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A250, R305, S996
Sponsors: Senators Ceips, Grooms and Cleary
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Introduced in the Senate on January 16, 2008
Introduced in the House on April 15, 2008
Last Amended on May 22, 2008
Passed by the General Assembly on May 27, 2008
Governor's Action: June 4, 2008, Signed
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/16/2008 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-12 1/16/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation SJ-12 4/8/2008 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Transportation SJ-6 4/9/2008 Scrivener's error corrected 4/9/2008 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted SJ-98 4/9/2008 Senate Read second time SJ-98 4/10/2008 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-32 4/10/2008 Scrivener's error corrected 4/15/2008 House Introduced and read first time HJ-21 4/15/2008 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-22 5/15/2008 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works HJ-13 5/16/2008 Scrivener's error corrected 5/22/2008 House Amended HJ-60 5/22/2008 House Read second time HJ-71 5/22/2008 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-71 5/23/2008 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments HJ-1 5/27/2008 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled SJ-33 5/29/2008 Ratified R 305 6/4/2008 Signed By Governor 6/10/2008 Copies available 6/10/2008 Effective date 06/04/08 6/13/2008 Act No. 250
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(A250, R305, S996)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 15 OF TITLE 57, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF FERRIES, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW A COUNTY TO GRANT CHARTERS FOR FERRIES AND ALL PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE CHARTERING AND OPERATION OF FERRIES BY A COUNTY, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MAY PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, AND SUPERVISION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC FERRIES, TO PROVIDE THAT COUNTIES MAY PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, AND SUPERVISION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC FERRIES, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COUNTIES MAY ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES TO FINANCE, ACQUIRE, CONSTRUCT, EQUIP, MAINTAIN, OR OPERATE PRIVATE FERRIES, TO PROVIDE THAT PRIVATE CITIZENS, AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTITIES MAY ASSIST A FERRY OPERATOR IN DEFRAYING THE OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE EXPENSES OF A FERRY, TO PROVIDE THAT ON JULY 1, 2009, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS NO LONGER REQUIRED TO OPERATE ITS FERRY IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY AND MAY TRANSFER ITS FERRY VESSEL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Establishment, operation, and maintenance of ferries
SECTION 1. Chapter 15, Title 57 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Section 57-15-10. (A) The Department of Transportation may provide for the establishment, operation, maintenance, and supervision of public ferries connecting parts of the state highway system.
(B) The governing body of a county may provide for the establishment, operation, maintenance, and supervision of public ferries connecting parts of public roads located within the county that are not under the control of the department.
(C) Where the boundary line between adjoining counties runs though a river or other body of water, the governing bodies of the counties may enter into an agreement providing for the establishment, operation, maintenance, and supervision of public ferries connecting state roads in the counties that are not under control of the department.
(D) The department, or a county governing body, may acquire, own, lease, charter, or otherwise control all vessels, boats, terminals, or other facilities required for the proper operation of ferries established and operated pursuant to this section.
Section 57-15-20. The department and county governing bodies may enter into agreements with private entities to finance, acquire, construct, equip, maintain, or operate public ferries, in whole or in part, in this State.
Section 57-15-30. Contributions from private citizens or public or private entities may be made to defray the operational or maintenance expenses of a ferry operated or maintained pursuant to this chapter. Contributors are immune from civil or criminal liability for damages resulting from acts or omissions of the ferry operator.
Section 57-15-140. (A) The Department of Transportation shall take over, maintain, and operate the ferry across the intracoastal waterway which traverses State Highway No. 716 which extends from a point on U. S. Highway No. 17, south of Georgetown, in a southeasterly direction, to Winyah Bay, such ferry and its approaches to form a part of State Highway No. 716 in Georgetown County. The provisions of Article 13 of Chapter 5 of this title shall not apply to the operation, repair, or maintenance of any such ferry.
Contributions from private citizens or public or private agencies may be made with respect to defraying the operational or maintenance expenses of such ferry; provided, however, that any such contribution shall in no wise render legally liable or responsible any of the contributors.
(B) This section is repealed effective July 1, 2009.
(C) As of the date of repeal, the Department of Transportation will be free of any further obligation to operate the ferry required by this section and it may transfer the ferry vessel free of charge to the Department of Natural Resources for its use or disposition."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 29th day of May, 2008.
Approved the 4th day of June, 2008.
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