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Energy Freedom Act

Bill #: H.3659

Session: 2019-2020

Topics:

Energy Energy

Outcome

CVSC supported this bill and it passed.

House 110-0
Senate 46-0

Introduced by a bipartisan group of House members in 2019 the Energy Freedom Act (H.3659) lifted the cap on solar energy development in South Carolina and opened up the clean energy marketplace. The Act addressed large-scale, commercial, and residential solar and renewable energy needs, as well as consumer protections. It established a policy of the State of South Carolina to promote solar energy and to ensure solar is accessible to all – regardless of income and home ownership. In addition, the Act deferred a number of long-term solar policy issues to the Public Service Commission.

After passing unanimously through both chambers, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster in May of 2019.

 

  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • N/A Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.3659 SC Energy Freedom Act (Second Reading in House)

With a lot of negotiating and time spent crafting the bill in the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry (LCI) Committee, the bill unanimously passed the House 110-0 and was sent to the Senate in early April of 2019.

  • This is a Pro-Conservation Bill.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
Conservation Vote
D
59
House
No
Yea
+
R
36
House
No
Yea
+
D
103
House
Yes
EA
EA
D
57
House
No
Yea
+
R
104
House
No
Yea
+
D
80
House
No
EA
EA
R
71
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
90
House
No
Yea
+
R
24
House
No
Yea
+
R
114
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
78
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
81
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
123
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
70
House
No
Yea
+
D
116
House
No
Yea
+
R
48
House
No
EA
EA
R
17
House
No
Yea
+
R
87
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
89
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
94
House
No
Yea
+
R
35
House
No
Yea
+
R
3
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
107
House
No
Yea
+
D
82
House
No
Yea
+
D
66
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
110
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
5
House
No
Yea
+
R
21
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
10
House
No
Yea
+
R
68
House
No
Yea
+
R
92
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
100
House
No
Yea
+
D
23
House
No
Yea
+
R
22
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
124
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
26
House
No
Yea
+
R
75
House
No
A
A
R
39
House
No
Yea
+
R
34
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
106
House
No
Yea
+
D
52
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
11
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
77
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
42
House
No
Yea
+
D
111
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
95
House
No
Yea
+
R
19
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
105
House
Yes
NV
NV
D
73
House
No
NV
NV
D
55
House
No
Yea
+
D
31
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
54
House
No
Yea
+
R
118
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
108
House
No
Yea
+
R
8
House
No
Yea
+
R
4
House
No
Yea
+
R
83
House
No
Yea
+
D
91
House
No
Yea
+
D
76
House
No
Yea
+
R
85
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
32
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
102
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
58
House
No
Yea
+
R
14
House
No
NV
NV
R
63
House
No
Yea
+
R
97
House
No
Yea
+
D
49
House
No
Yea
+
D
61
House
No
Yea
+
R
43
House
No
Yea
+
R
37
House
No
Yea
+
R
60
House
No
Yea
+
R
65
House
No
Yea
+
R
99
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
109
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
38
House
No
A
A
R
40
House
No
Yea
+
D
117
House
No
Yea
+
R
115
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
13
House
No
Yea
+
D
41
House
No
Yea
+
R
56
House
No
Yea
+
D
101
House
No
Yea
+
D
15
House
No
Yea
+
R
20
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
29
House
No
Yea
+
R
30
House
No
EA
EA
R
98
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
45
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
120
House
Yes
EA
EA
D
44
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
84
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
93
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
12
House
No
Yea
+
D
113
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
47
House
No
Yea
+
D
64
House
No
Yea
+
D
121
House
No
NV
NV
D
25
House
No
Yea
+
D
72
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
74
House
No
Yea
+
R
2
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
46
House
No
Yea
+
R
67
House
No
Yea
+
R
27
House
No
Yea
+
R
112
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
96
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
119
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
18
House
No
Yea
+
R
33
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
86
House
No
Yea
+
R
9
House
No
Yea
+
D
79
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
88
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
28
House
No
Yea
+
D
51
House
No
NV
NV
R
7
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
50
House
No
Yea
+
R
6
House
No
Yea
+
R
1
House
No
Yea
+
D
62
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
122
House
No
Yea
+
R
16
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
69
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
53
House
No
Yea
+
  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • N/A Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.3659 SC Energy Freedom Act (Third Reading in Senate)

Senator Tom Davis had introduced the Senate companion bill (S.332) early in the 2019 session. Conversations surrounding S.332 had laid the foundation for quick consideration of the House version of the Energy Freedom Act by the Senate Judiciary Committee. After further negotiations and debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate passed H.3659 with a unanimous vote 46-0, and the House concurred with changes.

  • This is a Pro-Conservation Bill.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
Conservation Vote
R
1
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
7
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
38
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
44
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
43
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
3
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
15
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
5
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
18
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
46
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
17
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
4
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
34
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
16
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
37
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
20
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
28
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
40
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
21
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
36
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
42
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
31
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
6
Senate
Yes
Yea
+
D
29
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
13
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
25
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
39
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
45
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
35
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
22
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
10
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
14
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
33
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
11
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
2
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
32
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
19
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
41
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
26
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
23
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
27
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
12
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
8
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
9
Senate
No
Yea
+
D
30
Senate
No
Yea
+
R
24
Senate
No
Yea
+