Voters and residents of South Carolina move closer to finally being able to know how their legislators vote on issues critical and mundane alike, after a bill passed unanimously in the state’s lower chamber:
South Carolina law would require legislators to take a roll call on most of their votes under a proposal fast-tracked by House lawmakers in their first week back in Columbia.
The House approved the measure 104-0 Thursday.
The bill is aimed at providing greater transparency by limiting voice votes that don’t record how each legislator voted. It was a key campaign issue for newly elected Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.
The measure fast-tracked Thursday is identical to one passed unanimously by the House last year before dying in the Senate.
Budget officials say each roll call vote will cost about $35, due to the cost of printing a bigger journal. But Republican Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Chapin called the cost insignificant to taxpayers’ potential savings.
COST hopes that the new House vote, along with the backing of the newly elected Governor, Nikky Haley, will bring the most basic level of transparency to the constituents of the state of South Carolina.
The legislators serve those who elected them, and in states with billion dollar budgets, a mere $35 per recorded vote is a small price to pay for holding elected officials accountable for the decisions they make on behalf of their constituents.