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Hotlist: March 4

Hey friend!

We hope you’re still feeling the momentum of your remarkable display of advocacy at the Statehouse last week. Your dedication to opposing H.5118 sent an unequivocally strong message to both legislators and the utilities, and we are immensely grateful to each and every one of you who has contributed your time and passion to stopping this legislation. 

With over 100 advocates present at the Statehouse on Tuesday, and more than 60 signed up to testify before the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Subcommittee, our collective voice was a force to be reckoned with. Despite utility executives, out-of-town petroleum interests, and utility-backed special interests getting priority over voter voices, our united front communicated the message loud and clear. As noted in our last update, it was truly remarkable to witness the overflow room have an additional overflow room. Your presence made a profound impact, and we have so much to be proud of. 

While this hearing marked the beginning of our journey, CVSC remains steadfast in opposing this legislation every step of the way. We will continue to amplify the concerns of voters and communities affected by this issue. Although the battle is far from over, your collective determination has placed us in a stronger position. 

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to protecting the South Carolina we love.


Updates

  • Land, Water, Ocean
    • Transferable Development Rights will have a hearing this Wednesday! This zoning tool empowers local governments to protect South Carolina’s special places while simultaneously promoting thoughtful growth. CVSC and partners will be there to support the bill, and it’s time to show your support! Tell your representative to support H.4996!
    • CVSC and the Rosenwald Schools Trail Study Steering Committee celebrated SC Rosenwald Schools Day at the Statehouse this past Wednesday. Lawmakers stood to recognize the study, highlighting the urgent and necessary work that is being done to protect these schools and their stories. Keeping lawmakers interested in the process is critical as this study is conducted, and SC Rosenwald Schools Day is an important piece of that work. Your voice is even more important; there’s still time to thank your legislator for funding the study!
  • Partnerships
    • Session two of the Palmetto Leadership Academy was hosted at the Pine Grove Community Center. The fellows toured and learned the history of the Pine Grove Rosenwald School and the importance of preserving cultural land. Guest speakers for this session included the Pine Grove Rosenwald School curator, Brenda McGriff, and former student, Iris Simpkins; CVSC’s Land, Water and Ocean Project Manager, Zach Bjur and President, John Tynan; as well as the Office of the City Manager – City of Columbia, Ashley Jenkins Wood, and Chair of the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission, Fiona Martin.

Actions

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.


Highlights & Shoutouts

CVSC Strategic Planning: CVSC staff and board members met recently to discuss our progress since our last strategic plan was developed. We reflected on our many achievements and identified growth opportunities that will help us develop a roadmap for the next decade of our work. We’re looking forward to this invaluable process and can’t wait for you to see how it impacts the future of South Carolina.

LCV’s 2023 National Environmental Scorecard: The League of Conservation Voters released their 2023 National Environmental Scorecard! CVSC would like to congratulate Congressman James E. Clyburn on his 100% score and thank him for his dedication to protecting South Carolina’s environment and communities at every opportunity.


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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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