By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
COLUMBIA — In February, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley again drew a line in the sand.
“Since the beginning of my Administration, I have been clear that I will veto local legislation that is clearly unconstitutional,” Haley wrote in vetoing House Bill 4723, which dealt with the governing commission of the Berea Water and Sewer District in Greenville County.
The Republican governor in her Feb. 27 veto message said the bill violated the home-rule provisions of the state constitution, which “prohibit the enactment of state laws affecting one county.”
Haley used that same reasoning in June in vetoing House bill 3790, which sought to create the Bamberg County Water and Sewer Authority.
“For too long, the General Assembly has involved itself in entirely local issues like providing water and sewer services to county and municipal residents, which violate Home Rule,” Haley wrote in her veto message.
But a review by The Nerve of legislation that passed this year found that Haley signed at least a dozen bills dealing with issues affecting only one county or several counties.