Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New House Resolution Would Reform How Bills are Considered

A new state house resolution (HR 851) seeks to reform the way bills are introduced and considered in the legislature. A group of bipartisan lawmakers say they're fed up with watching key issues get bumped down the priority list and Representative David Steil says only 10 to 15 percent of around 3,000 bills get considered during a legislative session. He says that's because committee chairmen and those who schedule floor action don't want to deal with important and controversial issues.

Under the proposed rules the number of bills that could be introduced by a member would be cut down to eight, with exceptions, and lawmakers would be allowed to fast track two of those bills to committee for consideration and a vote. Steil says this reform could ensure that meaningful legislation gets discussed and considered in the legislature.

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