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An Act to Amend Section 996 of the General Statutes of the State, Relating to the Powers of the State Board of Examiners.

December 15, 1892

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1892, Pages 106-107.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That Section 996 of the General Statutes of the State be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out subdivision 5th thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

"5th. To prescribe and to enforce, as far as practicable, the use of a uniform series of text books in the free public schools of the State, except in the city of Charleston and special school districts established by special Act of of the Legislature; to enter into an agreement with the publishers of the books prescribed, fixing the time of prescription and the price above which the books shall not be retailed during the period of prescription, and a rate of discount at not less than that which the books shall be furnished to the retail dealers in this State; to require the publishers, in the discretion of the Board, to establish one or more depositories of their books within the State at such place or places as the Board may designate, and where such books may be obtained without delay; and to exact of the publishers a bond in the sum of not more than five thousand dollars conditioned for the faithful performance of the agreement, and with a penalty of twenty-five dollars for each violation of the agreement, the form and execution of the bond to be approved by the Attorney-General of the State, which agreement and bond shall be deposited with the State Treasurer, all recoveries thereon to go into the State Treasury for school purposes: Provided, That the State Board of Examiners shall not have power, without permission of the General Assembly of the State, to change a text book within five (5) years from the date of its adoption, except for violation of the agreement entered into by its publisher with the State Board of Examiners, for which cause it may be changed by the said Board and the publisher be liable to forfeit the sum of twenty-five dollars for each violation, which amount shall be recoverable from the publisher on his bond."

Approved: December 15th, A.D. 1892.

Benjamin R. Tillman, Governor.
Eugene B. Gary, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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