Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell has asked the Supreme Court for guidance on the governor’s special session order. Governor Nikki Haley called a special session this week to talk about some unfinished business that the Senate did not get to last week–before session ended. Her main plan: To discuss the creation of the Department of Administration, which would restructure state government, as well as put the lieutenant governor and governor on the same ticket, and make the superintendent of education an appointed, not elected, position.
In opposition, Senator Glenn McConnell says there is no need for an earlier special session, when the Senate is set to return June 14. McConnell says he agrees with the governor in her frustration on the unfinished business, but he says the governor is going against the state’s Constitution. McConnell says: “Simply because the governor and I want certain bills enacted does not give us the power to ignore the Constitution.”
The Charleston senator has now asked the Supreme Court for emergency guidance with this one question: “Can a governor force the legislature back into session to take up bills that were not included in the Sine Die resolution?” McConnell says if the answer is “yes” he will comply.