Reported by Andrew Kiel, WRHI
Rock Hill Rep. Ralph Norman was the lone dissenting vote in a house decision on Tuesday. The final vote was nearly unanimous tallying out to 111-1 overriding a veto from Governor Nikki Haley.
Haley vetoed a resolution by the house blocking the dredging of the Savannah River on Monday.
Norman says there was no reason for him to doubt the decision initially made by the state health department to approve the dredging permit.
“They were comfortable with the concessions that Georgia made that the oxygen would be put back into the water,” said Norman. “It’s not like South Carolina’s paying for Georgia’s widening.”
SC House Minority Leader Harry Ott (D-St. Matthews) who was among the majority ruling against Haley says the governor needs to admit she’s wrong. Norman still disagrees.
“In the governor’s mind it went through the proper course of action,” says Norman. “DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) decided an issue that should be decided by DHEC. They researched it over a year and found out with the concessions that they were okay with it.”
Ott and others against Haley’s veto say the governor is doing more to help Georgia than South Carolina. Norman says he welcomes the healthy competition from the Savannah port and thinks it will lead to greater growth in the years to come.