Newly elected Senate floor leader Peter Wirth’s plan to give fellow senators, the public, lobbyists and the media a day’s notice on what bills the Senate will debate and vote on during the upcoming 60-day legislative session is a clear win for transparency and public involvement in the lawmaking process.
Former floor leader Michael Sanchez’s practice of announcing the bills, and the order in which they would be heard, at the beginning of each day’s Senate session left those same constituents guessing when the bills they supported or opposed might make it to the floor, if ever.
Imagine having to wait for days to find out, at the last minute, that “your” bill was coming up for consideration. That’s hardly an efficient way of gathering input from all concerned parties.
The House, with few exceptions, has done what Wirth is proposing for years.