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: March 1, 2019

2019 - 2017 Advisory Opinions - Updated: March 1, 2019

House Ethics Committee Fines - Updated: March 12, 2019

House Ethics Committee Public Reprimands - Updated: August 30, 2017

House Ethics Committee Public Reprimands - January 2017 to Present

Advisory Opinion Regarding Chumley Matter

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

Electronic Filing for Candidate Campaign Disclosure Form and Statement of Economic Interests Form

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, 2018

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

  • 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 2018-9, Documentation required for payment to a family member from campaign funds for work performed on a Member's or candidate's campaign.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-10, Whether a Member of the House serving as a legislative appointment to a joint committee must report that position and term on his or her SEI.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-11, Whether a Candidate for the S.C. House may accept a contribution from the federal campaign account for a candidate in S.C. seeking a Federal office.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-12, concerning a Member, whose family member is an employee of third party, 501(c)(4), may not actively advocate for the third party’s legislative agenda so as not to violate Section 8-13-700.

    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.

    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




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