Coastal Conservation League calling for changes in state government

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Coastal Conservation League held a meeting Wednesday morning to discuss what it calls an unhealthy concentration of political power in South Carolina.

The league's executive director, Dana Beach, says the recent decision by the state to commit future funding to the I-526 completion project is an example of that power.

"Regardless of whether you love the fact of I-526 or you hate it," Beach said."No one would agree, or say that it is more important than improving I-26 or that it is more important than fixing bridges that will not stand up more than a decade or two from now."

The conference also focused on ethics reform. Beach says South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell and Governor Nikki Haley have too much power.

The group also called for more transparency in government, separation of power and more accountability from the state's top leaders.

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