Reps Gilliard, Hosey and Cobb-Hunter which provides that a person who is a candidate to become a certified law enforcement officer in SC must undergo a mental health evaluation before he/she may receive his certification.  Additionally, the bill provides that all certified law enforcement officers must undergo a mental health evaluation before they can be recertified and all mental health evaluations must be conducted under the direction of the Law Enforcement Training Council.

 

12/3/15            Prefiled and referred to House Judiciary.

 

H.4448 (Law Enforcement Service Animals) is a General Bill by Hill, Collins, Thayer, Gambrell, Gagnon, Putnam, White, Horne, V.S. Moss and Hosey which increases the violation of teasing, hurting or killing a police animal from a misdemeanor to a felony and increased penalties.

 

12/03/15  Prefiled and Referred to House Judiciary.

 

H.4416 Exemption from impact fees is a General Bill by Felder, Pope, Merrill, Burns and VS Moss which adds two more to the list of entities exempted from impact fees (Schools and New Volunteer Fire Departments).

 

12/03/15          Prefiled

1/12/16            Referred to House Ways and Means Committee

 

H.4454 Free DNR Combination License or Fishing License is a General Bill by Representative Huggins which provides that Department of Natural Resources issue and combination license or fishing license to constables and volunteer firefighters at no cost to the individual.

 

12/03/15          Prefiled

1/12/16            Referred to House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

 

H.4455 Free Entrance Into the State Museum is a General Bill by Representative Huggins which provides that the State Museum must allow a resident of SC who is a reserve police officer, constables and volunteer firefighters enter the State Museum at no cost to the individual.

 

12/03/15          Prefiled

1/12/16            Referred to House Ways and Means Committee

 

 

H.4456 Free Entrance Into Any State Park is a General Bill by Representative Huggins which provides that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism must allow a resident of SC who is a reserve police officer, constables and volunteer firefighters enter any State Park at no cost to the individual.

 

12/03/15          Prefiled

1/12/16            Referred to House Ways and Means Committee

 

H.4476 Removing a Minor from a Vehicle is a General Bill by Representative Limehouse, VS Moss and Clyburn which provides that any person may enter and remove a minor or animal from a vehicle if the person or animal is experiencing a life threatening or an extreme health threatening situation exists. The individual removing the person or animal is immune from criminal and civil liability. Note: Similar to H3145 which was signed into law on 2/16/16.

 

12/03/15          Prefiled

1/12/16            Referred to House Judiciary

 

H.4490  (Retroactively) Applications for the Expungement of Criminal Records is a General Bill by Pope, Burns and Hosey which provides that expungements that are currently allowed by law can be expunged retroactively.

 

12/03/15          Prefiled Referred to House Judiciary

1/12/16                Referred to House Judiciary

 

H.4507 (Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Advisory Committee) is a General Bill by Tallon which increases the membership of the Committee from 7 members to 8 members by adding the president of the SCFOP or his designee.

 

12/3/15            Prefiled and referred to House Judiciary.

2/4/16              Subcommittee: Favorable with amendment (technical change to Sheriffs Association language).

2/9/16              Full Judiciary Committee: Tuesday @ 2:30 or 1.5 hours after adjournment in room 516 Blatt.                                     Passed out of House Judiciary favorably.

2/11/16            Received 2nd reading in the House.

2/12/16            Received 3rd reading in the House and sent to the Senate.

2/16/16            Full Senate Judiciary – Reported out favorably.

2/18/16            Senate Calendar – Read 2nd time.

2/23/16            Senate Calendar – Read 3rd time and enrolled for ratification.

2/25/16            Ratified and awaiting Governor’s signature.

 

 

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