Bill Text: SC S0267 | 2021-2022 | 124th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Arbitration agreements

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-12 - Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs [S0267 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2021-S0267-Introduced.html


A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-81-80 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BY LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES TO RESOLVE CLAIMS OF RESIDENTS FOR INJURY OR OTHER DAMAGES OCCURRING AT THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY.

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

SECTION    1.    Chapter 81, Title 44, of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 44-81-80.    It is prohibited under the laws of this State for a long-term care facility to include in any contract or other agreement signed by or on behalf of a resident or prospective resident a provision requiring the arbitration of any claims for injury or other damages occurring while the person is a resident of or receives care at the long-term care facility. Any such contract, or provision of a contract, requiring arbitration is void ab initio."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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