The Senate ended three days of gridlock Thursday by voting to scrap a joint House-Senate plan on controversial voter ID legislation.The issue is likely dead for the year, as House leaders indicated they would not support the Senate plan.
The Senate move capped a marathon three days in the General Assembly where:
• Gov. Mark Sanford saw the House sustain the most budget vetoes in any year since the Carroll Campbell administration, carrying with it the biggest budget cuts by a governor in state history. The House agreed with 51 of Sanford’s 107 vetoes, worth about $300 million in cuts. The success stands in sharp contrast with last year, when Sanford issued 10 budget vetoes and the General Assembly rejected all 10.
• The S.C. Budget and Control Board was defunded on a $25 million Sanford veto, leaving lawmakers and leaders in state government unsure about how the state’s administrative agency will operate after July 1.