SC lawmakers override 46 of Gov. Haley's 81 vetoes

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has overridden 46 of Gov. Nikki Haley's 81 budget vetoes.

Senators sustained eight more of the governor's vetoes Thursday. Altogether, lawmakers upheld 35 of the items Haley struck from the spending plan, striking about $5 million from the state's $6.7 billion spending plan.

The vetoes overridden by the Senate included saving the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Sea Grant Consortium, which are frequent Haley targets.

The Senate agreed with the governor and removed a $1 million item for a visitor's center in Orangeburg and $453,000 for lights near a tennis center on Daniel Island.

Many of the votes were close. Seven times senators sustained a veto, then came back and voted to override it.

Legislators will now go home until January.

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