Columbia, SC — There wont be a new ethics law this year unless the Senate finishes debate on the budget and agrees to debate the ethics bill. So the most important thing you can do is to let your senator know that going home without a bill is unacceptable; also, explain what you think the bill should include. The next most important thing to do is contact your House member. Find your legislators at scstatehouse.gov.
The bill number is H.3945. The first 43 pages of the document are the proposal by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The next 21 pages are the version that was passed by the House.
Go to thestate.com/scoppe and look for this article for links to the bill, the lobbying groups, the McMaster-Medlock ethics reform report and my column from earlier this year on what an ethics-reform package should contain.
Cindi Ross Scoppe