- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill to give $40 million to South Carolina farmers who lost much of their crops in last year’s massive floods is on its way to a showdown with the governor.

The House voted 85-2 Wednesday to agree to the version of the bill the Senate passed 33-3.

The proposal allows farmers in disaster-declared counties to request grants of up to $100,000 to cover up to 20 percent of their 2015 crop losses.

When 2 feet of rain fell in October, South Carolina farmers lost $330 million of crops near harvest time.

Gov. Nikki Haley has said while she feels badly for farmers, she feels badly for small businesses too, and farmers shouldn’t be treated differently. Her office didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to whether her veto threat stands.



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