What's Your #IllinoisExodus Plan?
"Readers, I have been frustrated by the Illinois end-of-session legislative frenzy since it became clear that this frenzy was indeed underway. In the first paragraph of a recent Forbes article, I wrote:
Illinois readers will already be aware of the flurry of activity due to a May 31 deadline for the regular legislative session in Illinois: legalizing pot, passing a budget, and funding a massive infrastructure construction plan with tax boosts and a near-doubling of gambling positions in the state, along with some 300 other bills that sailed under the radar in the last days of the session. And — sadly, but not surprisingly — the details of these bills were largely hammered out in backroom deals, without any transparency. It’s a discouraging story, and readers elsewhere can choose whether to take this as a cautionary tale or revel in schadenfreude."
For decades, a serious problem is legislative bills are hammered out in private without public input and then sprung on We the People. Think Obamacare, what a fiasco!
The cure is to require that no bill be enacted without a 90-day public review and cooling off period. That means that after the bill is in final form, it must be in the public purview for a minimum of 90 days. Any changes would make the bill a new bill, and trigger a new 90-day cool off period. I would allow bills to be implemented on an emergency basis, but any such bill would result in a referendum vote by the public at the first election opportunity which was at least 90-days past the enactment date. If the bill were voted down by the public, all of the politicians who voted Yes, would be ineligible to run for reelection. I would call this an "it damn well better be a real emergency" provision.
It is difficult to tell whether the implosion will happen first in Illinois, New York, or California, but it is coming, I can smell it.