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Haley insurance nominee still waiting on confirmation after second hearing

Ray Farmer testifies during his confirmation hearing Wednesday in Columbia, as Daryl Ferguson, left, an insurance activist, listens. Gov. Nikki Haley selected Farmer to run the Department of Insurance, but state senators must confirm him.

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley’s nominee to run the state insurance department is still waiting on a vote by senators after a second confirmation hearing Wednesday morning.

The nomination of Ray Farmer, who testified at last week’s hearing but did not testify Wednesday, was again carried over to a future hearing.

The situation is atypical. Legislative confirmation hearings in South Carolina tend to be quick and routine.

Senators on the Banking and Insurance Committee Wednesday again heard from Lowcountry insurance activist Daryl Ferguson, this time for the bulk of the 90-plus minute meeting.

Ferguson opposes Farmer’s nomination.

Senators also heard from Otis Rawl, the president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, who supports Farmer.

In an interview after the hearing, Farmer again asserted that his combination of work in the insurance industry, where he most recently worked as a lobbyist, and previous work as a regulator and adjuster in Georgia makes him uniquely qualified to run the insurance agency.



Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Stephen Largen at 864-641-8172 and follow him on Twitter @stephenlargen.

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