Legislators override vetoes of South Carolina Conservation Bank funds

Veto saves fund that protects tens of thousands of acres for outdoor activities.


July 06, 2011 at 11:08 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The South Carolina Legislature overrode Gov. Nikki Haley's veto that would have stripped the S.C. Conservation Bank of funds used to purchase and protect lands from future development.
Dan Kibler
The South Carolina Legislature overrode Gov. Nikki Haley's veto that would have stripped the S.C. Conservation Bank of funds used to purchase and protect lands from future development.
Pushed by a loud outcry from environmentalists, conservationists, and hunters and fishermen from across the state, the South Carolina Senate and House voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes of funding for the S.C. Conservation Bank on June 30.

“This is a great victory for any South Carolinian who loves the outdoors,” South Carolina Camo Coalition coordinator Heather Clarkson said. “The lands bought through the Conservation Bank are preserved for our future generations to hunt, fish, hike, paddle and simply enjoy the beauty of the natural world.

“In a swiftly developing state, bills like this show progressive thinking and appreciation for our natural resources.”

Despite her statement to the contrary, Haley’s vetoes would have eliminated all funding for the Conservation Bank, which has protected tens of thousands of acres of critical habitat and natural areas across the state since it was founded nine years ago.

The Conservation Bank is the only state agency charged with buying and protecting undeveloped land.

In her veto message, the first-year governor said she likes the intent of the bank, but “we do not believe providing additional taxpayer dollars for the Conservation Bank is an appropriate use of our limited state dollars, especially when the agency is receiving funding through an established, statutory funding formula.”

Once the vetoes were announced, several major conservation and outdoor organizations sprang into action and called on their members to contact legislators and ask them to override the vetoes.

The Conservation Voters of South Carolina, a lobbying group for environmentalists, said the reality is that there is no funding for the bank other than what Haley vetoed.

In an urgent message to its members, the South Carolina Camo Coalition (an association of several dozen sporting and outdoors organizations) warned that if Haley’s vetoes were sustained that the Conservation Bank would cease to exist.

By law, the bank is set up to receive money from real-estate transfer fees, but that money hasn’t been available the last three years because of state budget cuts. As a result, the legislature has granted one-time appropriations to keep the bank afloat.

This year’s amount was $2.2 million. The new budget included about $2 million for the bank to fulfill grants that it is committed to from past years and $207,000 for operating expenses.

The grass-roots action by conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts worked. The House overrode the veto of operating costs 94-16, and the Senate’s vote was 35-4 to override. The House defeated the veto of $2 million 90-20, and the Senate followed suit 33-5.

South Carolina Wildlife Federation Executive Director Ben Gregg said public pressure was key.

“It was disappointing to see Gov. Haley attempt to put the Conservation Bank out of business but gratifying to see the overwhelming support for the bank in the House and the Senate,” Gregg said. “Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts contacted their legislators opposing the veto, and their voices carried the day.”


View other articles written Pat Robertson


Reports / Forum
Need Help with Winter to Spring Pattern 
April 14 at 11:28 am | 583 Views | 1 Comments
School Trout in April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:38 am | 495 Views | 0 Comments
Lake Murray Bream  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 5:33 pm | 487 Views | 0 Comments
Clemson Bass Fishing Open Tournament  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 10:15 pm | 427 Views | 0 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:16 pm | 417 Views | 0 Comments
Bird Down 4.13.14  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 12:44 pm | 321 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:29 pm | 287 Views | 0 Comments
GREAT OPENING TURKEY SEASON  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 9:45 am | 253 Views | 0 Comments
In the turkey woods  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 2:58 pm | 207 Views | 0 Comments
2004 triton 22 lts for sale on C.L 
April 18 at 1:02 pm | 161 Views | 0 Comments
Sport Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 10:38 am | 119 Views | 0 Comments
IFA REDFISH/KAYAK TOURS CHARLESTON, SC MAY 3-4 
April 19 at 2:28 am | 101 Views | 0 Comments
IFA Hobie Kayak Event, Charleston May 4th 
April 19 at 2:32 am | 95 Views | 0 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:17 am | 71 Views | 0 Comments
SC 2014  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 21 Views | 1 Comments
Enchanted bottoms tom  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 8 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
Need Help with Winter to Spring Pattern 
April 14 at 11:28 am | 583 Views | 1 Comments
SC 2014  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 21 Views | 1 Comments
Clemson Bass Fishing Open Tournament  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 10:15 pm | 427 Views | 0 Comments
School Trout in April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:38 am | 495 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:29 pm | 287 Views | 0 Comments
Lake Murray Bream  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 5:33 pm | 487 Views | 0 Comments
GREAT OPENING TURKEY SEASON  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 9:45 am | 253 Views | 0 Comments
Bird Down 4.13.14  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 12:44 pm | 321 Views | 0 Comments
Sport Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 10:38 am | 119 Views | 0 Comments
2004 triton 22 lts for sale on C.L 
April 18 at 1:02 pm | 161 Views | 0 Comments
IFA REDFISH/KAYAK TOURS CHARLESTON, SC MAY 3-4 
April 19 at 2:28 am | 101 Views | 0 Comments
IFA Hobie Kayak Event, Charleston May 4th 
April 19 at 2:32 am | 95 Views | 0 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:16 pm | 417 Views | 0 Comments
In the turkey woods  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 2:58 pm | 207 Views | 0 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:17 am | 71 Views | 0 Comments
Enchanted bottoms tom  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 8 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
Enchanted bottoms tom  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 8 Views | 0 Comments
SC 2014  This report contains photos  
1 hour ago | 21 Views | 1 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:17 am | 71 Views | 0 Comments
In the turkey woods  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 2:58 pm | 207 Views | 0 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:16 pm | 417 Views | 0 Comments
IFA Hobie Kayak Event, Charleston May 4th 
April 19 at 2:32 am | 95 Views | 0 Comments
IFA REDFISH/KAYAK TOURS CHARLESTON, SC MAY 3-4 
April 19 at 2:28 am | 101 Views | 0 Comments
2004 triton 22 lts for sale on C.L 
April 18 at 1:02 pm | 161 Views | 0 Comments
Sport Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 10:38 am | 119 Views | 0 Comments
Bird Down 4.13.14  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 12:44 pm | 321 Views | 0 Comments
GREAT OPENING TURKEY SEASON  This report contains photos  
April 15 at 9:45 am | 253 Views | 0 Comments
Lake Murray Bream  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 5:33 pm | 487 Views | 0 Comments
Need Help with Winter to Spring Pattern 
April 14 at 11:28 am | 583 Views | 1 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum

