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Palmetto Sunrise: Where did the Republicans go?

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Palmetto Sunrise: Where did the Republicans go?

Gov. Nikki Haley thanks Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, for his help with the bill after she signed into law a bill to equip all South Carolina police officers with body cameras Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in North Charleston,S.C. (Grace Beahm/Staff)

COLUMBIA — Where were Charleston’s statehouse Republicans when the body cameras bill was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley?

At least half a dozen Democratic lawmakers surrounded Haley when she signed into law on Wednesday a bill that seeks to equip South Carolina’s cops with body cameras. First-year lawmaker Rep. Mary Tinkler to veterans like Reps. Leon Stavrinakis and Hollywood’s Robert Brown were all in attendance.

Also there were the bill’s sponsors: Sens. Marlon Kimpson, of Charleston, and Gerald Malloy, of Hartsville. Charleston Democrat Rep. Wendell Gilliard — who has been a proponent of body cameras for years and sponsored the body cameras bill in the House — was also present.

But Republicans? Just a handful. From the Senate, only Sen. Paul Thurmond. The Charleston Republican was the first of his party to sign on to the bill when it was still sitting in the Senate. Other Republican senators, including Larry Grooms and Chip Campsen, later joined the co-sponsor list.

And from the House, Reps. Bill Crosby, of North Charleston, and Samuel Rivers, of Goose Creek were there as well. Maybe other Lowcountry Republicans simply missed the memo of the signing.

See the gallery of the bill’s signing.

In other news:

SC senators advance measure that keeps state running (The Associated Press)

Budget stalemate could cost Haley some of her power (The State)

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