Article XIV, South Carolina Constitution

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Article XIV of the South Carolina Constitution is entitled Eminent Domain and consists of five sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Boundary Rivers

The State shall have concurrent jurisdiction on all rivers bordering on this State, so far as such rivers shall form a common boundary to this and any other State bounded by the same; and they, together with all navigable waters within the limits of the State, shall be common highways and forever free, as well to the inhabitants of this State as to the citizens of the United States, without any tax or impost therefore, unless the same be expressly provided for by the General Assembly.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Title to Certain Lands

The title to all lands and other property which have heretofore accrued to this State by grant, gift, purchase, forfeiture, escheats or otherwise shall vest in the State of South Carolina, the same as though no change had taken place.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Ultimate Property in Lands

The people of the State are declared to possess the ultimate property in and to all lands within the jurisdiction of the State; and all lands the title to which shall fail from defect of heirs shall revert or escheat to the people.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Navigable Waters Free; Tax for Use of Wharf

All navigable waters shall forever remain public highways free to the citizens of the State and the United States without tax, impost or toll imposed; and no tax, toll, impost or wharfage shall be imposed, demanded or received from the owners of any merchandise or commodity for the use of the shores or any wharf erected on the shores or in or over the waters of any navigable stream unless the same be authorized by the General Assembly.

(1970 (56) 2684; 1971 (57) 315.)

Section 5

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