South Carolina ethics reform compromise reached


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Efforts to create an independent investigatory ethics commission have been scrapped by South Carolina lawmakers.

A joint House and Senate committee on ethics reform came to an agreement on Wednesday to drop the House's version to create a 12-person independent commission to investigate violations. The Senate strongly opposes creating an independent ethics commission.

The compromise now includes requiring elected-officials to disclose sources of income but not amounts. Campaign funds would also be allowed to pay off ethics violations while Leadership Political Action Committees would be banned.

The bill seeks to have Super PACs disclose their top five donors and any donor who donates more than $10,000, who is running the PAC, and its purpose.

A final report is expected to be sent to the House and Senate on Thursday.

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