- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the South Carolina budget(all times local):

4 p.m.

South Carolina lawmakers have sent the state’s $8 billion spending plan to Gov. Henry McMaster, but not before a squabble over abortion.

The Senate approved the budget on a 30-9 vote, and three hours later Thursday, the House approved the spending plan on an 84-28 vote.

Many of the no votes came from Republicans who oppose all abortions want to remove $34 million that Medicaid gives for family planning and abstinence education and replace it with state budget money. That would allow lawmakers to remove about $20,000 that goes to Planned Parenthood.

Plenty of Republicans, even those against abortions, said the move is shortsighted and will impact other parts of the budget like help for families with children with autism.

Gov. Henry McMaster has promised to use his line-item veto to remove the money, setting up a showdown. Lawmakers will need two-thirds support to keep the money in the spending plan.


12:45 p.m.

The South Carolina Senate has passed an $8 billion budget giving a 1 percent salary increase for teachers and building a new state crime lab.

The Senate voted 30-9 to approve the spending plan Thursday. The House was debating the measure during the second day of a special session.

The budget gives $54 million to build a new State Law Enforcement Division crime lab and about $17 million for school safety measures - mostly door locks, cameras and metal detectors.

The budget assures no public school teacher in South Carolina makes less than $32,000 a year.

Looming over the debate was a proposal removed from the plan to refuse $34 million in federal money for family planning and abstinence education. A small part of the money goes to Planned Parenthood.

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