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Voters to decide if governor picks adjutant general

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South Carolina voters will soon be able to decide if the governor is given one more responsibility as the state's chief executive.

On Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3540 which allows voters to determine if the governor will have the power to select the adjutant general.

"We never get tired of restructuring our government and bringing it into the 21st century and that is what we have done again today," Gov. Haley said. "General Livingston and I have had a tremendous partnership – he is a great leader that has done great things for our National Guard and we wouldn't be here today without him. To know that we will have someone of his caliber appointed, rather than having to take a chance in an election, is an extremely important step forward for the people of South Carolina."  

Should voters approve the public referendum, South Carolina's governor would be able to appoint the adjutant general beginning in 2018. The change would be the third major government restructuring during Gov. Haley's administration along with creating the Department of Administration and directing that the lieutenant governor will be elected on the same ticket as the governor in 2018.

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