Bill Text: SC S0457 | 2021-2022 | 124th General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Watercraft

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-03-10 - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs [S0457 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2021-S0457-Amended.html

AS PASSED BY THE SENATE

March 9, 2021

S. 457

Introduced by Senators Alexander, Rice, Garrett and Cash

S. Printed 3/9/21--S.

Read the first time January 13, 2021.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 50-21-870(B)(6) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO PERSONAL WATERCRAFT AND BOATING SAFETY, TO INCREASE DISTANCE LIMITS BETWEEN A WATERCRAFT OPERATING IN EXCESS OF IDLE SPEED UPON CERTAIN WATERS OF THIS STATE AND A MOORED OR ANCHORED VESSEL, WHARF, DOCK, BULKHEAD, PIER, OR PERSON IN THE WATER.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Section 50-21-10 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately numbered new item to read:

"(    )    'Narrow waterway' means a segment of the waters of this State that is three hundred feet or less in width."

SECTION    2.    Section 50-21-870(B)(6) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(6)(a)    operate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel while upon a narrow waterway in excess of idle speed within fifty feet of a moored or anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier, or person in the water; or

(b)    operate a personal watercraft, specialty propcraft, or vessel while upon the all other waters of this State in excess of idle speed within 50 one hundred feet of a moored or an anchored vessel, wharf, dock, bulkhead, pier, or a person in the water, or within 100 one hundred yards of the Atlantic Ocean coast line. The prohibitions contained in this item (6) do not apply to an unoccupied, moored vessel or watercraft or to a person behind a vessel or watercraft who is on water skis or a floating device with the permission of the operator of the vessel or watercraft;"

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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