The state Senate in the budget Wednesday approved $2 million for the South Carolina Conservation bank.
Led by Vincent Sheheen, with strong Republican backing, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to keep the fund solvent that grants money to secure conservation easements, preserve historic property and protect public access to rivers, among other things. The bank was set up by statute in 2002.
Sheheen, anticipating an impending fight on principle from conservative Christian Lee Bright, tried to divert him with scripture:
If you believe in the book of Genesis that is gives us two requirements: one is to care for the earth, the other is to cultivate it, then you, like me, will support this amendment because it’s important to the future.
Senator John Courson (R-Richland) agreed, saying SC puts less than other states into conservation.
But the vote was not won without a passionate philosophical fight from Spartanburg’s Lee Bright. He said: