Annual sessions measure advances
Since statehood, Oregon’s legislators have journeyed on an every-other-year schedule to the Capitol to write laws and approve budgets.
Senate President Peter Courtney, the Legislature’s biggest cheerleader for annual sessions, said he thinks the need for lawmakers to come to Salem every year has reached critical mass.
“The affairs of state have become too complex for the Legislature to address by meeting for a few months every other year,” the Salem Democrat told the Senate Rules Committee before it voted on the constitutional amendment.
While state agencies, lobbyists and ballot-measure campaigns have acquired more clout in influencing public policy, the Legislature has not, Coutney said, adding that the Legislature “is no longer a co-equal branch of government.”
Courtney's claim that "affairs of state have become too complex" to meet every other year is like telling your boss that you bought a new car and now need a raise to pay for it. Oregonians aren't asking you to create hundreds of new laws, beauracracies, agencies, commissions and the like. Keep it simple stupid.
His second argument is even funnier than the first. The "state agencies" (read Unions) and lobbyists have too much clout... with the legislative body that Courtney is a part of. They are lobbying YOU Peter. The only thing he really meant to complain about is the ballot-measure campaigns which is the will of Oregonians.