A restructuring bill that adds a Department of Administration was deemed dead during the special session. However, Senator Glenn McConnell expects it to be brought back to light next January.
“The Department of Administration bill will pass. The governor tried to indicate we had somehow reneged on our word. We didn’t renege on our word, we put it up for a vote and she didn’t have the votes. No Democrat voted for it, not one Democrat. It takes 31 votes to get the bill up,” says McConnell.
McConnell says he did vote in favor to bring the Department of Administration bill back up for discussion this year.
McConnell says he and most of the Republicans in the Senate voted to bring the Department of Administration bill back up during the special session, but the majority of Democrats voted against it–saying they wanted to discuss the Voter ID Law first.
He said he wants to caution South Carolinians: “The Department of Administration will not save the money that they are contending it will save. It’s very easy to put out predictions that it will save money. It’s the right thing to do for several things: There’s an imbalance in the Budget and Control Board, it’s an archaic organization. separation of powers under the constitution, purely executive functions should be under the executive branch.”
McConnell says he is in favor of the elimination of the Budget and Control Board–which the restructuring bill would do.
The Legislature will return one last time for this year on July 26 to discuss redistricting.