The S.C. House rejected again Tuesday an effort to end the lieutenant governor's security detail.
The House pushed aside a budget amendment Monday from State Rep. Bakari Sellers, the only Democrat to announce a run for lieutenant governor this year, that would have removed $375,358 in funding earmarked for the security detail for the state's No. 2 office.
Sellers rewrote the amendment Tuesday that kept the money with SLED in the 2014-15 budget but would allow the agency to reassign the agents to other priorities, such as gangs and sex crimes.
Sellers and Republican hopeful Pat McKinney said they would forgo a state security detail if elected.
But Rep. Mike Pitts, a Laurens Republican and former Greenville police officer, said the security detail started in the 1980s because "the lieutenant governor was a breath away from being governor."
If anything happened to the governor, the lieutenant governor would be alerted through the detail, preserving the chain of command in the state, Pitts said.
The House rejected Sellers' second try to end the security detail by a 86-24 vote.