by Lenny Leatherman
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed about 1,200 bills into law this year at the end of the 84th Legislative Session. That’s one thousand two hundred NEW laws in only one legislative session!
The Texas lawmaking machine will reconvene in 2017. Should we look forward to another 1,200 new laws from the Republicans WE send to Austin to represent us?
Imagine – If this trend continues (and I see nothing to suggest it will not), Governor Abbot will sign 4,800 new bills into law during his first term in office!
Four thousand eight hundred new laws? How can that possibly equate to a smaller and more efficient government?
Can you imagine the impact if/when Texas moves to a system of full time legislators?
I have an idea (not new I’m sure); Present to the voters, a resolution changing the Texas Constitution to rescind a specified number of existing laws for each new bill that is signed into law. Other states are doing it. I refuse to believe that Texas cannot follow a similar path to a smaller and more efficient government.
What are your thoughts?