Senate creates 9-member study committee for flooding relief

Senate creates 9-member study committee for flooding relief

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The leader of South Carolina's Senate has appointed a special committee to oversee state agencies' flood relief efforts and determine how much more money is needed to help people recover from the catastrophic flooding.
    
Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman announced Friday the creation of a committee of five Republicans and four Democrats. It will include Leatherman, who also chairs the chamber's Finance Committee.
    
Leatherman gave no reporting deadlines, though he stresses the flooding disaster will have a major impact on next year's legislative session.
    
He says he appointed senators outside of his budget-writing committee because they represent some of the hardest-hit areas.
    
The Florence Republican says the Legislature will appropriate whatever's necessary to help people recover as quickly as possible.

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