Need your help

I need your help.

This Wednesday, April 10th, a hearing on competing seismic testing and offshore oil drilling bills – one for and one against – will be held by the House Environmental Affairs Subcommittee. I’m a cosponsor of the bill against seismic testing and offshore oil drilling, H. 3087.

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

Your written comments or testimony at the hearing in support of my bill would be greatly appreciated. The hearing will start one hour after House adjournment, which is usually 2 pm to 3 pm, in Room 410 of the Blatt Building at 1105 Pendleton Street in Columbia. Please send written comments to elliehayes@schouse.gov as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your help!

On Tuesday the bill I sponsored to allow our shrimpers access to prime inshore shrimping grounds off Horry County in the fall passed the House on a 101 to 0 vote.

On Wednesday the House passed a joint resolution on a 101 to 6 vote that will take the next step towards negotiating with the four entities who have bid to purchase Santee Cooper. The bids offer assurances about rate reductions, employee retention, retirement protections, environmental assurances, and more. Click here for news coverage.

In the wake of the tragedy involving the killing of Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student last weekend, I cosponsored legislation to make it easier for riders to identify Uber and Lyft vehicles. The proposal requires drivers for ridesharing services to display illuminated stickers on their windshields. Click here for news coverage.

Yesterday I was on the morning WRNN radio show. I used the opportunity to talk about the importance of building the proposed Southern Evacuation Lifeline Highway.

The SELL would vastly improve access across the Waccamaw River between Conway and Georgetown, expediting hurricane evacuations, reducing traffic congestion, and providing a needed additional transportation corridor in the event other vital roadways became flooded and impassable. It needs to be built.

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

Rep. Lee Hewitt

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