COLUMBIA, S.C. -- state audit shows that lawmakers have not approved proposals to allow the public to properly track state employees’ use of state-issued credit cards to make small purchases.

The Legislative Audit Council also said Tuesday that state agencies are supposed to report employees who are punished for misusing the cards.

The report says lawmakers have not approved a law to monitor agencies’ compliance with the state’s credit card rules.

The comptroller general’s office says part of the problem is the cost of gathering and posting card-abuse information.

South Carolina started giving credit cards to some employees in 1996 to reduce the paperwork for making small purchases. Nearly 10,000 cards have been issued and have been used to make more than $250 million in purchases.