Richard Bell: A ‘more perfect’ union? |

Richard Bell: A ‘more perfect’ union?

Looks like the structure of the proposed new State of Jefferson has already been decided with no need for a constitutional convention or much real input from citizens.

That would be a convention like the one in 1787, where representatives needed four months of often contentious debates to form what they hoped would be a “more perfect union?” According to Fran Freedle (Other Voices, Sept. 19), just about all aspects of how the new state will be structured and governed have already been decided.

Legislature? Bicameral, meeting every two years with powers no judge can overturn. Districts and their populations? Done.

State supreme court? Seven judges with limited power over decisions involving state law. Governor? Four year term with limits already in place. The state will have attorney general, county sheriffs, state university Board of Regents, powerful state engineer, Department of Agriculture. And many functions of county government will remain except, apparently, for the unnamed ones that won’t.

We know because, well, Ms. Freedle said so.

No worry about any pesky environmental regulations either. They’ll be forbidden with no judicial tinkering or restraint. Other than the mandate mandating its composition and governance, no other undemocratic mandates to worry about.

Richard W. Bell

Grass Valley

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