Lawmakers Moving Quickly Selling

Santee Cooper

Patrick Gentry
March 26, 2019 - 3:06 pm

With seven weeks left in the legislation session. South Carolina lawmakers are suddenly trying to move fast on the future of state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

There were five legislative meetings scheduled Tuesday on the utility.

A House subcommittee passed a resolution Tuesday that originally urged experts to send bids to lawmakers to sell Santee Cooper. It was changed to ask them to also gather any proposals for a firm to manage Santee Cooper without buying it.

Senators also have Santee Cooper on their minds. Senate President Harvey Peeler filed a proposal last week allowing Gov. Henry McMaster to make the final decision whether to sell.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has a proposal on Tuesday's agenda that would emphasize state law that only the General Assembly can sell the utility.

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