August 29, 2014

Angry state senators take issue with handling of College of Charleston bill (AUDIO)

After President Pro Tempore John Courson, R-Richland, resigned his post Wednesday afternoon to avoid becoming lieutenant governor, he angrily called on Gov. Nikki Haley to ask that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell stay in the post for the rest of the year.

McConnell becomes College of Charleston president on July 1. He had planned to step down this week while lawmakers debated the expansion of that college —  in a bill that has been pushed to the top of the calendar in the last days of the legislative session.

Courson blocked the bill because he says it is too big to be pushed through with such little debate as the session winds down.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, agreed with Courson and even took it a step further. During a nearly 20-minute floor speech, Peeler made it clear he is angry and distrustful of the Senate’s last-minute shuffle.

He took the podium (a rare occasion) and blasted the Lt. Governor:

AUDIO: Peeler challenges ethics, maneuvering around College of Charleston bill (16:00)