Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 4407Ratification Number: 480Act Number: 418Primary Sponsor: HutsonType of Legislation: GBSubject: Neonatal testing, blood samplesDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940512Computer Document Number: GJK/20165AC.94Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940524Introduced Date: 19940111Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940524Last History Type: Act No. 418Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: HutsonType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 4407 ------ 19940524 Act No. 418 4407 ------ 19940524 Signed by Governor 4407 ------ 19940519 Ratified R 480 4407 Senate 19940512 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 4407 Senate 19940511 Read second time 4407 Senate 19940509 Committee Report: Favorable 13 4407 Senate 19940426 Introduced, read first time, 13 referred to Committee 4407 House 19940421 Read third time, sent to Senate 4407 House 19940420 Read second time 4407 House 19940406 Committee Report: Favorable 27 4407 House 19940111 Introduced, read first time, 27 referred to Committee 4407 House 19931215 Prefiled, referred to 27 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A418, R480, H4407)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-37-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO NEONATAL TESTING OF CHILDREN, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR STORAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR BLOOD SAMPLES USED IN THESE TESTS, FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF THESE SAMPLES FOR TESTING, AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Neonatal testing; storage and availability of blood samples for future tests; confidentiality
SECTION 1. Section 44-37-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 44-37-30. (A) Every child born in this State shall have neonatal testing to detect inborn metabolic errors and hemoglobinopathies. The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall prescribe by regulation the tests to be performed, the persons and institutions responsible for obtaining necessary samples for the prescribed test, the procedures to be followed in testing and recording the results of the tests, methods and procedures for storage of the samples, and the provision of appropriate counseling and medical referral. Blood taken to perform these tests must be stored by the department at minus 20° centigrade and available for additional tests as the department prescribes by regulation.
(B) Information obtained pursuant to tests administered pursuant to this section is confidential and may be released only to the parents of the child, the child's physician, and the child when eighteen years of age or older.
(C) A person who violates this section or fails to comply with the regulations promulgated pursuant to this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days. Children of parents objecting to tests on religious grounds are not required to receive the tests."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 24th day of May, 1994.