SC legislators delay ethics report law discussion

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A House panel has delayed discussion on publicly releasing details of ethics investigations once a South Carolina agency decides to pursue charges.

A House Judiciary subcommittee ran out of time Thursday before it got to that bill.

The legislation clarifies issues raised last fall after the State Ethics Commission investigated Gov. Mark Sanford's use of planes and campaign money after Sanford disappeared in June to rendezvous with his Argentine lover.

The commission said it couldn't release details of an investigation that yielded 37 charges.

Legislators considering impeachment argued the report should be released and the state Supreme Court agreed. The justices said Sanford had waived confidentiality rights.

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