The State Senate chamber was quiet Tuesday in the aftermath of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling Monday night that Governor Nikki Haley’s executive order to call legislators back to work was unconstitutional.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell brought the question of the constitutionality of the Governor Haley’s order before the high court. Haley wanted lawmakers to take up bills to reshuffle state government which would include the formation of the Department of Administration that could give more power to the governor’s office.
The Senate will return next week to work on several items including the state budget and redistricting. Hartsville Democrat Gerald Malloy says the restructuring can be added to the extended session; however it would take a two-thirds vote of the body.
Malloy says he has some reservations about taking up restructuring during the special session because of the already full agenda and because the way the governor handled the situation. The Darlington Democrat adds that once the Senate returns next week they will take up redistricting. Following redistricting will be the anticipated contentious debate on an illegal immigration measure. Under Sine Die, lawmakers can address amendments to bills that have passed both houses.