SC House to consider health care cuts; help courts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina may cut spending for cancer screening, AIDS treatment and prevention and prescription drugs to cover a shortfall in state court and police funding.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper gave House members the proposal Wednesday as legislators prepared for a final floor debate on a spending that's fallen below $5 billion.

Cooper's plan comes after House members refused to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of a bill that would have generated more than $21 million for the state's courts by raising a variety of civil court fees.

Cooper has rejected plans for other fee increases. His latest proposal is cutting $50 million in the budget to cover the court and police funding.

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