Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Seminerio Makes the Case for Legislative Rules Reform

The Observer quotes Assemblyman Seminerio on the budget process:
“Eliot may wish he had another way, but there’s only one way the budget is ever going to get done, son,” said Mr. Seminerio, sitting by himself in the Assembly chambers Saturday night, hours before the budget deadline. “It’s three people, each getting a piece of the pie, and that’s it.”
He goes on to say: “The only thing that ever changes in Albany are the faces. The system stays intact.”

What is the most powerful argument for reforming the Legislature's rules to require transparency and greater power for rank and file members? We think Assemblyman Seminerio just made it.

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