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Fri Dec 14, 2018, 09:52 PM

One of the most powerful jobs in South Carolina government is going away

COLUMBIA, SC -- It wasnít on the ballot this year, but Novemberís election did away with one of the most powerful jobs in S.C. government.

When senators return to the State House in January, state Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, will step aside as the bodyís president pro tempore, an influential post that directs the Senateís agenda, and also controls appointments to a bundle of state boards and commissions.

Leatherman wonít be replaced in the position. Instead, the job is going away, thanks to a constitutional change that will shake up the way the Senate works.

With that change, longtime Senate veteran Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, is expected to take up the new job of president of the State Houseís upper house.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article222959450.html

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