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Welcome Back to the State House

After a mostly ceremonial first week at the State House, we are entering the second week with a lot of action on conservation issues. This second week is one of organization. Committees in the House and Senate will be meeting…

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Petition: Ask the Senate for an Open Process for the DHEC Director

Days after Catherine Templeton announced her resignation, the DHEC Board appointed a new Director, Eleanor Kitzman. Previous Boards conducted public, national searches and interviewed multiple candidates before making their decision. The current Board failed to…

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Top 10 for 2014

We were busy protecting the South Carolina you love in 2014: Here are 10 WAYS WE CAN PROVE IT. 10) The Solar Bill passed unanimously: The future of energy is now coming to South Carolina.

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Cleaning up Coal Ash

In 2012, I worked closely with our conservation lobbyists and environmental attorneys to defend South Carolina’s historic Pollution Control Act. In the end, we reluctantly agreed to a compromise that weakened the citizens “cause of action” but ensured that the…

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CVSC Announces Scorecard and Conservation Counts Tour

On the campaign trail, candidates of both parties often tout the value of farming, forestry, outdoor recreation and tourism to the State’s economy. But who is voting for or against protecting the natural resources that drive South Carolina’s economy? Conservation…

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2014 Conservation Hotlist Wrap-Up

Thank you again for supporting our advocacy efforts this past Year. With the help of our conservation partners in the lobby, we have a lot to be proud of this Year. In the hotlist wrap-up, you'll find CVSC's summary of the 2014 legislative Year as it relates to many of our Conservation Common Agenda priorities. We were able to stop anti-environmental initiatives like the “flow control” bill and prevent further weakening of the Pollution Control Act. We passed a major piece of solar energy legislation. We were disappointed that funding for the Conservation Bank was held at the same level as last Year. We look forward to a fresh start in 2014 when we hope to improve protections for our rivers. Most importantly, we want to pause to thank you for helping us make our collective voices heard to protect the South Carolina you love.

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Behind Closed Doors

We win some and we lose some at the State House but we are most likely to lose when decisions are made behind closed doors.