Ethics reform on top of Haley's agenda

By Stacy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gov. Nikki Haley stopped by the College of Charleston Monday to announce ethics reform as her priority next year.

"It really came to the forefront when look at this corruption risk report card came out last year with an overall grade F," she said.

Haley said she had been fighting for ethics reform since her days in the seats at the State House.

Her goals are to create an independent committee to research ethics complaints. Right now, the Senate and House each look in to their own members' complaints respectively. She also wanted to make all legislators disclose their incomes.

"If you know who pays your legislator, then you know why legislators vote the way they do," Haley said.

But the state Democratic Party called Haley a hypocrite.

"No matter how many political press conferences Nikki Haley holds to preach about ethics reform, it won't change the fact that she is one of the worst offenders and South Carolina deserves better. Whether it's covering up a massive hacking scandal that put millions at risk of identity theft, hiding her income, or continually campaigning on the taxpayers' dime, Nikki Haley is a prime example of why South Carolina so badly needs ethics reform and her lip service is astoundingly hypocritical," party officials said in a statement.

But Haley said the job of passing ethics reform had nothing to do with her or politics.

"This is about getting everybody outside South Carolina to see we have a true, accountable government. But, more importantly, getting every body inside South Carolina to once and for all feel like they can trust their elected officials," she said.

Haley said she wanted ethics reform to be first on the agenda when the legislative session starts in January.

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