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Maintenance Flight Logs) Each agency having in its custody one or more aircraft shall maintain a continuing log on all flights, which in order to promote accountability and transparency shall be open for public inspection and shall also be posted online. Any and all aircraft owned or operated by agencies of the State Government shall be used only for official business a public purpose of the State.
The Division of Aeronautics and other agencies owning and operating aircraft may furnish transportation to the Governor, Constitutional Officers, members of the General Assembly, members of state boards, commissions, and agencies and their invitees for
official business a public purpose of the State only; no member of the General Assembly, no member of a state board, commission, or committee, and no state official shall use any state owned or operated aircraft of the Division of Aeronautics unless the member or official files within forty-eight twenty-four hours after the time of departure completion of the flight with the Division of Aeronautics agency that provided the flight a sworn statement certifying and describing the official nature public purpose of his trip; and no member of the General Assembly, no member of a state board, commission or committee, and no state official shall be furnished air transportation by a state agency other than the Division of Aeronautics unless such agency prepares and maintains in its files a sworn statement from the highest ranking official of the agency or its designee certifying that the member's or state official's trip was in conjunction with the official business public purpose of the agency. 'Public purpose' means those instances where a state official or a state agency uses the aircraft to conduct business on behalf of the State or to the benefit of the State. Official business shall A 'public purpose' does not include routine transportation to and from meetings of the General Assembly or committee meetings for which mileage is authorized. Official business A 'public purpose' also does not include attending a press conference, bill signing, or political function. Also, a person, as defined in Section 8-13-1300(25), that receives any payment for operation expenses, as defined in Section 8-13-1300(34), from an account or fund that receives contributions, as defined in Section 8-13-1300(7), or campaign bank accounts, as defined in Section 8-13-1312, may not be an invitee and may not be furnished transportation. .
All logs shall be signed by the parties using the flight and the signatures shall be maintained as part of the permanent record of any agency. All passengers shall be listed on the flight log by their legal name; passengers flying with an appropriate official of SLED or the Department of Commerce whose confidentiality must, in the opinion of SLED or the department, be protected shall be listed in writing on the flight log as "Confidential Passenger SLED or the Department of Commerce (strike one)" and the appropriate official of SLED or the department shall certify to the agency operating the aircraft the necessity for such confidentiality. The Division of Aeronautics shall post its flight logs on its website within one working day of completion of trips.
Violation of the above provisions of this section is prima facie evidence of a violation of Section 8-13-700(A) of the 1976 Code and shall subject a violating member of the General Assembly to the ethics procedure of his appropriate house and shall subject a violating member of a state board, commission or committee, or a state official to the applicable ethics procedure relating to them as provided by law. The above provisions do not apply to state owned or operated aircraft
of the Division of Aeronautics when used by the Medical University of South Carolina, nor to aircraft of the athletic department
Aircraft owned by agencies of state government shall not be leased to individuals for their personal use. /
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