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      McConnell: I won't leave the state in a crisis

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says he'll hold off on resigning to ensure that bills can reach Gov. Nikki Haley's desk.

      McConnell had planned to resign Thursday, but he reluctantly decided to stay so as not to create a constitutional crisis. His comments come a day after Columbia Sen. John Courson stepped down as Senate president pro tem.

      Without a lieutenant governor or Senate leader, there would be no one authorized in the Senate to sign bills approved by the Legislature. That's an essential step to sending them to the governor.

      While the session officially ends Thursday, legislators return in two weeks to wrap up their work. McConnell says he won't stay past June 19. He'll resign before then if a senator is willing to step into the office.

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