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House Bill 3529: The Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bans is Dead

by Emily Cedzo

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.

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. 

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

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.

You can read our full statement on the vote here.

You can see how your Representative voted on the bill today here.

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:

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.


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