Making Government Operations More Open

Require Legislators to Read and Understand Legislation before Voting on it.

This seems logical, and yet bills with sweeping consequences, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of pages, are printed when there is no time for anyone to read the bill, let alone intelligently consider it, before voting. Constitution-bending pieces of legislation have been bullied into passage with a lot of noise about how we can't wait to pass it, even though we have to live with the consequences for years after it is passed. This is how the Patriot Act was passed, for instance.

Why Is This Idea Important?

If our representatives don't know what they are voting on, how can we know?


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Idea No. 999