The Board is composed of five public members, one of whom must be a CPA and one an attorney. The public members are elected in a joint session of the General Assembly and serve six-year terms. Only the public members can vote on issues relating to audits or personnel.
Four legislative members also serve ex officio on the Board. Members serving ex officio are the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, and the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, or designees chosen by them from committee membership.
When the Legislative Audit Council was established in 1975 under S.C. Code §2-15-10 et seq., the South Carolina General Assembly intended that it be free from partisan politics. Thus, by law, any member of the General Assembly, or anyone having served in the preceding two years, cannot be elected as a public member.
PUBLIC MEMBERS LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS
Philip F. Laughridge, CPA Honorable Garry R. Smith
Chairman House Ways and Means Committee
Jane P. Miller Honorable Gary E. Clary
Vice Chairman House Judiciary Committee
Honorable John B. Dangler, JSC (ret) Honorable Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.
Senate Finance Committee
Honorable Thomas F. Hartnett
Honorable Wes Climer
Charles L. A. Terreni, Esq. Senate Judiciary Committee