Ending the practice of title-only bills

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Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, has introduced legislation for the 2020 legislative session that seeks to end the use of title-only bills, often called “ghost-bills.” Title-only bills contain a title or intent statement—but no content. Legislators amend the bills with text later, often when it is too late for the public to review or comment. Read more…

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Radio Report

This radio report briefly discusses Walsh’s new legislation. (View full post with transcript.)

Video Update

In this video, recorded a few months after two title-only bills were used to introduce sizable tax increases, Walsh discusses how such “ghost bills” severely limit legislative review and public input. (View full post.)