Thursday, June 07, 2007

South Carolina Headlines

House overrides autism veto; bill now law

The House easily overrode Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of a bill Thursday extending insurance coverage to children with autism.The vote was 114-0.

After voting, House members turned toward the balcony and gave families representing children who have the disorder a standing ovation.

Before the vote, Rep. B.R. Skelton, R-Pickens, chastised the governor for striking down the measure.

"He has four healthy children and I don't think he has ever met anybody who didn't have healthy children," Skelton said.

The Senate had previously overrode the veto, also unanimously.

The governor' s office maintains the provision will raise health care costs.


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