COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Thursday he expects South Carolina to be sued over a panel's decision to disregard the state budget and increase employees' health insurance costs anyway. And he expects the state to lose.

Harrell, R-Charleston, said the Budget and Control Board likely lacked the authority to split the cost of premium hikes between workers and employers after the Legislature passed a budget that fully funded the increases.

"I'm not angry, just frustrated by the action," he said, adding that defending an expected class-action lawsuit will just cost the state more money.

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