Below is a short list of legislative successes that represent a variety of retail issues.
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In 2022, the South Carolina Retail Association advocated for a bill that allows pharmacies to dispense hormonal contraceptives to consumers, provided the pharmacy has a standing order from a prescriber, pursuant to certain conditions. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on May 23, 2022.
Additionally, SCRA worked to incorporate language that allows pharmacies to rely on “central fill” partners when filling a customer’s prescription. This practice was incorporated into the same bill and took effect in May 2022.
In 2022, the South Carolina Retail Association worked with a broad coalition to see the passage of a new Electronic Recycling bill. The bill provides for a partnership among retailers, manufacturers, and municipalities to ensure for proper disposal of electronic materials.
SCRA has continued to advocate for expanded SNAP benefits under federal protocols during COVID that support citizens relying on this program.
Along with other stakeholders, SCRA has advocated for the modernization of state alcohol laws, such as curbside pick of beer and wine with other groceries.
Emergency Re-entry Passes
In 2016, the South Carolina Retail Association initiated a bill that directs the S.C. Emergency Management Division to develop a certification system to allow companies doing business in South Carolina to enter restricted areas before and after an emergency. The law allows local law enforcement to maintain final authority.