COLUMBIA - Senators return to the Statehouse this morning to deal with unfinished business and the ethics reform bill.

It seems unlikely, however, that by the end of today the General Assembly will have an updated ethics law. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, is expected to once again block the passing of the bill.

Bright already blocked the bill's passing on June 5, stating that because the bill is about increasing transparency, it would be "a travesty . . . for so many of us to vote without the public having any input."

Senators debated until about 10:15 p.m., Wednesday, overriding and sustaining Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes. They adjourned debate in favor of revisiting ethics reform at 10 a.m.

But there was plenty of backroom chatter from Senators who believe the bill is essentially dead.

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