State Rep. Harold Mitchell (D-Spartanburg) has been suspended from office following his indictment on felony tax charges last week.
State ethics law requires a legislator to be suspended once he is formally indicted. A suspended member may not act on legislation in committee, vote on business before the Legislature or engage in other official duties prescribed to active members.
“In the blind and fair pursuit of justice, Rep. Mitchell should receive no special treatment because of his elected position,” House Speaker Bobby Harrell said in a statement, “I am confident that our state’s enforcement agencies will fully and fairly apply the law in this case just as they would in any other.”
Mitchell was indicted Friday after the state Department of Revenue accused him of failing to file state income tax returns from 2005-2008.
Mitchell has previously said the charges are inaccurate and that he paid all of his delinquent penalties last spring. He has claimed the Haley Administration was targeting him for his vocal opposition to her position on the federal health care law.