Bill for SC schools chief to be appointed advances

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators have advanced a proposal to let voters decide whether the governor should choose the state's schools chief.

The House approved 72-36 on Thursday a proposal that would ask voters in November whether the governor should have the power to appoint the state superintendent of education.

The vote barely reached the required two-thirds majority needed for a proposed change to the constitution. It sends the measure to the Senate.

Gov. Mark Sanford has sought for years to put more power in the governor's office. But similar efforts to let the governor appoint positions now filled through statewide election have failed.

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