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View the Good Green Deeds Archives by session using the links below.
Many thanks go to Reps. J.Smith, Taylor, Hodges, Herbkersman, Newton, G.M. Smith, Merrill, Bamberg, Ballentine, R.L. Brown, Henderson, and Whipper who introduced H.3564 in 2015 to address weaknesses in our Surface Water Withdrawal and Permitting Act.
We are also grateful for Senators Campsen, Hayes, and Young for their support of reform.
Sen. Hutto offered a friendly amendment to S.165 in committee, effectively nullifying the intent of the proposed bill (to eliminate the all important auto-stay). Thanks to Sens. Hutto, McElveen, and Johnson, who helped us avoid a vote on the Senate floor.
In 2015, Sen. Johnson filed a minority report in the Senate Judiciary Committee to help delay S.229 from progressing through the Senate.
Sen. Hutto introduced a friendly amendment to S.229 that weakened the impact of the bad bill, making a compromised attainable. We thank all of our Senate champions for their help: Sens. Campsen, Sheheen, Courson, McElveen, Scott, Kimpson, and Sabb.
After a two-year fight over S.299 in the House Judiciary Committee, we thank our champions for sticking up for citizens’ rights to hold polluters accountable: Reps. Brannon, Newton, J. Smith, Rutherford, Bernstein, W. McLeod, and Powers Norrell.
Senators Lourie, Jackson, and Sheheen helped us avoid a vote on the Senate floor for S.228 by objecting to the bill, which would have significantly increased legal expenses for anyone appealing permit decisions and reduced the DHEC Board’s accountability.
Representatives Beal, Henegan, Whipper, Gilliard, Clyburn, Hosey, Mack, and McKnight introduced H.4894, an environmental bill of rights that would have allowed local governments to enact environmental regulations more protective than state laws.
Reps. Neal, Henegan, Whipper, Gilliard, Clyburn, Hosey, Mack, and McKnight also supported H.4985, a similar bill that would have established citizens’ environmental property rights.
Representatives Bingham introduced H.4945 with a super-majority of House members co-sponsoring the bill. The bill mirrored Senator Campsen’s S.519 to reauthorize the Conservation Bank, extend the sunset provision, improve the death clause, and increase funding by $0.05 in the deed stamp recording fee.
Representatives J.E. Smith and Robert Brown introduced an amendment to the budget bill (H.3701)to increase funding for the conservation bank. Although this was eventually tabled, we thank Reps. Smith and Brown for their efforts on this important issue.
We also thank Senator Nikki Setzler and Representative Bill Clyburn for working diligently on the budget conference committee to secure Bank funding.
As a stalwart champion of the Conservation Bank, Senator Campsen introduced S.519 that would extend the sunset, add the additional 5 cents and improve the death clause.
Representatives Bill Herbkersman, Peter McCoy, Kirkman Finlay, James Smith, Leon Stavrinakis, Russell Ott, Doug Brannon, and Weston Newton led the effort to establish a permanent baseline for seaward development (H.3378). Senators Ray Cleary, Marlon Kimpson, Chip Campsen, John Courson, Thomas McElveen, and John Matthews led on this issue in the Senate (S.139).
We thank the Senators McElveen and Johnson – as well as Representatives Murrell Smith and Joe Neal – for leading on the effort to focus State resources on keeping pollution out of Lake Marion from the Pinewood hazardous waste site.
Representative David Hiott (House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee Chair), Senator Larry Martin (Senate Judiciary Chair), Representative Gary Clary and Representative Neal Collins responded to citizen concerns about the threat of coal ash pollution and introduced bills to prohibit coal ash from being dumped in Class 2 (unlined) landfills and require disposal in safer class 3 landfills (H.4857/S.1061).
Sen. John Scott filed two timely Minority Reports to stop bills that would have reduced the DHEC Board’s accountability (H.3827) and weakened the Pollution Control Act (H.3925).
Reps. James Smith, Weston Newton, Joe Neal, Walt McLeod, Mandy Powers Norrell, and others took to the House floor to slow down the passage of the “Polluter Amnesty” bill (H.3925).
Rep. James Smith and Sen. Chip Campsen laid groundwork for a continuing dialogue on surface water permitting by introduced bills to protect river flows from large agricultural withdrawals.
Sen. Greg Gregory sponsored our major solar bill last year and managed to get a compromise bill (S.1189) passed in record time at the end of the 2014 session.
Sen. Greg Hembree sponsored a successful resolution supporting wind energy (S.757) that passed on voice votes and legislation to develop offshore wind (S.1011) that was stopped by a Minority Report.
