The State Ethics Commission was created in 1975 with responsibilities for financial disclosure, campaign disclosure, and ethical rules of conduct. To enforce the statute, the Commission could issue advisory opinions as well as conduct investigations and hearings into complaints.
In 1990 and 1991, Operation Lost Trust gave impetus for a new statute, the Ethics Reform Act of 1991. That Act expanded the size of the Commission and gave it additional responsibilities to include lobbyist registration and disclosure, financial disclosure, campaign practices, and ethical rules of conduct. The statute provided that the Commission could issue advisory opinions as well as conduct investigations and hearings into complaints. The penalty provisions of the statute were increased.
To report fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or misconduct within or involving a state agency, call the State Inspector General at 1-855-723-7283 (1-855-SC-Fraud), or visit the State Inspector General's website at http://oig.sc.gov/Pages/Complaint1.aspx to file a complaint.