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.
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"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