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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:17 AM

Former South Carolina lawmaker won't get new job until senators probe his House votes

COLUMBIA -- The nomination of a former S.C. legislator to head the state’s Conservation Bank is on hold as a Senate panel looks into his votes related to the agency.

Former Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, also came under intense questioning for his past support of the Confederate flag and role in other controversies.

Pitts testified Thursday he had not voted on issues related to the Conservation Bank as far back as May. Pitts said he recused himself because he was mulling the possibility of becoming the agency’s $115,000-a-year executive director.

Pitts, a former law enforcement officer, resigned his House seat earlier this year to head the Conservation Bank, tasked with protecting land from development. But his nomination to head the state agency must be confirmed by the Senate.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article226255905.html

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