Sen. Vincent Sheheen's ethics plan detailed in interview - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Sen. Vincent Sheheen wants full income disclosure, independent panel in ethics bill

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen says ethics reform is one of his top priorities if he is elected in November. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen says ethics reform is one of his top priorities if he is elected in November.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Ethics and ethics reform are definitely hot topics in this year's gubernatorial race. With recent efforts to shore up the state's ethics laws failing in the past two sessions, candidates are using their platforms to push what they think should be done to fix the problems.

Democratic candidate and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has been on the front lines of trying to fix state ethics laws.

"All the laws, all the rules, won't keep people from doing the right thing if they aren't the type of people who will do the right thing," said Sheheen.

From his campaign office in Camden, Sheheen laid out his two big goals for ethics reform.

"Full income disclosure, not just sources, but amounts people are earning and an independent body that's going to investigate claims of ethical violation," said Sheheen.

Sheheen said strong ethics reform can't succeed without a strong executive.

"We're going to continue to have problems with our government," said Sheheen.

But an ethics reform bill initially championed by Sheheen's November opponent, incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, died on the Senate floor on the last day the session.

A look at the Senate's voting record shows Sen. Sheheen initially supported the bill, then changed his vote in May beginning on the day an amendment on lobbying restrictions was put in the bill.

Sheheen says his vote change was because he felt like the bill in its final form was a fraud.

"It was a bill that wasn't ethics reform," said Sheheen. "It was ethics fake reform."

Sheheen says he wants to push a new ethics bill through the legislature if he's elected. First up, though, is his rematch with Haley in November.

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