State Senator Vince Fumo has introduced a package of bills
that might make Harrisburg legislators a bit more accountable, by giving the minority party a bit more say and the public a chance to keep up with what they're up to.
One proposal would require that all legislation wait at least 72 hours after it is amended before a final vote, giving the public and lawmakers time to review bills and have their opinions be known. Another bill, which Fumo called the most important of his package, would require a public hearing on any legislation if 10 percent of the House or Senate requested it.Should be interesting to hear the debate on this one.
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The pay raise issue "really opened the eyes of people, and people are finally starting to get that the way things are done has a tremendous impact on how things turn out," said Barry Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania, a good government group, who sat beside Fumo at yesterday's news conference.
A Daily News editorial weighs in in favor
of these measures, and gives some recent examples of legislation that was passed in a rush and then repented at leisure. Dan at YPP also gives the measures some props
, while marveling at the newfound progressivism of their sponsor... We think it all sounds great!