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Rebuke of S.C. Gov. Sanford Sidelined

Most ethically challenged -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford

Dec. 9: Gov. Mark Sanford expresses his gratitude about the decision made not to recommend his impeachment by the State House judiciary subcommittee in Charleston, S.C. (AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A formal reprimand of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will be delayed in the state Senate after the House approved the measure rebuking Sanford for his secret trips to see his Argentine mistress and his improper use of state aircraft.

Sen. Jake Knotts said Wednesday the issue needs to be reviewed by a Senate committee. He said Sanford was in no hurry to get back to the state after his rendezvous and senators shouldn't hurry to rubber stamp the House resolution, which passed by a 102-11 vote.

Senate leaders said sidelining the bill in committee could kill the measure passed by the House.

The rebuke says the two-term Republican was derelict in his duty and abused his power. It has no practical effect on the final year of Sanford's tenure.