Short title: The Nebraska Solution
Sponsor: Roni Beal, [email protected]
Co-Sponsor: Brian Cady 617-943-2853 [email protected]
Vetting Sought: Platform, CDLC, LegisComm, Adcom.
Background: Nebraska has no House; only a nonpartisan Senate, avoiding joint committees & partisan speakerships. For more see: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/about/on_unicameralism.php
Summary: Send the Massachusetts House of Representatives home for good, leaving only the MA Senate as the Mass. legislature. Adopt nonpartisan top-two primaries for Senators, and top-two runoff final Senate elections. Eliminate all joint committees. Elect speakers in nonpartisan, all-Senate elections. Otherwise duplicate Nebraska's inplementation. Financial Impact: 160 representatives * $61,440+ + 64 * $7,500 + $35,000 = at least $ 10,350,000 savings for the State. No cost to the GRP.
"The House of Representatives has 160 members, and about 40 percent of them get salary bonuses ranging from $7,500 to $35,000 for serving in leadership positions. This includes committee chairmen, some vice chairmen and party leaders. The House Speaker gets $35,000." Ballotpedia.
Implementation: CommComm will explain this in a blog entry and quarter-sheet handout. CDLC will review the laws proposed. A referendum petition drive will be started by Brian Cady.