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June 17, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: Lawmakers to take up vetoes, Senate to play musical chairs

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

Happening today: The House will take up Gov. Nikki Haley's 76 budget vetoes totaling $18.5 million including a $12,000-a-year pay raise for legislators. ... The Senate will play musical chairs as Yancey McGill, D-Williamsburg, decides whether to become interim lieutenant governor. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, both have expressed interest in becoming president pro tempore if McGill takes the state's No. 2 job. ... The Senate also could decide on ethics reform, which the House passed on the last day of regular session.

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Guv's schedule:

Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Click here for the agenda.

State House today

House and Senate convene at noon

Conference committees

S.535 (11 a.m., Gressette Room 105 / Agenda )
H.3149 (Noon, State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda )
H.4665 (1:30 p.m., State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda )
S.825 (2 p.m., State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda )
H.3638 (2 p.m., First Floor Auditorium / Agenda )
H.4354 (3 p.m., State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda )

House meeting

• House Legislative Ethics Committee (10 a.m., Blatt Room 511 / Agenda )

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