On February 15, 2011, South Carolina House Judiciary Committee members debated changes to the S.C. open container statute. A proposed amendment of the statute would eliminate a six month driver's license suspension for such convictions in certain instances. Supporters of the amendment note that the current statute does not penalize those with open containers of beer or wine in the same manner as other types of open containers.
Murrell Smith, a state representative from Sumter, points out the law is unfair. Mr. Smith explained that people convicted of an open container charge for beer, wine or liquor all face a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail. Individuals charged with open container violations for wine or beer don't have their licenses suspended, while those convicted of open container violations for liquor face the suspension. He notes "What is in your cup makes a difference in whether you get your license suspended".