The top-ranking member of the South Carolina Senate said Tuesday that he would not support a special session to deal with the aftermath of record flooding this month because lawmakers do not yet have cost estimates on the damage.
Senate President pro tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, said he believes lawmakers will be better prepared to examine infrastructure damage and other potential funding issues when they return to regular session in January. Leatherman made the comments after a Joint Bond Review Committee meeting on Tuesday.
“What would we do (now)?” Leatherman said, according to The State newspaper. “If you don’t know the magnitude of what you’re trying to resolve, then I have no interest in asking the Senate to come back and just sit there, not knowing.”
He echoed comments last week from Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said she wants to wait until calculations are finished on the total amount of damage before taking up any legislation.
Leatherman, who also chairs the Senate Finance Committee, did tell the reporters that dealing with the flood will be a top priority when lawmakers do return to Columbia in three months. He said improving schools and roads also will be priorities.