After Listening to the show, I have a couple more thoughts.
I like the idea of a disbursed legislative body more, especially if it was some combination of:
- Legislators telecomutting Most of the time.
- Some face time for committies in Salem (maybe quarterly for a week)
- And some way for citizens to be come more involved with state government.
I apoligize to Jim Davis. In my original post I used the word "Lobbyists" in the most disreputable sense of the word, I was thinking of corporate "Lobbyists". From what Mr. Davis said, he sounds like he's doing an important job for people who may not have access to government.
I'm interested though, if a legislator was local, and had an office in a county or other municiple building and held "office hours" on a regular schedule, or like Mr. Buckley, met with contsituants at a coffee shop, would citizens need lobbying groups as much as they do now?
I still think the idea of Legistators working from their districts most of the time is stlll a great idea and perhaps another downside from them not being in a spot where citizen advocates and EVIL CORPORATE LOBBYISTS can have easy access is that it requires us to be more active as citizens in our government.
Yep, the "ancient" ideas in the Oregon Constitution from 1879 made sense back then, but now with the advent of technology, we could go back to the even more ancient ideas of Classic Greek Democoracy (as in government by the "Deme" or Neighborhood) and have a much higher participation from citizens.
Except without the togas and sandals, unless, perhaps you live in Eugene and like that kind of thing.
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