Thursday, May 10, 2018 News · Press Releases

Statement on the Defeat of House Bill 3529

by Caitie Forde-Smith

Coastal Conservation League

Press Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2018

Emily Cedzo – Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director – emilyc@scccl.org – (843) 725-1290
Caitie Forde-Smith – Communications Director – caitiefs@scccl.org – (252) 714-4790

CHARLESTON, SC – In response to news from Columbia that lawmakers will not consider a statewide ban on local single-use plastics bans (House Bill 3529), essentially killing the bill this legislative session, Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director Emily Cedzo said:

Our communities should celebrate today. This is a victory for all of us.

South Carolina’s citizen advocates and local governments have fought the ban on bans bill for a long time—and with good reason. The bill violates the constitutional rights of South Carolina’s communities to address local problems, like plastic pollution, with local solutions.

More than 17,000 calls and emails reached Columbia in opposition. The Coastal Conservation League applauds lawmakers from both parties who rejected out-of-state special interests and fiercely guarded home rule.

A statewide ban bill will likely return next year in some form. We stand ready to once again defend local rights and local progress to protect water quality and wildlife.

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