U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has drawn contempt -- and rightly so -- for declaring in 2010 that the House had to pass the bill (the Affordable Care Act) so that we could find out whats in it. Georgia lawmakers have been using the same tactic -- on purpose or by accident -- for decades. Now, state Sen. Joshua McKoon, R-Columbus, wants to do something about the mad scramble at the end of each session, where measures are passed by lawmakers who havent a clue whats in them. McKoon wants to give lawmakers at least one day to read a bill before voting on it. Even that modest proposal may run into a buzz saw. Its modest because the number of bills voted on in the final hours of the legislative session is enormous -- and quite frankly -- are written in legalease. Some lawmakers wouldnt see the unintended consequences hiding in a bill if they had a week to study it. Theres no one in either caucus with the wherewithal of the late Rep. Denmark Groover. Democratic and Republican lawmakers would take proposals to him to have them Grooverized before submitting them.
Too many times the House uses the Senate as an editor and vice versa as they rush to sine die. The old saw about comparing lawmaking to sausage making -- something you dont want to see in process -- is correct.
Shouldnt those casting a vote at least have an idea what the law is all about. One never knows if an extra spice has been put in the casing that will cause indigestion down the road.