TEXAS LEGISLATURE EXPOSED
From KEYE News/Channel 42
Our main point starts 20 seconds into this brief investigative
report by Channel 42 News.
This video of the Texas legislature shows how bad it can get
in our legislatures. Though the California legislature isn't quite
this bad off, it is close and there is nothing effective in place
to prevent it from occurring here or in the other states.
A factor in this is that legislators are not reading, understanding
and performing a due diligence on the bills they do pass. Complex
bills a hundred pages in length can get out of committee and passed
minutes later, before any of the members of the legislature have
had the opportunity to understand and properly analyze them.
Such tactics leave the door wide open to the insertion of pooly
crafted, impractical, wasteful or self-serving laws.
We have to set some laws that protect us from them. The Honor
In Office movement seeks to accomplish this by getting the Honor
In Office Act passed in every state in the nation, starting
In Office Act would require legislators to sign and swear
under penalty of perjury that they have read the bill in its entirety
and understood the contents before a vote in favor can be cast.
This bill also requires under the same penalty that the legislator's
vote was not improperly influenced. Without these statements in
advance, a legislator's vote cannot be counted. The Honor
In Office Act effectively prevents California's legislators
from mirroring the conduct being permitted in the Texas legislature.
Our Members of Congress and Presidents are first lawmakers at
the state level. This is where they adopt their bad habits and
work ethic. If we can change their habits at the state level,
then not only will we have improved government in each state,
but some will carry this ethic to Washington. It also helps pave
the way for Congress to pass a similar law to protect us from
self-serving interests in Washington.
Legislators have and will complain that they couldn't possibly
read or understand the laws they pass, as they are too long and
complex. This is a sign that we need fresh blood in office. These
legislators somehow don't know or have forgotten that they have
full control over their schedules, over the rules they follow
and over their lawmaking proecedural guidelines. It is within
their power to change the rules so as to permit them to take the
time to get the job done right.
Reading and researching the bills they pass don't appear to be
a high priority for them, thus the need for Honor In Office.
"If they won't read it, WE don't need it."
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