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Gov Haley seeks more authority with bill

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - -

The legislation at the center of the South Carolina Supreme Court showdown between Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican-controlled Legislature is about giving the governor's office more control over daily operations.

But the Senate's top officer says Haley's heavy-handed tactics could work against her. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says legislators may have reservations about giving Haley more authority.

McConnell's comments followed the state high court's ruling that Haley's order calling lawmakers back into session this week during their one-week break violated the constitutional separation of powers.

Haley wanted legislators to come back and approve four restructuring measures. But her top priority is creating a new Department of Administration that puts bureaucratic functions such as property and fleet management, parking and computer technology under her control.

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