The Poultry Bill

H.3929 would reduce the ability of neighbors and DHEC to address the negative impacts poultry operations may have on adjacent lands and natural resources. It was yet another attempt to reduce people‚Äôs ability to engage in the permitting process and…

Landfill Clean-Up & Emergency Fund

H.4644 gives DHEC the ability to respond immediately to landfill emergencies, requires construction and demolition recyclers to quickly process the debris they collect, and gives localities zoning authority instead of DHEC. The bill was crafted through a consensus-based stakeholder process…

Conservation Bank Re-Authorization

H. 4727 permanently reauthorizes the Conservation Bank while also maintaining its independence, preserving its competitive grants process, ensuring its ability to support cost-effective conservation easements, and implementing several structural reforms to the Board and operations to improve transparency and inter-agency…

Immunity from Nuisance Suits

H. 3653 sought to give industries immunity from nuisance suits from their neighbors. Nuisance laws allow citizens to take legal action to protect their property and quality of life from from excessive light, noise and odor pollution that comes from…

Saving the Automatic Stay

The Automatic Stay is an important pause button that goes into effect when a permit decision is challenged, but before the permit is issued, in the Administrative Law Court (ALC). This stay has paused activities that may have done irreparable…

Stopping Offshore Drilling (Budget Amendment)

After offshore drilling bills stalled in 2019, Senator Campsen wanted to make sure we at least had a way to temporarily block offshore drilling from occurring off the SC coast. The amendment aimed to prohibit the industrialization of our coastline…

Energy Freedom Act

Introduced by a bipartisan group of House members in 2019 the Energy Freedom Act (H.3659) lifted the cap on solar energy development in South Carolina and opened up the clean energy marketplace. The Act addressed large-scale, commercial, and residential solar…

Wildlife Trading – Turtles

This bill aimed to protect native reptiles and amphibians from the illegal wildlife trade, similar to efforts adopted in other Southeastern states. This bill was referred to the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee. The Committee added an amendment…

Energy Market Reform (RTO)

Introduced by Representatives Sandifer and Forrester, H.4949 sought to establish an electricity market reform study committee charged with assessing the ratepayer and clean energy benefits of various energy market reforms, including joining or creating a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). The…