The South Carolina Supreme Court, in a 3-2 ruling, sided with Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell in his fight to stop Governor Nikki Haley’s special session this week–a week before the General Assembly was set to return.
On the House side of things, Charleston Representative Leon Stavrinakis questions Haley’s motives.
Part of the problem, obviously, was Governor Sanford’s relationship with the legislature, which was not good. And, if you really want these reforms to happen, I just find it hard to believe that she really thought this was the way to get it done. At times I wonder whether these reform-minded governors really want these reforms to happen or if they just need to keep these issues alive for political reasons for campaigns.
Stavrinakis says he, like McConnell, supports the bill that the governor wanted to push through this week–one that would restructure state government, creating a Department of Administration. However, the representative says Haley could have chosen a different route.
Really felt like her decision-making on this was impatient and immature. Hopefully she’ll learn for it and we’ll be able to make progress on it going forward.
The General Assembly will return June 14 to take up some unfinished business, such as redistricting and the state budget.