State Rep. Bill Taylor announces re-election campaign for
Aiken County House District 86
AIKEN, S.C. March 15, 2018 – State Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken County) announced he will seek another term in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
“I am pleased to announce my re-election campaign because the residents of House District 86 needs someone who will continue to provide them with a strong voice and effective leadership at the Statehouse,” Taylor said.
Taylor was first elected in 2010.
In announcing he will seek re-election Taylor said, “The seat I occupy belongs to the people of House District 86, not me. It’s for them to decide who is most capable to represent them. My political life is very transparent.”
Taylor added, “I’m always available. I communicate regularly with constituents: in-person, on the phone, at civic events, worshiping in the various small churches across the District, through my website, weekly legislative email updates, on two Facebook pages, Twitter & Instagram and in my column in the Aiken Standard’s Wagener Monthly. I look forward to another opportunity to earn the support of the voters in House District 86.”
Taylor is Chairman of the House Higher Education Subcommittee. He serves on the House Legislative Oversight Committee which is charged with inspecting and investigating state government agencies. He also serves on the House Tax Review & Reform Committee appointed by Speaker Jay Lucas to reshape state tax laws to make them fairer and flatter. During the 121st legislative session, Taylor served on the Ad Hoc House Ethics Committee.
Taylor successfully led the seven year legislative battle to improve South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to insure more government transparency at all levels and to make it easier and cheaper for citizens to make FOIA requests. He has pressed for ethics reform authoring legislation calling on legislators to be subject to FOIA requests from which they have exempted themselves. He recently filed legislation that would extend South Carolina’s ethics laws to every city hall, county council and school district across the state. These government bodies, which are closest to the people, conduct business with the least required transparency. This year he introduced the DUI-E (Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device) bill to crack down on deadly distracted driving across the state. That legislation was unanimously approved by a special House committee and will likely be in front of the House of Representatives for debate and a vote next week. Since 2013 Taylor has been the primary sponsor of the Article V Convention of States Resolution (CoS) to rein-in the overreach of an out of control federal government. Twelve other states have already approved this initiative.
Taylor added, “A primary focus of my legislative efforts is to be responsive to specific issues that directly affect House District 86. I have filed legislation that would prohibit agricultural aerial spraying near schools when children are present. I am a cosponsor of legislation that would require permitting for large water withdrawals from rivers, such as the Edisto. A hearing on that legislation will be held next Wednesday. I have also supported DHEC’s designation of Aiken County for a Capacity Use Area to insure there is adequate ground water available for everyone in the decades to come.”
Filing for the June 12 Primary Election begins March 16, at noon.