Here's one state legislature that works together

Yes, it can happen. But not in Illinois where the spring session just ended--again--shamefully and uselessly. Maybe we in Illinois should look to Kentucky where a fruitful session got things done. According to Governing

There is at least one divided state that had a productive session this year, however.Legislators in Kentucky were able to reach agreement on issues such as job training, anti-drug legislation and changing the gas-tax formula. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear tweeted that work on a domestic violence bill "was a paradigm for the entire session -- 2 chambers & 2 political parties working together to find common ground."

Observers say Kentucky's unusually productive session was due to a change in leadership; Senate President Robert Stivers is more open to compromise than his longtime predecessor David Williams.

A change in legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, might just be what the doctor can order.

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  • Someone also told me that the state of Minnesota has made great strides and able to pass meaningful legislation. I haven't really checked this out myself. Do these examples give us hope or make us hang our head in shame? I don't know!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    I would hope, Kathy, that from our shame would grow some hope that we'll repent our sins and never repeat them again.

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