Senator Daylin Leach opined in the Post-Gazette over the weekend, defending the legislature he serves in (previously as a House member) against the Grand Jury report calling for major reforms. Leach defends lawmakers, saying most aren’t crooks. This is certainly true, though most lawmakers sat idly by saying nothing (either out of ignorance or out of deference to the culture of Harrisburg) while their colleagues were committing felonies defrauding taxpayers.
Leach goes on to attack the idea of a part-time legislature:
For example, a part-time Legislature is a terrible idea. We make decisions affecting tens of billions of dollars in complicated policy areas such as transportation, health care, criminal justice and economic development. In some matters, such as abortion, the death penalty and access to medical care, our decisions literally have life and death consequences.
Do you really want people making these decisions who just dropped by on their way to taking a deposition or after their shift at Macy’s? Shouldn’t we demand our legislators actually take the time to read about issues, go to hearings, meet with advocates, tour facilities and do all of things that require a full-time commitment?