SC S0367 | 2023-2024 | 125th General Assembly


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 9-1)
Status: Introduced on January 10 2023 - 25% progression
Action: 2023-02-27 - Scrivener's error corrected
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #4) [HTML]


Amend The South Carolina Code Of Laws By Amending Section 17-15-20, Relating To Conditions Of Appearance, Recognizance, Or Appearance Bond; Discharge, Validity, And Relief Of Surety, So As To Provide That An Appearance Bond Shall Automatically Convert To A Personal Recognizance Bond After Three Years For A Circuit Court Offense And After Eighteen Months For A Magistrate's Or Municipal Court Offense; By Amending Section 17-15-30, Relating To Matters To Be Considered In Determining Conditions Of Release, To Provide That The Court Must Consider A Defendant's Prior Charges And Existing Bonds When Determining Bond; By Amending Section 38-53-10 To Establish A Definition For Electronic Monitoring; By Amending Section 38-53-50, Relating To Surety Relieved On Bond, To Provide That Failure To Pay Premium Fees Alone Is Not Sufficient Reason To Warrant Immediate Incarceration Of The Defendant; By Amending Section 38-53-70, Relating To Issuance Of Bench Warrant, To Provide That The Court Must Notify The Bondsman Within Thirty Days Of The Issuance Of A Bench Warrant; By Adding Section 38-53-83 To Provide That Only A Qualified And Licensed Bondsman Or Runner May Engage In Electronic Monitoring Of A Defendant; By Adding Section 38-53-84 To Provide That A Person Engaged In The Electronic Monitoring Of A Defendant Must Notify The Solicitor Within Forty-eight Hours Of Any Violation Of A Condition Of The Bond By The Defendant And To Provide That Failure To Pay The Monitoring Fees Is A Revokable Condition Of The Bond; By Amending Section 38-53-170, Relating To Unlawful Acts By A Bondsman, To Provide Conditions For The Payment And Collection Of Premiums, Fees, And Collateral; And By Amending Section 38-53-310, Relating To Written Report To Be Filed With Clerk Of Court, To Provide That A Bondsman Must Provide A Written Report To Their Insurance Provider Within Thirty Days Of Each Bond, And To Provide That The Requirement For Monthly Reports To The Clerk Of Court May Be Satisfied With Giving The Clerk Access To An Electronic Database That Contains The Required Information.

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Bonds and Electronic Monitoring



2023-02-27 Scrivener's error corrected
2023-02-22SenateCommittee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary
2023-02-09 Scrivener's error corrected
2023-01-12SenateReferred to Subcommittee: Malloy (ch), Sabb, Adams, Garrett, Gustafson
2023-01-10SenateReferred to Committee on Judiciary
2023-01-10SenateIntroduced and read first time

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
171520(n/a)See Bill Text
171530(n/a)See Bill Text
385310(n/a)See Bill Text
3853170(n/a)See Bill Text
3853310(n/a)See Bill Text
385350(n/a)See Bill Text
385370(n/a)See Bill Text
385383(n/a)See Bill Text
385384(n/a)See Bill Text

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