Friday letters: Are ethics laws just a joke?

June 28, 2013 

— If lawmakers write the laws, why cannot they understand them? Perhaps it is in vogue to use vague language to allow fun to be made of having to report anything at all. In a new ethics law, perhaps a simple statement such as “all public benefits enjoyed by all citizens of South Carolina need not be reported” will solve the problem of legislators reporting the value of their houses, rather than the specific benefit the state affords them.

My regret is that South Carolinians who are not lawyer members of the Legislature cannot profit from that cash cow, the State Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Richard Mims

Lugoff

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