In our opinion: Rep. Mia Love’s single-issue proposal deserves a full debate

Deseret News editorial
Jan. 20, 2017 12:20a.m

Today is Inauguration Day. President-elect Donald Trump will soon be endowed with immense power as commander-in-chief.

But, chief among Trumps’ duties should be restoring America’s trust in the federal government, especially Congress. Trump, after all, campaigned on changing the way Washington does business.

One proposal he should consider supporting is Utah Rep. Mia Love’s bill that would bring substantial changes to the way Congress makes laws and appropriates money.

Her proposal is to limit all legislation to clearly labeled single-subject bills — virtually doing away with the use of large and complex omnibus bills. Her legislation deserves to be heard if there is real interest in exploring ways to make government more responsive and transparent.

Given Trump’s desire to “drain the swamp,” the Republican Congress is more likely to get behind the measure. It is the second time Love has proposed the idea, and it mirrors a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, as well as bills proposed in 2012 and 2013.

The proposal is to simplify the legislative process by eliminating practices like “logrolling,” in which unrelated items are tacked on to a bill, sometimes at the last minute without a lot of public discussion. Forty-two states, including Utah, have such policies in place to promote accountability and openness in state legislatures.

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