The End of "Brochure Bills"
The December 11th House GOP caucus meeting makes me feel good to be a Republican. If I closed my eyes I'd think it was 1994 all over again. Why? Because the decision to let the House dispose of bills in subcommittee rather with the committee chair's consent is a great victory for efficiency in government. Bob Gibson, the single point of light of the Charlottesville Daily Progress, reports on the change in this hilariously titled piece from Monday. The editors at the Progress aren't as elated as I am, and they take it to task in this op-ed from Tuesday.
The folks over at the regress aren't out of line, even if their strained canine conceit is atrocious. Anytime a group goes for a seemingly sub rosa power-grab alarm bells should go off in the heart of every Republican and classically liberally minded fellow. I don't think this should be viewed as a power grab. I think that House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) was being honest when he said this is merely a way to keep "Brochure Bills", those that are "not ready for primetime" introduced only to get good press back at home (and fit neatly into a reelection brochure) should take up less of the General Assembly's space-time and energy and be dispatched the first time they are heard, not the second. Giving more authority to the subcommittee will ensure that the full committees have more time to craft quality legislation.
While clearly abuses will occur (it's politics) and someone will always be upset when even a "real dog" is put down (it's politics) this action demonstrates a clear commitment to making the system work better. Brochure bills aren't something only introduced by the minority.