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      South Carolina House passes ethics reform bill

      By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITHAssociated press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's state House has passed an ethics reform bill that no longer includes an independent oversight committee.

      Lawmakers on Thursday voted 101-12 to approve a compromise reached in a joint House and Senate conference committee.

      Reforms include requiring elected officials to disclose sources of income and banning political committees run by politicians from raising and spending money for other legislators without campaign fund oversight. Other third-party campaign groups are required to register and disclose their top donors and state their purpose.

      Opponents voted against the bill for not including the independent committee which the Senate opposes. Supporters said the bill is a step forward in transparency and that the House will continue to push for independent oversight in the future.

      The bill awaits a vote by the Senate.

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