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Senator warns lawmakers to follow ethics law

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The head of the South Carolina Senate Ethics Committee is reminding his colleagues to make sure they follow the rules on expense reimbursement.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Thursday that Rock Hill Sen. Wes Hayes has written lawmakers about ethics rules.

A House committee considering an impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford planned Thursday to discuss allegations the governor improperly reimbursed himself from campaign funds.

Hayes says he doesn't know of any violations by senators.

House Ethics Committee Chairman Roland Smith of Warrenville says he may send a similar reminder when lawmakers return to Columbia next year.

Hayes says the law allows lawmakers to use campaign money for expenses related to their public service, unless they also are being reimbursed by the Senate.

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