Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Saving Us From Herself

Yesterday, Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson crowed about a vote the Senate took to eliminate the use of paper ballots for committee votes. Robson derided this process as "secret voting," when in fact, the ballots and the results of the votes are all public record.

In fact, as was pointed out by Republican State Senators last year, Robson used this process of "secret voting" over two dozen times herself when she chaired a committee under former Majority Leader Chuck Chvala.

In the end, it's not going to make a bit of difference, other than to make senators physically be in Madison to make their committee votes. However, if they decide that this is their big "ethics reform" for the session and call it a day, then free speech advocates should be dancing for joy.

As former senator Cathy Stepp said in her release, “Not one person has stopped me in the grocery store to say, ‘We desperately need paper ballot reform.' My constituents tell me we need a real property tax freeze, more jobs and lower taxes.” Until the Legislature deals with those issues, they will continue to suffer their low approval ratings.