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Nikki Haley released the following statement on the House’ passage of H.3047, the Spending Accountability Act.

March 25, 2010

Contact: Tim Pearson

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Nikki Haley released the following statement on the House’ passage of H.3047, the Spending Accountability Act.

Columbia, S.C. – “Today is a great day for the voters and taxpayers of South Carolina.  Almost two full years ago, I introduced this bill because our legislators were voting anonymously more than 90% of the time and the citizens of our state could not see the spending habits of their elected officials,” Haley said.  “The House has now voted – unanimously – to make it permanent law that every single vote will be on the record, and I couldn’t be more proud to have helped bring this historic change about.”

“Getting to this point has not been easy, and those of us who fought have the scars to prove it, but at the end of the day the House has now recognized that legislative votes belong to the people, not to elected officials, and that is a huge win for South Carolina,” Haley continued.

“I would like to thank my colleagues in the House who saw the importance of making their votes transparent to the people they serve, and specifically thank Rep. Nathan Ballentine, the only Member who fought with me on this bill from the very beginning.  I urge the senate to follow our lead in passing this bill, and to do so quickly,” Haley finished.

Chad Walldorf, Chairman of S.C. Club for Growth, commented on the passage of Haley’s bill.  “Today’s passage of stronger on the record voting requirements is a hard-fought victory for South Carolina taxpayers,” Walldorf said.  “In particular, Rep. Nikki Haley’s diligence in passing the legislation shows her commitment to transparency and accountability – two principles we need more of in Columbia. She deserves huge credit for shaking up the way things have been done for too long.”

“Now, more than ever, the people need to see exactly what their elected officials are doing,” said Talbert Black, State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty.  “This has been a long struggle, and it’s not over yet, but what happened today is a huge step forward in terms of getting South Carolina taxpayers the kind of government we deserve.”

H.3047 will now move to the South Carolina Senate.



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