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1116Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20020312Primary Sponsor: HayesAll Sponsors: Hayes and LandDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\pt\1804dw02.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Finance Committee 06 SFSubject: Tourist defined pursuant to the accommodations tax; Tourism Expenditure Review Committee membership increasedHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020312 Introduced, read first time, 06 SF referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND SECTION 6-4-5, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE USES OF THE STATE TWO PERCENT SALES TAX ON ACCOMMODATIONS, SO AS TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF "TOURIST" BY DELETING THE REQUIREMENT THAT A PERSON STAY FOR ONE NIGHT OR MORE TO QUALIFY AS A TOURIST; AND TO AMEND SECTION 6-4-35, RELATING TO THE TOURISM EXPENDITURE REVIEW COMMITTEE, SO AS TO INCREASE THE MEMBERSHIP FROM NINE TO ELEVEN, BY ADDING ONE MEMBER ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION AND ONE MEMBER AT LARGE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 6-4-5(5) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 74 of 2001, is amended to read:
"(5) 'Tourist' means a person traveling to
and staying in any places outside his usual environment for one night or more for leisure, business, or any other purpose. A person meeting this definition may be staying in places of public accommodations such as hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, or the residences of family or friends."
SECTION 2. Section 6-4-35(A) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 74 of 2001, is amended to read:
"(A) There is established the Tourism Expenditure Review Committee consisting of
nine eleven members as follows:
(1) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House;
(2) one member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
(3) the Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, or his designee, ex officio;
(4) six members appointed by the Governor as follows:
(a) one member on the recommendation of the South Carolina Association of Tourism Regions;
(b) one member on the recommendation of the South Carolina Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus;
(c) one member on the recommendation of the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition;
(d) one member on the recommendation of the Municipal Association of South Carolina;
(e) one member on the recommendation of the South Carolina Association of Counties;
(f) one member on the recommendation of the Hospitality Association of South Carolina
(g) one member on the recommendation of the South Carolina Arts Commission; and
(h) one member at large.
Appointed members shall serve for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and qualify, except that of those first appointed by the Governor, four shall serve for a term of two years and the term must be noted on the appointment. Regardless of the date of appointment, all terms expire July first of the applicable year. Members shall serve without compensation, but may receive the mileage, subsistence, and per diem allowed by law for members of state boards, committees, and commissions. Vacancies must be filled in the manner of original appointment for the unexpired portion of the term."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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