The South Carolina Senate upheld 29 vetoes before adjourning, and plan to take up the rest when they return today. The Senate can’t change the 51 vetoes upheld by the House. which cut about $50 million from the state’s $5 billion budget.
One of the overrides included the Arts Commission- to the chagrin of Spartanburg’s Lee Bright who called it entertainment. Senator Wes Hayes, a fellow Republican, argued that it was more than that:
Sixty-five percent of this money goes for the ABC program, which is the “arts in basic curriculum” going to our schools. If you call that entertainment, where we provide arts education for our children, so be it.
The Senate debated vetoes during and after a filibuster over a version of the voter ID bill which eventually stalled.
Tuesday the Senate will consider the rest of the veto overrides sent over by the House. The House will also take up the rest of the vetoes it must consider, and may bring up the Senate version of a voter ID/early voting bill.