Hurried Legislative Session Hampers Transparency

There is transparency in theory, and then there is transparency in practice. The high-speed legislative session this week might pass the transparency test in the first sense, but certainly not the latter. In a mere two-day span, the Rhode Assembly is scheduled to take up 196  legislative proposals. In order to ram through this much legislation in such short order, the Legislature has suspended rules that require 48-hour notice for hearings and votes, according to The Providence Journal. So, while all the bills are posted online here and here, few people, if any, have had time to read and digest them all. Not surprisingly, the first day of voting was a frantic, discombobulated scene. Read The Providence Journal description here.

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