June 22, 2009

Too Much Work Being Done

Justin Katz

Quip though it may have been, this paragraph from an article about the General Assembly's probable rush to pass a bunch of bills over the next couple of weeks expresses the appropriate sentiment:

House Minority Leader Robert Watson, a vocal critic of the Democratic leadership, quipped that the state may be better off if the Assembly passes fewer bills. "It's a step in the right direction," he said. "Less is more up here."

Why should such a long-standing civic entity require so many laws to be passed? The article mentions around 2,000 bills to be addressed. Hasn't the state of Rhode Island had sufficient time to explore most of the questions that government should consider its purview to answer?

The state won't begin to turn around, I'd suggest, until some significant number of the bills on the table propose dismantling the laws that have been put in place. Not only is less more, but the only healthy path requires diminishment.

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The need for so many bills in a small state like Rhode Island always makes me think of New Hampshire. They seem to get along fine with lowly paid ($500?) legislators in a legislature which is only in session 3 months out of the year.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at June 22, 2009 3:27 PM
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