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Lawmakers should read bills

A lot of people I know beat their heads in frustration over the hopelessness of our nation’s political system. They know that so much is wrong, but feel as though there is little or nothing that can be done about it.

Then along comes something called the “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA). It’s based on a simple notion: make Congress read the bills before they vote on them. In practical terms, it requires their attendance while the bill is read aloud, in full. (And of course, C-Span will let us all see whether our elected representatives are listening, or reading “Lobbyists’ Quarterly”.)

Congress passes too many laws, and too many dumb laws – I think most of us understand that that is a big part of the problem. This simple “Read the Bills Act,” if passed, could do a lot to stem that tide.

Right now it needs sponsors. Shouldn’t our congresspeople want to sponsor this? Why don’t you take a moment to ask them? You can read more about the RTBA at

Lance Brown

Nevada City

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