House Democrats try to pass amendments spending Palmetto Bowl money

Published: Mar. 10, 2004 at 2:00 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2004 at 10:13 PM EST
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(Columbia-AP) March 10, 2004 - In other budget debate news, House Democrats tried to pass several amendments to take away the $700,000 dollars some Republican leaders hope to spend on drawing a college football bowl game to Charleston.

Democrats wanted to spend Palmetto Bowl money on other items like restoring some funds for the John de la Howe School for troubled children. That effort failed.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bobby Harrell agreed to give $320,000 of the bowl money for a nursing program at Midlands Technical College.

Whether the bowl game is created depends on increasing capacity at The Citadel's Johnson-Hagood Stadium to 35,000 seats. Harrell has said a bowl game telecast on ESPN could bring in as much as $48 million.

Posted 9:10am by Eva Pilgrim