County money flows to South Carolina lawmakers’ wallets

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

Every quarter, Sen. Paul Campbell says he receives a check from Berkeley County for about $1,600.

“It just shows up,” Campbell, R-Berkeley, told The Nerve when contacted Friday. “It makes me feel good.”

And the checks likely will keep coming, given that lawmakers wrote the law requiring it.

Act 283 of 1975, better known as the Home Rule Act, established the current structure of self-government for counties and municipalities. But lawmakers back then didn’t exactly forfeit all control over local governments.

Tucked away at the end of Section 3 of Act 283 is a requirement that county councils “provide office space and appropriations for the operation of the county legislative delegation office including compensation for staff personnel and necessary office supplies and equipment.”

at The Nerve.

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