- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lawmakers trying to find a compromise to a bill allowing independent investigation of ethics violations by legislators are trying to determine when the allegations should become public.

House members want allegations to become public when the independent commission sends a violation to the Ethics Committee in the House or Senate for discussion and possible punishment.

But senators say some of them think the allegations should become public when the legislative committee rules there is probable cause a violation took place.

Democratic Sen. Gerald Malloy of Hartsville says he will talk to other skeptical senators and see if they accept the House version. The conference committee may meet again later Wednesday.

The bill sets up an independent Ethics Commission to investigate ethics violations for all public officials. Currently, lawmakers investigate themselves.


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