Ethics Reform Legislation Will Carry over to 2014


By News Department

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislation aimed at bolstering South Carolina's ethics laws is officially dead for the year.

The Senate failed to get the key ``second reading'' vote needed Wednesday to give the measure any chance of passage.

A chief stumbling block is how to change how allegations against legislators are handled. Currently, legislative ethics panels oversee their colleagues. The proposed Senate version of the bill transferred those investigations to the state ethics commission.

Senators argued Wednesday the problem is not with them.

Senators couldn't even get a vote on the first of scores of proposed amendments before adjourning. They are unlikely to take up the bill on Thursday, the last day of regular session. The measure will stay on the Senate's calendar for next year.

The House passed its version May 1.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

ABC Columbia and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Most Popular

Current: 80°
High: 80°
Low: 71°
Wind: 13 MPH
Pressure: 29.95
Humidity: 67 %

What's on WOLOTV Full Schedule