The Bill, Representative Drew Macewen Essay

1219 Words Jun 8th, 2016 null Page
Because the formal opponent of the bill, Representative Drew MacEwen, was not responsive, we first looked for problems and possible improvements by comparing House Bill 2076 to the similar bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 5752. Additionally, we compared the original and substitute of each bill to examine the concerns and thought process that led to the changes the Senate and House had made. We responded to the concerns of Elaine Deschamps, Executive Director of the CFC. One of her concerns surrounded stakeholder input, and the Senate Bill offered some formal wording for including it. Thus, our changes responded to concerns expressed in these avenues: where was the stakeholder input? SB 5752 called for a person from the community at large to take part in the process of determining what resources would be necessary for the CFC to make racial and ethnic impact statements: “The caseload forecast council, in cooperation with the appropriate legislative committees and legislative staff, [state agencies]… and a person from communities at large deemed appropriate must develop recommendations for procedures and tools which will enable them to provide cost-effective racial and ethnic impact statements to legislative bills affecting criminal justice, human services, and education caseloads forecasted by the caseload forecast council.” We incorporated this as a change to the House Bill, but it was still only addressing one face of the problem. Because legislators in the Senate and…

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