Governor's signature

This week two of my bills passed the Senate and head to Gov. McMaster’s desk for his signature.

One was my deer hunting bill, H. 3750, which would modify the current doe tag program from eight specific date tags to two any day tags. This would allow hunters more flexibility in days to hunt does.

The other bill, H. 3732, requires opioid abuse training as part of the continuing education requirements for veterinarians, who are able to prescribe opioids for animals that might fall into the wrong hands. This bill was strongly supported by the Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee.

The bill I sponsored to allow our shrimpers access to prime inshore shrimping grounds off Horry County after September 15th passed the Agricultural, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee and could hit the House floor next week for a vote. Our struggling shrimpers need the help.

On Tuesday, I was honored to meet with the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors’ leadership class and discuss legislative issues. I’m appreciative of their efforts to become involved and learn about the legislative process.

I’ve steadfastly opposed seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off our coast. A bill I’ve cosponsored to help prevent seismic testing and oil drilling may get a committee hearing by April 10th.

H. 3087, prohibits the approval of actions to facilitate seismic testing or the transportation of offshore oil and natural gas into the land and waters of this state by the state of South Carolina, a state agency, or a political subdivision of this state.

I believe the inevitable oil spills that come with offshore drilling would be a disaster for our coastal economy and environment.

As always, please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Rep. Lee Hewitt

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