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August 8, 2018
Columbia, SC – The Honorable Governor McMaster signed Act 214 of 2018, amending Section 16-11-700 of the South Carolina Code of Laws which regulates the state’s litter laws. Revising the litter laws was needed to give officers and the courts greater flexibility in the prosecution of litter cases. The new law also makes it easier to achieve court-ordered community service/litter pick up by removing the requirement for supervision.
Littering in South Carolina has been a popular topic in recent years as social media has given a voice to the many concerned citizens who are frustrated with the amount of trash thrown out on our roadways and the amount of unsecured loads along our highways. Members of the General Assembly and local governments have taken an interest in the subject and are passionately engaging how we address littering in the state.
“Today, Governor Henry McMaster opened our law enforcement tool box a little wider for those of us, who tirelessly work to protect our state’s beauty and cleanliness”, said Jamie Nelson, Director of Environmental Enforcement for Spartanburg County.
Nelson represented the South Carolina Litter Control Association (SCLCA) during the legislative process. SCLCA is comprised of litter and code enforcement officers specifically assigned to handle litter concerns.
“We have heard the concerns of law enforcement entities about the fines and from judges in upholding the fines or assigning community service,” said Nelson. “Act 214 takes away those barriers. There are no excuses anymore for not writing the tickets.”
Defining categories for litter and illegal dumping, assigning appropriate fines and allowing for more litter pickup as the community service requirement is vital for real change in litter control enforcement. Greater discretion for fines to “fit the crime” will allow for more officer participation in enforcing litter laws.
“We understand that some law enforcement agencies don’t have resources to commit to full-time litter control, but for the sake of our communities and economic opportunities, we can’t afford to not enforce littering violations,” said Sarah Lyles, executive Director of PalmettoPride.
A Summary of Act 214
For more information, please contact Sarah Lyles at email@example.com or 803-758-6034.
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