Gov. Nikki Haley ordered lawmakers back to Columbia next week after they failed to pass a key piece of her legislative agenda on the legislative session's last day, sparking dissention among legislative Republicans and howls from Democrats.
Haley wants lawmakers to return at 10 a.m. Tuesday to consider bills creating a Department of Administration, allowing the governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, allow the governor to appoint the secretary of education and a bill merging the Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole into the Department of Corrections.
"Pick any two," Haley said, asking lawmakers to voluntarily forfeit the $250 daily pay they are due, a total of $42,500 a day.
Democratic lawmakers asked why, if the bills are so important, the Republican Haley could not work with the GOP-controlled House and Senate or include it the bills among those up for debate, such as budget and redistricting, during a planned extended session in two weeks.
"We have never witnessed anything so outlandish in all our life
just because she didn't get her way," said House Minority Leader Harry Ott, D-Calhoun.