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SC - McMaster signs bill to boost free parking at SC beaches

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill that would ensure free parking and state control along public roads in beach towns. The bill would allow some paid parking, but requires beach towns to provide some free parking to visitors as well.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill that would ensure free parking and state control along public roads in beach towns. The bill would allow some paid parking, but requires beach towns to provide some free parking to visitors as well.

Last week, the Isle of Palms City Council vowed to fight the bill arguing it would take away some of its control over regulating parking “by all lawful means.” City leaders said Senate Bill 40 treats it and other barrier island communities differently when it comes to offering free and paid parking.

The bill would also require local governments to get prior approval from the Department of Transportation before adding or making changes to parking on state highways.

The governor released a statement on the passing of the bill and said although he recognizes that certain provisions of the legislation are “particularly controversial,” he said the source of the concerns are not the law itself but the recent circumstances the bill is meant to address.

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