Retired House chairman gets new job at Statehouse

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has a new job overseeing the drafting of proposals that legislators request.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports (http://bit.ly/TyrOG8 ) that Jim Harrison will make $146,000 as state code commissioner.

The Columbia Republican did not seek re-election after 23 years in the House, 18 of them leading the Judiciary Committee.

Harrison's new role started Nov. 19. He was unanimously selected by a council consisting of the secretary of state, House speaker, Senate president and Senate Judiciary chairman.

As code commissioner, Harrison must merge newly approved laws into the state code. He also leads the Legislative Council and its 32 employees who research and draft requested bills.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin says state law doesn't require the council to post the job opening.

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