Think tank leaders urges end to SC ethics laws

Think tank leaders urges end to SC ethics laws

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The leader of the organization that brought the allegations that led to the indictment of House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the state should do away with its ethics laws.

The State newspaper reported Ashley Landess of the South Carolina Policy Council suggested Wednesday that ethics violations should be handled under the state's criminal laws.

Landess said minor violations could be handled through election laws and dealt with by the State Election Commission.

Landess spoke to a subcommittee created by acting House Speaker Ray Lucas of Darlington to work on reforming the state's ethics laws.

She said making ethics violations a crime would be better than trying to reform existing ethics laws.

A tea party activist, Talbert Black, told the panel the House speaker has too much power.

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