Today Governor Nikki Haley signed the law that requires on-the-record voting. She says the bill’s passage shows government works for the people. Watch event.
It’s a historical day, because this is a three-year battle that we took on that we said, this is about the people of this state, this about the accountability in South Carolina, and this is about the people having the right to know what their elected officials are doing all the time, because elected officials work for the people, not the other way around.
The bill requires roll call votes on second readings, on each section of the state budget, and when the House and Senate approve compromise of legislation.
But today, we have just gone from one of the weakest states in the country on transparency to one of the strongest in the nation on accountability.
The law, called the Spending Accountability Act of 2011 puts legislative votes on the record and was a central issue in her campaign for governor.
The biggest message I want you to take from this is that this bill was not about any of us. This was about everybody in this room, and all those who can’t be with us today. This would not have happened without the will of the people.
Haley gave credit to the voters for the passage of the roll call voting bill. “This is what happens when people care about their government. Because when people care about their government and they do something about it, elected officials listen. Your elected officials listened, they heard you, you were persistent, you reminded them how important this was, this is your day.”