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House, Senate tries to reach deal to fire SC State trustees

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Three senators and three House members are meeting to try to find a compromise to fire the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees.

Bills to get rid of the board received widespread support, but the two chambers disagreed on who should appoint the new trustees.

The House wanted the governor, comptroller general, treasurer and the leaders of the budget writing committees in the House and Senate to appoint the board. The Senate wanted the governor, the Senate president, the House speaker and the leaders of the education committee in each chamber to name new trustees.

Lawmakers are angry that SC State is expected to owe more than $23 million in debt by this summer.

The conference committee meets at the Statehouse at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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