SC House changes roads bill setting up showdown

SC House changes roads bill setting up showdown

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -  The South Carolina House has changed the Senate's road bill, likely setting up an end-of-the-session showdown over road funding and the operation of the state's highway agency.

The amendment allowing the House and Senate together to approve the governor's appointments for commissioners to the Department of Transportation's board passed 113-6 on Wednesday.

Currently, the governor appoints the DOT director and one board member, while legislators get to pick the other seven members by U.S. congressional districts. The Senate bill allowed only senators to approve the appointments.

Gov. Nikki Haley says the House will kill the bill by changing it. The Senate is unlikely to accept the House's changes.

The House's budget this year does provide an additional $400 million for roads.

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