Roll call voting is back in the House–for a formality vote. The Senate passed the measure last week to require on-the-record voting in most cases.
South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess, who joined Governor Nikki Haley in pushing for the measure last year, says she doesn’t know why it took more than a year to get the bill passed–
It’s really hard to come up with a logical answer to that. I would if I could. I can tell you it was a tough fight when we first put the research out the door in 2008 and told the public, “Guess what? Your Legislature votes on the record five percent of the time.”
Landess says she backed then Lexington Representative Nikki Haley on her stance in roll call voting, even when some lawmakers, like Senator Glenn McConnell and House Speaker Bobby Harrell, opposed this version of the bill.
The idea of transparency, the idea that lawmakers owed accountability to the public was truly foreign to the leadership, and I’m not making that up.
Landess, the president of the conservative watch-dog group, the South Carolina Policy Council, says with roll call voting becoming a reality, the people of South Carolina have gotten some power back in their hands.