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SC legislators override warrantless search veto

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators managed on their second attempt 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 74-37 on Wednesday, barely reaching the needed two-thirds majority to override. Last week, the chamber fell 16 votes shy. The Senate voted 36-7 earlier this month to override.

Police officers are at the Statehouse to lobby for the bill.

It would allow officers to bypass going to a judge for a warrant before searching someone on probation or parole on the street. The vehicle they're in and any of their possessions could also be searched. It does not allow searches of homes.

Supporters say it's a public safety issue and will help crack down on repeat offenders.

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