COLUMBIA — Sen. David Thomas, a Greenville Republican, took testimony from SLED director Reggie Lloyd Friday to learn more about whether the governor improperly used tax dollars.
Thomas said it was under the purview of a long-standing Senate finance subcommittee to research the potential misuse of tax dollars by public officials. He said he hopes the subcommittee's work will turn up no wrongdoing by Gov. Mark Sanford and will help to put the issue to rest.
Thomas, the chairman, was the only senator on the three-member subcommittee present. Sens. John Land, a Manning Democrat, and Greg Ryberg, an Aiken Republican, were on vacation, according to their staff members.
Other legislators have said that a further probe into the Sanford scandal is premature.
Lloyd explained the limitations of last month's State Law Enforcement Division review that examined five trips Sanford took to Argentina and New York. He admitted to spending time with his mistress on each of those trips.
Lloyd said the review did not turn up any evidence that there was a crime committed or that Sanford misused public dollars.
Thomas said unlike SLED, the purpose of the subcommittee's questions will based on misuse of tax dollars, according to ethical and civil standards.
After the hour-long subcommittee meeting, Lloyd added that the Attorney General's Office and the State Ethics Commission were party to SLED's review of the governor and neither entity pursued action against Sanford.
The governor is in Europe with his family until Aug. 5. He said he will not resign and wants to reconcile with his wife.