SC legislators fail to override veto on searches

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators have failed to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of a bill allowing officers to search people on probation and parole without a warrant.

The House voted 58-53 on Tuesday, falling 16 votes short of the needed two-thirds majority.

But House leaders say the bill is not dead. A spokesman for House Speaker Bobby Harrell called the vote a test to see how much more work they have to do.

The measure allows searches of probationers or parolees on the street. Inmates must agree to the searches before they're released or stay in prison for their full term.

The vote could be reconsidered as early as Wednesday.

But the bipartisan vote to kill it indicates Sanford's veto had sway. In February, the House passed it 81-26.

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