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S 0459 - Prohibits a person with a beginner's permit to use a cell phone while driving

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Vincent A. Sheheen (D)
Last Action: 6/26/2014 - Act No. 260
Senate Committee: Judy
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

05.13.2014 The House Education and Public Works committee gave this bill a favorable report.
05.07.2014 The House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment. The amendment strikes all of the language in the bill and replaces it with language from H4386, the texting ban bill that previously passed the House.
02.25.2014 The Senate Judiciary committee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment. The amendment includes a $100 fine for the first offense, but removed the 2 point deduction for a first offense. The amendment also created a $200 fine and 2 points for second offense and $300 and 2 points for third offense. 
02.20.2014 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment. The amendment removes the school zone distinction from the bill.
02.06.2014 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee carried this bill over.
04.24.2013 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee did not take action on this bill although it was on the agenda.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits a person who holds a beginner's permit or restricted driver's license from driving a motor vehicle while using a cellular telephone or text messaging device. This bill also prohibits use of a cell phone or text messaging device while driving through a school zone.
  

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S*0459 (Rat #0270, Act #0260 of 2014) General Bill, By Sheheen, Rankin, Alexander and Lourie
Similar (S 0880)
Summary: Use of cellphone while operating a motor vehicle
    AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3890 SO AS TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS RELATED TO THE USE AND OPERATION OF A WIRELESS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE A WIRELESS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE TO COMPOSE, SEND, OR READ A TEXT-BASED COMMUNICATION WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PROHIBITION, TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION, TO PROVIDE THAT A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION MUST NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE OFFENDER'S MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD OR REPORTED TO HIS MOTOR VEHICLE INSURER, TO PROVIDE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SHALL ISSUE ONLY WARNINGS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION DURING THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS AFTER ITS EFFECTIVE DATE, TO PLACE CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO ENFORCE THIS SECTION, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO MAINTAIN STATISTICAL INFORMATION REGARDING CITATIONS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS SECTION PREEMPTS ALL ORDINANCES, REGULATIONS, AND RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES REGARDING PERSONS USING WIRELESS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES WHILE OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLES ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE. - ratified title
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02/28/13Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 4)
02/28/13Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 4)
03/08/13Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Massey (ch), Coleman, Nicholson, Bennett, Shealy
01/14/14Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Massey (ch), Coleman, Bennett, Johnson, Shealy
02/26/14Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 14)
02/27/14 Scrivener's error corrected
03/06/14Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted (Senate Journal-page 18)
03/06/14Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 18)
03/06/14Senate Roll call Ayes-41 Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 18)
03/07/14 Scrivener's error corrected
03/26/14Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 44)
04/09/14Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 36)
04/09/14Senate Roll call Ayes-38 Nays-2 (Senate Journal-page 36)
04/10/14House Introduced and read first time
04/10/14House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
05/14/14House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 7)
05/20/14House Amended (House Journal-page 61)
05/20/14House Read second time (House Journal-page 61)
05/20/14House Roll call Yeas-99 Nays-6 (House Journal-page 63)
05/21/14House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments (House Journal-page 8)
05/28/14Senate Non-concurrence in House amendment (Senate Journal-page 101)
05/29/14House House insists upon amendment and conference committee appointed Reps. Owens, Daning, Branham
05/29/14Senate Conference committee appointed Rankin, Sheheen, Massey (Senate Journal-page 95)
06/04/14House Conference report adopted
06/04/14House Roll call Yeas-94 Nays-2
06/04/14Senate Conference report adopted (Senate Journal-page 81)
06/04/14Senate Roll call Ayes-42 Nays-2 (Senate Journal-page 81)
06/04/14Senate Ordered enrolled for ratification (Senate Journal-page 86)
06/05/14 Ratified R 270
06/09/14 Signed By Governor
06/13/14 Effective date 06/09/14
06/26/14 Act No. 260



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