[ RadSafe ] query

BLHamrick at aol.com BLHamrick at aol.com
Wed Dec 10 20:30:23 CST 2008

Actually, there are frequently mechanisms in place (via state  constitutions, 
state legislative rules, et al.) that ostensibly are in  place to keep bills 
"clean;" however, these mostly rely upon the integrity of  the elected 
officials to self-police the legislative process.  Good luck  with that, eh?  (Can 
anyone pronounce Governor Blagojevich?)
In a message dated 12/10/2008 12:18:40 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV writes:

Using  voting records to tell how a politician feels about a subject is
almost  impossible.  Almost any bill with have so many different,
sometimes  contradictory, elements and amendments that muddy the water (I
believe  intentionally, in some cases) so that incumbents can claim, or
their  opponents can charge, to hold almost any position.  I looked at
one of  the bill you linked to, and it literally had money going to
projects from  one end of the country to the other; Maine to California.

One of  the fundamental changes we need to get our economic house in
order is a  mechanism to keep bills clean and to the point, rather than
use them a rack  to hang unrelated pork on.  But I don't expect to see
that any time  soon. 

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