The S.C. General Assembly is attempting to exert its authority over local governments in this year’s legislative session.
The House of Representatives this week passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would stop local governments from passing regulations on cigarettes and vaping products. Supporters of the bill say such power should rest only with the state so as to prevent a mixed bag of laws and regulations from popping up across the state.
What promises to be a more contentious issue this year is a Senate bill that would stop local governments from banning the sale of certain plastic bags and containers. A growing number of communities, especially along the coast where tourism dollars are so important are banning such items from being sold. They are attempting to reduce litter and protect the environment.