Palmetto Sunrise: Ethics reform faces Senate slowdown

The South Carolina Statehouse or the South Carolina General Assembly were the legislature consisting of the South Carolina House of Representatives and State Senate meet. The Confederate battle flag flies at a memorial in front of the statehouse. Photographed May 12, 2014. Grace Beahm/Staff

The S.C. House has moved quickly with ethics reform bills, but efforts to toughen the state’s rules have been slower in the Senate.

This week should bring some clarity to when their efforts might become law: The sponsor of the Senate’s omnibus bill hopes he can get an initial OK when the General Assembly returns Tuesday, Cynthia Roldan of The Post and Courier reports. Other senators aren’t so sure, saying there’s enough opposition to hold it up.

Part of why the House and Senate are moving at different paces: The House split its reform package into about 20 bills, while the Senate opted for an all-in-one approach. (Three of the House’s bills have passed, and more are working through committee this week.)

House leaders say that’s isolated hang-ups on particular issues, helping other parts move along.

When the House Judiciary committee looked at new income disclosure rules for lawmakers last week, for example, they had problems with its wording, debating it for an hour. They ultimately decided to send it back for revisions, while pushing other ethics bills through.

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