Haley praises SC legislators at first town hall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is praising legislators for moving elements of her agenda forward at her first town hall meeting since taking office.

Haley had a standing-room crowd of more than 250 at the Lexington meeting.

She called House members rock stars for passing legislation that would elect governors and lieutenant governors on a joint ticket, have education superintendents appointed by the governor and move much of the state bureaucracy under the governor's control.

Haley said legislators should do more. She plans to grade their work at the end of the year on a new report card.

Some legislators were irked when she gave them a draft of the report card earlier in the day. Democratic state Sen. Phil Levenits of Sumter said it was political.

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