February 22, 2014 9:00 PM

Editorial: SC Senate should try again on ethics; independent oversight is key to reform

THE PURPOSE of an ethics law is to deter public officials from serving their own personal interests or the interests of their patrons instead of ours. We can’t stop it, but we can reduce its occurrence by requiring full reporting of potential conflicts of interest, outlawing some behaviors that involve conflicts and creating a muscular, independent enforcement mechanism with serious penalties.

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