A group of South Carolina conservative fiscal, environmental and voting-rights leaders called for several ethics law changes Wednesday -- a week after Gov. Nikki Haley unveiled her plan.
The groups, that featured the S.C. Policy Council, said they want: a more open state budgeting and economic-development incentives process; all state agencies and the legislature to follow the state’s Freedom of Information law; and a shorter legislative session to limit influence by lobbyists.
The group calling for ethics law changes also includes leaders of the Coastal Conservation League, South Carolina Campaign for Liberty and Operation Lost Vote as well as civil rights activist William Saunders.
Haley, cleared of ethics violation charges in June, said she wants: lawmakers and their immediate family to disclose their sources of income; all complaints to go to the S.C. Ethics Commission, not House and Senate committees; and a prohibition on lawmakers who are attorneys from appearing before boards on behalf of clients.