SC lawmakers try to find ethics compromise

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The leader of a committee trying to hash out a compromise on an ethics reform bill feels confident something will pass before this year's session ends, but he is not sure how far the changes will go.

The biggest sticking point between the bills passed by the Senate and House is the creation of a 12-member committee to investigate all ethics complaints in South Carolina, including for judges and lawmakers.

The House created the committee in its version. During a conference committee Tuesday, senators had plenty of questions. After discussing the bills, lawmakers decided to talk to their colleagues about a compromise.

Sen. Wes Hayes says he thinks some reform can pass requiring lawmakers to disclose the sources of their income. But he isn't sure the new committee can survive.

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