SC House again rejects court fees; forces cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has again rejected efforts to patch the state's budget with higher court fees and set the stage for deep cuts in health care program spending in a budget conference committee.

The House had voted earlier to sustain Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of bill that would have generated more than $24 million through civil court fees. It then voted 63-41 Thursday to refuse to reconsider that earlier vote.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal said the money was needed to head off layoffs of court workers.

House budget writers decided to strip their final version of the budget a total of more than $50 million in fees and replace that money through budget cuts in cancer, drug and social service programs.

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