FLORENCE, S.C. – The South Carolina General Assembly will be returning to Columbia after all.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Senate President Harvey Peeler said he was calling the Senate back into session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.
Speaker Jay Lucas has also indicated he has called the House of Representatives into session at noon on the same date, according to Peeler’s statement.
“My hope is that we will be here one day, but I intend for the Senate to remain in session until all gubernatorial vetoes are addressed,” Peeler said in the statement.
Peeler’s decision contradicts earlier indications that neither house of the General Assembly had any immediate plans to reassemble for more sessions this year.
Gov. Henry McMaster only vetoed 28 items at around $41 million from the state budget, seemingly making another session much less likely.
Peeler also issued a statement that the Senate would be working on education reform with the goal of being prepared to enact legislation early next January.
Peeler, a Republican, represents Senate District 14 which includes all of Cherokee County, a portion of northeastern Spartanburg, northeastern Union County, and western York County. He was elected to the newly created position of Senate president in January.
The role was created to replace the lieutenant governor’s role with the Senate. Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. of Florence previously served as president pro tempore of the Senate but elected to maintain his role as chairman of the Finance Committee rather than seek election as president of the Senate.