After the conclusion of the legislative session each year, I write about the madness of a system that passes 600 bills in the space of 147 days with the majority being voted on in the final 30 days of the session. The most troubling part is that the system is designed to work this way.
A legislator would have to make a superhuman effort to read every bill before casting their vote. In the absence of the time necessary just to read the bill, legislators do what anyone pressed into their position would do: they rely on partisanship and gut instinct as the crutches they need to do their job.
This is madness. In this week’s CT News Junkie column, I write that institutional reforms like four year terms for state senators, term limits, and shorter legislative sessions would change the way laws are made in the state. Check it out.