January 28, 2013

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Why Not A Waiting Period For Laws? “I’d like to propose a ‘waiting period’ for legislation. No bill should be voted on without hearings, debate and a final text that’s available online for at least a week. (A month would be better. How many bills really couldn’t wait a month?) And if the bill is advertised as addressing a ‘tragedy’ or named after a dead child, this period should double.”

UPDATE: Reader Emory Smith emails: “What about a Legislative Precautionary Principle? No legislation can go into affect until it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will not have negative consequences.”

And another reader emails: “Why not a mental-health screen every time a member of Congress gets elected or re-elected?”