SC legislative Information
Representative Todd Atwater filed an equal access bill which will prevent discrimination against motorcyclists in facilities constructed using public funds. The bill is included below and has been referred to the Committee on Education and Public Works. Please contact your representative as well as representatives on the Committee to let them know how important this bill is to us. If we are successful, motorcyclists will no longer be denied access to the very facilities our tax dollars went to build. I have included the contact information for each of the committee members below. It would also be helpful if you could contact Representative Atwater, a member of ABATE, and let him know how much we appreciate his help in getting this bill introduced. Todd’s email is:ToddAtwater@schouse.gov.
House Committee of Education and Public Works members:
Representative Phillip D. "Phil" Owens
Chairman, House Education and Public Works Committee
District 5 - Pickens County
429 Blatt Bldg.
Representative Don C. Bowen
District 8 - Anderson & Oconee Counties
306C Blatt Bldg.
Representative Eric J. Bikas
District 26 - Greenville & Pickens Counties
434C Blatt Bldg.
Representative Norman D. "Doug" Brannon
District 38 - Spartanburg County
404D Blatt Bldg.
Representative Joseph S. Daning
District 92 - Berkeley County
310B Blatt Bldg.
Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr.
District 31 - Spartanburg County
414C Blatt Bldg.
Representative Andrew S. "Andy" Patrick
District 123 - Beaufort County
308A Blatt Bldg.
Representative Tommy M. Stringer
District 18 - Greenville County
312A Blatt Bldg.
Representative Anne J. Thayer
District 9 - Anderson County
436D Blatt Bldg.
Representative James M. "Jimmy" Neal
District 44 - Lancaster County
422C Blatt Bdlg.
Representative Todd K. Atwater
District 87 - Lexington County
320D Blatt Bldg.
Representative Lester P. Branham, Jr.
District 61 - Florence County
314B Blatt Bldg.
Representative Robert L. Brown
District 116 - Charleston & Colleton Counties
330D Blatt Bldg.
Representative Jerry N. Govan, Jr.
District 95 - Orangeburg County
530C Blatt Bldg.
Representative Ralph W. Norman
District 48 - York County
404A Blatt Bldg.
Representative Joshua A. Putnam
District 10 - Anderson County
532D Blatt Office Building
Representative Bill Taylor
District 86 - Aiken County
416D Blatt Bldg.
Representative Mark N. Willis
District 16 - Greenville & Laurens Counties
326B Blatt Bldg.
Sponsors: Rep. Atwater
Document Path: l:\council\bills\swb\5107cm12.docx
Introduced in the House on January 26, 2012
Currently residing in the House Committee on Education and Public Works
Summary: Not yet available
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number
1/26/2012 House Introduced and read first time
1/26/2012 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 57-1-90, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST MOTORCYCLES, MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS, OR MOTORCYCLE PASSENGERS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 1, Chapter 1, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 57-1-90. (A) In formulating transportation policy, promulgating regulations, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, no action of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, or the South Carolina Department of Transportation shall have the effect of discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. No regulation or action of the commission, or department shall have the effect of enacting a prohibition or imposing a requirement that applies only to motorcycles or motorcyclists, and the principal purpose of which is to restrict or inhibit access or motorcycles and motorcyclists to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility.
(B) The provisions of this section shall apply also to transportation facilities and projects undertaken or operated by counties, cities, towns, and other political subdivisions of the State of South Carolina where public funds have been used in whole or in part to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, or maintain the facility or project."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.