South Carolina General Assembly
109th Session, 1991-1992

Bill 1491

                    Current Status

Introducing Body:               Senate
Bill Number:                    1491
Ratification Number:            522
Act Number:                     438
Primary Sponsor:                Wilson
Type of Legislation:            GB
Subject:                        Firefighters, special license
Companion Bill Number:          4750
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   Jun 04, 1992
Computer Document Number:       DKA/3846.AL
Governor's Action:              S
Date of Governor's Action:      Jun 15, 1992
Introduced Date:                Apr 21, 1992
Date of Last Amendment:         Jun 03, 1992
Last History Body:              ------
Last History Date:              Jun 15, 1992
Last History Type:              Act No. 438
Scope of Legislation:           Statewide
All Sponsors:                   Wilson
Type of Legislation:            General Bill


 Bill  Body    Date          Action Description              CMN
 ----  ------  ------------  ------------------------------  ---
 1491  ------  Jun 15, 1992  Act No. 438
 1491  ------  Jun 15, 1992  Signed by Governor
 1491  ------  Jun 04, 1992  Ratified R 522
 1491  Senate  Jun 04, 1992  Concurred in House amendment,
                             enrolled for ratification
 1491  House   Jun 04, 1992  Read third time, returned
                             with amendment
 1491  House   Jun 03, 1992  Amended, read second time
 1491  House   Jun 03, 1992  Committee Report: Favorable     21
 1491  House   Jun 02, 1992  Introduced, read first time,    21
                             referred to Committee
 1491  Senate  May 28, 1992  Read third time, sent to House
 1491  Senate  May 27, 1992  Read second time, notice of
                             general amendments
 1491  Senate  May 27, 1992  Recalled from Committee         15
 1491  Senate  Apr 21, 1992  Introduced, read first time,    15
                             referred to Committee

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(A438, R522, S1491)


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

South Carolina firefighter license plates

SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 49

South Carolina Firefighters License Plates

Section 56-3-4910. (A) The South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation shall issue special motor vehicle license plates to active and retired South Carolina firefighters who request them in the manner provided in this article and who are residents of the State for private motor vehicles registered in their respective names. The special license plates, which must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates, must be imprinted with the words `SOUTH CAROLINA FIREFIGHTER' together with a fire service emblem and with numbers as the department may determine. The plates are for annual periods as provided by law. The fee for this special license plate is thirty-five dollars each year which is in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee as set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title.

(B) The fees collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in a separate fund for the South Carolina Fire Academy. The fund must be administered by the Budget and Control Board Division of State Fire Marshal and must be used only to train in-state public firefighters, paid and volunteer, to comply with state and federal mandated training standards. Funds collected must be deposited with the State Treasurer. The distribution of the funds is based on the total number of special license plates sold as follows:

(1) one thousand or less total special license plates sold: twenty-six dollars to the department and nine dollars to the academy for each special license plate sold;

(2) more than one thousand and less than two thousand total special license plates sold: twenty-one dollars to the department and fourteen dollars to the academy for each special license plate sold;

(3) two thousand or more total special license plates sold: fifteen dollars to the department and twenty dollars to the academy for each special license plate sold.

(C) The department must receive one hundred or more applications requesting a special license plate for the South Carolina Firefighters before a specialized license plate may be developed.

Section 56-3-4920. The license plate issued pursuant to this article may be transferred to another vehicle of the same weight class owned by the same person upon application being made and approved by the department. It is unlawful for any person to whom the special plate has been issued knowingly to permit it to be displayed on a vehicle except the one authorized by the department.

Section 56-3-4930. The provisions of this article do not affect the registration and licensing of motor vehicles as required by other provisions of this chapter, but are cumulative to them. A person who violates the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days."

Time effective

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Approved the 15th day of June, 1992.