Gov. Nikki Haley's push to add a bill creating a cabinet-level Department of Administration to the General Assembly's extended session agenda has failed its first test in the state Senate.
Adding the bill to the session’s agenda would require the support of two-thirds of state senators -- or 31 votes. But the proposal won only 25 votes Wednesday in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Most of the 17 senators voting against adding the measure were Democrats.
Senate Democrats want the GOP-controlled S.C. House to approve an early-voting period, allowing voters to cast ballots for some period of time before an election day, in exchange for approving a new Department of Administration.
The new agency would report directly to South Carolina’s governor. It would replace parts of the state Budget and Control Board, overseeing much of state government’s day-to-day operations, including information technology, property management and other functions. It is intended to streamline service and save money.