The House Ethics Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday about the ethics charges facing state Rep. Bill Chumley.
Palmetto Liberty PAC, a Tea Party advocacy group, sent an email blast to supporters on Wednesday calling the hearing a "witch hunt." But Ethics Committee chairman Kenny Bingham, R-Lexington, said it was Chumley, not the committee, that requested the hearing.
Last month, the committee found "probable cause" that Chumley had violated state ethics law by using using the state airplane to fly Walter Williams, a conservative economist and commentator, to Columbia from Washington, D.C., to testify before Chumley's subcommittee about a bill that sought to nullify the federal Affordable Care Act.
State law allows lawmakers to use the state plane for official state business but does not define what that means. The law does ban use of the plane for news conferences, bill signings and political functions.
The hearing is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. in room 110 of the Blatt building.