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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial on Legislative Transparency

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin had this editorial on the Legislature's terribly habit of passing "title only" bills. They are bills that have no text, just a title (like "An act relating to public records disclosure"). Then, after some deal is cut in a back room, the Legislature "amends" the title only bill to add the text of the law the people in the back room decided to pass. No public input, no hearings, no time to consider alternatives.