AG: Decision on Haley trip up to ethics commission

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Democratic senator says an ethics reform bill up for debate when the Legislature returns should address the governor's trips to political functions.

Sen. Brad Hutto said Thursday he will propose an amendment that ensures taxpayers aren't contributing to a political campaign through state cars or planes. His comments came after the attorney general's office left the matter to the state Ethics Commission.

A government watchdog group insists that Gov. Nikki Haley reimburse taxpayers for a trip to North Carolina in June, even though the commission said it wasn't necessary.

Solicitor General Robert Cook wrote his office can't issue an opinion on such a particular situation. But he noted state law provides the governor a car and security detail and doesn't limit their use to official state business.

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