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Gov. Haley releases government report card

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Gov. Nikki Haley released her legislative report card Monday at a town hall meeting in Rock Hill, SC.

The legislative report card goes through the previous legislative sessions' bills, including individual representatives' scores on each bill.

The basic grade breakdown from the report is as follows: all A's and B's went to Republicans, two Republicans and two Democrats got C's, one D went to a Republican and the other two D's went to Democrats, and all F's went to Democrats.

The report cards showed only 20 of 45 senators and 75 of the 123 representatives she graded were on the honor roll. Only one Democrat in the Senate and two in the House got top grades.

In response to Haley's report card, South Carolina Democrats released their own report card on Monday. They gave Haley F's for job growth, honesty, restructuring and transparency, and an A-plus for hypocrisy and pay-to-play politics.

Democrats released their own report card of Haley earlier Monday, saying she gets an F on issues tied to jobs, honesty, government restructuring and open government.

Haley will continue on her town hall tour, going over the legislative report card in each of the seven cities she visits.

Haley told the 200 people at a town hall at Winthrop University that the need to hold their lawmakers' hands to the fire to make sure they help her with her agenda.

Haley said the agenda will include business tax cuts and a new job training program.

The break down of grades for each bill and Upstate politician is below.

Both the Senate and House received checks for the following bills:

  • On the Record Voting H.3004 Requires legislators' votes to be recorded, which finally allows taxpayers to make informed decisions when voting for their elected officials.
  • HHS Medicaid Flexibility Proviso S.434: Allows the Dept. of Health and Human Services the flexibility to negotiate Medicaid costs with health care providers, which allows our state to drive down costs and to save taxpayer dollars.
  • Tort Reform H.3375: Lowers the caps for punitive damages, which reduces the risk for companies doing business in our state, makes us competitive with neighboring states, and is essential to economic development and job creation.

The Senate and House received passing scores for the following bill:

  • Vetoes on Unconstitutional Local Legislation Sustained S.724, S.913 / H.3321: Ends the tradition of passing local bills that are in clear violation of the Home Rule provision in the Constitution, which was enacted to protect. The Senate received a 50 percent score and the House received a 100 percent score.

The House received checks for the following bills:

  • Department of Administration H.3066: Consolidates state administrative functions into a central agency and abolishes the Budget and Control Board, which will improve accountability and save taxpayer dollars. The Senate received an incomplete for this bill.
  • Appointing the Superintendent of Education H.3070: Places the question on the ballot to let the voters decide if the Superintendent of Education should be appointed by the Governor.
  • Merging PPP into the Dept. of Corrections H.3267: Merges the Dept. of Probation, Pardon, and Parole into the Dept. of Corrections, which will allow an integrated approach to rehabilitating inmates and reducing repeat offenses.
  • Governor and Lt. Governor on the Same Ticket H.3152: Places the question on the ballot to let the voters decide if the Governor and Lt. Governor should run on the same ticket.

The Senate and House failed on the following bill:

  • Budget Vetoes Sustained H.3700, H.3701: Supports at least 51 percent of the Governor's vetoes of the Capital Reserve Bill and 34 line-items of the budget to save taxpayers more than $210 million in unnecessary spending.

Here is a look at how the Upstate representatives in the Senate did:

  • Received an A: Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Kevin Bryant of Anderson, Larry Martin of Pickens, Shane Martin of Easley, Harvey Peeler of Cherokee, David Thomas of Greenville 
  • Received a B: Thomas Alexander of Oconee, Bill O'Dell of Abbeville, Phil Shoopman of Greenville
  • Received a C: Mike Fair of Greenville
  • Received a D: Danny Verdin of Laurens
  • Received a F: Ralph Anderson of Greenville, Floyd Nicholson of Greenwood, Glenn Reese of Spartanburg

Here is a look at how the Upstate representatives in the House did: 

  • Received an A: Bruce Bannister of Greenville, Eric Bedingfield of Greenville, Eric Bikas of Pickens, Bill Chumley of Spartanburg, Derham Cole of Spartanburg, Tom Corbin of Greenville, Mike Forrester of Spartanburg, Mike Gambrell of Anderson, Dan Hamilton of Greenville, Phyllis Henderson of Greenville, Davey Hiott of Pickens, Dwight Loftis of Greenville, Steve Moss of Cherokee, Dennis Moss of Cherokee, Wendy Nanney of Greenville, Phil Owens of Pickens, Steve Parker of Spartanburg, Gene Pinson of Greenwood, Mike Pitts of Laurens, Bill Sandifer of Oconee, BR Skelton of Pickens, Garry Smith of Greenville, Eddie Tallon of Spartanburg, Anne Thayer of Anderson, Brian White of Anderson, Bill Whitmire of Oconee
  • Received a B: Rita Allison of Spartanburg, Don Bowen of Anderson, Dan Cooper of Anderson, David Tribble of Laurens, Mark Willis of Greenville
  • Received a C: Paul Agnew of Abbeville, Doug Brannon of Spartanburg, Tommy Stringer of Greenville
  • Received a D: Karl Allen of Greenville, Mike Anthony of Union
  • Received a F: Chaundra Dillard of Greenville, Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg, Anne Parks of Greenwood

For detailed information on the legislative report card visit Gov. Haley's website.

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