SC Senate committee to take up ethics reform

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Efforts to strengthen South Carolina's ethics laws are moving to the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to discuss the issue Tuesday.

Critics pushing for reform hope senators strengthen parts of the House plan passed last week. That includes disclosure requirements. The House bill requires politicians to divulge all sources of income, but not the amounts paid from private businesses.

Legislators have a month left in the regular session to pass anything this year.

Both parties and chambers called ethics reform a top priority before the session started. But there was little movement until last month. That's when House leadership worked out a compromise that could make it to the Senate before a legislative deadline.

A group of senators met last Thursday to go over the House package.

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