- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina senators are moving toward creating an independent commission to consider ethics complaints against lawmakers.

The Senate agreed Tuesday to set up a final showdown on another component of ethics reform backed by the House and Gov. Nikki Haley.

The bill revamps the State Ethics Commission to an eight-member board. Four members would be appointed by the governor and Democratic and Republican lawmakers would each add two members.

Six of the eight commissioners would have to agree before ethics hearings would be held.

Currently the House and Senate investigate their own ethics complaints.

The new ethics proposal still faces a final Senate vote along with a bill that would require public officeholders to reveal the sources, but not the amount, of their income.

The final vote could come Wednesday.


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