View from the Dome – June 28, 2019
By Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

The General Assembly returned to Columbia one final time on Tuesday, June 25, to deal with the governor’s vetoes of the FY 2019-20 state budget. The second session of the 123rd legislative session will commence in January 2020.

For a full review of the 2019 legislative session, click here to read the View from the Dome 2019 recap.


Gov. Henry McMaster exercised his veto authority on the state budget H.4000 the week before last and this past Tuesday the General Assembly returned to Columbia to address those vetoes.

The governor issued 28 vetoes totaling $40.7 million vetoed. McMaster noted the small number of vetoes was due to a successful partnership working in cooperation with legislative leadership on the front end of the budget process and that he looks forward to continuing a cordial working relationship with the General Assembly.

In the governor’s veto message, McMaster described a number of his vetoes as pass-thru earmarks void of necessary transparency.

The General Assembly overrode 25 of the 28 vetoes on Tuesday. Included among the overrides were:

  • $500,000 – State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education – Proviso 25.11, Tech Awareness and Education Initiative
  • $11 million – Judicial Department – Proviso 118.16, Case Management System Modernization
  • $170,000 – Department of Juvenile Justice – Proviso 118.16, Child Advocacy Centers
  • General Provisions – Proviso 117.170, Early Childhood Education Study Committee

View the full list of vetoes here.

Read the governor’s veto message here.

Information on the budget can be found here.

Individual state agency budget requests can be found here.


Copper Dome Strategies hopes you have a safe and enjoyable summer. We will keep you apprised of any activity by the General Assembly during the interim.

The second session of the 123rd legislative session will commence in January 2020.