Holley’s proposal increases efficiency

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014

It’s been said, “To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.”

The fundamental truth in this quote is that committees are notoriously inefficient. Somebody has to be the decision maker.

Accordingly, conservatives fundamentally believe government should operate more like a business.

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Unfortunately, over the last several decades, countless committees have cropped up in the legislative branch to handle routine, day-to-day management functions. There’s a committee to assign parking places, a committee to hire staff, a committee to assign offices, etc. Seems like there is a committee for every basic management function in the State House. What a waste of time and money!

That’s why Senate Bill 11 by Sen. Jimmy Holley is so important. Sen. Holley has been unfairly criticized, mostly from the left, for this effort to streamline management of the legislative branch and make government smaller and more efficient. Holley’s bill does not enact any change whatsoever to the process for passing legislation. It simply reforms how the legislative branch governs itself: Fewer pointless committee meetings, and fewer taxpayer dollars going into legislators’ pockets for attending pointless committee meetings. Kudos to Sen. Holley!

Expect more criticism to come from folks aligned with Democrat special interests, posing as conservatives. Fearful of losing choice parking spaces and corner offices, they will accuse Sen. Holley of trying to “consolidate power” in the hands of a few. This is nothing more than bogus political rhetoric.

Having worked with Sen. Holley closely over the past four years, I am proud to stand behind him on this one. He is simply trying to do what conservatives have rightly been demanding for decades — common-sense and efficiency in the operations of government.




Bryan Taylor

State Senator, District 30