A bi-partisan group of S.C. House lawmakers have introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment stripping the governor's ability to allow bills to become law without a signature.
The bill -- dubbed the "Veto Transparency Act" -- would require the governor to sign or veto a bill within 15 days of its passage or the bill will be vetoed without comment. Currently, a bill becomes law if the governor does not sign the bill after five days.
The bill is relevant to the current debate over whether the Legislature will approve a sales tax break for an Amazon.com facility to be located in Lexington County. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she does not support the tax break, but that she will allow the bill to become law without saying if she will sign the bill.
The measure would have to be approved by voters in the next election in 2012.