Many have asked me this question since all the conflicting opinions are flying as to whether the Governor had the authority to call us into special session during recess. Well, here’s my answer: neither.
Here’s how I’d like to name sides to this issue:
SC Budget and Control Board vs. You the Taxpayer
I’m on your side!
The current form of this restructuring bill is very good; much better than I would have ever dreamed of. The amendment to kill the antiquated B&CB passed almost unanimously. I’d like to credit the bipartisan work of Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) and Sen. Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) for their efforts in getting this amendment passed.
The faster we can enact this historical restructuring legislation, the better. However the SC Supreme Court said in Lee Corso fasion: “Not so fast my friend”! Hopefully, we can gather the 2/3 vote to amend the sine die resolution and get on this bill on Tuesday, June 14th. If we don’t get the change in the sine die resolution, it will be well positioned for debate in the first week of January 2012, but millions of dollars will slip away if it’s put off for 6 months.
I guess the Democrats are using this issue to try to divide and conquer.
I found this video on fitsnews.com. SC Democrat Chairman Dick Harpootlian has posted a video of their version of the conflict between Gov. Haley and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell. I think its funny, btw, but hopefully the video won’t accomplish its intentions.