Legislators sent a strong message to Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday by overriding all but 9 of her vetoes. And, among those 9, 4 had already been changed by law anyway. What really upset legislators was the governor’s reversal on ETV funding.
Lawmakers finished with the budget, then broke until late July while House and Senate leaders– both Republican and Democrat– try to hammer out a new congressional map. Senate Republican leaders were not happy with a redistricting plan that passed their body and did not put the new 7th Congressional District in the Pee Dee, as expected. They were especially upset that the plan was passed by a narrow majority of Democrats and 10 Republicans.
It’s looking increasingly likely that a panel of judges will end up drawing the final version.
On Wednesday, the House budget chairman, Rep. Dan Cooper (R-Anderson) officially resigned from the body. Cooper had originally announced his intentions earlier this year, but made it official in a noon address to fellow legislators. He said he was exhausted by the demands of writing a budget during a recession the past few years.
On Thursday, Lt. Governor Ken Ard said he was ready to move on after settling the ethics case against him. However, his critics found new ammo after the state Ethics Commission accused Ard of misleading them during their investigation. He was accused of 107 violations in how he used campaign funds in the weeks following his November election.