Governor Nikki Haley today was joined by grassroots activists from across South Carolina and legislators at a historic ceremony during which she signed H 3004 the Spending Accountability Act of 2011 into law. In doing so, Gov. Haley ensured that the people of South Carolina will know how their legislators are spending their tax dollars by putting legislative votes on the record.
Video of the governor's ceremony is available here. In addition to the governor, State Rep. Nathan Ballentine, State Sen. Larry Martin and South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess delivered remarks at today's press conference.
Gov. Haley said, "This is an absolutely historic day. It's a historic day because this is a three year battle that we took on and we said, this is about the people of this state. And this is about the people having the right to know what their elected officials are doing all the time, because elected officials work for the people not the other way around. And today we have just gone from one of the weakest states in the country on transparency to one of the strongest in the nation on accountability.
"I will tell you the biggest message that I want everyone to take from this is that this bill is not about any of us. This would not have happened without the will of the people. This is what happens when people care about their government. Because when people care about their government and they do something about it elected officials listen. To those who fought with us: your elected officials listened. They heard you. You were persistent. You reminded them how important this was. This is your day.
"We have changed the face of South Carolina forever."