SC legislature has plenty of unfinished work

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers have three days left in their regular session and no hope of finishing key work before adjourning this week.

Legislators return Tuesday with work to do on the state's $6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

It took the Senate more than four weeks to approve the budget. The House on Tuesday is expected to change that version. That will put the bill on a path for a conference committee to work out a compromise. Gov. Nikki Haley would then get the chance to veto parts she doesn't like.

Legislators also have plenty of work remaining to draw new election district lines.

The House plans to return in two weeks for a wrap-up session. No date has been set by the Senate.

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