Lawmakers overturn S Carolina governor’s disaster money veto

October 3, 2018 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Legislature has restored money to the state budget to help pay for damage from disasters several years ago.

The House and Senate both voted in a special session Wednesday to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of millions of dollars to help more than 20 counties with expenses, mostly from a destructive 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Irma passing west of the state in 2017.

McMaster said he vetoed the money because it included $500,000 to nonprofits helping repair homes damaged in the massive floods in 2015.

Lawmakers say that was shortsighted, especially with more expenses coming with the flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Aiken County will get more than $4 million for ice storm expenses.

The Legislature is considering 42 of McMaster’s vetoes from July worth $36 million.