The General Assembly returns Tuesday for a special session to discuss some unfinished business like redistricting and the state budget.
Charleston Senator Chip Campsen says they already voted for what should be included in the special session, under Sine Die, but Governor Nikki Haley wants to add a restructuring bill to it. Campsen says he supports the bill but getting the bill added to the Sine Die resolution is just the beginning.
There’s two phases to this: Getting it up for debate. Two-thirds vote would actually be easier in my mind than actually passing the bill and overcoming a filibuster because we may not have the votes to get real closure, and that’s where the real drama is going to be.
Campsen says the Sine Die resolution is a special agreement that “winds down” the session in which both chambers agree on what legislative issues to take back up after the regular session.
The proposal the governor was interested in calls for the state to add a Department of Administration, the first of a series of bills to restructure how state government works.
Campsen says he proposed the first bill to add an administration department.
I actually drafted the first Department of Administration bill back when I was chairman of Governor Sanford’s transition team and I’m the prime sponsor of the bill on the Senate side. We are working off the House bill, but I have long been a strong proponent of the Department of Administration because constitutionally we have a very weak governship. We are the only state in the nation that has something like the Budget and Control Board.
Campsen says some, specifically Democrats, will be “cynical.”
I know that there are some Democrats who will vote to put it on the Sine Die resolution so we can take it up. There’s a decent chance that will happen. However, that doesn’t mean they will also vote to evoke closure on one of their fellow Democrats when they are filibustering the bill.
The session starts back up at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.