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Despite Heavy Lobbying, Hayes Opposes Garbage Bill

Posted By Mike Crowder On May 20, 2013 @ 9:01 AM In State & Local News | Comments Disabled

Legislation that would limit a county’s control over local garbage service and put that control in the hands of national trash corporations is stuck in the Senate, despite easily passing the House.  Millions have been spent by former lawmakers to influence their ex-colleagues on the garbage bill, also known as the Business Freedom to Choose Act.  Senator Wes Hayes of Rock Hill says he does not support the bill.

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Hayes says the bill would also allow more out-of-state waste to come into South Carolina.  Even though supporters of the garbage bill have spent more than twice what the opponents have spent, Hayes says that did not work in the case of video poker.

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Hayes says he does not think the garbage bill will come up for a vote before the end of this year’s session, but it will remain on the Senate calendar next year.   Meanwhile, state law right now requires a legislator to wait just one year after leaving office before lobbying.   Hayes says that’s too short of a period of time.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to increase that time to eight years, and Hayes says that’s reasonable.

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