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February 14th, 2022
By Megan Chase
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As we enter Week 6 of the Legislative Session, we continue to see progress on many conservation priorities, which is honestly the best kind of valentine.
Missed last week's update? Click here for a deep dive on the Conservation Enhancement Act.
Funding moves forward
The American Rescue Plan Act Authorizations funding bill, H.4408, moved out of House Ways and Means, carrying with it funding for transformational projects in resilience and water, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure. W&M leadership divided funding decisions into two phases, so we were pleased to see funding for these critical initiatives included in Phase I.
Land protection bills gain support
H.4956 - The SC Conservation Enhancement Act was filed in the House as a companion to Senate Bill S.1039. Click here to read last week’s spotlight on this legislation that would create substantial revenue streams for land conservation and calls for a doubling of protected lands by 2050.
S.1051 - The Mine Permitting Bill was filed in the Senate as a companion to House Bill H.3892, which would prohibit DHEC from permitting mines within two miles of public parks and greenspace. You can read more about the impact of this legislation in this week’s article from the Post & Courier. Convinced this bill would do some good? Use this Action Center to ask your representative to support this legislation.
S.1049, filed last Tuesday, proposes to improve sections of the SC Pollution Control Act regarding air emissions. This bill could vastly improve air quality in many regions of the state by:
Tuesday (2/15): A House Environmental Affairs Subcommittee will take up two bills:
You can watch that hearing here. I don’t have a time, because it is scheduled to begin “immediately upon adjournment of the House Ag Subcommittee,” which is scheduled “one hour after adjournment of the House” ...as you do.
Wednesday (2/16): The House Ways & Means Subcommittee will take up budget provisos, which are lines in the state budget that give temporary authorizations to expend state dollars and are usually inserted into the budget by individual legislators. If you’re like me and are fascinated by the budget process, you’ll watch that hearing here at 9 am.
Thursday (2/17) at 10 am: The full Senate Medical Affairs Committee is scheduled again to take up S.219 - the PFAS bill. You can watch that hearing here. Have you contacted your legislator to ask for their support of this bill? If not, you can use this action alert to contact your legislator.
Not sure where to start? Last week we provided an easy-to-use guide for contacting legislators.
Until next week...
State Policy Director
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