Time for S.C. to get serious about ethics

info@islandpacket.comNovember 22, 2013 

As an involved citizen of South Carolina, I am 100 percent for transparency in our state's government. So why is it that we still have some members of our Legislature that do not support ethics reform? I am pleased to report my representative, Andy Patrick, along with his three fellow representatives from Beaufort County, Bill Herbkersman, Shannon Erickson and Weston Newton, did vote for the ethics reform bill. And my state senator, Tom Davis, voted to place the bill for immediate consideration by the SC Senate when it reconvenes in January.

There are few reasons for lawmakers to vote against this ethics reform bill.

One reason is that they are currently benefiting from the insufficient laws they are required to follow. Wrongdoing has been a problem in our state's legislature before and it's time for an update to the outdated laws that enable bad behavior.

Did you know South Carolina is one of the few states in which state legislators are not required to disclose all of the sources of their personal income? Did you know S.C. legislators investigate one another when ethics laws have been breached? The combination of these two flaws in our current system has created a breeding ground for misuse by elected officials.

South Carolinians should demand the Senate pass the bill without delay when it reconvenes. We need to be sure our state is being run ethically.

Ken George

Hilton Head Island

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