In a session that lasted all of 50 minutes (beginning at 10 a.m. and adjourning at 10:50 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Monday), the Legislature manated to introduce 60 bills (#’s 96-155) and several resolutions.
We’ll be looking over the bills in more detail over the weekend. Especially interesting for lovers of liberty was a Resolution submitted by Senator Friend (Res 1) which, if approved, would put before the voters in 2010 the option of decreasing the number of days in Legislative sessions–from 90 days to 60 days in odd numbered years; and from 60 days to 40 days in even numbered years.
Philosophically, the idea of shorter sessions is appealing. It forces prioritization, and may prevent a lot of meaningless legislation from even being considered. And there’s this: for lovers of liberty, the fewer days the legislature is in session, the less damage they can do to our liberties! From a fiscal standpoint, the fewer days the legislature is in session the less we taxpayers will be paying in per diems to the Senators.