House OKs bills giving SC governor more control

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The governor's office would get more power under measures given key approval in the South Carolina House.

The House voted 106-6 on Wednesday to ask voters in 2012 whether the governor and lieutenant governor should run on the same ticket.

The chamber voted 82-28 to let voters decide whether the governor should appoint the state schools superintendent. House members also voted 96-13 to move some duties of the Budget and Control Board into a new Department of Administration under the governor's control.

Those include information technology and management of the state's fleet and properties.

All three ideas have previously passed the House and died in the Senate. Gov. Nikki Haley is pushing for the proposals.

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