South Carolina is one of 27 states in which no outside agency oversees ethical conduct of state legislators. It is one of 18 of those states where no ethics agency oversees any aspect of disclosure. South Carolina is among seven of those states — including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Ohio — in which an outside agency is setup to oversee other divisions of government.
What, if any, ethics agency exists in the state?
South Carolina has the South Carolina State Ethics Commission, which is enabled by the South Carolina Code of Laws s.8-13-310. The Commission does not have jurisdiction over state legislators. It oversees other public officials, with a few exceptions, public employees and public members.
If the above agency does not oversee legislators, is legislative oversight defined in statute?
Yes. South Carolina also has the House of Representatives Ethics Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee, which are enabled by the South Carolina Code of Laws s.8-13-510. Each ethics committee is composed of six legislators, who are elected by the respective chambers.
Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?
Yes. South Carolina Code of Law s.8-13-100 et seq., "Ethics, Government Accountability, and Campaign Reform," applies to all positions overseen by the State Ethics Commission, the House of Representatives Ethics Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. It includes South Carolina Code of Laws s.8-13-700, "Rules of Conduct."
When were the ethics statutes enacted?
Where do legislators file outside interest disclosures?
House of Representatives Ethics Committee or Senate Ethics Committee. See Info Resources.
Where do legislators file campaign finance disclosures?
House of Representatives Ethics Committee or Senate Ethics Committee. Reports are forwarded to the State Ethics Commission. See South Carolina Code of Laws s.8-13-1300, "Campaign Practices."
Where are lobbying disclosures filed?
South Carolina State Ethics Commission
Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www.cogel.org.