Thanks for the emails and blog. Your efforts have made state government accessible and they have pulled back the curtain on some of the processes.
While reading your blog, I have wondered how bills come to be. Are they largely citizen initiatives pushed forward by constituencies or do Lawmakers mostly come up with the ideas on their own? How much of a role do lobbyist or other special interests groups play in the conception/drafting of a bill? This whole legislative process is fascinating and I feel ignorant about it. Could you walk me through the bills you are sponsoring and tell me how they came to fruition?
Once again, and I hope it does not sound trite, but thanks for making government accessible to the people.
Thanks for the questions. More people should ask questions and get involved at every level of government. I hope that you will continue.
As you can see there are lots of chances for bills to fail to get the necessary votes to become a law. Statistically only about 1 out of every 3 bills becomes a law. There are roughly 1,500 bills proposed each legislative session and about 450 will be signed into law. Thankfully, there are plenty of checks on a bill before it comes a law.
However, not ever bill that is signed into law is a new law. Almost 90% of new laws are modifications of previous laws or repeals of previous laws.
I would say that a large number of bills do come from special interest groups. And I consider everyone that proposes a new law to be a lobbyist. Whether they are a neighbor or a high paid union or business lobbyist. They are all lobbying for a change.
Each of the bills that I am working on had some sort of genesis. Usually they someone that I have spoken with that says "there ought to be a law". I will continue to blog about them as the move through the process. Mine are either in the property rights category or government transparency category. I am trying to limit government intrusion or defending personal property rights.
Can I post your question and my answer as a blog on my site?