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 coordination related to conservation efforts. H.4727 was sponsored by Representatives White (R-Anderson), Hardee (R-Horry), Yow (R-Chesterfield), Huggins (R-Lexington), Jefferson (D-Berkeley), Hosey (D-Barnwell), Anderson (D-Georgetown), West (R-Anderson), Hewitt (R-Georgetown), Finlay (R-Richland), Ott (D-Calhoun), Duckworth (R-Horry), Sandifer (R-Oconee), Davis (R-Berkeley), Clary (R-Pickens), B. Newton (R-Lancaster), J.E. Smith (D-Richland), Rutherford (D-Richland), Bernstein (D-Richland), W. Newton (R-Beaufort), Herbkersman (R-Beaufort), McCoy (R-Charleston), Lowe (R-Darlington), Elliott (R-Greenville), and S. Rivers (R-Berkeley).
This bill was shepherded through the House by Representatives White, Pitts, Lowe, and others. On February 14, 2018, the House passed H.4727 by a vote of 107-3.
The bill was shepherded through the Senate by Senators Setzler, Leatherman, Campsen, and others. On March 22, 2018, the Senate passed H.4727 by a vote of 38-0
The nearly unanimous passage of this bill in both the House and Senate demonstrated the support for the State’s continued investment in the protection of public and private lands.
The bill was signed into law by Governor McMaster on June 18, 2018.
- These are votes on a Pro-Conservation Bill.
- The Pro-Conservation Vote was YES for second reading in the House and Senate
- The bill has been signed into law.