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EDITORIAL: Legislative ethics bill is good, but could be better

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:15 am

Legislative ethics in South Carolina may sound like an oxymoron to some, but legislators, the governor and other officials really have been trying to come up with some improvements in this area. A bill passed resoundingly by the S.C. House this week adds some useful features, but, as usual, doesn’t go far enough.

The much-debated, heavily compromised bill that passed the House with just seven no votes (all Pee Dee reps voted yes) calls for a new commission with some civilian members to review legislative ethics issues, creates Attorney General Alan Wilson’s new Public Integrity Unit for investigating state ethics allegations or violations,and requires some additional financial reporting for legislators and legislative candidates.

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