COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - The Legislature wrapped up its session Thursday, but not ethics reform – again.
A bill resulting from a two-year effort to strengthen South Carolina's ethics laws is officially dead.
The Senate ended up not voting on the compromise measure when senators took the podium to run out the clock and denounce the legislation as too watered down.
York County Senator Wes Hayes urged his colleagues to pass an imperfect but good bill, saying the Legislature can push for more next year.
But Beaufort County Senator Tom Davis argued the bill's passage now would allow lawmakers to incorrectly say they had accomplished real reform, and the issue would not be revisited for another two decades.
The compromise proposal would have done nothing to change the current system of the House and Senate overseeing their own members' ethics filings.
Critics have called for independent investigations.