SC bill would require permission for plane use

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lawmakers will have to wait before discussing legislation requiring lawmakers to get permission to use state planes which specifically bars using them as a shuttle to legislative hearings.

Time ran out before the Judiciary Committee could begin debate Tuesday,

Last month, Rep. Bill Chumley sponsored conservative commentator Walter Williams' flight from the Washington area to push for a bill that initially sought to nullify the federal health care law. The state Aeronautics Commission says it would have charged a paying customer $6,400.

Chumley dismissed requests that he reimburse the state, calling Williams' testimony official state business.

Democratic Sen. Joel Lourie says Chumley's actions were appalling, no matter what the legislation.

Under his bill, either the House speaker or Senate president pro tem must approve legislators' trips. Co-sponsors include five Republicans.

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