The SC House and Senate still have to reach a final agreement on the $5 million state budget, with one day left in the scheduled session. The voted to reject the compromise so far, which prompted Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell to fashion a temporary change to the legislative schedule.
Under Sine Die (sigh-nee dye) the General Assembly would have to wait to return in a couple of weeks – if they don’t wrap up business by today at 5:00.
McConnell and the Senate agreed that they would like to end the session sooner rather than later.
AUDIO: McConnell explains amendment to Sine Die (:26)
The Senate voted to deal with the budget sooner and McConnell immediately walked over and asked the House to approve it. House Speaker Bobby Harrell then explained the measure to representatives:
AUDIO: Speaker asks House to adopt (:23)
The House and Senate meet again this morning as a conference committee is still trying to work out a budget compromise. The budget must be approved by the end of June or state government would shut down.