Iron Woman

South Carolina State Representative Nikki Haley appeared before a Senate subcommittee yesterday to urge senators to pass H.3047, the Spending Accountability Act.  The text of the bill follows later.

Rep. Haley ran into some conscientiousness and “arrogance” during her remarks, particularly from Lexington Senator Jake Knotts.  Using verbal head fakes and misdirection, Knotts and Senator Larry Martin insisted the measure would be “unconstitutional,” and tried to mire the hearing in procedural fol-de-rol, much to the displeasure of the citizens in the crowd.

Video of the hearing is presented here in three parts:

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.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    This act may be cited as the “Spending Accountability Act of 2009”.

SECTION    2.    Article 1, Chapter 7, Title 2 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 2-7-125.    (A)    For purposes of this section, a ‘recorded roll call vote’ means a vote recorded in the Journals of the respective Houses of the General Assembly, which must be by yeas and nays and recorded by name.

(B)    The Annual General Appropriations Bill must be considered section-by-section on second reading, and must receive a recorded roll call vote by the House of Representatives and the Senate when the pending question is the adoption of an individual section.

(C)    A bill or joint resolution must receive a recorded roll call vote by the House of Representatives and the Senate when:

(1)    the pending question is adoption of a Conference or Free Conference Report;

(2)    the pending question is the passage of a bill or joint resolution on second reading;

(3)    either the House of Representatives or the Senate agrees to the other body’s amendment; or

(4)    a bill or joint resolution is amended and the pending question is the passage of a bill on third reading.”

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

This lady means business.  She is this passionate not only about transparency, but fiscal accountability, tax relief, rebuilding the state’s business environment, dramatically decreasing unemployment, putting a stop to illegal immigration, significantly better education for South Carolina children, reducing government spending and giving the citizens of the Palmetto State the good government they deserve.

Some may argue that getting legislators’ votes on the record is a small thing given the problems South Carolina has.  But think of it this way: 

If Nikki Haley will fight this hard, long and intelligently to get votes on the record in the General Assembly, THINK about the battles she will wage as governor for fiscal accountability, tax relief, rebuilding the state’s business environment, dramatically decreasing unemployment, putting a stop to illegal immigration, significantly better education for South Carolina children, reducing government spending and giving the citizens of the Palmetto State the good government they deserve.

/CS/

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One thought on “Iron Woman

  1. Transparency is the rock upon which we will reform South Carolina. Without transparency, we cannot hold the crooks in the Statehouse accountable because they’ll all tell us what they think we want to hear about how they voted.

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