June 5, 2014 •
South Carolina Ethics Bill Passes Conference
The conference committee formed to resolve differences in competing ethics bills has reached an agreement. House Bill 3945 is now poised to revise the state’s ethics laws, but will not include an independent committee to review complaints against lawmakers. Members of the House and Senate will continue to investigate their own members, described by critics as the “fox guarding the henhouse.”
Lawmakers agreed to raise the annual fee for registered lobbyists to $200 from $100, but rejected a proposal to require consultants to register and pay fees with the state. The bill also revises the previously unconstitutional definition of “committee” in order to require reporting for anonymous political groups attacking candidates.
The final version of the bill needs approval from the House and Senate before heading to Gov. Nikki Haley for consideration.
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