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Bill Number: 3561 Ratification Number: 739 Act Number 631 Introducing Body: House Subject: Relating to the rights of "Developmentally Disabled Persons"
(A631, R739, H3561)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-33-350, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEM FOR THE HANDICAPPED, INC., SO AS TO INCREASE THE REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE MET IN THE PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY OF THE RIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Increase system requirements
SECTION 1. Section 43-33-350 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 43-33-350. The System has the following powers and duties:
(1) It shall protect and advocate for the rights of all developmentally disabled persons, including the requirements of Section 113 of Public Law 94-103, Section 105 of Public Law 99-319, and Section 112 of Public Law 98-221, all as amended, and for the rights of other handicapped persons by pursuing legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to insure the protection of the rights of these persons.
(2) It may investigate complaints by or on behalf of any developmentally disabled or handicapped person.
(3) It may establish a priority for the delivery of protection and advocacy services according to the type, severity, and number of handicapping conditions of the person making a complaint or on whose behalf a complaint has been made."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.