Monday, December 21, 2009

About Those Committee Reforms

As my colleague Laura Seago noted last week, the only proposals for committee reform that we've seen coming from Senate Democrats have had to do with whether Republicans will be named to chair one of the dozens of committees and receive a few "lulus." Whatever happened to the promises to look into shrinking the ridiculously large number of committees, requiring members to show up to committee meetings in order to vote in those meetings, and developing a formal process for reading, amending and debating bills before rubber-stamping or blocking them? In other words, whatever happened to the promise to figure out a way to make committees work the way they do in nearly every other state legislative body in the United States, outside of New York? The Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform had indicated they would try to come up with some recommendations for the full Senate by December. It's December 21.

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