[EM] legislature size
rbj at audioimagination.com
Mon Apr 25 15:52:50 PDT 2011
On Apr 25, 2011, at 5:56 PM, Warren Smith wrote:
> here's an idea. Find out how many bills a typical legislator writes
> that make it to a floor vote. If this number if below 1, then the
> legislature is too large. (Course, there are bullshit do-nothing
> bills galore. Some way need to be found to exclude them.)
> If a legislature is to debate each substantive bill for 1 day, that
> there can be at most 365 substantive bills per year. Actually thanks
> to weekends, vacations, etc, more like 250. That means, if there are
> any more than 250 congressmen, then at least one of them will be
> unable to write a substantive bill each year.
> So I conclude legislature size ought to be capped at 250 or less.
it's a pretty good guess. and i'm still a little clueless about a
detail in the Huntington-Hill apportionment algorithm (whether it's
250 or 435).
my feeling is that there are bills that are co-authored or even more
authors (really gross sausage). and, of course, we know there are far
more than 250 bills before congress in a year. i dunno how many are
Warren, i sent you an email last Feb or March. did you get it? i
sited your Burlington 2009 IRV page (and your name, along with Tony
Gierzynski) in a short op piece i wrote for the Burlington Free Press.
i told folks here about the piece, when it was published. i left you
as a Temple University prof, because i didn't know what else to call
you. the losers of the IRV fight (of 2010) wanted to get the charter
to require a majority vote or it goes to a delayed runoff. we lost
again, so unless it goes below 40%, we have Plurality Rule here in
Burlington. the Progs might not run a candidate, as a consequence.
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