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by The Press and Standard | March 23, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm
The Colleton County Legislative Delegation’s March 13 meeting went from an octet to a duet as other responsibilities kept the bulk of the legislators out of the meeting room of the Colleton Museum and Farmer’s Market.
S.C. Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Walterboro, explained to the audience that when the meeting had been scheduled and advertised, March 13 was expected to be an uneventful Monday.
S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, was the first to drop off the list of those planning to attend. He was in Canada participating in a visit to try to recruit new businesses to the state.
Then, officials of the South Carolina House of Representatives decided that the work on the state’s budget would begin that date. That detained the four state representatives on the county’s legislative delegation: S.C. Rep. Patsy Knight, D-St. George; S.C. Rep. Robert Brown, D-Hollywood; S.C. Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg and S.C. Rep. Michael F. Rivers Sr., D-St. Helena Island, in Columbia.
Bright Matthews told the audience that S.C. Sen. Chip Campsen III, R-Charleston, said that he hoped to clear his schedule to attend. He joined the missing.
That left Bright Matthews and S.C. John W. Matthews Jr., D-Bowman to conduct the meeting.
Matthews began the meeting as acting chairman of the delegation. His first duty was to conduct the election that would name the new legislative delegation chairman.
Bright Matthews, the only legislator residing in Colleton County, was the lone candidate. Matthews nominated her and then explained that he had arrived at the meeting with Hutto’s proxy in hand.
Matthews said Hutto would be seconding the motion. It became a running gag throughout the meeting — anytime a motion was made, Hutto’s proxy came out.
That bit of business out of the way, the Matthews duet listened to presentations from Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin, Walterboro Mayor Pro Tem Tom Lohr, Edisto Beach Mayor Jane Darby, Colleton County School District Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster and Colleton County Memorial Library Director Carl Coffin.
Danny Black, president and CEO of the Southern Carolina Alliance, was scheduled to make a presentation but was also unable to attend.
The senators assured the presenters and those in the audience that the meeting was being taped and the absent legislators would have a chance to hear their comments and presentations.
Bright Matthews also said the delegation members had a number of appointments to organizations, such as the Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, that needed to be made and the delegation set up a process to advertise the posts than need to be filled to attract applicants.