The issue that won the hearts of the Tea Party for then-Representative Nikki Haley got fast-tracked in both houses of legislature the say she took office as governor. Last session, Haley and vocal constituents called for more transparency — asking for a roll call vote on almost all measures.
The Senate Rules Committee today immediately took up the issue, sending to the full Senate a short term rules fix.
However, Martin says, to make the rule permanent for both the House and Senate, -a Constitutional vote needs to eventually happen and that wuld not go into effect until 2013 at the earliest.
Because of the separation of government powers provided for in the SC Constitution, the House cannot tell the Senate how to handle its votes. For now, a rules change will be how the Senate handles the issue, says Martin.