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July 5th, 2023
By Megan Chase-Muller
Last week we reviewed conservation successes from the 2023 Legislative Session at the South Carolina Statehouse, as well as events that had occurred since Sine Die.
With several positive bills advanced or signed into law, lawmakers gave us plenty of reasons to celebrate, but the real success for conservation this year was in the State Budget, a process we have been discussing since week two of the Legislative Session. Read below for a look at the final 2023–2024 State Budget.
Missed last week's Update? Click here for a recap of the 2023 Legislative Session.
As we have reported almost weekly since January, compiling the annual State Budget is an arduous process that takes an immense amount of patience and determination to compile, complete, and defend.
Upstate lawmakers were essential to this process, not only as heads of the House Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Bruce Bannister, Greenville) and Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Harvey Peeler, Cherokee), but we saw other leaders from the Upstate step up to propose and defend elements of the budget that would promote sustainable, healthy Upstate communities and landscapes.
As you can see, this year’s budget gave us much to celebrate. Please consider giving a special thanks to Chairmen Bruce Bannister and Harvey Peeler, and other members of the Ways and Means and Finance Committees, for their leadership and commitment to conservation priorities.
Until next January, that’s it for our legislative updates! In the meantime, look out for more opportunities from UF to engage with state agencies. In particular, the SC Public Service Commission will present several opportunities in the coming months to voice your opinion on upcoming decisions that affect your electric bills. We’ll send updates that will help you and your communities participate in those decisions.
As always, please be in touch if you have any questions about the legislative process, if you would like assistance in contacting or meeting with your legislators, or if you have any ideas to consider for next year!
State Policy Director
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