South Carolina House Passes Ethics Reform Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has passed the latest version of the ethics reform bill to create an independent investigatory commission.

Lawmakers voted 110-0 on Wednesday to return to the Senate legislation which seeks to create a commission to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by elected state officials.

The commission would be comprised of 12 members appointed by the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Political donors and government officials would be barred from appointment.

The proposed commission would investigate complaints of ethical violations and leave punishment up to the respective disciplinary body for each branch and legislative chamber.

The bill proposes creating a committee to determine what violations would be criminal and require prosecution.

A previously proposed commission was opposed by Gov. Nikki Haley for including legislators and judges.


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