SC Gov. Sanford to Drop Lawsuit in Stimulus Fight

June 8, 2009 - 12:49 PM
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has followed through on a promise to drop legal challenges in his fight over millions in federal stimulus dollars.
Columbia, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has followed through on a promise to drop legal challenges in his fight over millions in federal stimulus dollars.
 
On Monday, Sanford's lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss his lawsuit that tried to keep Attorney General Henry McMaster from enforcing a law that required Sanford to request $700 million for the state's schools.
 
Monday's filing came as Sanford prepared to sign a request for the money under an order issued Thursday by the state Supreme Court. Sanford says he's not appealing that decision.
 
The state Education Department says federal officials are expected to send the state money about 10 days after getting Sanford's request. The money won't be spent before the new budget year begins July 1.