The passage of South Carolina House of Representatives bill H3047 which would require “certain” votes in the General Assembly to be on the record has been sent the State Senate. Beaufort Senator Tom Davis is trying to bring the bill to the Senate floor.
The forces of secrecy, status quo and buffoonery jumped on him like Jake Knotts on a pastry cart. In fact, Senator Jake considers the legislation “very, very insulting” to the Senate. Like HE isn’t?
Senators Larry Martin and Glenn McConnell called it “a fad.” McConnell further referred to the idea of transparency as “a ragged piece of legislation.”
I asked Senator Davis for his reaction to the vitriol towards the bill.
The good news is that, as a result of my motion, a subcommittee hearing on the bill has been scheduled for next Wednesday.
I don’t think the bill is any of those things and I welcome the opportunity to make my case at next week’s subcommittee meeting
To be clear, this is what H3047 proposes:
TO ENACT THE “SPENDING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2009”; AND TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-7-125 SO AS TO REQUIRE CERTAIN BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS TO RECEIVE A RECORDED ROLL CALL VOTE AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE.
Yeah… that’s pretty insulting.
I’ve asked for responses from Senators McConnell, Shane Massey and Larry Grooms, but, at this writing, they have not returned my emails.
Senators Tom Davis and Harvey Peeler – along with Representatives Nikki Haley and Nathan Balllentine – are champions of the voters’ right to know. McConnell, Martin and Knotts, as well as any other senator that attacked this legislation, are electoral traitors and constitutional saboteurs.
So, you’ve got to wonder… Has there been a deal between House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tem McConnell to squash this legislation with as little damage to the keepers of the castle as possible?
The bill passed unanimously in the House (after two years of procedural obstruction). The House is up for re-election this year, the Senate not until 2012. Could it be that Harrell agreed to finally bring the bill to a vote and manufactured an anonymous passage to take the heat off his cadre of representatives in an election year? The other half of the bargain would be for McConnell to bring it down in the Senate, which won’t have to worry about the backlash this year.
That’s just speculation, mind you. Surely such devious tactics wouldn’t be practiced by the “peoples’ representatives!”
That would be . . . insulting.
Thanks to Lee Canaday for the tip.