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H 4386 - Prohibits using a communication device to send or read texts or emails while driving

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Don C. Bowen
Last Action: 4/15/2014 - Senate - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
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03.19.2014 The House Education and Public Works committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee. The amendments create the exception for stopped vehicles similar to language in the Senate version of the bill. The major differences between this bill and S416 are the fines and penalties.
02.26.2014 The House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits use of a communication device to send or read texts or emails while driving a motor vehicle and creates penalties.

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H 4386 General Bill, By Bowen, Gilliard, Felder, Southard, Kennedy, W.J. McLeod and Whipper
Summary: Use of cellphone while driving
    A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTIONS 56-5-3890 AND 56-5-3897 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE A COMMUNICATION DEVICE WHILE DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO PROVIDE A PENALTY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF MONIES COLLECTED FROM FINES ASSOCIATED WITH VIOLATIONS OF THIS PROVISION; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-720, RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENT OF POINTS AGAINST A PERSON'S DRIVING RECORD FOR CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT POINTS MUST BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE DRIVING RECORD OF A PERSON CONVICTED OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-2920, RELATING TO RECKLESS DRIVING, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RECKLESS DRIVING INCLUDES TEXTING WHILE DRIVING WHEN BODILY INJURY OCCURS.
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12/03/13House Prefiled
12/03/13House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
01/14/14House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 56)
01/14/14House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 56)
01/15/14House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Gilliard
02/26/14House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Felder, Southard, Kennedy
03/20/14House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 44)
03/24/14 Scrivener's error corrected
03/26/14House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: W.J.McLeod
03/26/14House Debate adjourned until Tues., 4-1-14 (House Journal-page 58)
04/02/14House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Whipper
04/02/14House Requests for debate-Rep(s). Daning, Owens, Hiott, Wood, Loftis, Brannon, Forrester, Weeks, Anthony, Sabb, Rivers, Whitmire, Sandifer, Putnam, Gagnon, Pitts, Hart, Williams, McEachern, Douglas, Whipper, Wells, GR Smith, Hamilton (House Journal-page 52)
04/09/14House Amended (House Journal-page 97)
04/09/14House Read second time (House Journal-page 97)
04/09/14House Roll call Yeas-97 Nays-16 (House Journal-page 122)
04/10/14House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 115)
04/10/14House Roll call Yeas-89 Nays-12 (House Journal-page 116)
04/15/14Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 12)
04/15/14Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 12)



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