One thing per bill

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Pauline Colerick
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One thing per bill ( no more Omnibus bills).  Yes, this will cost more but (unlike self-serving ads, figure head governor general office, the Senate ...) those dollars have a direct benefit to the taxpayer who has to pay for the change being contemplated. Each bill should have an estimated annual cost attached to it so everyone can look at it and decide if they want their (non-whipped) representative to support it on their behalf.

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Submitted by Michelle on May 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

I agree with the intent of this comment, but do not think it should be literally interpreted as "one" thing per bill. However super large bills combining various diverse programs and policies are not in keeping with the spirit of open government.

Submitted by Jerry Macdonald on April 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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