June 1, 2009

Is This How Democratic Compromise Is Supposed to Work?

Justin Katz

Put aside the contentious context of the debate in question. Doesn't something just seem wrong about this?

Because a compromise must receive unanimous support to survive, Roberge was then removed from the committee and replaced with Sen. Matthew Houde, D-Plainfield, who voted with the majority. Roberge said she was disappointed she was removed.

What's the point of having a rule requiring unanimity if it means merely that a legislative body must be able to put the right number of agreeable people in a room?

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"Big D" democracy at work.

Posted by: EMT at June 1, 2009 3:45 PM

It is worse than that. All of the committee members were hand-selected as in favor of the original legislation and against proposed amendments. The rigging just got rigged more tightly.

Posted by: Chairm at June 1, 2009 11:37 PM
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