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Sponsors: Rep. R.L. Brown
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Introduced in the House on January 20, 2011
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/20/2011 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 4) 1/20/2011 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 4)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-506 SO AS TO PROVIDE IT IS ILLEGAL FOR A PERSON ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO SHIP OR TRANSPORT CIGARETTES TO A PERSON IN THIS STATE WHO IS NOT A LAWFUL RECIPIENT, TO DEFINE A LAWFUL RECIPIENT, TO REQUIRE PROOF OF AGE BY A LAWFUL RECIPIENT, AND TO IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 7, Chapter 17, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-17-506. (A) For the purposes of this section, a 'lawful recipient' means a person:
(1) licensed to sell or distribute cigarettes under Article 7, Chapter 21, Title 12;
(2) permitted under federal law to act as an export warehouse proprietor or a customs bonded warehouse; or
(3) acting in his official capacity as an officer, employee, or agent of the United States Government, this State, or a political subdivision of the United States Government or this State.
(B) A person engaged in the business of selling or distributing cigarettes may not ship or transport, or cause to be shipped or transported, cigarettes to a person in this State who in not a lawful recipient.
(C) A person engaged in the business of selling or distributing cigarettes who ships or transports, or causes to be shipped or transported, cigarettes to a person who is not a lawful recipient shall require, as a condition of delivery, that the lawful recipient sign an acknowledgement of receipt and provide proper proof that the recipient is not under eighteen years of age. Proper proof of age includes a passport, state-issued motor vehicle operator's license, or state-issued identification card.
(D) A person violating this section is subject to a civil penalty of one-hundred dollars for a first violation, five-hundred dollars for a second violation, and one thousand dollars for a third or subsequent violation."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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