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Gov. Nikki Haley will continue the push for ethics reform if re-elected

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Gov. Nikki Haley will continue to push for ethics reform. Gov. Nikki Haley will continue to push for ethics reform.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

For two sessions, state lawmakers have largely punted on trying to deal with the state's ethics laws in light of several political controversies.

However, Gov. Nikki Haley says she's on the right track to make ethics reform happen if she's reelected in November. 

During her time as governor, Haley says her message on ethics reform to the legislature has been clear.

"This is not about you being comfortable," said Haley. "This is about doing what we know is right and we're going to have to do that."

When asked about ethics in state government and the issues that need to be handled, Haley points out the same problems as her opponents, Tom Ervin and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

"Independent investigations, where you don't have your counterparts looking over what you do, and also income disclosures," said Haley. "Every citizen in South Carolina deserves to see who pays their elected official."

But the real question is how we get that reform in South Carolina? Even though her efforts for ethics reform haven't made it out of the legislature, Haley says reform will happen.

"When I first entered office I spoke with one of the leaders in the legislature. He said, 'You will never get income disclosures. You will never see us debate it on the floor,'" said Haley. "We've debated it on the floor. We've moved the ball."

"No legislator should wonder if they're doing the right thing or the wrong thing. Every legislator should know if they crossed the line and are doing something wrong."

Even though ethics reform deals with elected officials, Haley says the real person who benefits is the voter in November.

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