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SC Senate Comes Back To Consider Haley's Vetoes

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The South Carolina Senate has started considering 53 of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes. The South Carolina Senate has started considering 53 of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes.


Updated: June 27, 2013

The South Carolina Senate has started considering 53 of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes.

The process started slowly. Senators took up only three vetoes in the first hour of Thursday's session, sustaining all three of them in close votes.

Senators spent most of their time debating whether to send $100,000 to Barnwell County to repair the courthouse.

Republicans who often try to limit spending said repairing the courthouse is not a function of state government. Charleston Republican Sen. Paul Thurmond pointed out that Charleston County spent $6 million repairing its courthouse with no state help.

The House sustained 28 of Haley's vetoes Wednesday in the state's $6.7 billion spending plan.

A two-thirds vote is needed to override one of the governor's vetoes.

Updated: June 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

The South Carolina House has agreed with Gov. Nikki Haley to remove $1.7 million from a program that state health officials use to regulate the building of hospitals and medical facilities and buying expensive equipment.

House members voted 56-65 on Wednesday to sustain the governor's veto of money from the Department of Health and Environmental Control's Certificate of Need program. A two-thirds vote was needed to override.

Haley's spokesman says the governor's intention is to get rid of the program. A DHEC spokesman says the agency director will listen to the governor and the Legislature.

Little Mountain Democratic Rep. Walt McLeod says ending the program will cause anarchy in the state's health care system.

The House overrode 45 of the first 71 vetoes it considered. Haley vetoed 81 items.

Updated: June 26, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

The South Carolina House will consider Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes less than 24 hours after she issued them.

The House is coming back to Columbia on Wednesday afternoon to take up the governor's 81 vetoes that strike $94 million from the state's $6.7 billion spending plan.

Haley's vetoes included $5 million in increased payments to nursing homes, $2 million to health programs designed to combat various disorders and a number of smaller projects, like $450,000 for three museums and $1 million for a visitor's center in Orangeburg.

Haley also issued 81 vetoes last year. The Legislature overturned 48 of them. In 2011, lawmakers overturned 25 of Haley's 34 vetoes.

The state Senate will take up the vetoes on Thursday.

Posted: June 25, 2013 Update

Gov. Nikki Haley is trying to put a stop to some of the ways South Carolina lawmakers voted to spend your tax dollars.

Haley issued her budget vetoes Tuesday afternoon.  They include more than $94 million, and 81 items ranging from money for the Art Commission and funding for various museums across the state.

She kept funding for 4-year-old kindergarten.

Get the full list of vetoes here.  You can also click the link to see her vetoes from previous years.

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