The state Senate Tuesday spent the entire afternoon on a statute to require roll call voting. The Senate has already passed a rule to require roll call voting in their chambers.
This statute which affects both houses was pushed by Nikki Haley when she was a Lexington legislator. Her fight with Senators over the bill in the past two years put her into the news, into the hearts of Tea Party voters– as a champion of transparency.
Now, Haley is eager to see the bill come full circle and back to her desk– this time as Governor Haley– who will sign it into law.
Senator Larry Martin of Pickens had an amendment passed to reset the bill back to the House version, cancelling out the changes made by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate voted 32 to 12 to amend roll call bill to original version to make it effective when Gov. Haley signs, not after a referendum that is proposed as a bill for next year.
The governor has been pushing for roll call to be instituted as state law – and many of the Tea Parties are voicing their support for Martin’s version.
Charleston Senators Chip Campsen and Glenn McConnell argued against Martin’s amendment –saying it puts the rules of both chambers into conflict and violates the separation of powers in the Constitution.
It was a day of high rhetoric and late into the day, Danny Verdin of Laurens said that even debating the Constitution is a “sacred” responsibility:
Gerald Malloy of Darlington — was the only Democrat to take the podium and, expressed his frustration over the debate between Republicans– by reading this litany:
AUDIO: Malloy says roll call debate does not help state’s unemployment problems (:27) Malloy says he is also very concerned about the House being able to change Senate rules.
But Senator Larry Martin says the people who are pushing to make roll call voting into immediate law are not going away. AUDIO: Martin says citizens want this made into law now (:26)
Debate on the entire bill continues Wednesday.