Wednesday, May 9: Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey confirms that lawmakers will not consider H. 3529 before the end of legislative session (Thursday, May 10), essentially killing the legislation.
Thursday, April 12: H. 3529 was passed out of Senate Committee and will now hit the Senate floor. This is the FINAL stop before becoming potential law.
- Now, more than ever, we need your support to stop this bad bill.
- Please thank Senators Senn, Davis, Sabb, Johnson and Setzler for standing up for home rule and the rights of your local community, despite the bill’s passage.
Tuesday, April 10: H. 3529 has been scheduled for debate in the full Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee this Thursday (4/12) at 9:00am.
- We expect the vote to be extremely close and urge all concerned constituents to contact their committee members now. You can do so here.
- Please also tune in at 9:00am on Friday to see how senators vote. The agenda is here and the link to the live feed is here.
Thursday, March 15: H. 3529 was passed out of subcommittee by a narrow 4-3 vote. The bill will now move to full committee. We will update with information once the date is set.
- This is the last opportunity to stop the bill before it hits the Senate floor. Please take action today!
- Please contact the senators on the full committee. You can find their names here and head to their pages to message them individually.
Wednesday, March 7: H. 3529 was carried over to the next subcommittee meeting on March 15. They need to keep hearing from you!
- Click here for the meeting agenda. If you can make the trip to Columbia, please come and provide public comment. It’s the most effective way to make your voice heard.
Thursday, March 1: The date has been scheduled for the Regulatory & Local Government subcommittee in the Senate for March 7
- Click here for the meeting agenda. Please come and provide public comment if you can. It’s so important that senators hear from you so please take the time to voice your concerns with the bill.
Thursday, February 15: The bill will head to a subcommittee of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry committee next
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.