SENATE VOTE: Funds from offshore drilling & seismic testing

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FILE – In this May 14, 2015 file photo, the oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock and in view of the Space Needle in Elliott Bay in Seattle. The first oil and gas production wells in federal Arctic waters have been approved by U.S. regulators. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

The South Carolina Senate voted to prevent money from the nearly $9 billion spending plan from being used for onshore infrastructure associated with drilling and seismic testing for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast.

Lawmakers voted 40-4 in favor of the amendment Wednesday prior to adjourning for the evening.

The provision would prevent the Department of Health and Environmental Control or local government entities from using any funds to approve licenses or permits associated with offshore drilling for oil or gas or for seismic testing.

The plan was introduced by Republican Sen. Chip Campsen of Charleston on Wednesday morning during a news conference.

Senators will resume budget debates Thursday morning.

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