South Carolina Legislature


House Ethics Committee



Information older than two years has been moved to the House Ethics Committee Archives page.

SC State Ethics Commission Individual Reports

Rules of the House Ethics Committee

1997 - 1992 Advisory Opinions

2016 - 1998 Advisory Opinions - Updated: July 2, 2019

2020 - 2017 Advisory Opinions - Updated: July 2, 2019

House Ethics Committee Fines - Updated: November 4, 2020

House Ethics Committee Public Reprimands - January 2017 to Present - Updated: September 18, 2020

Advisory Opinion Regarding Chumley Matter

Final Order In The Matter of Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr.

Fine Appeal Form

House Ethics Committee Memo re: Fine Appeals due to a filing error by the third party filer for the Candidate or Member

Protocol for Audits of Candidates/House Members' Campaign Accounts - January 10, 2019

Addendum Information for Candidates and Members 2015 Statement of Economic Interests

  • 2015 Statement of Economic Interests Addendum from Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr.
  • 2015 Statement of Economic Interests Addendum from Representative Kenneth A. Bingham
  • 2015 Statement of Economic Interests Addendum from Representative Kirkman Finlay III

  • Consent Order In the Matter of the South Carolina House of Representatives Legislative Ethics Committee Complaint against Former Representative Eric Bikas

    Waiver of Right to Appeal In the Matter of Former Speaker of the House Robert W. Harrell, Jr.
    Order In the Matter of Former Speaker of the House Robert W. Harrell, Jr.

    Addendum Information for Candidates and Members 2016 Statement of Economic Interests

  • 2016 Statement of Economic Interests Addendum from Representative Kirkman Finlay, III

  • Addendum Information for Candidates and Members 2020 Statement of Economic Interests

  • 2020 Statement of Economic Interests Addendum from Representative Kirkman Finlay, III

  • Consent Order In the Matter of the South Carolina House of Representatives Legislative Ethics Committee Complaint against Representative Cezar E. McKnight, District Number 101

    In the Matter of Former House Representatives Edward L. Southard, Agreement by Consent - June 15, 2016

    Consent Order In the Matter of the South Carolina House of Representatives Legislative Ethics Committee Receipt of Complaint Against Representative Donna C. Hicks, District Number 37

    Advisory Opinion 2016-2, Laundry List Opinion

    Order in the Matter of Kyle Boyd, Former Candidate of the House of Representatives, Dist. #48

    Instructions for Uploading Excel Spreadsheet of Contributions and Expenditures for the Quarterly Campaign Disclosure Reports
  • A. Recorded Instructions You must use Google Chrome as your browser for this link.
  • B. User Guide Instructions - Updated: October 5, 2017

  • Advisory Opinion 2019-1, The Speaker of the House may use his campaign bank account to pay for the Chairman’s breakfast as he would not conduct the Chairman’s breakfast but for the official position he holds as Speaker of the House;

    Advisory Opinion 2019-2, Clarification regarding the use of campaign funds to cover various expenses, such as gratuities to service workers, and gift certificates to individuals hosting campaign events as a thank you gift. Expenditures of more than twenty-five dollars for payments made to service workers must be made by a written instrument, debit card, or online transfer.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-3 - A Member, in his official capacity, may not participate in a permissible ex parte communication with the PSC when the Member is not officially authorized by the House to engage in such action.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-4 - A Member, whose family member serves on a university Board, may directly advocate and support funding for the university in the applicable section of the General Appropriations bill since the Member’s family member does not have an economic interest from his or her service as a trustee on the Board.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-5 - Whether a Member/Lawyer can continue to represent state agencies through a governmental insurance operation while serving as an ex officio authority member for the state agency which oversees the governmental insurance operation.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-6 - regarding how a Legislative Caucus should report the refund of a contribution and the subsequent replacement contribution to the operations account.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-7 - Whether a Member has a conflict of interest assisting a constituent with a contact as the Constituent is publishing a book through a publishing company and the Member receives compensation from the subsidiary of the publishing company.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-8 - Whether a Member of the House Legislative Oversight Committee (HLOC) may encourage or solicit public comment about an agency under study by the HLOC, and whether such action is an ethical violation..

    Advisory Opinion 2019-9 - The opinion concerns abstentions related to line item vetoes in the Annual Appropriation Bill. Because line-item vetoes are specific strikes, which do not affect other provisions of a bill, Members can vote on vetoes as long as a Member does not have a conflict with the veto in question. A very careful review on a case-by-case basis of the Appropriations Bill and specific line-item vetoes is necessary in determining whether a conflict of interest exists and recusal is necessary.

    Advisory Opinion 2019-10 - A Member may use his or her campaign funds to pay attorneys’ fees to defend him or her or pay a counteroffer for an alleged copyright violation.

    Advisory Opinion 2020-1 - Whether a female Member or Candidate may accept an in-kind contribution of clothing with a value not to exceed $1,000.00 within an election cycle from clothier M.M. LaFlure.

    Complaint by the State Ethics Commission (SEC); Probable Cause Finding by the SEC; and House Ethics Committee’s Order of Dismissal In The Matter of Neal Collins, Case No. C2019-006

    SEC Probable Cause Finding; Michael Pitts' Complaint in In Re William Bowers with Exhibits, Complaint No. C2018-063; and HEC Order of Dismissal May 22, 2019, Nonconcurrence with Exhibit A.

    SEC Probable Cause Finding; HEC Committee's Complaint in In Re David Mack, III, with Exhibits, Complaint No. C2019-011; Respondent’s Responses; and HEC Advisory Opinion May 22, 2019.

    HEC Advisory Opinion May 22, 2019 in Complaint No. C2019-013, MaryGail Douglas' Complaint in In The Matter of Annie McDaniel with documentation; and SEC Probable Cause Finding.

    HEC Advisory Opinion May 22, 2019 in Complaint No. C2019-014, James E. Branham's Complaint in In The Matter of Annie McDaniel; and SEC Probable Cause Finding.

    House Ethics Committee Dec. 23, 2019 Concurrence with State Ethics Commission’s (SEC) Probable Cause Finding and Notice of Public Hearing In the Matter of Michael Kearney, Jr., Complaint No. C2019-59; SEC November 22, 2019 Probable Cause Finding; and March 27, 2019 House Ethics Committee Complaint re: former House Candidate Michael Kearney, Jr.

    In the Matter of Complaint C2019-059 Michael Kearney, Jr., Respondent.
    South Carolina House Ethics Committee, Complainant.

    Order Granting Respondent's Motion For Continuance

    Amended Notice of Hearing

    Public Hearing Process

    Brochure for New House Candidates

    Protocol Regarding the House Ethics Committee's Handling of Judicial Candidates' Statement of Economic Interests

    Consent Order and Public Reprimand In the Matter of Michael Kearney, Jr. Complaint C2019-059

    Advisory Opinion 2020-2 - Any person (former Candidate or Member) required to file a Statement of Economic Interests form who is no longer holding office as of March 30th of the year following the previous filing is not required to submit the Statement of Economic Interests.




    Legislative Services Agency
    h t t p : / / w w w . s c s t a t e h o u s e . g o v