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

2018 - 1998 Advisory Opinions - Updated: April 30, 2018

House Ethics Committee Fines - Updated: August 22, 2018

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 - July 26, 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 2017-10 - Member Serving on the Judicial Merit Selection Commission When his Spouse Plans to Run for a State Court Judgeship

    Advisory Opinion 2017-11 - Donation to a War Memorial in Washington, DC with Campaign Funds

    Advisory Opinion 2017-12 - Disclosure of Material Assets on the Campaign Disclosure Report

    Advisory Opinion 2017-13 - Legislative Special Interest Caucus

    Advisory Opinion 2017-14 - Use of Campaign Funds for Door Prizes at Town Hall Meetings

    Brochure regarding the treatment of interest earned on a Campaign Bank Account

    Advisory Opinion 2017-4 (Amended) - Attorney Representing an Agency but defense is paid for by a Governmental Insurance Operation

    Advisory Opinion 2017-15 - Reporting events as gifts which were sponsored by multiple Lobbyist's Principals

    Advisory Opinion 2017-16 - Member's contribution from campaign funds to a state or local political party or caucus

    Advisory Opinion 2018-1 - Use of Campaign Funds to Pay Attorney’s fees if the Member or candidate is under investigation for potential ethics or criminal violations due to the position held as a Member or candidate

    Advisory Opinion 2018-3, A Candidate for the House or Member may not receive campaign contributions in the form of Bitcoin or digital currency.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-4, which found it was permissible for a Member to use his title, Member of the House, in an advertisement.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-5, No cash payment from campaign bank account for campaign expenditures over $25.00.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-6, Payment and Treatment of Campaign Contributions made to and Campaign Expenditures paid from Third Party Online Contribution Sites (such as Paypal).

    Advisory Opinion 2018-7, A SC Member or candidate may not use his or her campaign account to contribute to the campaign of a candidate for Federal office.

    Advisory Opinion 2018-8, A Member, a host of a non-partisan radio show, may not sell radio ads on behalf of the radio station for the show but can pay airtime costs from the Member’s campaign funds.

    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.




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