Current Status Bill Number:
4335Ratification Number: 341Act Number: 303Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19960109Primary Sponsor: SharpeAll Sponsors: Sharpe, Seithel, Sandifer, RiserDrafted Document Number: PFM\7711BDW.96Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960411Date of Last Amendment: 19960402Governor's Action: U Became law without signature of GovernorDate of Governor's Action: 19960507Subject: Shellfish, importation of
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960515 Act No. A303 ------ 19960507 Unsigned, became law without signature of Governor ------ 19960430 Ratified R341 House 19960411 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960403 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960402 Amended, read second time Senate 19960328 Committee report: Favorable with 07 SFGF amendment Senate 19960227 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 19960223 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19960222 Unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19960222 Read second time House 19960221 Committee report: Favorable 20 HANR House 19960109 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee House 19951206 Prefiled, referred to Committee 20 HANRView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A303, R341, H4335)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-17-357 SO AS TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS AND PENALTIES FOR IMPORTATION OF SHELLFISH.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Shellfish, regulation of
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-17-357. (A) No individual or corporation may import molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells into this State for the purpose of placing them in natural waters or waters connected to natural waters except under the provisions of a shellfish importation permit issued by the department nor may any individual or corporation place any imported molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells in natural waters or waters connected to natural waters without a shellfish importation permit issued by the department.
(B) The department may issue permits to individuals or corporations to import molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells into South Carolina for commercial or experimental purposes or to place such imported molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells into natural waters or water connected to natural waters, or both. Before issuing a permit, the department may consider other permits previously issued by the department and other provisions of Title 50. Permits may include conditions related to:
(1) the type or species of mollusks to be imported;
(2) the structure and placement of holding or storage facilities;
(3) the placement of the product in natural waters of the State;
(4) the disposal of shellfish, shellfish parts, and associated biota;
(5) reporting requirements;
(6) cleanup, removal, or disposal of imported shellfish or any other corrective action deemed necessary by the department resulting from improper, unapproved, or illegal actions by the permittee; and
(7) the inspection or testing of shellfish with respect to disease, parasites, or associated biota.
(C) An individual or corporation who imports molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells for a commercial or experimental purpose to place in natural waters or waters connected to natural waters or an individual or corporation who places imported molluscan shellfish, shellfish tissues, or shells in natural waters or waters connected to natural waters without being properly permitted, or both, or who fails to meet the conditions of a permit is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. The department may revoke a permit issued under this section if a condition of that permit is violated. The department may require an individual or corporation convicted of a violation of this section to correct damages to the marine resource as determined by the department or pay the department for all costs associated with cleanup or corrective actions resulting from the violator's actions."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 5/7/96.