For the governor and supporters of restructuring state government, the good news is that the State Budget and Control Board will be eliminated in an amendment passed today in the Senate.
The bad news: the bill it is attached to will sit until January of next year. The bill was stymied by some Senate Democrats who added amendments and tied up debate until time ran out. It was their payback for the Voter ID bill that they call racist, as well as the House failure to pass an early voting measure that members had verbally agreed to in conference committee.
In the past few days, Haley all but pled with Senators to pass the main bill in a series of restructuring proposals. In the past few minutes of the day, Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler did plead with Senators to pull down their amendments in order to let the measure pass.
The first year of the session ended at 5:00 p.m. today, but stay tuned. Gov. Haley has called a news conference and it’s not likely that its to simply share her “Legislative Report Card” scores.