Copy, Paste, Legislate

Published — April 4, 2019

WATCH: How model bills work

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How do you stop this? A federal law mandating legislation source transparency? Or mandating that the full text of every proposed piece of legislation is published in full for a period of time before it is voted on to give citizens a chance to speak for or against it? Prevent the beneficiaries of any legislation in any one session from making political donations? Require sponsors of any bill to have to describe the bill from the floor to prove they know what’s in it?

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Interesting. I explained,to Public Integrity, in great detail, a specific Washington State Lien Law, ‘Correction’, done in the early 90’s. It is of course, documented. A Federal Bank had financed a dairy processing company. It’s new borrower defaulted in under a year, despite the Processor having an 85 consecutive year presence in the State. The Bank sought protection from losses the new borrower would have laid upon it. The Bank, utilizing its own, “In house counsel” ( one lawyer) , wrote a ‘new and improved’ lien law, so that the bank could intercept checks that would have been paid to… Read more »

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A critical analysis of World Bank and the IMF recommendations to several developing countries smell of the same weaknesses.

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If an elected official has been in office for more than six years, they are on the take. Some group or another is paying them. And if you are concerned about the laws you should also be concerned about how the money is spent by government agencies. When a government agency needs outside help to properly conduct the business of the agency they are required to publish a Request For Proposal (RFP) in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD). The agency is also required to have an Acceptance Test Plan (ATP) to determine whether the work has been completed correctly. Frequently… Read more »