The Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Per Section 1.9 of the House Rules, committees of the South Carolina House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House. Committees are assigned at the start of the new session following the election of Senate members. The Chairman of each standing committee shall be elected by its members. If a vacancy should occur in the committee's chairmanship, the new chairman will be elected among the remaining committee members. The Speaker, Speaker Pro Tempore and the Clerk of the House shall serve as ex officio members of the Operations and Management Committee.
See rules: A House Resolution
||The committee has the following powers and duties:
- (1) to receive complaints or charges concerning conduct alleged to be unethical from any citizen of this State or member of the House against: (i) House members; (ii) former House members, provided the allegations are related to the former member’s service in the House; (iii) candidates for the House; (iv) former candidates for the House, provided the allegations are related to the former candidate’s bid for the House; (v) officers and employees of the House; (vi) staff and independent contractors of a House legislative caucus committee.
- (2) to investigate these complaints and charges and, if warranted, to report the results of these investigations to the House with recommendations for further appropriate action as authorized by law;
- (3) upon request of any member, officer, or employee of the House to render advisory opinions with regard to legislative ethics when, in their judgment, these opinions would serve the public interest, violation of Chapter 13, Title 8; and to act as an advisory body to the House and to individual members of or candidates for the House on questions pertaining to the disclosure and filing requirements;
- (4) to make available annually to the House a compilation of the principles provided in advisory opinions rendered;
- (5) to administer or recommend appropriate sanctions or dismiss charges;
- (6) to ascertain whether a person has failed to comply fully and accurately with the disclosure requirements of Chapter 13, Title 8 and promptly notify the person to file the necessary notices and reports to satisfy the requirements; and
- (7) to recommend a rule or statutory change relating to ethics as the committee deems appropriate.
2015 legislative session
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.
| Current members of the South Carolina House of Representatives|
|House Speaker: James Lucas (R) • House Majority Leader: Bruce Bannister (R) • House Minority Leader: James Rutherford (D)|
|Republican (77) • Democratic (46) • South Carolina House of Representatives • Vacancy (1) • South Carolina State Senate|
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