Making the Secretary of State Appointed

Making the Secretary of State Appointed S.70 proposes an amendment to make the Secretary of State appointed by the Governor and not elected by the general population. As an executive office (and a largely administrative one at that) the Secretary of State should be selected by the Governor. As with other proposed amendments making constitutional …

Making the Commissioner of Agriculture Appointed

Making the Commissioner of Agriculture Appointed S.63 proposes an amendment to turn yet another elected position in the executive branch, the  Commissioner of Agriculture, into an office that is appointed by the Governor. As a member of the executive branch it’s proper the Commissioner answer to the Governor and the Governor in turn answer to …

Making the Superintendent of Education Appointed

S.68 proposes an amendment to the state constitution to make the Superintendent of Education appointed by the Governor rather than an elected office.  The Department of Education is an executive branch and its head should therefore be answerable to the Governor. The people should hold the governor accountable for the actions of the Superintendent. Moving …

Making the Comptroller General Appointed

Making the Comptroller General Appointed S.59 proposes an amendment to the state constitution which would make future comptroller general’s appointed rather than elected. Frankly, the Comptroller General is an office that represents an over dividing of executive responsibilities and its duties could be folded into the office of Treasurer. But as long as the office …

Cause of Death Reports Subject to FOIA

As amended by the Judiciary Committee S.10 would alter existing law to make state that with some exceptions cause of death reports resulting from the performance of an autopsy by a coroner are subject to freedom of information act requests by the public. While the original bill provided no conditions for the release of requested autopsy reports …

A Sunset Law for Regulations

A Sunset Law for Regulations  S.93 would delete state code language requiring agencies to review regulations every five years and would instead stipulate that all regulations expire five years after their enactment. This is an excellent reform that would help to reduce regulations which restrict citizen freedom and hinder economic wellbeing. Research has found that …