S.C. Lawmakers Working Overtime

On vetoes and policy change

Patrick Gentry
June 05, 2019 - 3:25 pm

South Carolina lawmakers are returning to the Capitol before the 2020 session starts in January after all.

Senate President Harvey Peeler and House Speaker Jay Lucas announced Wednesday they will hold what they hope is a one-day special session on June 25.

Lawmakers will consider Gov. Henry McMaster's 28 budget vetoes worth about $41 million and can also consider one other vetoed bill which allowed erasing of a public disorderly conduct charge for first offenders under certain conditions.

In his veto message, McMaster says criminal records can be forgiven, but shouldn't be erased.

McMaster said most of his budget vetoes were requests lawmakers made without saying exactly where the money was going.

Peeler wrote in a letter to senators he expects the special session to last just a day.

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