Sanford vetoes sprinkler bill
COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed a bill Wednesday night that would encourage businesses and homeowners to install fire sprinkler systems.
The Republican governor vetoed the measure a week before the anniversary of the June 18 Sofa Super Store blaze that killed nine Charleston firefighters.
Sanford said he vetoed the bill because it was so big that it amounted to a government subsidy rather than an incentive.
Sanford faced a midnight deadline to deal with bills the Legislature sent him.
He signed a bill to allow the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer to be part displays at public buildings.
State Attorney General Henry McMaster said displays including religious items and documents such as the Magna Carta and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech would survive a court challenge.
The Legislature is expected to consider the vetoes June 25.