The Daily News reports this morning that Assemblyman Rory Lancman is working on a bill that would take away the voting power of MTA board members who attend fewer than 50% of fare-hike hearings. There are 16 MTA board members with voting privileges, yet only two or three members were present at last week's hearings.
It seems reasonable that an official should have to attend hearings in order to decide whether to raise fees, right? Well, we remember a time not so long ago when the rules of the Legislature didn't require our Senators and Assemblymembers to be present to hear debate in commitee or on the floor in order to raise our taxes or make any other changes to the law. Scary, huh?