A House ethics reform proposal that unanimously passed committee last week is now making its way to the Senate, but not without some controversy.
Ethics reform and how it should look has become a contentious topic at the Statehouse.Senate President Pro Tem John Courson says that when the Senate gets the House version of an ethics reform bill, it will become a different bill.
That is after citizen’s groups, the governor, and Democrats have protested what they call a “weak bill” in the House.
John Crangle of Common Cause, who was part of ethics reform after the Operation Lost Trust Scandal 20 years ago, says he is not worried about the content of the bill, which he classifies as, “really stupid ideas that would set ethics back a great deal.”
“This is not going to be the final product. There’s no way in hell the Senate will approve this, and there’s no way in hell governor Haley would sign it,” says Crangle.
Senator Courson, who is a republican, worked with Crangle during the Operation Lost Trust Scandal. He promises the Senate will create a stronger bill.
“It’s been changed considerably and we need to be sure it’s perfected before we even think about taking up the House bill,” explains Courson.
Courson says they will work from the House bill, but the end product will be drastically different.