Issue: Government Function: State
Within any state or territory, citizens often express dismay at the performance of their government. In this Issue area, topics with suggestions about how to improve the operation of government at the state and territorial level are requested.
There is ongoing discussion of the need for regulatory reform, but not sufficient discussion of how this would be accomplished. The cost of a new bureaucracy to undertake periodic examinations of regulations is prohibitive, and leaving ongoing regulatory reform in the hands of our political system is fraught with all types of problems. The following internal review system, within any and all organizations within governments at any level, is proposed:
Internal agency teams of nine (9) persons would be appointed by the working members of each organization, three (3) of whom could be appointed by the management of that organization. Each member would serve only one three (3) year term, with one-third of the members being replaced each year. The function of this team is to review one ninth to one third of the regulations of the organization, depending on the total number of regulations in place. In large organizations, with extensive regulations, these persons would be freed of their current job responsibilities, and be guaranteed their position back after their term of service.
The responsibility of the team members is to review the regulations assigned for review for that year, and to determine if a) each regulation is practical and serving the purpose for which it is in place, therefore recommending its renewal; b) not adequately performing its purpose as designed, and therefore recommending its revision to improve its function; c) inadequately performing its purpose as designed, and therefore recommending its elimination (with or without a recommendation for replacement); d) has become far too costly, and needs to be revised, reduced in size, or terminated; and e) it is working so well, that its application to other areas could be recommended.
There is an ongoing discussion of whether or not limits should be placed on the length of time that an individual can serve in a given elected office, at any and all levels of government. It is the position of the NewUSA Issues Forum that no person should serve in any office, at any level of government, for more than twelve (12) years. For example, no person should be allowed to serve more than 6 terms in an office where each term is of two (2) years duration, or four or three terms where each term is of three (3) or four (4) years duration (respectively), or for two (2) terms, where each term is of six (6) years duration. These term limits would be in place whether the terms served were sequential or not. Where these term limits cannot be set by legislation within a level of political organization, it is suggested that the term limits be set for support of any individual by political parties, where the office is partisan.