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 introduced by Dillard (D-Greenville), Anthony (D-Union), Atkinson (D-Marion), Kirby (D-Florence), Henderson-Myers (D-Spartanburg), Martin (R-Newberry), Burns (R-Greenville), Williams (D-Darlington), Yow (R-Chesterfield), W. Newton (R-Beaufort), Hewitt (R-Georgetown), Blackwell (R-Aiken), Forrest (R-Lexington) and Hixon (R-Aiken); it was formed through a consensus-based stakeholder process at DHEC that yielded a broad coalition of support. The House voted 98-1 on March 8, 2018 to support the bill. The Senate votes on April 25, 2018, to approve the bill. Governor McMaster then signed it into law on May 3, 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.