BY: Geoff Pender/Clarion Ledger
The top leaders in the (Mississippi) House and Senate, enjoying a Republican supermajority, have tightened their grip on the legislative process. Rank and file members, and even committee chairman, have less sway and input on bills and spending, and the Democratic minority might as well not even be there.
This gives a small group of policy advocates and lobbyists that have the ear of the speaker and lieutenant governor and a few other top dogs increasing power. Most of the public carping about this has been from legislative Democrats, but I’ve been hearing more from Republicans.
Some could — some do — argue that this makes legislating run more efficiently and quickly.
I’m all for government running more efficiently in most cases. But not legislation. I suggest it should be relatively difficult to pass laws and spend tax dollars, and the more people with a hand in the process, the better.