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House passes restructuring, Senate holding up vote

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved a compromise of a government restructuring bill that's again hitting a roadblock in the Senate.

The House voted 118-0 on a compromise worked out last week by a panel of three Senate and three House members. The bill being called the largest restructuring of state government in two decades is a vote away from the governor's desk.

But Sen. Shane Martin took the podium Tuesday to hold up a vote, saying the measure is reform in name only.

The Republican from Spartanburg County complains it renames, rather than eliminates, the powerful, five-member board that makes many financial decisions for state government.

It's the same argument made as the bill died in the Senate in 2012 when the session ended without a vote.

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