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Hotlist: April 2

Happy Tuesday! We have a slow week ahead as the House is on furlough and the Senate Finance Committee focuses on wrapping up its work on the appropriations bill. After last week, a slower pace is welcome. Let’s dive in:

Gratitude: Last week, the energy bill (H.5118) we’ve been following for months came up for debate on the House floor. Let me be clear: this bill would be tough to beat. It was one of the Speaker’s top priorities and was backed heavily by the utilities. After a brief debate on Wednesday, where amendment after amendment was defeated with little discussion, H.5118 passed through the House by a vote of 88-21 and now heads to the Senate. 

Why gratitude? Three reasons! First, I’m incredibly grateful to our staff working overtime on this campaign. Second, I’m thankful to all of you who have taken action over the last several weeks. Our lawmakers received thousands of messages from their constituents expressing concerns over the bill and its effects on the cost of our energy and our environment. Finally, I’m grateful for the legislators who voted no and introduced amendments to make a bad bill better. Despite facing significant challenges, we stood our ground, rallied together, and made a powerful statement. 

Next Steps: The bill now heads to the Senate, where its future is unclear. We aren’t done yet, so prepare for one last push in the coming weeks!


Updates

  • Energy
    • Attention Duke Energy Carolinas customers in Greenville and Greenwood! Duke is asking regulators at the Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rate hike, and you have a chance to speak up. Join public hearings on April 8 (Greenville) and April 11 (Greenwood). Find details and registration links here, and contact [email protected] with any questions. Regulators will hear Duke’s side of the story—here’s your chance to tell yours! 
  • Land, Water, Ocean
    • The Trails Tax Credit Bill H.3121 passed and was sent to the Governor’s desk last week! This is a big win for access to the outdoors and will help enhance trail connectivity in South Carolina.
  • Events 
    • There will be a Rally for the Edisto Event at Colleton State Park in Canadys on Sunday, April 7th, starting at 2:00 pm. This event will highlight the detrimental impacts of H.5118, including the proposed joint megaproject on the banks of the Edisto River located just upstream from the State Park. Register Here and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Action Center

Here’s a round-up of current actions you can take to help us advance conservation policy during this legislative session. If you’ve already taken these actions, thank you! We’ll add more actions and provide updates as things unfold.


The Legislative Hotlist is an update from our Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Policy, Meagan Diedolf. Sign up for emails to get the Hotlist delivered directly to your inbox!

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