South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who tried to get a defiant legislature back to work to complete what she considered crucial bills but was rebuked, calls it sad and “a strange set of consequences.”
Haley wanted the legislature to consider four bills before it recessed for the end of the first year of a two-year session. The legislature instead went into recess. Because it left without voting on the bills, she issued an executive order directing the legislature back into session.
The legislature refused to return, said she could not order them back, and went to the South Carolina Supreme Court, arguing that Haley had no authority to order the legislature back absent “extraordinary occasions.” The state Supreme Court agreed with the legislature.
“It’s pretty sad when a Republican senator sues a Republican governor for trying to push conservative reforms — it’s a strange set of consequences for sure,” Haley told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday. “The key is South Carolina is it is a place where we’ve done great things.
“The one thing South Carolina has not done is restructure — we still have an archaic style of government that I want to change,” Haley said. “Every one of our agencies has their own email servers. They have their own systems.
“We’ve asked for that, and the legislature was aware we thought that was a priority,” she continued. “Every day we don’t have a department of administration is a day we are wasting dollars and not being effective for taxpayer. We told the legislature to finish.”
Van Susteren said the court’s decision was completely “bizarre, crazy, nuts, lunatic.”
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