Senators urging McConnell not to resign Thursday

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin says he's urging Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell to wait two weeks before resigning as South Carolina's No. 2 politician.

McConnell has said he plans to submit his resignation Thursday and say goodbye after three decades in public office. The 66-year-old former senator becomes president next month of the College of Charleston.

But Senate President Pro Tem John Courson, who's next in line to become lieutenant governor, reiterated Tuesday he will not leave his Senate seat to temporarily step into the position.

Martin says he's encouraging McConnell to wait until June 19 to officially resign. While Thursday is the last day of the regular session, legislators are set to return in two weeks to take up the governor's vetoes on the budget.

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