South Carolina libraries will now have new methods to keep those they say are disruptive or a nuisance from entering the grounds.
State lawmakers last week overrode Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for a person to return to a library after being told in writing to stay away by library employees.
The state House of Representatives narrowly overrode the governor’s veto in a 75-36 vote last week (72 votes were needed under the state constitution’s two-thirds requirement). The House came back for a special one-day session, as they did not get the governor’s veto until after their regular session ended in June. Haley had opposed the measure, saying it could violate due process rights.
“(I)t grants library employees wide authority to deprive citizens of their ability to use public libraries for an indefinite amount of time based on mere allegations of misconduct,” the governor’s veto message stated. She instead encouraged county governments to pass individual laws on the local level.