SC Supreme Court indicates it’s ready to rule on who’ll be next Lt. Gov.

Posted January 18, 2017 7:21 am | Filed under Featured, News, State/Regional News

The state Supreme Court says it will soon issue a ruling on who could become South Carolina’s next lieutenant governor. The court canceled arguments scheduled for Tuesday saying all sides appear to be in agreement on the merits. State Sen. Tom Davis had asked the court whether Henry McMaster would be able to pick his replacement once he becomes governor or the Senate President pro tempore automatically became it as has been state law. At issue was a constitutional amendment approved by voters that would have had the governor choose the lieutenant governor starting in 2018 however,  the date was not included when the constitution itself was amended. Current Senate President Hugh Leatherman has already said he does not want the largely-ceremonial job. But he could give up his position temporarily so Anderson Republican Sen. Kevin Bryant could replace him and therefore become lieutenant governor. Bryant has indicated he would do this, if asked.