Free Classifieds

2006 23\' Scout 242SF
2006 23\' Scout 242SF
Make: ScoutrnrnModel: 242 SportfishrnrnLength: 23 ftrnrnPrice: USD 44,500rnrnYear: 2006rnrnCondition: UsedrnrnLocation: Charleston, SC, USArnrnHull Material: CompositernrnDraft: 1 ft 5 inrnrnNumber of Engines: 1rnrnFuel Type: Gas/PetrolrnrnTotal...
April 15 at 10:55 am | 53 Views
Under Armour
Under Armour
Check us out at www.countrystrongoutfitters.netrnrnADDTO CART TO GET THE DISCOUNTED PRICE rnrnModel: U8600028-5100 rnManufacturer: Under Armour rnWeight: 0.20 rnAvailability: 2 rnrnUA Igniter's rimless frame design allows for a wide field of...
March 25 at 2:53 pm | 113 Views
Abu Garcia BMAX2 Black Max Low Profile Right Hand
Abu Garcia BMAX2 Black Max Low Profile Right Hand
WWW.COUNTRYSTRONGOUTFITTERS.COMrnrnBMAX2 BLACK MAX LP Descriptionrn Black Max includes a smooth retrieve 4+1 bearing system with durability to stand up to the max limits of hard core fishing. The lightweight graphite frame and body tip the scales...
March 30 at 1:05 am | 91 Views
SportDog SD-425 Camo Wetland Hunter
SportDog SD-425 Camo Wetland Hunter
Freight Info
This item ships for $5.00 (to the lower 48 states)

SD-425CAMO WetlandHunter Description
Designed for the waterfowl hunting environment with close working dogs. The SportDog SD-425 Camo is dedicated to waterfowlers...
April 02 at 11:28 am | 98 Views
+/-117ac Halfway Swamp Creek Tract
+/-117ac Halfway Swamp Creek Tract
An excellent timber and hunting tract located off of Butler Road in Ninety Six, SC. Accessed via a short deeded easement, the land features approximately 103 acres of well-managed 1995 pine plantation that has had its first thinning and should...
23 hours ago | 12 Views
2010 John Deere 5075E 4WD Loader Box Blade
2010 John Deere 5075E 4WD Loader Box Blade
Here's my 2010 John Deere 5075E 4WD tractor with loader. It only has 232 hours on it, 75HP diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission. This tractor has had all dealer recommended services and has been kept in a garage. Tractor is like new been used...
March 28 at 10:44 pm | 198 Views
=$4,210= 2010 John Deere Gator XUV 825I 4x4 Cab 50HP
=$4,210= 2010 John Deere Gator XUV 825I 4x4 Cab 50HP
This machine has a fuel injected 812cc 3 cyl liquid cooled 4 stroke 50HP engine, 380 hours, cab with removable doors. Has a fully automatic transmission with HI/LO, and reverse. Has differential lock, 4 wheel shaft drive with a flip of a switch....
March 27 at 1:16 pm | 263 Views
2004 36\' Yellowfin CC
2004 36\' Yellowfin CC
Make: YellowfinrnrnModel: 36 Center ConsolernrnLength: 36 ftrnrnPrice: USD 149,500rnrnYear: 2004rnrnCondition: UsedrnrnLocation: Charleston, SC, USArnrnHull Material: FiberglassrnrnNumber of Engines: 3rnrnFuel Type: Gas/PetrolrnrnTotal Power: 750...
April 15 at 9:42 am | 64 Views
Abu Garcia REVO Rocket Low Profile Reel Right hand
Abu Garcia  REVO Rocket Low Profile Reel Right hand
WWW.COUNTRYSTRONGOUTFITTERS.COMrnrnRVO3 ROCKET REVO ROCKET LP Descriptionrn You have never experienced speed like this before - rocket fast retrieve with smooth performance. An impressive 37 inches of line retrieve per turn of the crank handle...
March 30 at 12:16 am | 151 Views
Fishing Machine
Fishing Machine
Great boat, with lots of potential. has 8 4' beam, has pads for the front deck for just cruising, riptide trolling motor, power pole, humminbird 997si, t-top with stero and radio. Very simple boat. 150 E-tec on the back that sips gas compared to...
March 01 at 4:15 am | 265 Views