Political Radar


January 21st, 2014

The state Senate on Tuesday adopted a modification to its rules to discourage the practice of "gut and replace" that many good government advocates have condemned as  undemocratic.

Under the new rule, the Senate president would review drafts that make major amendments or wholesale changes to bills to see if they should be re-referred to committees with rightful jurisdiction. The Senate president would have to make the call within 24 hours after receiving the draft.


One Response to “Referrals”

  1. Forward_Observer:

    Changing senate rules would not affect changes that are made when a bill is referred to conference committee, often at the end of session. This is when Lobbyists and political tacticians use the confusion and frenzy that happens at the end of session to their advantage to sneak in changes that would not otherwise pass close public scrutiny.

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