January 4, 2012 •
SC Bill to End Legislative Ethics Committees
Representative Kevin Ryan has pre-filed a bill to end the practice of state lawmakers policing themselves in ethics matters.
The bill would abolish the legislative ethics committees and empower the Ethics Commission to enforce the law as it applies to legislators.
Currently, the Ethics Commission oversees the state’s nine constitutional officers, certain appointed state officials, and locally elected officials. However, the Ethics Commission does not have jurisdiction over legislators. Instead, lawmakers police themselves through separate House and Senate ethics committees.
State Senator Mike Rose has sponsored a proposal in the Senate that would give the legislature explicit authority to delegate ethics enforcement to an outside entity.
Lawmakers are scheduled to begin the second half of the 2011-12 legislative session on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
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