H.3529 sought to prohibit communities from adopting local ordinances affecting disposable containers, specifically plastic bags and Styrofoam. With several intense debates on the roles of local and state government and the detrimental effects of plastics on our coastal economies, House champions won a very close vote on March 7, 2017, to delay consideration of the bill it for a year by “continuing the bill”. See this link for more information on the continuance vote.
The bill was again eligible for consideration in the House in 2018. Despite valiant attempts by House champions, special interests succeeded in flipping a number of votes to allow the bill’s passage in the House on February 7, 2018, by a vote of 73-41. This second reading vote is the focus of this scored vote.
The bill then moved to the Senate. The one year delay achieved by the 2017 continuance vote allowed the conservation community to build intense grassroots and legislative opposition to the bill. Ultimately, the bill died in the Senate in 2018.
The bill was introduced by Bedingfield (R-Greenville), Sandifer (R-Oconee), Hamilton (R-Greenville), Forrester (R-Spartanburg) and many others.
House champions who spoke against the bill on second reading and worked to slow, amend, or kill the bill include McKnight, Pitts, McEachern, Cogswell, J.E. Smith, Clary, Crosby, and Pendarvis.
- This is an Anti-Conservation Bill.
- The Pro-Conservation Vote was NO for second reading on February 2, 2018.
- There are additional votes related to this bill. Click here and here for those vote details.
- Because of this vote the bill passed the House in 2018, but was then stalled and died in the Senate.