Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell sent a letter to the Senate today, laying out how he thinks they should handle inclusion of a Department of Administration bill in the extended session that starts Monday.
He is asking them to add the bill to the Sine Die agenda, but that will take a two-thirds vote in the Senate. After the conflict that came from the governor’s failed attempt to call them back into session, some senators have said they are hesitant to add that issue to an already-crowded calendar for the next two weeks.
In his letter, McConnell says:
It is my hope that the Senate will put the events of last week regarding this bill and the governor’s attempt to violate separation of powers behind us and allow an opportunity to include the Department of Administration bill as an amendment to the Sine Die resolution.
Court ruling that stopped the governor from calling the Legislature back in this week to consider the bill or three others that deal with restructuring state government.
In his letter to fellow Senators, the Charleston Republican says that in spite of disagreements with the governor on the Constitution, he agrees with her on the need to make government more efficient.
He adds, “As we move to reform government, it is important that we also keep in place the important checks and balances so that the public is protected from over-zealous politicians and bureaucrats in the long-term.”
He says he believes the bill can pass the Senate,
…but the Senate must be willing to let the bill be debated for a reasonable amount of time and allow amendments to be properly considered.
He recounts lasts week’s cloture motion that stopped such debate. There were about 70 amendments waiting on the desk.
“This premature attempt at cloture, in my opinion, had the effect of wrecking the atmosphere of good will…and made it impossible for that bill to pass,” he says.