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Most S.C. gubernatorial candidates oppose bill to ban local decisions on plastic bags

February 12, 2018

The Post and Courier,

February 9, 2018-

Most candidates for governor said Friday they oppose a House bill passed this week that would prevent local governments from enacting new commercial bans on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster had a different view. “Obviously, this bill isn’t in its final form and still has a long way to go before it reaches the governor’s desk, but he will likely sign it,” McMaster spokesman Brian Symmes told The Post and Courier.

Later Friday, McMaster’s chief of staff Trey Walker tweeted about potential dangers of allowing cities and counties to set their own laws on some issues, known as home rule: “Follow these folks absurd liberal logic — Home Rule allows SC municipalities to ban plastic bags —  then it allows them to become sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants — ban Big Gulp soda drinks —  ban SUV’s and Pickups — ban guns — and ban the Nativity. Think it thru.” All six announced challengers seeking to oust McMaster, both Republicans and Democrats, said the “ban the ban” bill was state government overreach.

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