SC House delays debate on ethics package


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House is delaying debate on its amended ethics package.

House Republicans decided to wait until Tuesday to take up the bill aimed at reforming the state's ethics laws.

House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister said Thursday his caucus members wanted time to read proposed changes to the bill before voting.

The changes followed criticism from libertarian, government-watchdog and environmental groups. They questioned why the bill pushed to the floor last week decriminalized ethics violations.

Bannister says that was not his intent, and the amendment fixes that. He says he only meant to separate technical from criminal violations.

Leaders of both parties say the bill can still make the May 1 crossover deadline. A bill passed later would take a two-thirds vote just to be discussed in the Senate.

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