S.C lawmakers could give Gov. Nikki Haley and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen an early Christmas present Thursday: a government restructuring bill.
The question is, who will get the credit?
A conference committee meets today at 2 p.m. to work out a compromise on S.22 -- a bill that would abolish the state Budget and Control Board and transfer most of the state's administrative duties to the governor's office.
Haley, the first term Republican governor, campaigned on government restructuring and has pushed for the bill's passage every year she has been in the mansion.
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Sheheen, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is the primary sponsor of the bill and is a member of the conference committee.
The main thing House and Senate conferees have to decide Thursday is who should control state purchasing: the governor, or a new state agency governed by a nine-member board?
But the bigger question is how will this play out in the 2014 election. If the bill passes, both Haley and Sheheen will rush to take credit for it. Will they cancel each other out?
Will voters even care?
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Conference committee on the government restructuring billS.22
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Gov. Nikki Haley's public schedule on Thursday
• 2 p.m., Speak at the S.C. Highway Patrol Graduation Ceremony at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia
Dems bring Haley report card tour to Columbia
S.C. Democratic chairman Jaime Harrison shares his party's failing report card for Republican Gov. Nikki Haley at a 1 p.m. Columbia news conference on Thursday. Harrison has visited Greenville and Charleston on the press tour ahead of the expected 2014 rematch between Haley and Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen. Background
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