State lawmakers are preparing to return back to the Statehouse with various demands on their minds for the new legislative session. State Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell told WCSC in Charleston there are many needs, with little funds.
“We got excessive demand and a short supply of money, and we’re not going to raise taxes, so we’ve got to reduce the size of government,” says McConnell.
McConnell says there are other issues, besides budget. One example is deciding whether there should be a state constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide if they want the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket. McConnell says he would like the state police to decide the level of security the governor should have.
“Also to require that the lieutenant governor will automatically step in if the governor is gone for more than six hours unaccounted for,” says McConnell.
The Charleston senator says this is all an attempt to prevent another situation happening similar to Governor Mark Sanford’s disappearance in June.