Governor chides lawmakers for time spent on designations

Friday, June 5, 2009 6:38 AM
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COLUMBIA -- The state duck could have waited.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford scolded lawmakers this week for naming official animals instead of solving serious state problems.

Still, the governor let a bill pass into law without his signature, granting various creatures ceremonial state status.

In explaining his decision not to sign the bill, Sanford wrote that "this bill does highlight the ways in which the General Assembly has missed opportunities this year to tackle the more pressing issues in the state."

He said it is "somewhat perplexing that the General Assembly found time to designate state animals."

Sanford said reforming the Employment Security Commission and eliminating the corporate income tax as a means to create jobs would have been a better use of legislators' time.

Nevertheless, the wood duck is now the official state duck, the northern right whale is the state's migratory marine mammal and the bottlenose dolphin is the official marine mammal, thanks to the passage of H. 3131.

"Some lawmakers do it because they personally have those interests, and some do it for their constituents," said Marion Edmonds, spokesman for the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources officials said official state birds, plants and animals enjoy no special protection. The new symbols are also unlikely to promote a particular state industry or raise the state's tourism profile.

"There is not so much any kind of tourism or marketing promotion, but rather local, regional and state matters of pride," said Edmonds.

Sarita Chourey can be reached at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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blues550
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blues550 06/05/09 - 06:51 am
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The South Carolina
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The South Carolina Legislative Idiots are named the official state mammals walking upright on two feet.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 07:07 am
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often times with knuckles

often times with knuckles dragging.

justsaying
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justsaying 06/05/09 - 07:45 am
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Yeah Carolina hasn't had a

Yeah Carolina hasn't had a banner year...but I'll take a bad year in Carolina over living in Georgia every time...

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 06/05/09 - 08:55 am
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We should designate the Moped

We should designate the Moped (aka liquorcycle) as the state vehicle. Also gravy, cigarettes and sweet tea as the official food nutrition pyramid

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SC-LSU-Fan 06/05/09 - 09:26 am
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At least Sanford had the guts

At least Sanford had the guts to let them know what a waste of time this was! Do we really need a state migratory marine mammal?? I mean come on!!!!

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 06/05/09 - 09:41 am
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The state school systems are

The state school systems are a struggling joke. My county has five districts with five sets of administrators,maintenance, and office facilities. All to manage a population thats half of Richmond County. And they are cutting teachers to save money rather than put the duplicate managers and staff out the door. Stupidity. Thats SC in a nutshell.

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CyndiCk 06/05/09 - 03:05 pm
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Who's the official state

Who's the official state idiot?

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SC-LSU-Fan 06/05/09 - 08:29 pm
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Lindsay Graham!!!

Lindsay Graham!!!

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 06/05/09 - 08:32 pm
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Hahahaha! That was my pick

Hahahaha! That was my pick too!

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