COLUMBIA - With just hours left in the 2014 legislative session, Senators chose to talk about Mountain Dew and joke about their "friendships" as the vote on the Ethics compromise loomed over their heads.
Some took to Twitter to discuss some form of drone that was allegedly spotted outside of the Statehouse, while others argued whether Gov. Nikki Haley would actually sign the Ethics compromise.
Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, said he doubted Haley would veto the bill, since her staff had been so highly involved during the process of the package. But Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, held the podium while other Senators interjected comedic commentary at times.
Bright argued Senators should not vote on the compromise until they had fully reviewed it. The House passed the compromise earlier in the day, 101-12.
"The House is the pulse and the Senate is the brain," Bright said.
Seconds before Bright agreed to step away from the podium in exchange for resuming discussion on the ethics compromise on June 17, Haley posted on Facebook and Twitter that there seemed to be confusion as to whether she would support the compromise.
"Yes, I do," Haley wrote. "So any Senators using me as an excuse should sit down, pass the bill, and I will sign it."
Her posts came too late, however. And Senators moved on to rushing through other measures and saying their goodbyes. The General Assembly returns to Columbia on June 17 for lingering matters and budget vetoes by Haley.
Anyone up for an end-of-session toast with a Mountain Dew?
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