Current Status Bill Number:
3116Ratification Number: 505Act Number: 420Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: CatoAll Sponsors: Cato, MeachamDrafted Document Number: PFM\7039BDW.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960530Date of Last Amendment: 19960530Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960618Subject: Surfboard, kneeboards
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960626 Act No. A420 ------ 19960618 Signed by Governor ------ 19960613 Ratified R505 Senate 19960530 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification House 19960530 Senate amendments amended, returned to Senate with amendment Senate 19960522 Amended, read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960516 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments Senate 19960417 Committee report: Favorable 07 SFGF Senate 19950207 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19950202 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950201 Amended, read second time House 19950126 Committee report: Favorable with 20 HANR amendment House 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee House 19941214 Prefiled, referred to Committee 20 HANRView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A420, R505, H3116)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-850, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT PERSONS WATERSKIING, SURFBOARDING, OR RIDING SIMILAR OBJECTS MUST WEAR A SKI BELT OR LIFE PRESERVER, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT PERSONS WATERSKIING OR RIDING ANY OBJECT BEING TOWED BY A MOTORIZED WATERCRAFT MUST WEAR CERTAIN APPROVED PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PERSONS EXEMPT FROM THE ABOVE PROVISIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-860, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF AIRBOATS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR SPECIFIED AREAS WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO OPERATE AIRBOATS DURING CERTAIN HOURS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 5-7-140, RELATING TO AREAS WHERE THE POLICE JURISDICTION AND SANITATION AUTHORITY OF MUNICIPALITIES BORDERING ON THE HIGH-TIDE LINE OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN OR THE HIGH-WATER MARK OF ANY OTHER NAVIGABLE BODY OF WATER IS EXTENDED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF SUCH MUNICIPALITIES ARE EXTENDED OVER SPECIFIED AREAS BORDERING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN OR THESE BODIES OF WATER, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THESE MUNICIPALITIES HAVE JURISDICTION TO PUNISH INDIVIDUALS VIOLATING MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES IN SUCH AREAS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Use of personal flotation devices
SECTION 1. Section 50-21-850 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 1269, Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-21-850. (A) No person may water ski or ride on any object being towed by a motorized watercraft unless he is wearing a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device, Type I, Type II, Type III, or Type V. Each personal flotation device must be fastened properly, in good and serviceable condition, and the proper size for the person wearing it.
(B) The following persons are exempt from the requirements of this section:
(1) participants in scheduled water ski tournaments or shows sponsored by a recognized water ski club;
(2) persons holding ratings of first class or higher in the American Water Ski Association;
(3) windsurfers, surfboarders, and sailboarders."
Airboat use prohibited
SECTION 2. Section 50-21-860 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 1269, Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-21-860. As used in this section, `airboat' means a watercraft propelled by air pressure caused by a motor mounted on the watercraft aboveboard.
(A) It is unlawful for a person to operate an airboat on the public waters of this State from the freshwater-saltwater dividing line, established by Section 50-17-30, seaward.
(B) It is unlawful to operate an airboat on the waters of the Waccamaw, the Great Pee Dee, the Little Pee Dee, the Black, and the Sampit Rivers in Georgetown and Horry Counties from one hour before legal sunset to one hour after legal sunrise and anytime during the season for hunting waterfowl.
(C) It is unlawful to operate an airboat on the waters of that portion of Lake Marion and Santee Swamp west of the I-95 bridge upstream to the confluence of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers during the season for hunting waterfowl.
A person violating the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be punished as provided by Section 50-1-130.
The provisions of this section do not apply to the operation of airboats by law enforcement, emergency medical, civil defense, noxious weed control, military personnel, state and federally approved wildlife banding, surveying, biological research programs, and private waters."
Corporate limits of municipalities; jurisdiction to punish violations
SECTION 3. Section 5-7-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 5-7-140. (A) The corporate limits of any municipality bordering on the high-tide line of the Atlantic Ocean are extended to include all that area lying between the high-tide line and one mile seaward of the high-tide line. These areas are subject to all the ordinances and regulations that may be applicable to the areas lying within the corporate limits of the municipality, and the municipal courts have jurisdiction to punish individuals violating the provisions of the municipal ordinances where the misdemeanor occurred in the area defined in this section.
(B) The corporate limits of any municipality bordering on the high-water mark of a navigable body of water (other than the Atlantic Ocean) are extended to include all that area lying between the high-water mark and the low-water mark. These areas are subject to all of the ordinances and regulations that may be applicable to the areas lying within the corporate limits of the municipality, and the municipal courts have jurisdiction to punish individuals violating the provisions of the municipal ordinances where the misdemeanor occurred in the areas defined in this section."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 18th day of June, 1996.