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Where does South Carolina rank for consumer protections? Actually ... pretty high

National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center gives South Carolina a B for its overall consumer protection laws. That puts the state among the 15 best, as no state got an A in the NCLC’s “No Fresh Start 2023” report.

The B means South Carolina scored high in at least three of five categories measuring protections for property holders and employees. The state got As for its wage protection laws that keep debt collectors from garnishing wages and for its protection of bank accounts.

The state scored a B for protections for car owners against seizure, but scored Ds for having almost no laws protecting homes and goods from legal action.

South Carolina’s ranking, along with Texas, was the highest in the entire South. North Carolina got a C from the NCLC, while Georgia was one of five states earning an F for its consumer protection laws.

Scott Morgan is the Upstate multimedia reporter for South Carolina Public Radio, based in Rock Hill. He cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter and editor in New Jersey before finding a home in public radio in Texas. Scott joined South Carolina Public Radio in March of 2019. His work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications as well as on NPR and MSNBC. He's won numerous state, regional, and national awards for his work including a national Edward R. Murrow.