South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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R260, H4672

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Sponsors: Reps. Elliott, B. Newton, Allison, Felder, Bryant, Putnam, Martin, Arrington, Thigpen, Gagnon, Thayer, Douglas, Govan, Anderson, McGinnis, Huggins, Tallon, Daning, D.C. Moss, Long, Henderson, Mace, Cogswell, West, Chumley, Gilliard, Atwater, J.E. Smith, Bernstein, Jefferson, Williams, W. Newton, Henderson-Myers, Ballentine, Bowers, Weeks and M. Rivers
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Introduced in the House on January 24, 2018
Introduced in the Senate on February 28, 2018
Last Amended on April 25, 2018
Passed by the General Assembly on May 1, 2018
Governor's Action: May 18, 2018, Signed

Summary: Driver's Licenses

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/24/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 25)
   1/24/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 25)
   1/24/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Putnam, Martin, 
                        Arrington, Thigpen, Gagnon, Thayer, Douglas, Govan
   1/30/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: D.C.Moss, 
                        Anderson, McGinnis
   1/31/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Huggins
    2/1/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Tallon
    2/6/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Daning, Long, 
                        Henderson, Mace, Cogswell, West, Chumley, Gilliard, 
                        Atwater, J.E.Smith, Bernstein
    2/7/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Jefferson, 
                        Williams
    2/8/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: W.Newton
   2/14/2018  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and 
                        Public Works (House Journal-page 52)
   2/15/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: 
                        Henderson-Myers, Ballentine
   2/20/2018  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). King, Hart, Yow, Rutherford, 
                        Ott, Taylor, Crosby, Hosey, Kirby, Anderson, Elliott, 
                        Clyburn, Crawford, Willis, Knight, West 
                        (House Journal-page 8)
   2/21/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Bowers, Weeks
   2/27/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: M.Rivers
   2/27/2018  House   Amended (House Journal-page 28)
   2/27/2018  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 28)
   2/27/2018  House   Roll call Yeas-109  Nays-1 (House Journal-page 31)
   2/28/2018  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 17)
   2/28/2018  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 22)
   2/28/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 22)
   4/18/2018  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment 
                        Transportation (Senate Journal-page 13)
   4/25/2018  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 33)
   4/25/2018  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 33)
   4/25/2018  Senate  Roll call Ayes-42  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 33)
   4/26/2018  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 18)
    5/1/2018  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 51)
    5/1/2018  House   Roll call Yeas-99  Nays-8 (House Journal-page 52)
   5/14/2018          Ratified R 260
   5/18/2018          Signed By Governor
   5/25/2018          Effective date 05/18/18

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/24/2018
2/14/2018
2/27/2018
4/18/2018
4/25/2018

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NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R260, H4672)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-220, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE VISION SCREENING REQUIRED FOR ISSUANCE OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE VISION SCREENING IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AN INITIAL LICENSE AND UPON RENEWAL OF A LICENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE VISION SCREENING MUST BE OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON'S SCREENING MUST BE WAIVED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A CERTIFICATE OF VISION EXAMINATION FORM MUST BE EXECUTED BY THE CERTIFYING OPHTHALMOLOGIST OR OPTOMETRIST AND TRANSMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT ELECTRONICALLY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Vision screening

SECTION    1.    Section 56-1-220(A) and (B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)    The department shall require vision screening for all persons obtaining an initial license and upon license renewal. The vision screening must be offered by the department, however, a person's screening must be waived upon the submission of a certificate of vision examination dated within the previous twelve months from an ophthalmologist or optometrist licensed in any state.

(B)    The renewal license forms distributed by the department must be designed to contain a certification that the vision of the person screened meets the minimum standards required by the department or have been corrected to meet these requirements . The certification must be executed by the person conducting the screening. A Certificate of Vision Examination form must be executed by the certifying ophthalmologist or optometrist and must be transmitted to the department electronically pursuant to its electronic specifications. The minimum standards of the department shall not require a greater degree of vision than 20/40 corrected in one eye. Persons using bioptic lenses must adhere to the provisions contained in Section 56-1-222."

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect October 1, 2020.

Ratified the 14th day of May, 2018.

Approved the 18th day of May, 2018. -- S.

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