Current Status Bill Number:
3153Ratification Number: 89Act Number: 23Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19970114Primary Sponsor: SimrillAll Sponsors: Simrill and HaskinsDrafted Document Number: jic\5246ac.97Companion Bill Number: 30Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19970424Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19970521Subject: Death-prolonging procedures, life-sustaining; medical
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19970604 Act No. A23 ------ 19970521 Signed by Governor ------ 19970515 Ratified R89 Senate 19970424 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19970423 Read second time Senate 19970410 Recalled from Committee, 11 SJ placed on the Calendar Senate 19970211 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee House 19970207 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19970206 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19970207 House 19970205 Committee report: Favorable 25 HJ House 19970114 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to Committee House 19970108 Prefiled, referred to Committee 25 HJView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A23, R89, H3153)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 44-77-140, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ABSENCE OF A DECLARATION OF A DESIRE FOR A NATURAL DEATH NOT CREATING A PRESUMPTION AS TO INTENT TO CONSENT TO OR REFUSE "DEATH-PROLONGING" PROCEDURES, SO AS TO CHANGE THIS TERM TO "LIFE-SUSTAINING" PROCEDURES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 44-77-140 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 149 of 1991, is further amended to read:
"Section 44-77-140. The absence of a declaration by an adult patient does not give rise to a presumption as to his intent to consent to or refuse life-sustaining procedures. This chapter applies only to persons who have executed a declaration in accordance with this chapter. Nothing in this chapter impairs any other legal right or legal responsibility which a person may have to effect the withholding or withdrawal or the provision of life-sustaining procedures in any lawful manner."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 21st day of May, 1997.