On Tuesday, the S.C. Senate joined the House's effort to finally be accountable on a number of their votes.
Previously state lawmakers were frequently voting without recording how individual members acted. The problem? If you didn't like a new law you often had no way of knowing how your local representative voted.
This Post and Courier article from 2008 does a pretty good job of summing up what the problem was:
The House called roll on 8 percent of the bills that became law this year, while the Senate did so only 1 percent of the time. That practice is at odds with standards in most states nationally and in South Carolina's neighboring states.
There are some fears that the increased recording of votes could bog down the Senate as they lack an automated method of recording votes.
Get the full rundown of the change and criticism at The State.
Also, interestingly, it seems some folks who pushed for greater accountability in the House may have been penalized. From The State:
The House adopted similar roll-call voting rules in December during their organizational meeting. But the move was not without casualties. Lexington County Republican Reps. Nikki Haley and Nathan Ballantine, who had pushed for the roll calls against House leadership, were demoted in committee assignments this year.
Oh, and here's the fun it all: The Senate voted for the change to record votes, without recording vote.