Governor Riley and the leaders in the House and Senate need to get together and set their legislative priorities for the 2010 Regular Session. If that happens, and a set of real goals for the session can be agreed on in a bi-partisan manner, it would pay great dividends for our state. These political leaders might even want to get some help from real people in setting their priorities for the session. That would certainly be an interesting and perhaps even novel approach to getting ready for a legislative session. Personally, I believe it is a good idea to listen to folks who aren’t politicians and it might even work.
I have some thoughts on the priorities that should be set for the legislature and I suspect some of our readers do, too. The following would be my top priorities for the election year session: funding public education adequately at every level; funding general fund agencies adequately; passage of strong campaign finance reform laws; passage of a stronger ethics law; making Alabama’s consumer protection laws stronger; stronger regulation of payday lenders; tax reform; and constitutional reform. Clearly, the items on my list would be hard to achieve in any session, and most likely impossible during an election year. But that doesn’t mean that any of them should be ignored. If you could set the priorities in order of importance for Alabama for 2010 – what would they be?
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