Bills introduced in state House and Senate to overturn Horry County flow control ordinance

01/10/2013 4:09 PM

01/10/2013 10:29 PM

Bills have been introduced into the state House and Senate that would effectively overturn Horry County’s controversial flow control ordinance.

Similar legislation was introduced in 2012 but never passed into law. The new legislation is House Bill 3290 and Senate Bill 203.

Rep. Nelson Hardwick, R-Surfside Beach, said the legislation follows very closely to the bills that were discussed at the last legislative session.

“The majority of us have seen it. It was discussed a lot, even though it didn’t get a chance to get a vote over in the Senate (last year),” Hardwick said.

Hardwick supports the bills and has often described the county’s solid waste ordinance, which was enacted in 2009 and requires all trash within Horry County to be dumped in the local landfill, as a monopoly.

“When we prevent two guys in a pickup truck from going out and providing you service cheaper than someone else, that bothers some of us,” Hardwick said.

Mike Bessant, governmental affairs director for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, said SWA officials are disappointed over the introduction of the new bills.

“I hope that they will definitely give us the opportunity to try to change their minds,” Bessant said.

The bills are scheduled for further discussion next week on Wednesday.

It was just one week ago that the U.S. District Court sided with Horry County and the SWA over its trash regulation ordinance.

In a ruling issued Jan. 3, the court upheld the county’s ordinance and dismissed a lawsuit filed by private Marion County garbage haulers.

Sandlands C&D and Express Disposal Services filed suit in answer to the county’s trash regulation law.

Horry County is the only county in the state with such an ordinance and the private industry said it creates a monopoly.

“This court is not unsympathetic to the plight of the plaintiffs in connection with the claims raised in this case,” the U.S. District Court order read.

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