S.C. House could return Aug. 27 to take up two bills

08/16/2014 12:05 AM

08/16/2014 12:06 AM

The S.C. House of Representatives could return to Columbia on Aug. 27 to take up two bills vetoed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

House Clerk Charles Reid sent an email to all state representatives earlier this week asking whether 2 p.m. Aug. 27 would be a good date for representatives to return to Columbia.

As of Friday morning, just four of the House’s 124 members had emailed Reid to say that date would not work for them.

The two Haley vetoes already have been overridden by the state Senate. If the two bills are to become law, two-thirds of House members now must vote to override Haley’s veto.

One would give public libraries legal muscle to ask patrons to leave and stay away.

“Libraries have been held to be public places, so that makes it a little more difficult to get people out of a public place, as opposed to a private business,” Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, the bill’s sponsor, said Friday.

Haley said she vetoed the bill because it grants library employees the authority to kick out patrons for indefinite periods based on “mere” allegations of misconduct.

“Rather than a one-size-fits-all solution at the state level, each county government can and should tailor solutions to the particular problems faced by public libraries in their community,” Haley wrote in her veto message.

The other bill would allow a potential tax increase on some Horry and Georgetown county residents for the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District.

“Fire protection is an essential part of government,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown.

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