Members of the S.C. House of Representatives will get a free trip to Columbia on Wednesday, on the eve of USC’s season-opening football game.
Representatives return for a one-day session starting at 2 p.m. to take up two bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.
If all 124 representatives return to Columbia, one-day session would cost state taxpayers nearly $34,000. That includes about $175 per representative for hotel-and-food costs and mileage, paid at a rate of 56 cents per mile.
The first bill the GOP-controlled House will take up, deciding whether to override Haley’s veto, would give libraries more legal muscle to ban disruptive patrons. Haley says the proposed law was too vague. The second bill would allow for a tax increase in parts of Horry and Georgetown counties for a fire district.
Overriding the governor’s veto on the bills, which the state Senate already has done, will take the support of two-thirds of House members.
Eyes also will be on House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, who is facing allegations that he misused campaign money, used his House position to help his private pharmaceutical business and improperly appointed his brother to a panel that reviews candidates who want to be judges.
Until the end of June, those allegations were being investigated by the State Grand Jury, led by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, R-Lexington.
However, Wilson recently removed himself from the case, Harrell told Republican House members earlier this month. First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, a Democrat, now is overseeing the investigation.