A ruling by South Carolina’s highest court Wednesday makes the process of succession a bit clearer once Gov. Nikki Haley resigns her post to become United Nations ambassador, which could happen as soon as next week.
It also makes it increasingly likely that State Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, will become South Carolina’s next lieutenant governor, following a series of political moves that are expected to occur ahead of Haley’s resignation and current Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster replacing her as governor.
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled South Carolina’s constitution was not properly amended in 2014, two years after voters approved changing the document so the lieutenant governor could be chosen by the governor. The 2012 referendum specifically told voters the change would take effect in 2018, but the effective date was not included when lawmakers formally ratified the amendment. [Read more…]