Supreme Court rules against Gov. Haley
South Carolina: A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that Governor Nikki Haley lacks the authority to order lawmakers back to work. Haley was adamant that the South Carolina Senate return to pass four resolutions that she deems integral. Senator Glenn McConnell filed the lawsuit on June 6. That day, Justices Jean Hoefer Toal, Donald Beatty and Kaye Hearn found that the governor's meddling with the General Assembly's calendar would violate the separation of powers.
The resolutions at the heart of the lawsuit have already been passed in the House and now will not be reconsidered until the Senate reconvenes. They would:
- Create a Department of Administration to help oversee state government;
- Merge the Department of Probate, Parole and Pardon Services with the Department of Corrections;
- Give the governor authority to appoint the State Superintendent of Education; and
- Authorize the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket, like the national presidential election. 
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