The South Carolina Senate has passed a plan that will hold legislators accountable to the constituents they represent and whose dollars they seek to spend. On Tuesday, the Senate's Republic Majority passed a new rule for "on the record" voting on certain bills with the hope that the new practice will reduce state spending and promote economic growth in this uncertain economic climate. District 25 Sen. Shane Massey vowed last year to ask for a roll-call vote on bills that required "significant" expenditures, saying at the time he believed people distrust government because so much of it was hidden. He said Tuesday he still supports roll call votes, adding his thoughts on the need for government transparency have not changed. District 24 Sen. Greg Ryberg also said he supports roll call votes. "It will greatly increase transparency," he added. District 26 Sen. Nikki Setzler could not be reached for comment. Roll call votes record every senator's decision on a proposal. In contrast, with voice votes, no names or numbers on who voted for what are recorded. "During this tough economic crisis, it is essential that our elected officials are spending every tax dollar wisely and in a way that will build our economy. Our new rules change will make the Senate transparent and it will show the taxpayers how hard we are working to get South Carolina back on track," Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Glenn McConnell said in a press release. The Senate also approved lowering the number of members required to request a roll-call vote from five to three. Roll call votes are now required on: - All contested bills - All uncontested bills with a fiscal impact over $10,000 - All bills or resolutions authorizing the expenditure of funds - All bills or resolutions that contain provisions that would create a fee or tax, raise the amount of an existing fee or tax or reduce an existing fee or tax - The state budget - All bills or resolutions that impact the pay, benefits or retirement of members of the General Assembly, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch or the provisions of the Ethics Act or the Campaign Finance Act. - Amendments to the South Carolina Constitution - Any state or congressional reapportionment plan - Conference and free conference reports - Any vote to override the governor's veto - Any amended bill returned by the State House