South Carolina House Overrides Haley Veto Of Domestic Assault Funds
Lawmakers in South Carolina appear united against Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and her draconian view of how government should best serve its citizens.
The House voted unanimously to override Haley’s veto of $454,000 to support rape crisis centers around the state. The 111-0 vote would restore money to be distributed to the 15 nonprofits that last year helped 5,000 victims according to reports.
The matter now moves to the Senate to hold its own vote.
Lawmakers said they were especially upset by the language Haley used in her veto, in particular statements that spending on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs were a “distraction” from the public health agency’s larger mission.
Even Republican lawmakers wouldn’t go that far. Rep. Joan Brady (R-Columbia) said specifically that providing services to survivors of rape are a priority, not a distraction.
The House also unanimously overrode $100,000 for a nonprofit that serves sickle cell patients.
Could this be a sign that some sanity is returning to the GOP? Let’s hope so.
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