Panel Recommends SC Ethics Overhaul

Governor says rest is left up to lawmakers


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The South Carolina Commission on Ethics Reform, an independent eleven-member panel co-chaired by former South Carolina Attorneys General Henry McMaster, a republican, and Travis Medlock, a democrat, delivered its final report and recommendations for strengthening state ethics, election, campaign finance and public records laws.

On October 18, 2012, Governor Nikki R. Haley issued Executive Order, creating the South Carolina Commission on Ethics Reform (“Commission”) for the purpose of providing “a comprehensive review and update of current ethics and open records laws by an independent, objective and bipartisan group of experienced individuals.” The Commission was directed to request and evaluate written recommendations from the public, to include citizens; public interest groups; state and local government agencies, officials, and employees; the State Ethics Commission; and the legislative ethics committees. Consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 2012-09, a written report wasprovided to the Governor, the General Assembly, and most importantly, the citizens of South Carolina.

Governor Haley says if the report is adopted by the General Assembly, it will make South Carolina one of the best in state government, instead of 'one of the worst' in state government. She hopes to hear lawmakers' decision by the end of their Session.
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