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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "BUSINESS FREEDOM TO CHOOSE ACT", BY AMENDING SECTION 44-96-80, RELATING TO COUNTY SOLID WASTE PROGRAMS, INCLUDING A COUNTY'S AUTHORITY TO ENACT ORDINANCES CONSISTENT WITH THE STATE PLAN, LAW, AND REGULATIONS, TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS, DELETE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT AN ORDINANCE THAT RESTRICTS SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AT A PERMITTED FACILITY OR IMPEDES THE DEVELOPMENT OR IMPLEMENTATION OF A RECYCLING PROGRAM IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER; AND TO AMEND SECTION 44-55-1210, RELATING TO A COUNTY'S AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE, TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY ORDINANCE IS VOID TO THE EXTENT THAT THE ORDINANCE RESTRICTS OR PROHIBITS SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AT A PERMITTED FACILITY OR IMPEDES THE DEVELOPMENT OR IMPLEMENTATION OF A RECYCLING PROGRAM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act may be cited as the "Business Freedom to Choose Act".
SECTION 2. Section 44-96-80(G) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(G) Counties are strongly encouraged to pursue a regional approach to solid waste management. Nothing in this chapter, however,
shall may be construed to require a county to participate in a regional plan or to prohibit two or more counties within the State which are not contiguous from preparing, approving, and submitting a regional solid waste management plan or one or more counties, including industrial solid waste generators located therein in these counties, from contracting with an in-state solid waste disposal facility located outside of the county or region. Not later than eighteen months after the date of enactment of this chapter, each county shall notify the department in writing whether it intends to submit a single county solid waste management plan or to participate in a regional plan."
SECTION 3. Section 44-96-80(K) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(K) The governing body of a county is authorized to enact
such ordinances as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this chapter ; provided, however, that the governing body of a county, but may not enact an ordinance inconsistent with the state solid waste management plan, with any a provision of this chapter, with any other another applicable provision of state law, or with any regulation promulgated by the department providing for the protection of public health and public safety or for protection of the environment. Any ordinance that restricts or prohibits disposal of waste at any permitted solid waste management facility regardless of location or impedes the development or implementation of a public or private recycling program regardless of location is considered inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter."
SECTION 4. Section 44-55-1210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 44-55-1210. The governing body of
any a county may by ordinance or resolution provide that the county shall must engage in the collection and disposal of solid waste. Such This collection and disposal may be accomplished either by use of county employees and equipment or by contract with a private agencies entity or municipalities municipality of the county. Service charges A service charge may be levied against persons a person for whom a collection services are service is provided whether such services are this service is performed by the county, a municipality, or a private agency entity. To the extent that a county ordinance restricts or prohibits disposal of waste at a permitted solid waste management facility regardless of location or impedes the development or implementation of a public or private recycling program regardless of location, the ordinance is void."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies to ordinances in existence on or after the effective date of this act. Any ordinance enacted prior to the effective date of this act is rendered invalid from the effective date of this act forward.
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