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DHEC Board Review

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: H.3827
Sponsor: Rep. Pitts
Legislative Session: 2014

This bill removes the review of permits (including those impacting the environment) from the DHEC Board and bestows that authority directly to the Administrative Law Courts (ALC). Allowing staff decisions to be the final step in the review process would reduce the Board’s accountability and could lead to more, not less litigation, and to higher costs for citizen appeals. Despite concerns raised by former DHEC Board chairs, Elizabeth Hagood, Brad Wyche and Bo Aughtry, the House voted the bill out in the final week of session and it is currently before the Senate Medical Affairs Committee awaiting subcommittee assignment. We have a good chance to delay it long enough in the Senate that it dies this year.

Status

5/13/14: This bill made it out of the House and is currently before the full Senate Committee on Medicial Affairs.

Action Needed

Contact members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee and tell them you oppose H.3827 because the DHEC Board is a vital part of the permit review process and the process in weighing environmental damage.

If your personal Senator is not on the Medical Affairs Committee, we recommend you contact him or her as well. To find your personal Senator, use the "Find Your Legislator" application on the main page of the State House website, found here.

More information

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3827.htm

Background

This bill removes the review of permits (including those impacting the environment) from the DHEC Board and bestows that authority directly to the Administrative Law Courts (ALC). Allowing staff decisions to be the final step in the review process would reduce the Board’s accountability and could lead to more, not less litigation, and to higher costs for citizen appeals. Despite concerns raised by former DHEC Board chairs, Elizabeth Hagood, Brad Wyche and Bo Aughtry, the House voted the bill out in the final week of session and it is currently before the Senate Medical Affairs Committee awaiting subcommittee assignment.We have a good chance to delay it long enough in the Senate that it dies next year.
     
     

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