Huzzah! Massey to call for ‘roll call’ votes

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Well, it’s about damn time.

For far too long, members of the S.C. Senate have gone along with the usual way of votes in the upper chamber – allowing voice votes on nearly everything. Voice votes hide the voting records of senators, so you don’t know who is voting for what. It’s been nearly impossible to hold members accountable for what’s going on.

Now, as legislation has not yet passed requiring roll call votes, Sen. Shane Massey has said he will call for roll call votes on spending bills.

I support Senator Glenn McConnell’s effort to push a commonsense conservative plan through the General Assembly. The people of South Carolina should be able to hold legislators accountable for the decisions they make at the State House, and roll call votes bring instant accountability. To bring more transparency to state government, I will ask for a roll call vote in the South Carolina Senate on any bill that requires a significant expenditure of state funds.

Why this hasn’t already happened is a shame, but thankfully at least Massey is willing to go forward and make sure that senators will have to put their names by what they vote for. The only problem here is what constitutes a “significant expenditure.” Hopefully, it will include more votes, rather than less.

Massey to push for roll call voting in Senate [The Blogland of Earl Capps]


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