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DHEC Reform

Bill #: S.399

Session: 2023-2024


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CVSC is monitoring this bill.

Introduced by Senators Peeler and Alexander, S.399 is a big bill with far-reaching consequences. Most importantly the current version of the bill being debated:

  • Splits DHEC up into two separate agencies: the Department of Public and Behavioral Health and the Department of Environmental Services
  • The Department of Environmental Services will largely function as a permitting agency directly accountable to the Governor as a cabinet agency
  • It reassigns certain responsibilities, moving the Water Resources Division at DNR to the new Department of Environmental Services

Status: S.399 was passed and signed by the Governor on May 19.