Nikki Haley Pushing Transparency Agenda Early

Which is why I voted for her, she’s serious about facing the problems of our state and has real solutions that all rational people could get behind:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators quickly warmed to Gov. Nikki Haley’s legislative priorities hours after she took office Wednesday.

The Senate Rules Committee approved a rule change that limits voice votes because they don’t show the public what individual legislators wanted with important issues.

The Senate Rules panel also approved a measure that keeps state budgets from advancing for 72 hours so the public and legislators have more time to see how taxpayers cash is being spent. And it also required faster disclosure of ethics complaints against senators once the chamber’s ethics panel finds enough evidence to move forward with an investigation and hearings. All three measures now move to the Senate floor for consideration.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, a Charleston Republican, co-sponsored the spending bill waiting period measure. He said it may let the public or legislators catch a temporary law change in the budget bill that has unintended consequences.

Meanwhile, the House put a bill on its calendar that requires more roll call votes on budgets in a move that allowed it to bypass committee hearings. The same measure cleared the House with a 104-0 vote last year, but died in the Senate.

“We appreciate the House and the Senate taking these important first steps toward making sure legislators vote on the record and look forward to working with them to make it permanent law,” Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

The advancing legislation delighted Haley’s top allies in the Legislature.

And the people who voted for her. A more transparent government is the foundation from which South Carolina can build a brighter economic future and Haley is making this government more accountable to citizens. This is exactly what South Carolina needed. The budget rules are especially important in a state that is so plagued by local financial mismanagement.


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