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Study Shows Few South Carolina Legislative Votes Recorded

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A study by a conservative think tank showed that the South Carolina House had roll call votes on only eight percent of the bills that became law and the Senate only one percent of the time. The governor’s office said the legislature had effectively obscured its actions from the public in a “shocking lack of accountability.” The South Carolina Policy Council, which conducted the study, said it the lack of roll call votes gave legislators a “plausible deniability” on controversial legislation. (8/12/08)