Sen. Floyd Nicholson halted the “flow control” bill (H.3290) with a Minority Report and was aided by Sens. Greg Hembree, Luke Rankin, Ray Cleary, Wes Hayes, Yancey McGill, John Matthews and Gerald Malloy.
Reps. Walt McLeod, Bill Herbkersman, Weston Newton, Tracey Edge and James Smith stood steadfast against “flow control” (H.3290) during both years of session and Rep. Elizabeth Munnerlyn raised a point of order to stop a last ditch effort to attach flow control to the e-waste recycling bill.
Sen. Marlon Kimpson withstood intense pressure from colleagues and kept his objection on S.890 for several weeks before a reluctant compromise was reached limiting the Debordieu sea wall exemption.
Reps. Mandy Powers Norrell, Bill Herbkersman, Doug Brannnon and others helped defeat both S.890 and H.4603 in the House when these bills were amended to provide beachfront exemptions without accompanying protections.
Reps. Allison, Anthony, Bingham, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Edge, Herbkersman, Hosey, Huggins, Limehouse, Merrill, Neal, Ott, Pitts, Simrill, Skelton, J.R. Smith, Stavrinakis, and Whitmire refused in 2013 to let the Ways & Means Committee send Conservation Bank funding to beach renourishment.
Senators John Courson and Phil Leventis hosted successful “Conversations with Conservationists” in January 2011 and 2012, attended by over half of the Senate.
Senator Ray Cleary guided the ABC Recycling bill through the Senate, aided by Senators Campbell and Malloy. Cleary went the extra mile on the House side, testifying before the House Agriculture Committee, reaching out to the Hospitality Association and cheering our efforts, however unsuccessful, until the bill died in the Agriculture Committee.
Representatives Paul Agnew, Chandra Dillard and Kenneth Hodges were conservation stalwarts on the House Agriculture Committee, often casting the only conservation votes on controversial issues.
Senator Brad Hutto fought for a conservation compromise for the Pollution Control Act while Senator Vincent Sheheen attempted to gain consensus for it, made possible in the end by support from Republican Senators: John Courson, Chip Campsen, Tom Davis, Wes Hayes, Greg Gregory, Paul Campbell, Larry Grooms and Danny Verdin.
In the House, Paul Agnew led the floor fight for the Pollution Control Act; Walt McLeod used his vast knowledge of DHEC to defend the citizens’ suit, and Joe Neal made an impassioned case to the House Democratic caucus for fighting against rollbacks of environmental protections. The 20 Republican Representatives who withstood intense lobbying to vote against tabling Agnew’s conservation amendment deserve special credit.
Representative Mike Pitts sponsored two important water quality bills to eliminate phosphate pollution from detergents and to require utilities with frequent sewage spills to improve leaking infrastructure.
In the House, Representative Pitts championed the extension of the Conservation Bank’s scheduled “sunset.” Representative Gary Simrill delivered full funding in his Ways & Means subcommittee. In the Senate, Senators Courson, Campsen, Gregory, Cromer and McGill worked with Senator Hugh Leatherman to secure both funding and the Bank’s extension.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Harrison stopped the “automatic stay” weakening bill (H.4744) in Subcommittee, assisted by James Smith, Walt McLeod and Greg Delleney.
Senators Chip Campsen, Larry Grooms and Tom Davis and Representative Jim Merrill led the unanimous votes protesting DHEC’s permitting of Savannah River deepening and calling on the Board to reconsider its decision.
Senator Thomas Alexander and Representative Bill Sandifer sponsored companion bills to modernize building code standards. Representative Dwight Loftis sponsored the Solar Tax Credit bill and Senator Billy O’Dell shepherded it through his Finance Subcommittee.
To equip DHEC with funds to enact provisions of the Surface Water Withdrawal Act (passed in 2010), Senator Paul Campbell sponsored S.1220. Senator Wes Hayes and Representative Davey Hiott also aided in the passage of the Act.
Senator Ronnie Cromer and Representative Jim Harrison sponsored companion bills to encourage best practices for using prescribed fire to manage forest resources.
In the last months of the session, Senator Chip Campsen guided the Bike bill through the Senate to allow municipalities to grant bicyclists and pedestrians access to “controlled access highways.” Representatives Phil Owens and Joe Daning led the bill through the House.
Senators Danny Verdin and Phil Leventis pushed S.105 through to direct DOT to provide directional signs to farms promoting agritourism. In the House, Represenatives Laurie Funderburk and James Smith sponsored a local food resolution (H.4881) that was held up by Senator Greg Ryberg.