Today’s number: 1 hour
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Rich Miller
* The House passed its rules yesterday 70-46. One Democrat was absent. All Republicans voted against it…
Republicans objected to the rules, saying they lack transparency and give too much power to lame-duck legislators. Representative Ed Sullivan, a Republican from Mundelein, wants to extend the time period that information is posted online before legislators can debate a bill. The rules require only a one-hour notice before a hearing.
“I want to talk a little bit about the voice of the public, those that we serve, and what their voice is within the rules, and their ability to have more transparency,” Sullivan said.
House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie disagrees and says an hour is plenty of time.
“There is every opportunity for the public to participate in the first place in our budget debates through committee hearings, so I would urge that ours is a transparent, accountable process, and I see no reason for any changes,” Currie said.
Obviously, an hour is not “plenty of time.”
The new rules are here.