Ethics reform legislation will carry over to 2014

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislation aimed at bolstering South Carolina's ethics laws is officially dead for the year.

The Senate failed to get the key "second reading" vote needed Wednesday to give the measure any chance of passage.

A chief stumbling block is how to change how allegations against legislators are handled. Currently, legislative ethics panels oversee their colleagues. The proposed Senate version of the bill transferred those investigations to the state ethics commission.

Senators argued Wednesday the problem is not with them.

Senators couldn't even get a vote on the first of scores of proposed amendments before adjourning. They are unlikely to take up the bill on Thursday, the last day of regular session. The measure will stay on the Senate's calendar for next year.

The House passed its version May 1.

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