Senate approves SC jobless agency overhaul

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's problem-plagued Employment Security Commission would be overhauled under a measure approved in the Senate.

The proposal approved on Wednesday moves control of the jobless benefits agency under Gov. Mark Sanford's Cabinet and gives him say on who runs those operations.

Senators gave the measure a second reading on Wednesday after reaching a deal on exactly how the new Workforce Department's executive director would be hired. Sanford would initially appoint an interim director to serve until March 31, 2011. The Senate would have to OK his choice.

After that, a nine-member panel would make recommendations that Sanford's successor would hire.

The Senate could give final approval to the bill on Thursday. Sanford applauded the move.

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