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Marsh Tacky House Bill

H. 3825

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Limehouse and Ceips
Document Path: l:\council\bills\bbm\9926ssp07.doc

Introduced in the House on March 29, 2007
Last Amended on May 17, 2007
Rejected by the House on May 17, 2007

Summary: Marsh Tacky horse

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 47-9-60 <http://www.scstatehouse.net/code/t47c009.htm#47-9-60> SO AS TO REQUIRE THE ASSESSMENT OF A FEE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR AN OWNER OF A MARSH TACKY HORSE TO REGISTER HIS HORSE WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRESERVING AND TRACKING MARSH TACKYS IN THE STATE, TO REQUIRE THE FEES COLLECTED TO BE USED TO OFFSET THE DEPARTMENT'S COSTS OF MAINTAINING A REGISTRY, AND TO REQUIRE THE UNUSED PORTION OF THE FEES TO BE REMITTED TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE.

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

SECTION    1.    Article 1, Chapter 9, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 47-9-60 <http://www.scstatehouse.net/code/t47c009.htm#47-9-60>.    (A)    The General Assembly finds:

(1)    The Marsh Tacky is a horse with a unique history in South Carolina.

(2)    The Marsh Tacky is an almost forgotten breed of horse in our State. Once existing in feral herds on the barrier islands and mainland of South Carolina's Lowcountry, they have played a unique and pivotal role in the history of our State.

(3)    Modern development of this State's barrier islands slowly forced the Marsh Tacky's removal from these islands where their breed had lived for more than three hundred years. Once existing by the hundreds on Hilton Head Island during the 1940's and 1950's, they are virtually unknown to the present day inhabitants.

(4)    The pure Marsh Tacky now exist only in small numbers, and presently, there is only one known herd being carefully preserved in our State.

(5)    A registry should be maintained by the State of the Marsh Tackys in South Carolina to help preserve and track these historically significant breed of horses.

(B)    An owner of a Marsh Tacky may register the horse with the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of preserving and tracking the Marsh Tacky located in the State. The Department of Agriculture shall maintain the registry and record the name and address of the owner, the location of the horse, and any other relevant information about the horse, including any historical information available.

(C)    The department shall assess a fee of ten dollars for each horse registered with the department. The fees collected must be used to offset the costs to the department of maintaining the registry and any unused fees must be remitted to the general fund of the State."

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

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BUT The Ways and Means Committee wanted none of that. It decided instead to create a new designation. So it proposed to strike the original bill and replace it with this:

/SECTION   1.   Article 1, Chapter 9, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 47-9-60.   (A)   The General Assembly finds:

(1)   The Marsh Tacky is a horse with a unique history in South Carolina.

(2)   The Marsh Tacky is an almost forgotten breed of horse in our State. Once existing in feral herds on the barrier islands and mainland of South Carolina's Lowcountry, they have played a unique and pivotal role in the history of our State.

(3)   Modern development of this State's barrier islands slowly forced the Marsh Tacky's removal from these islands where their breed had lived for more than three hundred years. Once existing by the hundreds on Hilton Head Island during the 1940's and 1950's, they are virtually unknown to the present day inhabitants.

(4)   The pure Marsh Tacky now exist only in small numbers, and presently, there is only one known herd being carefully preserved in our State.

(B)   The Marsh Tacky is designated as the official South Carolina Heritage horse."
SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor./

Rep. LIMEHOUSE explained the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted by a division vote of 18 to 14.

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Then Rep. Ken Kennedy proposed this additional amendment:

Rep. KENNEDY proposed the following Amendment No. 2 (Doc Name COUNCIL\MS\7332AHB07), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:
/ "Section 1-1-710.   The mule is designated as the official work animal of the State of South Carolina." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. KENNEDY explained the amendment.

The amendment was then adopted by a division vote of 51 to 19.

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Then, as you can see below, all hell broke loose:

Pursuant to Rule 7.7 the Yeas and Nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 29; Nays 52

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Alexander              Anderson               Barfield
Battle                 Brady                  Branham
Brantley               Ceips                  Chalk
Clemmons               Davenport              Gambrell
Harvin                 Hodges                 Hosey
Howard                 Jefferson              Kennedy
Kirsh                  Knight                 Limehouse
Lowe                   Rutherford             Scarborough
Sellers                W. D. Smith            Stavrinakis
White                  Williams

Total--29

Those who voted in the negative are:

Agnew                  Allen                  Anthony
Bannister              Bedingfield            Bowen
R. Brown               Cato                   Chellis
Cobb-Hunter            Coleman                Cotty
Dantzler               Delleney               Duncan
Frye                   Funderburk             Govan
Haley                  Hamilton               Hart
Haskins                Hiott                  Huggins
Lucas                  Mahaffey               McLeod
Moss                   Mulvaney               J. H. Neal
Ott                    Parks                  Perry
E. H. Pitts            M. A. Pitts            Sandifer
Shoopman               Skelton                D. C. Smith
F. N. Smith            G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith
J. R. Smith            Spires                 Stewart
Talley                 Taylor                 Thompson
Toole                  Umphlett               Walker
Weeks

Total--52

So, the Bill, as amended, was rejected

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