Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:07:37 GMT — COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has created a special committee to evaluate the Senate version of ethics reform legislation. The House on Wednesday sent the version the Senate passed last month to a Judiciary subcommittee. The House version passed last year. Ordinarily, when the chambers disagree on each other's versions, the measure goes to a conference committee made of up three House and Senate members to iron out differences. But House Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney says the bill is too important for a simple vote. Delleney says sending the bill to the committee will speed its potential for passage. A major difference is the Senate leaves intact the system of House and Senate ethics committees overseeing their colleagues. The House version called for independent investigations, with committees still deciding punishment.
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