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Gov. Nikki Haley calls for House to tweak ethics bill

04/08/2014 11:21 AM

04/08/2014 11:43 AM

Gov. Nikki Haley sent a letter to all S.C. House members on Tuesday asking they support portions of ethics reform legislation that came from a task force headed by two former state attorneys general she appointed last year.

A special House committee meet for the first time this afternoon.

"Both the Senate and House have adopted some of the Commission's recommendations, for which I am grateful," she wrote. "However, the House now has a momentous opportunity to make H. 3945 stronger and give the people of South Carolina what they deserve — true and meaningful ethics reform."

She asked the House to include two changes to the bill that has passed the House and Senate with some differences: Having an independent ethics investigation process and not just the House and Senate ethics committee, and additional provisions in income disclosure where public officials share their private sources of income.

"Full transparency also must contain any income associated with government, including government contracts and any legal fees earned by a public official when the state is the opposing party," Haley wrote.

Gov. Nikki Haley's letter to the S.C. House on ethics reform

Gov, Nikki Haley letter the S.C. House on ethics reform

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