Ethics Charges Fly As South Carolina Obamacare Nullification Gains Support

Rep. Bill Chumley (R-District 35) was the primary sponsor of Freedom of Health Care Protection Act (H.3101), which passed the South Carolina house in April by a 65-34 vote. He invited two expert witnesses to speak in favor of the bill. One of the guests was the renowned economics professor Walter E. Williams from George Mason University, and frequent guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show.

Williams spoke on the moral and constitutional grounds for opposing “bad” laws like Obamacare (See video below). He argued that even though a court may rule certain laws legal, such as the Fugitive Slave Act, it does not mean they are moral.  States are therefore justified in nullifying laws that they deem to be immoral according to the Tenth Amendment. Williams’ testimony played a key role in getting H.3101 passed.

Chumley’s bill is set for fast-track passage in the Senate which will essentially eliminate Obamacare in South Carolina.

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South Carolina Democrats are now accusing Rep. Chumley of violating ethics rules by using the state plane to fly Williams in to testify before a subcommittee. But Rep. Chumley stated that he received approval in advance from Emma Dean, a House Ethics Committee attorney. In a letter to Rep. Chumley, Dean wrote:

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“Therefore, it is the opinion of the Ethics Committee staff that you would not be committing a violation of the South Carolina Ethics Act by requesting the state plane be used to transport a witness to a subcommittee meeting.”

See letter below

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According to the, House attorney Steve Davidson confirmed that the Ethics Committee on Nov. 26 found probable cause that Chumley might have violated Section 8-13-765 of the S.C. Code of Laws – the same law cited in the initial complaint, which was filed in June by Thomas Davies of Woodruff – Chumley’s Democratic opponent in the 2010 House election.

Rep. Chumley responded to the complaint stating, “The sole purpose in providing Dr. Williams to testify before the subcommittee was to provide the subcommittee members with expert testimony based on Dr. Williams’ vast scholarship and experience on the matters that are the subject of H. 3101.”

In a letter to the House Legislative Ethics Committee, Rep. Chumley wrote:

“I am further aware, based upon my review of the publicly-available flight logs published by the Aeronautics Commission, of various flights taken by other state officers and legislators, which seem much more personal in nature, and much less related to any “official business” of the State (and therefore, seemingly, much more ethically questionable), than the flights used to transport Dr. Williams to testify in Columbia on March 20, 2013.”

“In summary, please allow me to express to the Committee my sincere regret that you are having to deal with this issue. In retrospect, had I the opportunity to reconsider the matter from the beginning, I would obviously work to find an alternative to my request to use of the state plane in this matter. While I believe that I took every step reasonably possible to assure that I was acting within the law, the matter has become a distraction that has been used by my political opponents to detract from our critically important work on healthcare and the looming threat that Obamacare poses to our State and its economy.”

“My conduct in this matter violated no laws, and my request for use of the state aircraft was not part of, nor connected to, any election campaign. The request was not political, but rather was in furtherance of the official business of the State. I therefore respectfully request that this Committee dismiss the Davies Complaint as false, unsubstantiated, and without merit. The Complaint fails to allege facts sufficient to constitute an ethical violation, and therefore the Complaint must be dismissed.”

Sources said there will be a public hearing regarding Rep. Chumley on December 23.

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