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Senate votes to adjourn early in order to block H3047 [The Haley Transparency Bill]

May 26, 2010

Today, the Senate voted to adjourn early in order to block a motion to recall H3047 from committee.

See below to find out how your Senator voted and hold him accountable!

H3047 is the bill that will require each Senator to record how they vote on every new law that is passed and on every section of the budget.

Most Senators want to avoid voting against H3047 directly by voting on procedural motions to keep the bill from being considered.  They think they can hide their opposition to transparency behind a procedural vote.

Today, Senator David Thomas told the Senate he intended to make a motion to recall H3047 from committee.  However, Larry Martin moved to adjourn before the motion could be made. The Senate voted 27-17 to adjourn.

Let Senator Thomas know you appreciate his intentions, but next time it might be better if he doesn’t warn the Senate leadership before hand.

Please read below to see how this motion to adjourn was abnormal in its timing and a clear tactical move to prevent a motion to recall H3047.

Remind your Senator that any vote that keeps this bill from passing un-amended is a vote against the bill itself.

Look at the list below and if your Senator voted to block the motion to recall H3047 by adjourning then contact him and hold him accountable for voting against transparency.

The Senate should not have adjourned before the motion to recall H3047 could be made by Senator David Thomas.

We need to make sure the Senate knows we are serious about holding them accountable for every vote that prevents this bill from passing!

If your Senator voted against adjournment, let him know that you appreciate his vote, and let him know that you will be watching him on all future votes.  Don’t let him think that one good vote is enough.  He needs to be voting on the right side every single step of the way.

This is likely a test to see if we are still watching and if we really will hold them accountable for using procedural votes to keep the bill from being heard.

Let’s not fail this test!

You can find your Senator and his contact information by clicking here and entering your zip code.

Here are the details:

The Senate, according to rule 32, has an Order of Business that is followed each day.  They start at #1, “Called to Order by the President”, then follow with #2 “Prayer by the Chaplain”, and then continue on with #3 and so forth.

Here is the daily order of business for the Senate:

RULE 32.
A.
Order of Business

1.     Called to Order by the President
2.     Prayer by the Chaplain
3.     Pledge of Allegiance
4.     Receipt of Communications
5.     Introduction and reference of new Bills and Resolutions
6.     Call of the Uncontested local Third Reading Calendar
7.     Call of the Uncontested local Second Reading Calendar
8.     Call of the Uncontested statewide Third Reading Calendar
9.     Call of the Uncontested statewide Second Reading Calendar
10.     Motion Period
11.     Acts returned by the Governor
12.     Reports of Committees of Conference and Free Conference
13.     Bills and Resolutions returned from the House of Representatives
14.     Interrupted Debate
15.     Adjourned Debate
16.     Special Order
17.     Call of the contested statewide Third Reading Calendar
18.     Call of the contested statewide Second Reading Calendar
19.     Call of the contested local Calendar

Item #10 is the “Motion Period”.  This is where the motion to recall H3047 will be made.  It is not allowed anywhere else in the Order of Business for the day.

So, while the Senate was on item #9 Senator Larry Martin made a motion to adjourn the Senate for the day.

I’ve never seen the Senate adjourn before the motion period.

This was clearly a tactic to prevent anyone from making the motion to recall H3047.

In fact, when Senator Larry Martin made the motion to adjourn and before the vote was taken on his motion, Senator David Thomas made sure that the entire Senate knew that adjourning would prevent them from considering H3047.

A role call on the motion to adjourn was demanded by Senators Thomas and Shane Martin.  The vote to adjourn passed 27 – 17.  The results are below.

Make sure you contact your Senator and hold him accountable if he voted to adjourn.

If he voted against adjourning, tell him thanks and make sure you remind him that any vote that prevents this bill from passing will be counted as a vote against the bill itself.

Voting to adjourn (and to block the motion to recall H3047):

Alexander

Anderson

Campbell

Campsen

Cleary

Coleman

Hayes

Hutto

Jackson

Knotts

Land

Leatherman

Leventis

Lourie

Malloy

Martin, Larry

McConnell

McGill

Nicholson

O’Dell

Pinckney

Rankin

Reese

Scott

Setzler

Sheheen

Williams

Total–27

Voting not to adjourn

Bright

Bryant

Courson

Cromer

Davis

Elliott

Fair

Grooms

Martin, Shane

Massey

Mulvaney

Peeler

Rose

Ryberg

Shoopman

Thomas

Verdin

Total–17

Please, contact your Senator and hold him accountable for voting to block the motion to recall H3047 by adjourning and ask him to demand an immediate recall of H3047, the true transparency bill!

Thanks for everything you are doing!

You can find your Senator and his contact information by clicking here and entering your zip code.

Also, please donate now to help keep the fight for accountability funded by clicking here.

Best regards,

Talbert Black, Jr.

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Click here for South Carolina’s Campaign for Liberty

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

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P.S.  Remember, contact your Senator and hold him accountable for voting to block the motion to recall H3047 by adjourning.  Tell him to demand a recall of H3047.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 26, 2010 11:30 AM

    This was Tuesday. The Senate is supposed to met at 2pm today.

    For clarification.

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