Influential South Carolina lawmakers seek Santee Cooper compromise

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FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas, left, and Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, right, talk before a news conference in Columbia, S.C. Lucas and Massey are both on a conference committee that will try to work on a compromise on a bill to reform state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File).

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Six of South Carolina’s most influential lawmakers will get together soon to see if they can agree on a proposal to overhaul state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

The conference committee is needed because the House and Senate passed different versions of a bill giving regulators and other more oversight of the utility. But where they differ is the House wants to keep taking offers to sell Santee Cooper, and the Senate rejected that proposal.

The committee likely has until around the end of June to come up with a compromise that would have to be approved by both the Senate and House before it could head to the governor’s desk.

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