S.C. lawmakers should pass an ethics reform bill before making decisions about gambling casinos and offshore drilling. South Carolina does not require public officials to disclose private sources of income.
I believe Gov. Nikki Haley is absolutely right: The ethics reform bill needs truly independent investigations of elected officials. Lawmakers did not pass a recent bill because they want the right to investigate themselves.
Elected officials serve the public and should be required to disclose all conflicts of interest.
RICHARD B. FOWLER