By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
COLUMBIA — A South Carolina House member was paid more than $12,500 in legislative salary and expense reimbursements from January through June, despite racking up unexcused absences for virtually the entire legislative session this year.
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said this week that while he doesn’t believe state Rep. Eric Bikas, R-Pickens, broke any state ethics laws, the 25-year-old first-term lawmaker should not have accepted his state pay.
“I’m not saying it’s against the law, but it’s the wrong thing to do,” state Rep. Roland Smith, R-Aiken, told The Nerve this week. “The private sector wouldn’t put up with that. … The other 123 House members and 46 senators are doing the same thing — showing up for work.”