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January 27, 2014

STATE HOUSE: Gov. Nikki Haley signs restructuring bill into law

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed S.22 into law on Monday afternoon, according to her office.

The bill, often referred to as " government restructuring ," eliminates the state Budget and Control Board and transfers most of its functions to a new Department of Administration under the governor's control. A new State Fiscal Accountability Authority -- made up of the same officials that are on the current Budget and Control Board -- will govern state purchasing and bonding.

Haley had planned a ceremonial bill signing for Wednesday, but postponed it to Feb. 5 after the House and Senate decided to cancel their legislative meetings this week because of the possibility of snow and ice on Tuesday and Thursday.

"Getting to this point wasn’t easy but we are finally signing into law a Department of Administration and moving South Carolina out of the dark ages of backwards, clumsy, and unresponsive government," Haley said in a news release. "The people of this state deserve a government that is responsive – and today’s action is giant step in that direction."

The primary sponsor of S.22 was Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw and the Democratic candidate for governor. Haley publicly thanked Sheheen during her State of the State address for his work on the bill.

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