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SC Legislature to quickly tackle Sanford censure

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South Carolina legislators convene today in Columbia for their regular law-making session. One of their first orders of business will be censuring Governor Mark Sanford. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: The censure resolution says Governor Sanford brought "dishonor, disgrace and shame on himself and the state" when he snuck off to see his mistress in Argentina last summer. It also references his use of the state plane, which is under investigation by the State Ethics Commission. House Judiciary Chairman Jim Harrison expects the House to pass the resolution on Wednesday. "The sooner we can get this one off the table we can deal with our budget situation in South Carolina, we can work on economic development and those things I think the citizens of South Carolina want us to be working on," says Harrison. "We've spent enough time on the governor and we need to move on to other issues." Harrison led the House panel that decided to formally censure Sanford, rather than impeach him. Once the House votes, the Senate must act to make it official. However, at least one Senator has threatened to drag the debate out and that has Senate leaders worried. They may not allow a vote on the censure resolution unless they're sure it can be done quickly. If the Senate doesn't pass the resolution, it means the six-month saga will come to an end without so much as an official slap on the hand for Governor Sanford.