The McConnell v. Haley question currently before the SC Supreme court is simple: Who has the authority, the legislature by a 2/3 vote or the governor? If the legislature ignored Sine Die and came back to Columbia because of Haley’s Executive Order, it would set a precedent that the governor could override a 2/3 vote of the legislature.
For the diehard supporters: Do you really want ALL future governors to have that right on any issue? What if they don’t believe exactly the way you do? We have rules for a reason.
SC has a representative constitutional form of government. We have a separation of powers. In other words, we don’t make up the rules as we go along and one branch of government cannot infringe upon the powers of another. The executive branch cannot throw out a 2/3 vote by both legislative bodies simply because the governor’s agenda hasn’t been passed yet. The governor having to wait six months is not cause for an emergency session. We all like to check tasks off of our lists as soon as possible but sometimes we don’t get what we want immediately and we have to wait. Yes, that applies to the governor just as it does to average citizens.
If Governor Haley, a former member of the House of Representatives, doesn’t fully understand the South Carolina Constitution, then we suggest that she completely turn over her Twitter and Facebook accounts to her staff so that she may exert that wasted energy into studying the Constitution.
Why is it that Governor Haley consistently wasted almost all of the regular session by attempting to play to her base and not actively lobbying for her agenda?
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules, but either way we strongly believe that the SC Constitution does not give the governor the right to change the rules in the middle of the game.
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