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An 'unfair practice'



This opinion concerns the ever-growing tactic of introducing bills, some times in the wee hours of the morning, with a vote scheduled the next several days, if not sooner. Since many of these bills may be hundreds or even thousands of pages long, and written in legalese, there is no way the average congressperson or senator can read them and fully comprehend the contents and/or assess the best course of action to take.

In addition, their constituents do not have time to read or comprehend the bill and have time to advise them as to what course of action they would prefer them to take when they cast their votes.

Therefore, a law should be passed prohibiting this unfair practice. A minimum time limit should be mandatory to allow our elected officials time to review proposed legislation before a vote is taken. Perhaps this could be based on a sliding scale of so many days leeway being required before a vote can be taken, based on the length of the bill.

In the case of an extreme national emergency, the bill could be brought to an immediate vote with the approval of two-thirds of the Senate and/or Congress.

This type of legislation would be fair for either political party, especially the ones in the minority, and would certainly serve the best interests of the citizens of the United States.

"R. M. McVay

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