The Rhode Island General Assembly has successfully danced through another year of decision making with little noise from either political side. However, a special session may have to be called in the fall to decide the fate of two social-economic issues that have been politicized at the General Assembly.
The usual gymnastics will undoubtedly be offered for visual effects, with the usual spokespersons from each interest group making the rounds on the local news shows. This is our system, and it generally works.
However, it seems that when social issues are on the General Assembly’s agenda process gets in the way of debate, and then debate gets in the way of process. At the end of the day these hot button issues are kicked down the road for another day,
(i.e. next Session).
Thus we find our elected officials contemplating Recreational Cannabis and Judicial Diversity two issues that have been bantered about for some time, spanning several General Assembly Sessions and Governors.
Maybe the upcoming Gubernatorial election will prompt some closure on two issues that impact the States economy and judicial effectiveness, both issues that would have long-term benefits to the citizens’ of Rhode Island’s social health and well being.
But I’m Just Saying!