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Bill Number: 581 Ratification Number: 115 Act Number 79 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: State and county athletic commissions
(A79, R115, S581)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 52-7-20 AND 52-7-310, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE STATE AND COUNTY ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS, SO AS TO PERMIT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION TO CALL ADDITIONAL MEETINGS AND TO REQUIRE THAT HE CALL A MEETING UPON DIRECTION OF A MAJORITY OF THE COMMISSIONERS, TO REQUIRE THE APPOINTING BODY OF MEMBERS TO THE COUNTY ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS INSTEAD OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO FILE A RECORD OF APPOINTEES WITH THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE COUNTY ATHLETIC COMMISSION SELECT ITS CHAIRMAN AND OFFICERS WHO SHALL RECEIVE PER DIEM, MILEAGE, AND SUBSISTENCE AS AUTHORIZED BY THE COUNTY, AND TO PROHIBIT A PERSON FROM SERVING ON BOTH THE STATE AND COUNTY ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS; AND TO AMEND THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTIONS 52-7-15 AND 52-7-25 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION TO SELECT A CHAIRMAN AND OTHER OFFICERS AND PROVIDE THAT THE CHIEF OF THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION MAY RECEIVE COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Athletic Commission, chairman, officers
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 52-7-15. The commission shall select its chairman, who may be the Chief Commissioner, and other officers considered necessary for terms as the commission may designate."
Commission meetings, compensation, appeal
SECTION 2. Section 52-7-20 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 427 of 1986, is further amended to read:
"Section 52-7-20. The commission shall meet at least twice yearly at the call of the Chief Athletic Commissioner. The chairman may call other meetings when considered necessary and must do so on the direction of the majority of the commissioners. The members are allowed the usual per diem, mileage, and subsistence as provided by law for members of boards, committees, and commissions. The Chief Athletic Commissioner shall administer the affairs of the commission under policies established by the commission. Decisions of the Chief Athletic Commissioner may be appealed to the full commission."
Chief Commissioner, compensation
SECTION 3. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 52-7-25. Instead of per diem, the Chief Athletic Commissioner may receive such compensation as may be provided by the General Assembly."
Appointment of commission, terms, duties, regulations
SECTION 4. Section 52-7-310 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 427 of 1986, is further amended to read:
"Section 52-7-310. The athletic commission of each county shall consist of five members, two to be appointed by the Senators representing the county, two by the members of the House of Representatives representing the county, and one by the mayor of the city having the largest population within the county. If a county has municipalities in excess of fifty thousand population then that member must be appointed by the mayors of those municipalities. It is the duty of the appointing body to see that a record of the appointees to the commission is filed in the office of the State Athletic Commission so as to indicate the persons holding office and the duration of their respective terms. The County Athletic Commission shall select its chairman and other officers to serve for terms as the commission may designate. All of the members shall serve without compensation; however, they may receive such per diem, mileage, and subsistence that the county authorizes. Their respective terms of office are coterminous with the terms of office of persons by whom they were appointed. No member may have any financial interest, direct or indirect, in the promotion, management, or result of any boxing, wrestling, or sparring event.
It is the responsibility of each commission to enforce the regulations issued by the State Athletic Commission and to ensure that the health and safety of participants in wrestling, boxing, and sparring events are safeguarded and that good sportsmanship is encouraged by the manner in which events are conducted.
No person may serve simultaneously on both the state and county athletic commissions."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.