SC Supreme Court uphold's enforcement of state's CON law

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled the state's certificate-of-need (CON) law needs to stay in place, The State reported. In a 4-1 decision, the high court ruled that Gov. Nikki Haley (R) could not eliminate the program by fiat. The Department of Health and Environmental Control, which enforces CON in South Carolina, suspended enforcement after Haley cut the funding in a line item veto in her budget, according to the article. Haley said she vetoed the funds because CON law interferes with allowing the free market to dictate the needs of hospitals. The South Carolina Hospital Association and other providers sued, claiming the need to enforce the law as long as it remains on the books. Article