Rejecting Amendment C

My position on Constitutional Amendment C is much like my position on Amendment A – it is unnecessary tinkering with the constitution. I don’t see any advantage to starting the session a week later than we do currently.

I don’t buy his argument that citizens would "more appropriately honor the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President George Washington, and President Abraham Lincoln" if the legislature were not in session on those two holidays.

I also expect that budget negotiations function just like any other project – they will fill every bit of time available no matter how much time we allow. Giving them an extra 8 days after the final tax revenue amounts are available will only mean that the Legislators will feel rushed in considering the budget adjustments for 22 days instead of feeling rushed about the final numbers for 14 days.

Finally, if the session were set for the first week of January I might see an advantage to moving the session back a week, but starting the third week does not seem any worse than starting the fourth week. I understand the arguments given by Sen. Valentine in favor of the time change but, like the budget adjustments, the draft legislation, budget analysis, and other technical work will fill whatever time is allotted. If our legislature needs more time they could try not considering 5 minor Constitutional amendments in a single session. (How much time was spent crafting, holding hearings, debating, and voting on those?)

3 comments for “Rejecting Amendment C

  1. Davis Didjeridu
    October 8, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Given that if, as now, those holidays allow the legislators to bloviate recklessly about these heroes’ legacies, instead of doing actual legislative work, I see this as a necessary change.

  2. October 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

    That position assumes that they cannot do the work necessary without using that extra time. My personal opinion on that is that they spend more than enough time on unimportant legislation to get any important legislation done. In my mind, extra time for the session is just extra time for extraneous legislation.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. October 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    david,

    having watched the legislative process more closely i would say that most of the work in the legislative session happens in the last week. so i agree with you, just take the two days off. if anything its two days less they can tamper. 🙂

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