Current Status Bill Number:
4525Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19980128Primary Sponsor: FlemingAll Sponsors: FlemingDrafted Document Number: kgh\15361cm.98Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 25 HJSubject: Cigarettes, unlawful for minor to purchase, driver's license suspension; Agriculture, Tobacco, Smoking, Motor Vehicles
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19980128 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-8927 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE OR KNOWINGLY POSSESS CIGARETTES AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-746, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO A DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR CERTAIN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE POSSESSION, SALE, AND CONSUMPTION OFFENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN PERSONS WHO PURCHASE OR POSSESS CIGARETTES SHALL HAVE THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSES SUSPENDED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-8927. (A) It is unlawful for a person under eighteen years of age to purchase or knowingly possess cigarettes. Possession is prima facie evidence that it was knowingly possessed. A person violating this section must have his driver's license suspended as provided in Section 56-1-746.
(B) This section does not apply to an employee lawfully engaged in the sale or delivery of cigarettes."
SECTION 2. Section 56-1-746(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 459 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"(A) The department shall suspend the driver's license of any person convicted of the offenses contained in Sections 56-1-510(2), 56-1-510(5), 56-1-515, 61-4-60, 61-4-80, 61-4-90, 61-6-4070, 20-7-8920, and 20-7-8925, and 20-7-8927 as follows:
(1) for a conviction for a first offense, for a period of ninety days;
(2) for a conviction for a second or subsequent offense, for a period of six months."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.