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Senate Finance panel to debate bill that keeps state running

By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senators are considering a bill that would keep South Carolina state government running if the fiscal year starts July 1 without a budget, as expected.

The Senate Finance Committee meets Wednesday to take up the continuing resolution. It is the only item on the agenda.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman called the special meeting to allow for a floor vote on the measure when the Legislature reconvenes next week.

It would keep agencies open and employees paid until legislators can get a budget in place for 2015-16.

A six-member committee of House and Senate members concluded Monday that it's futile to try to get a compromise on the main budget bill with two surplus spending bills unresolved. How much should go to road repair remains the biggest holdup.

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