COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has approved an ethics bill that allows voters to see where candidates get their money and expands reporting rules for those seeking to influence legislators.
But the amended bill returned Thursday to the House 33-2 makes no changes to who oversees legislators' campaign filings.
It keeps intact the current system of House and Senate ethics committees overseeing their members and candidates for their chambers. But it increases penalties for some ethics violations.
The bill increases from one year to two the time legislators must be out of office before becoming a lobbyist. If they're consultants in the meantime, they must register with the State Ethics Commission.
It also attempts to eliminate the loophole allowing groups to spend money on elections without identifying themselves or their donors.