COLUMBIA — The House majority leader has named 10 Republicans, including two from the tri-county area, to a committee that is to propose ways to strengthen the state’s ethics laws.

House GOP Leader Kenny Bingham announced today that six-term incumbent Rep. Murrell Smith will chair the study committee. Smith is an attorney from Sumter.

The nine other House Republicans on the committee include Ethics Committee Chairman Roland Smith of Warrenville, former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn of Lexington and former prosecutor Tommy Pope of York. Others are Reps. Rita Allison of Lyman, Derham Cole of Spartanburg, Joe Daning of Goose Creek, Phyllis Henderson of Greer, Jenny Horne of Summerville and Andy Patrick of Hilton Head Island.

Bingham and House Minority Leader Harry Ott announced Wednesday they were forming separate caucus study committees on the issue.