Don't move session just for convenience

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The idea of holding legislative sessions outside of the capital appears to be confused with convenience. Was there something I missed on the ballot in the last election that said sessions shall be held at the convenience of the members of the Legislature?

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Putting the Legislature "on the road" for special sessions makes no more sense than carrying a cat home by the tail. You can do it, but why would you? Everything is ready and standing by in Juneau. We have a capital in one place to take care of the mechanics of creating and passing legislation.

Gov. Sarah Palin certainly pulled the scab off the capital-move issue with her announcement that a special fall session would be held "someplace in Southcentral." Now, it appears, everyone wants to get into the act. For those of us who have been through the capital-move wars, it feels very much like being blindsided.

If, as the governor indicated, cost-saving is a consideration, then my suggestion would be to let everyone stay home, go to their Legislative Information Office, tap into the existing legislative Internet capabilities, and not even have to fill up the gas tank in the pickup truck.

Mary Lou Spartz


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