Legislators Retirement Raises Eyebrows

Possible financial gains

Patrick Gentry
December 16, 2018 - 9:40 pm

A retiring legislator appears to be benefiting from a last minute change to a bill concerning the state agency he has been offered a job as director.

Republican Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens said last weekend he planned to leave the Statehouse to run the state Conservation Bank. The appointment would require state Senate approval.

When the Legislature debated a bill reauthorizing the bank earlier this year, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported it contained a proposal forcing legislators to wait a year before taking over the agency. That proposal was deleted in the final version of the bill.

Pitts told the newspaper he sees no conflict in taking the job even though he was chairman of a budget subcommittee that directly handled funding for the bank.

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