H.3827, the DHEC Board Authority bill, introduced by Reps. Pitts and Loftis, sought to remove the review of permits from the DHEC Board, sending appeals straight to the Administrative Law Court, reducing the Board’s accountability, and increasing litigation costs. Reps. W.J. McLeod, James Smith, Ronnie Sabb, and Gilda Cobb-Hunter expressed concerns about the bill but it passed the House in 2013 by a 71-34 vote. The bill moved to the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs in 2014, where it passed but Sen. Scott attached a Minority Report to delay a floor vote. The business community was unable to get the bill released.