In this last week of the legislative session, House members still have some legislation left on the table to work out. Charleston Representative Wendell Gilliard explains the reason, he thinks, for the delay:
When you look at the time involved with the stimulus package earlier this year, and also we being side-tracked by the governor and his, lack of a better term, affairs. When you get up there and you debate these issues, it tends to go into the day. Then, somebody will call for adjournment, and we take a vote on that. The day just gets longer.
Gilliard says once Governor Sanford’s affair was revealed, it opened up new issues for the General Assembly to discuss, pushing other issues back.
It spilled over into the General Assembly. To talk about changing laws as to transparency, how you are changing committees to go ahead and override any kind of thing when the governor is out of town. Who has jurisdiction? We had to literally go back to the drawing board, sad to say. Nevertheless, we had to do what we had to do.
Gilliard says House Speaker Bobby Harrell told the General Assembly they may have to return to discuss any vetoes made by the governor on June 15.