S.105 Saving the Automatic Stay (Adjournment Vote)

After the failed special order vote, the Senate Rules Committee, under the leadership of Senator Massey, used its special order slot to bring this bill up for debate. Senator McElveen led an intense filibuster began with several other Senators working…

S.105 Saving the Automatic Stay (Special Order Vote)

After intense debate in subcommittee and committee in the Senate, the bill made it to the floor of the Senate where it was stalled by an objection from Senator McElveen. The Senate attempted to make this bill priority for consideration…

S.44 Solar Market Growth (Second)

Senators understood the need to grow our solar market in South Carolina and passed the bill on February 1, 2017 with a vote of 38 to 4. Unfortunately, after passing the Senate, the bill sat in the House Ways and…

Clean Energy Budget Amendments

Rep. James Smith (D-Columbia) introduced two amendments to the annual budget bill focused on addressing energy planning issues for the PSC and utility generation development.  …

Solar Jobs

H.4421 was introduced to eliminate the net metering cap on residential solar and allow our state’s solar energy sector to continue to produce thousands of good-paying clean energy jobs, lower power bills, and eliminate payment to utilities for “lost revenue”…

Net Metering Cap Increase

Legislators introduced H.5045 to protect the utilities from potential lost revenue and sabotage efforts to continue growing South Carolina’s solar industry. This bad bill was fast-tracked through subcommittee and committee in one day with no debate about its job-killing implications…

Utilities Consumer Advocate

H.4379 was introduced as a result of the failed VC Summer nuclear project. In the fall-out of the project, energy reform leaders in the House crafted the bill to create a Consumer Advocate who would argue for ratepayer protections in…

The Poultry Bill

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…

Anti-Home Rule

H.3529 sought to prohibit communities from adopting local ordinances affecting disposable containers, specifically plastic bags and Styrofoam.

Dam Safety Reform

In response to the floods of 2015-2016, Speaker Lucas (R-Darlington) and Representatives Hiott (R-Pickens), V.S. Moss (R-Cherokee), Pitts (R-Laurens), West (R-Anderson), and Crosby (R-Charleston) and several House members introduced H.3218, which sought to update the dam safety law to give…