For Immediate Release
February 7, 2018
CHARLESTON, SC – In response to today’s vote in the S.C. House of Representatives (73-41) to pass House Bill 3529, a bill that would prevent local municipalities from addressing plastic pollution and considering bag bans, Coastal Conservation League Land, Water and Wildlife Program Director Emily Cedzo issued the following statement:
Today’s vote is a rejection of home rule and the best interests of our communities and environment. Local governments and citizens should have the right to address local problems, like plastic pollution, with local solutions. We will continue to fight for them.
We want to thank our legislative champions in the House who fought hard to dismiss the bill and silence the special interests who lobbied for its passage.
We are ready to take the fight to the Senate. Through continued hard work, persistence and citizen participation, we know we will be successful.
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