The South Carolina Senate changed its rules today to require roll call votes on anything that has the weight of law. A couple of times, GOP senators tried to expand the bill to include other types of law.
Senator David Thomas of Greenville and Mike Rose of Dorchester argued that the bill should make the rule comport with any statutory change that has been put into affect.
That would loosen the rule too much, says Rules Committee Chair Larry Martin. He says his rules change today is one part of a three-part move to transparency–one that is constitutional:
Senator Brad Hutto says the Senate has always had transparency and the extra roll call measure is an extra waste of time:
The rules change passed the Senate and requires a roll call vote on measures that have the force and effect of law.