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The Poultry Bill

Bill #: H.3929

Session: 2017-2018

Topics:

Regulatory Regulatory

Outcome

CVSC opposed this bill and it passed.

H.3929 would reduce the ability of neighbors and DHEC to address the negative impacts poultry operations may have on adjacent lands and natural resources. It was yet another attempt to reduce people’s ability to engage in the permitting process and protect their right to a clean and healthy environment. The bill as proposed established a $5,000 filing fee for appeals of poultry permits, eliminated vegetative buffer requirements, limited the number of citizens with ‘standing’ to bring and appeal, and took away DHEC’s discretion in establishing setbacks from water sources.

After much discussion with stakeholders, the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee, led by Chairman Hiott, removed the $5,000 filing fee for appealing a permit and reinserted the requirements for vegetative buffers.

After intense floor debate in both chambers, this legislation ultimately passed into law in 2018.

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

H.3929 The Poultry Bill (Cloture Vote)

When the bill came to the floor of the House, Rep. Clary introduced over 100 amendments to kill, delay, or improve the bill. In order to limit the number of amendments introduced and the amount of debate on each amendment, the House moved to “invoke cloture” on May 9, 2017, by a vote of 54-44. This vote prevented a prolonged floor fight and weakened the ability of Rep. Clary (R-Clemson) and conservationists to improve the bill. The cloture vote is the focus of this scored vote.

Ultimately, H.3929 passed the House by a vote of 77-12 (this vote is not scored).

Once in the Senate, Senator Kimpson led a lengthy filibuster in order to secure several amendments and improve the bill. On March 12, 2018, Governor Henry McMaster signed H.3929 into law.

  • This is a procedural vote on an Anti-Conservation Bill.
  • The Pro-Conservation Vote was NO to invoke cloture in the House.
  • The bill passed the House in 2017, an amended version passed the Senate in 2018 and was signed into law by the Governor in 2018.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
Conservation Vote
D
59
House
No
NV
NV
R
36
House
No
Yea
-
D
103
House
No
Nay
+
D
42
House
No
Nay
+
R
94
House
No
Nay
+
D
57
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
87
House
No
NV
NV
D
80
House
No
Yea
-
R
71
House
No
NV
NV
D
90
House
No
Nay
+
R
24
House
No
Nay
+
R
28
House
No
Yea
-
R
114
House
No
Nay
+
D
78
House
No
Nay
+
R
81
House
No
Nay
+
D
122
House
No
Nay
+
R
123
House
No
Yea
-
D
70
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
116
House
No
Nay
+
R
48
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
17
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
89
House
No
Nay
+
R
35
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
3
House
No
Nay
+
R
107
House
No
Yea
-
D
82
House
No
Nay
+
D
66
House
No
Nay
+
R
110
House
No
Nay
+
R
32
House
No
Nay
+
R
5
House
No
Nay
+
R
68
House
No
Yea
-
R
117
House
No
Yea
-
R
92
House
No
Yea
-
R
100
House
No
Yea
-
R
43
House
No
NV
NV
D
23
House
No
NV
NV
D
41
House
No
Nay
+
R
104
House
No
Yea
-
R
22
House
No
Yea
-
R
124
House
No
Yea
-
R
26
House
No
Yea
-
R
75
House
No
Yea
-
R
39
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
34
House
No
Yea
-
R
106
House
No
Nay
+
D
52
House
No
Nay
+
R
11
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
111
House
No
Nay
+
D
95
House
No
NV
NV
R
20
House
No
Yea
-
R
105
House
No
Yea
-
D
73
House
No
Nay
+
D
55
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
21
House
No
Yea
-
D
31
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
54
House
No
NV
NV
R
118
House
No
Yea
-
R
108
House
No
Yea
-
R
8
House
No
Yea
-
R
4
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
83
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
91
House
No
Nay
+
D
76
House
No
Nay
+
R
85
House
No
Yea
-
D
102
House
No
Nay
+
R
58
House
No
NV
NV
R
63
House
No
Yea
-
D
49
House
No
Nay
+
D
61
House
Yes
EA
EA
D
97
House
No
Nay
+
R
19
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
37
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
60
House
No
Yea
-
R
65
House
No
Yea
-
R
99
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
109
House
No
Nay
+
R
38
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
40
House
No
Yea
-
R
115
House
No
Nay
+
R
13
House
No
NV
NV
D
77
House
No
Nay
+
R
56
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
101
House
No
Nay
+
D
31
House
No
NV
NV
R
29
House
No
Yea
-
R
30
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
98
House
No
NV
NV
D
70
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
45
House
No
Yea
-
R
120
House
No
NV
NV
R
48
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
44
House
No
EA
EA
D
93
House
No
Nay
+
D
12
House
No
Nay
+
D
113
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
14
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
47
House
No
Yea
-
R
10
House
No
Yea
-
R
69
House
No
NV
NV
D
64
House
No
Nay
+
D
121
House
No
Nay
+
R
15
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
25
House
No
Nay
+
D
74
House
No
Nay
+
R
56
House
No
Yea
-
R
2
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
46
House
No
NV
NV
R
67
House
No
NV
NV
R
27
House
No
Yea
-
D
72
House
No
Nay
+
R
112
House
No
Yea
-
R
96
House
No
Yea
-
D
119
House
No
Nay
+
R
18
House
No
NV
NV
R
33
House
No
Nay
+
R
86
House
No
Yea
-
R
9
House
No
Yea
-
D
79
House
No
Nay
+
R
88
House
No
Nay
+
R
28
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
51
House
No
NV
NV
R
7
House
No
Yea
-
D
50
House
No
NV
NV
D
113
House
No
Nay
+
R
6
House
No
Yea
-
R
1
House
No
Yea
-
D
62
House
No
Nay
+
R
16
House
No
Yea
-
R
84
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
53
House
Yes
EA
EA