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Maine Knocks Down Proposal to Refashion State Legislature

In education, politics on June 9, 2009 by Editor Z

<a href="“>Unicameral legislature is where instead of having two chambers of a state legislature (usually a House and a senate)the two chambers are merged into one legislative body. Some think this cuts down on red tape and inefficiencies, while critics fear that it could compromise checks and balances.

The State House of Representatives in Maine has voted to approve such a move, but not by the margins necessary to be implemented, while the Senate has balked at the measure altogether.

I don’t quite know how I feel about the unicameral legislative approach. It might work in a more rural state such as Maine, however I doubt that it would be effective in a more urban and populated state such as Massachusetts.

The only other state in the country to have a unicameral legislative body is the state of Nebraska which has a unicameral non-partisan body. Though from time to time one hears a rumble or two from the occasional reformist politician who expresses support for such a concept, it has caught little support from elected leaders and the wider public. maybe its because if approved it would eliminate the jobs of some of those elected leaders.



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