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Bill for SC schools chief to be appointed fails

Apr 29, 2010 3:51:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina legislators have rejected a proposal to let voters decide whether the governor should choose the state's schools chief.

The House failed Thursday to reach a two-thirds majority needed to ask voters in November whether the governor should appoint the state superintendent of education. The position is now elected.

After the 72-36 vote, officials said the measure had passed. However, the vote reflected a two-thirds majority of members voting, which was not enough.

A proposed change to the constitution requires a two-thirds majority of all House members.

Gov. Mark Sanford has sought for years to put more power in the governor's office but similar efforts to allow the governor appoint positions have failed.

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