House ethics hearings made open amid Haley speculation
COLUMBIA -- Amid speculation about a possible S.C. House Ethics Committee investigation of Gov. Nikki Haley, House lawmakers Tuesday afternoon voted to change the body’s ethics rules so that ethics hearings will become open if probable cause is found.
A spokesman for House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, said the change had been under consideration long before the possible Haley investigation and wasn’t targeted at Haley.
Before today’s change, the committee’s hearings were held in closed session.
The possible Haley investigation is expected to center on questions about her work for a pair of her pre-gubernatorial employers while she served in the House.
Ethics Committee investigations are triggered by a formal complaint, which any South Carolinian can file.
It’s unknown if a Haley investigation is ongoing because committee members and anybody who’s filed a complaint with the committee cannot comment by law.
A spokesman for Haley has said the questions about Haley’s pre-gubernatorial work already have been answered and those continuing to press the issue have a political vendetta against the governor.
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