David Brooks in NYT: Post all legislation online for 72 hours (1/5/06)

Brooks: “Instead, all legislation should be posted online for 72 hours before the vote, so the staff and bloggers can nitpick and expose.”

NEW YORK TIMES
Jan. 5, 2006
“Saving the House” (column)
by David Brooks

If Republicans want to emerge from this affair with their self-respect or electoral prospects intact, they need to get in front of it with a comprehensive reform offensive.

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Fourth, enforce House rules. There’s bound to be corruption when spending provisions can be slipped into legislation in the dead of night, outside the normal oversight procedures. There’s bound to be corruption when members are forced to vote on sprawling bills nobody has a chance to inspect. Instead, all legislation should be posted online for 72 hours before the vote, so the staff and bloggers can nitpick and expose.

(emphasis added)

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