By Eric Ward | The Nerve
COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s legacy as a state elected official, presently a work in progress, could include being a catalyst for more sunlight on legislators’ financial conflicts of interest.
The chairmen of the state House and Senate Ethics committees, which police lawmakers’ compliance with state ethics laws, told The Nerve that they are working on ethics reform legislation for 2013 that will include requiring legislators to disclose all of their income sources — public and private.
Currently, legislators must report only their income from public sources and private employers that have a contract with a public entity.
All of this follows an ethics case against Haley, in which the House Ethics Committee investigated and tried a sitting governor for the first time.
Republican activist and fundraiser John Rainey, of Camden, brought the case. It centered on allegations related to Haley’s work for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Wilbur Smith Associates engineering and consulting firm while she was a House member.