Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed four bills, ranging from electronic court case filings to excused absences for some elementary and high school students.
The vetoes, posted to Haley’s website on Tuesday, come the week after lawmakers adjourned for the year. Lawmakers will return to Columbia on June 19, however, to finish work on the state budget and either overturn or sustain any Haley vetoes.
Haley’s vetoes were of:
• H.4821, a bill that would allow people to file court documents online. Haley said she vetoed it because the state’s Judicial Department could have charged a fee for the service “at any rate it chooses.” She went on to say “I do not believe that any branch of government should be provided with such comprehensive, unilateral authority to impose fees without regulatory or other comparable review.”
• H.4033, a bill that would allow local governments to pay for projects like dredging using capital project sales taxes. Haley said she vetoed it because it gives governments “the ability to tax more homeowners who have not given their consent.”
• Two bills – H.5315 and H.4886 – that would have exempted certain schools from make-up days. Fountain Inn Elementary missed a day in February because of a bat infestation. Stall High School missed two days in January because of a gas leak. Haley vetoed both bills because she said the affected school districts had make-up days incorporated into their school calendar, but district officials did not use them.