Haley: All SC agencies need a code of conduct

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says some South Carolina employees aren't behaving or using state resources properly because agencies haven't set clear rules.

The Republican governor created a study panel Wednesday tasked with developing a model code of conduct that agencies could follow. She says everyone works better with rules.

Haley says many complaints received by Inspector General Patrick Maley have been about employee conduct, not fraud. She says employees can't be faulted for improper use of a state car, cell phone or computer if they're given no clear direction on what they can and can't do.

Other issues she's asked the task force to provide direction on include accepting and reporting gifts, anti-discrimination policies and whistleblower protections.

The panel must give its recommendations by July 1.

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