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Freshman Representative Introduces Ethics Plan

5:52 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- One of Richland County's newest lawmakers has filed her first piece of legislation in the General Assembly.

Representative Beth Bernstein has filed a bill dealing with ethics.

The measure would prohibit leadership PACs, and move the authorities of the House and Senate ethics committees to the state ethics commission.

It would also make changes for campaign expenditures and contributions and extend the time former lawmakers must wait before become lobbyists.

"It's very important that we be able to restore trust and confidence in our elected officials, and that's why I introduced this ethics plan that incorporates some of my seven point plan during the election," said Bernstein. 

Last year Governor Haley's commissioned a bipartisan group to study ethics.  The commission is expected to give a report on recommendations to lawmakers by Monday.

The Democrats and Republicans have also created committees to look at ethics in the state.

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