Or, barring that, at least have the bums pay for shenanigans out of their own pockets. We’re inching closer to the latter, as the legislature advanced a bill yesterday that would make politicians and other public board members personally culpable for violations of the state’s Open Meeting Law. As things stand now, pols break the law, and when the get caught and fined, taxpayers foot the bill.
How eager is government to reform government? I first wrote about this bill way back in June, 2007. (See for yourself!) It had had a hearing the previous week, and was originally filed back in January of last year. And then it sat and sat some more. Most bills had to either be reported out of committee by the first week of April or die until next session; this one got a three-week extension, and beat out its new deadline for action by a whole day.