Thursday, February 15: The bill will head to a subcommittee of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry committee next.
- Email your Senator and the subcommittee: https://coastal.bsd.net/page/speakout/home-rule-in-senate
Thursday, February 8: More press coverage
- The State: No more plastic bag bans for SC: House says towns, cities cannot ban grocery bags
- WMBF: SC House votes to put an end to plastic bag bans
Wednesday, February 7: In a 73-41 vote, House Bill 3529 passed out of the House and will move on. We are ready to take the fight to protect home rule to the Senate.
Heard on the House floor today:
- Rep. Cezar McKnight (D – Williamsburg): “Why are we getting away or trying to do away with home rule? Because that’s effectively what we’re doing. And it won’t just be the plastic bag people who are here this time. It’ll be another special interest group that’s here another time and another time and a time after that, until we’ve effectively done away with our county councils and our municipalities.”
- Rep. William Cogswell (R – Charleston): “We on the coast don’t want this bill, and we think it’s a gross overreach by the state.”
Check out today’s reactions in the media:
- Post and Courier: S.C. House moves to block local governments from passing plastic bag bans
- Island Packet: SC gets closer to blocking plastic bag bans. Here’s what that means for Beaufort County.
House Bill 3529 is a violation of home rule, a legal provision in South Carolina that enables towns, cities and counties the right to self-govern. The bill would prevent local municipalities from addressing local problems like plastic pollution.