Palmetto Sunrise: State budget talks continue

Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia, (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, (right) are two of the three Senate members who will meet today to discuss the state’s budget during the conference committee. (Cynthia Roldan/Staff)

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s lawmakers technically went home last Thursday, but a select few are back in Columbia today to continue ironing out a compromise between both chambers on the state’s $7 billion budget.

Despite Thursday’s celebration of Sine Die, legislators went home with many things undone. They did schedule a special session for next week, however, to vote on the budget and any other bills that were in conference when they adjourned on Thursday.

But before all of them return next Tuesday, three members of each chamber will publicly meet today at 9 a.m., to discuss what they and staffers have been working on in recent weeks on the budget. If they agree today, they’ll have a report to present to their respective chambers to vote on. After the budget is ratified, Gov. Nikki Haley will have five days — not including Sunday — to veto any items.

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S.C. road bill got off track at 3 critical points (The Associated Press)

Here’s what South Carolina lawmakers did this year (The Greenville News)

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Trustees, admins try to stabilize S.C. State (The Times and Democrat)

DJJ director being sworn into South Carolina State Guard (The Associated Press)

S.C. seeks landowner protections from petroleum pipelines (Bluffton Today)

SC abortion numbers decline nearly 12 percent in 5 years (The Associated Press)

Graham gets little splash from announcement (The Post and Courier)

Charleston going after GOP presidential debate (The Post and Courier)

Haley to speak at fundraiser for Missouri gubernatorial candidate (The Associated Press)

Rubio’s real estate dealings often a drag (The Associated Press)