The former attorney general of South Carolina says the fight between the senate president pro tem and the governor may continue–beyond the lawsuit over a special session. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a 3-2 vote that Governor Nikki Haley’s call for a special session was unconstitutional, siding with Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell. McConnell asked for guidance from the court, as he says the Senate already agreed to return June 14, and Haley’s restructuring bill was not extraordinary enough to return even earlier than anticipated.
Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon told ABC News 4 in Charleston his thoughts on the decision.
It’s really unusual when you have the president of the Senate, in the same party, suing the governor of South Carolina, saying you don’t have this authority, and the governor saying ‘yes I do.’ This shows a basic disagreement, a part from this lawsuit, that may go on in the future.
Haley wanted the session to take up a bill that would create a Department of Administration, as well as put the lieutenant governor and governor on one ticket, and make the superintendent of education an appointed, not elected position.