You know by now Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is gone. One point in the bio of his successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, raises a possible reform in Kentucky worth discussing:
“He led a successful effort to pass the “cutback amendment” — a change in the Illinois Constitution that cut the size of the House from 177 members to 118.”
My thought is that Kentucky might do well to consider doing the opposite and actually raise the amount of Kentucky legislators from the current 38 Senators and 100 Representatives.
In 1891, when the current numbers were set, there were about 2 million Kentuckians. Our population has doubled since then to more than 4 million. Seems like we have vested roughly double the power in each member of General Assembly than was originally intended.
How do you think that is working out?
Working out the logistics of dealing with 200 Representatives and 76 Senators would, of course, be the hard part at the state level. But improving government accountability locally is something worth investing some thought time in.