NEED FOR REAUTHORIZATION
Because of the way the legislation was written, the South Carolina Conservation Bank will shut down on June 30, 2018 unless the South Carolina General Assembly reauthorizes it before then. The benefits that the Conservation Bank brings to all South Carolinians will disappear if the Bank is not reauthorized by the General Assembly.
To provide longevity to this efficient and effective state agency, S.219 was introduced on January 10, 2017, by Senator George “Chip” Campsen, who authored the original Conservation Bank legislation in 2002. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. We don’t want to wait until the 2018 legislative session. It is far too important to take the chance. Our mission is to have it reauthorized during the 2017 legislative session, which ends in June, and we need your help.
Key Provisions of S.219
- Revises Conservation Bank sunset date to reflect a 10-year extension (to July 1, 2028)
- Instead of getting zero funds during particularly lean budget years, directs a double-percentage cut (versus overall budget) to the Conservation Bank trust fund
- Directs existing trust fund balances be utilized according to existing statute
Please contact your representatives in the SC House and Senate, and ask them to support reauthorization now.
We urgently need your support in our efforts to make sure reauthorization happens.
The first step is simply providing us with your contact information, so we can keep you updated on our efforts. Once you are on our communications list, we will provide the ideas and methods for you to let your elected representative in Columbia know how important the conservation bank is to you personally. Remember, they are there to represent you, and not play politics.