Senate rules promote compromise and contemplative action, meaning bills are usually fully supported by the time they reach the Senate floor for a vote. To dig deeper into the true actions of Senators on conservation issues, we are now bringing you votes from Senate committee meetings. We have also added extra points to Senators’ scores for introducing conservation-friendly bills, with a penalty for those Senators introducing bills against conservation.

Read more about how we score the Senate
The Senate prides itself on its ability to compromise and in fact Senate rules prevent most contested bills from reaching the floor. Since floor votes provide an incomplete picture, we applied a 90% scale to floor votes and provided a way for Senators to earn an additional 10% through committee votes and bill sponsorship. Almost all the bills monitored by the conservation community were either in Agriculture & Natural Resources, Medical Affairs or Judiciary Committee. We scored votes in these committees on bills prioritized by the Common Agenda, and since Committee meetings often conflict, we allowed one missed vote to be excused. The 41 Senators serving on these Committees therefore received an adjusted up or down percentage “bump” based on a sliding scale. We plan to refine this process in the future.

Committee Vote Scale:
0-25% = -5%
26-50% = -3%
51-75% = +3%
76-100% = +5%

See below for more information about each committee, and how each committee voted on conservation issues.

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Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Committee on Judiciary Committee on Judiciary

Committee on Medical Affairs Committee on Medical Affairs






Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources


2013-2014 Committee Members

Paul Campbell
District
-
Tom Corbin
District
-
Greg Gregory
District
-
Larry Grooms
District
-
Greg Hembree
District
-
Kevin Johnson
District
-
Shane Massey
District
-
John Matthews
District
-
Thomas McElveen
District
-
Katrina Shealy
District
-
Vincent Sheheen
District
-
Danny Verdin
District
-
Tom Young
District
-


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2013-2014 Votes

h.3592 - LEED Elimination

Bryant

Campbell

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Bryant

Grooms

Hembree

Johnson

Massey

Matthews

McElveen

McGill

Shealy

Sheheen

Verdin

Williams

Young
h.3847 - E-Waste Recycling Bill

Bryant

Campbell

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Bryant

Grooms

Hembree

Johnson

Massey

Matthews

McElveen

McGill

Shealy

Sheheen

Verdin

Williams

Young
s.191 - Farm to Schools

Bryant

Campbell

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Bryant

Grooms

Hembree

Johnson

Massey

Matthews

McElveen

McGill

Shealy

Sheheen

Verdin

Williams

Young
s.757 - Wind Resolution

Bryant

Campbell

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Bryant

Grooms

Hembree

Johnson

Massey

Matthews

McElveen

McGill

Shealy

Sheheen

Verdin

Williams

Young



Committee on Judiciary

Committee on Judiciary


2013-2014 Committee Members

Karl Allen
District
-
Sean Bennett
District
-
Chip Campsen
District
-
Tom Corbin
District
-
Greg Gregory
District
-
Greg Hembree
District
-
Brad Hutto
District
-
Kevin Johnson
District
-
Marlon Kimpson
District
-
Gerald Malloy
District
-
Shane Martin
District
-
Shane Massey
District
-
Thomas McElveen
District
-
Luke Rankin
District
-
John Scott
District
-
Katrina Shealy
District
-
Vincent Sheheen
District
-
Ross Turner
District
-
Tom Young
District
-


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2013-2014 Votes

h.3945 - Ethics Reform

Allen

Bennett

Bright

Campsen

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Hembree

Hutto

Johnson

Kimpson

Malloy

Martin

S. Martin

Massey

McElveen

Rankin

Scott

Shealy

Sheheen

Thurmond

Turner

Young
s.1011 - Offshore Wind

Allen

Bennett

Bright

Campsen

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Hembree

Hutto

Johnson

Kimpson

Malloy

Martin

S. Martin

Massey

McElveen

Rankin

Scott

Shealy

Sheheen

Thurmond

Turner

Young
s.1189 - Solar Energy Compromise

Allen

Bennett

Bright

Campsen

Coleman

Corbin

Gregory

Hembree

Hutto

Johnson

Kimpson

Malloy

Martin

S. Martin

Massey

McElveen

Rankin

Scott

Shealy

Sheheen

Thurmond

Turner

Young



Committee on Medical Affairs

Committee on Medical Affairs


2013-2014 Committee Members

Tom Davis
District
-
Brad Hutto
District
-
Darrell Jackson
District
-
Kevin Johnson
District
-
Shane Martin
District
-
Floyd Nicholson
District
-
Harvey Peeler
District
-
John Scott
District
-
Danny Verdin
District
-


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2013-2014 Votes

h.3290 - Flow Control

Alexander

Bright

Cleary

Courson

Davis

Fair

Hayes

Hutto

Jackson

Johnson

Lourie

Martin

Nicholson

Peeler

Pinckney

Scott

Verdin
h.3827 - DHEC Board Review Authority

Alexander

Bright

Cleary

Courson

Davis

Fair

Hayes

Hutto

Jackson

Johnson

Lourie

Martin

Nicholson

Peeler

Pinckney

Scott

Verdin
h.3925 - Pollution Amnesty Act

Alexander

Bright

Cleary

Courson

Davis

Fair

Hayes

Hutto

Jackson

Johnson

Lourie

Martin

Nicholson

Peeler

Pinckney

Scott

Verdin