Good post by Lowell on this.
This year especially we are seeing a very cursory examination of significant legal issues. The budget process is wholly invisible, unless you’re a member of Finance.
I’m a big believer in a part-time legislature and a 60-day regular session. But losing the two weeks in the “short session” is costing us, especially since there is no real difference in work load or issues for members like myself who are not on the budget committees.
When the time whittles down, there is less independent information and less constituent input.
Instead, the lobbyists get more control — because who else has the time to be here full time?