Friday, February 22, 2013


I have always thought the legislature wastes immense amount of time on memorials and fluff during their sessions.  It is like they are not busy enough to do real work.  Besides, memorials etc. really are nothing more than pandering to little constituencies to make them feel important.  I can remember when the Governor's Aide de Camp certificates were given out en masse.  They were meaningless mostly, but something that everyone thought put them a step above on the political ladder.  Feel good stuff.

If the Legislature needs to stay busy on things then there is an automatic way of assuring it.  Just put a sunset of 10 years on every bill that they pass.  Revisiting a law every ten years makes sense anyway as times and attitudes change.  If 10 year sunsets were attached to every law then the lawmakers would have real work to do as the legislation's turn for reconsideration comes along.

Ten years is a long time.  But even if it were 15 or 20 years it would make sense.

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