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SC House to Debate Ethics Reform Package

7:13 AM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House will attempt to pass a bill aimed at strengthening South Carolina's ethics laws.

House leaders insist the chamber can approve the bill before Wednesday's "crossover" deadline. Bills that don't advance from one chamber to the other by that deadline require a two-thirds vote to even be considered this year. That's nearly impossible for anything controversial.

House Republicans wrote an amendment last Thursday to the 38-page bill following criticism from groups pushing for reform.

Members wanted to review the changes over the weekend.

Critics still don't like how ethics complaints would be handled under the amendment.

The bill no longer transfers oversight of legislative campaigns to the state Ethics Commission. Instead, it creates a joint House-Senate committee composed of legislators and their appointees to review legislative ethics filings.

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