State Senator Wes Hayes of Rock Hill is coming to Governor Nikki Haley’s defense.
The governor said Wednesday that lawmakers who oppose the ethics reform bill in the state Senate will be publicly exposed.
Hayes says those are kind of harsh words.
However, he says Haley feels strongly about the legislation, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“It’s not unusual that if people oppose a bill that someone else supports, that they bring that to the electorate’s attention that this House or Senate member is opposed to a bill or opposed to a specific provision of a bill,” Hayes said.
Hayes says there are several crucial provisions in the Senate ethics bill.
He says one of them would require that secret groups that spend money on campaigns come out of hiding by disclosing who they are, where they’re getting their money and how they’re spending it.
Hayes says the legislation is on special order, and will be the first measure on the Senate’s calendar when they return in January.