House passes restructuring, Senate holding up vote

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has approved a compromise of a government restructuring bill that's again hitting a roadblock in the Senate. 

The House voted 118-0 on a compromise worked out last week by a panel of three Senate and three House members. The bill being called the largest restructuring of state government in two decades is a vote away from the governor's desk. 

But Sen. Shane Martin took the podium Tuesday to hold up a vote, saying the measure is reform in name only.  

The Republican from Spartanburg County complains it renames, rather than eliminates, the powerful, five-member board that makes many financial decisions for state government. 

It's the same argument made as the bill died in the Senate in 2012 when the session ended without a vote.
 

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