We find ourselves on this Thursday applauding a group of Republican North Carolina House members calling for the reform of House rules. Namely,
* Limiting the speaker's tenure to three two-year terms.
* Letting party caucuses appoint their members to legislative committees. The number of members for each committee would be determined by the percentage of seats each party controls in the House.
* Banning provisions within the state budget that have little to do with spending, and banning closed-door budget meetings between House and Senate conferees.
* Establishing an independent redistricting commission to avoid gerrymandered legislative districts to favor incumbents.
What's fair is fair. The Democrats have run the N.C. House like a plantation, and presumably the Republicans would do the same when they take power. Neither situation is in the best interests of the state.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Reform the N.C. House
Posted by J.W. Williamson at 4/06/2006 10:28:00 AM
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