SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Majority Leader Kenny Bingham: (803) 796-9300
Minority Leader Harry Ott: (803) 734-2998
House Republicans and Democrats to Collaborate on Ethics Reform
COLUMBIA, S.C. â€“ The South Carolina House Majority and Minority Leaders today announced they would each appoint an ethics study committee charged with presenting strong ethics reform legislation to the House of Representatives in 2013.
While the committees will operate separately, both leaders will actively encourage the committees to collaborate and share ideas and information as they each meet throughout the fall.
â€œThe Minority Leader and I have talked about this issue several times and we are in complete agreement that ethics reform isnâ€™t a partisan issue,â€ said House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, R-Lexington. â€œWe will fill these committees with people who we know will work together and come up with the best solutions for the people of South Carolina. Our state deserves a strong, bi-partisan solution to the ethics loopholes that must be dealt with.â€
The names of committee members will be released as soon as the two Caucus leaders complete appointments and notify the members.
â€œAside from jobs and economic development, ethics reform is the most important issue we face in the upcoming session. It cuts to the heart of confidence in our government,â€ said House Minority Leader Harry Ott, D-Calhoun. â€œWe have been talking about ethics reform for years, and itâ€™s about time we actually did something. Democrats are committed to doing our part to build a better, more accountable ethics framework in the state."
House Speaker Bobby Harrell said, â€œIt is great to see the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader come together in a bi-partisan manner to reform the ethics laws in our state. These reforms and added transparency efforts will help ensure the public that our ethics laws are being followed and enforced, therefore making it much more difficult for members to be unfairly attacked for actually complying with the law. In the past, when we have all worked together on major issues, we have been able to accomplish great things for South Carolina, like bringing Boeing to our state and reducing the business income tax. This is another opportunity for us to set politics aside and deal with a very important issue facing our state.â€
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