measure that sought to require criminal background checks for workers at South
Carolina ports has died.
House-approved bill was awaiting consideration before the full Senate when
lawmakers ended the session, effectively killing it for the year. It passed the
Senate Transportation Committee in May.
the South Carolina Ports Authority cannot search for past criminal records for
people not employed by the state, agency spokesman Byron Miller recently told The
would have required the state’s Law Enforcement Division and the FBI to conduct
a fingerprint-based criminal check for all employees engaged in activities
related to cargo.
death of a port worker earlier this year prompted calls for tougher screening.
Porcher of Cainhoy, SC, was charged with reckless homicide after being accused
of running over a man at the Wando Welch Terminal of the Port of Charleston on
has at least 24 convictions for moving violations in the state, The AP reported. In addition, his driver’s license has been suspended since June 2004
because of a conviction for possession of LSD and cocaine.
bill did not apply to those making deliveries to or from the state’s Ports