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The Advocates: Advocates Called to Action!

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With snow in the upstate and part of the midlands, session was canceled late Wednesday and Thursday. The Governor’s State of the State address, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, was postponed until next Wednesday, January 24.

However, two items on our legislative agenda did take a step forward this week. The Automatic Stay bill (S.105) received a favorable report from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and could be debated on the floor of the House as early as next week.

On the Senate floor Tuesday, the Nuisance bill (H.3653) was placed in a special order slot, meaning the legislation will be debated this year, as early as Tuesday.

Action Alert

We need your help. There are other organizations actively lobbying against this critical legislation for our manufacturers.

Please reach out to your Senator by Tuesday and ask them to:

  • Support H.3653, a bill that protects manufacturers from nuisance lawsuits while keeping the rights of the homeowners fair and intact.
  • Vote down any amendments that weaken the legislation: there are attempts being made by environmental groups to weaken the bill, keeping manufacturers open to liability.

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It is especially important that we are seeing forward momentum this early in session for the two bills above since the House and Senate have yet to begin debate on legislation dealing with failed nuclear facilities at VC Summer. We suspect that will take a lot of time and attention. The House plans to begin debate on legislation dealing with the oversight and regulatory agencies involved with utilities next week.

Finally, as you may know, Dominion Energy announced a plan to acquire SCANA very early in 2018. Dominion Energy’s President and CEO, Tom Farrell, was in Columbia Tuesday and Wednesday meeting with the special committees created in both the House and Senate in the wake of the abandoned VC Summer facilities. This was Farrell’s first opportunity to meet with House and Senate members on Dominion’s potential acquisition of SCANA. The reaction was mixed after the meetings.

There’s a long way to go before the legislature gives their approval of any type of sale and, as always, we will keep you posted on the latest developments.

Have a great weekend!

George

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