STATE HOUSE: Activists met with AG over House speaker ethics probe

Posted by JAMIE SELF on December 8, 2013 

S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell

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— Activists pushing S.C. lawmakers to strengthen state laws governing public officials met last month with S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson to ask what, for them, is a burning question: What is going on with the State Law Enforcement Division’s investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell?

Wilson’s spokesman Mark Powell told The State that SLED has not completed its investigation of the Charleston Republican. When that investigation is completed, the agency will report its findings to Wilson.

The handful of activists who met with Wilson left that meeting with no details about the Harrell investigation but differing impressions about where it stands.

One says he expects the matter to be dropped, after staffers in the attorney general’s office raised questions about the vagueness of state ethics law and whether it is enforceable. Another said she left the meeting with no sense of Wilson’s intent, but she questions whether there is any appetite to take on a powerful state legislator.

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