Amidst the flood of new proposals pooped out by the Legislature’s Executive Board yesterday is a plan to have lawmakers give a “State of the Legislature” speech early in the Session, after the State of the State, State of the Judiciary, and State of the Tribes speeches:
[Speaker G. Mark] Mickelson said they could be chosen by caucus leaders and presiding officers from each chamber and could follow a pre-approved agenda of talking points.
…Mickelson said the legislators’ address would be Tuesday, Jan. 16.
“It does show vision,” said Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark. He is Senate president pro tem and vice chairman of the Executive Board this year. He becomes chairman in 2018. “I think that will make us stronger” [Bob Mercer, “Legislature Plans Changes Seeking Increase Power,” Watertown Public Opinion, 2017.11.13].
Yes, because nothing shows vision like talking points delivered by a committee.
Hey, G. Mark! Brock! If you want to make the Legislature stronger, how about instead of appointing a committee to make a speech to yourselves, you spend that hour actually debating and passing legislation? Or—radical suggestion—how about you use that hour for the sexual harassment training that other legislatures are deeming worth their time?
Yesterday’s E-Board meeting also included more anti-ballot measure rhetoric, anti-labor bushwah, and the big legislative pay raise amendment. Stay tuned—barring impeachment, I’ll tackle all of those issues later in today’s blog cycle!