House Judiciary OKs ethics reform proposal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A proposal that would transform how ethics cases are initially handled in South Carolina is advancing.

The State newspaper reports ( ) that the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Tuesday to create an independent investigative commission.

The plan now goes to the full House for consideration. It would create a panel of lawmakers, judges and governor's appointees to conduct secret investigations into allegations against any public official, employee or judge.

The panel would have power to subpoena testimony and documents. If it finds any wrongdoing, the case would become public and be sent to existing ethics panels that police the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Gov. Nikki Haley previously rejected the proposed House compromise, saying the plan leaves lawmakers too much in charge of their own oversight.

Information from: The State,

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