COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has created a special committee to evaluate the Senate version of ethics reform legislation.
The House on Wednesday sent the version the Senate passed last month to a Judiciary subcommittee. The House version passed last year.
Ordinarily, when the chambers disagree on each other's versions, the measure goes to a conference committee made of up three House and Senate members to iron out differences.
But House Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney says the bill is too important for a simple vote. Delleney says sending the bill to the committee will speed its potential for passage.
A major difference is the Senate leaves intact the system of House and Senate ethics committees overseeing their colleagues. The House version called for independent investigations, with committees still deciding punishment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.