Utah does a lot of things right when it comes to governing. One of those things is requiring that each bill before the legislature address a single subject. Washington’s penchant for adding unrelated riders to laws to sneak though changes is a stark contrast This often drawing universal criticism, the recent passage of CISA being a very notable example.
Rep. Mia Love wants to change that.
Love has introduced H.R. 4335, the “One Subject at a Time Act”, to require that Congress take a Utah-style approach to lawmaking. The bill seeks to kill any bill that would try to address more than one subject area at a time, require that the short title of a bill provide a useful description of what the bill does, and completely ban any attempts to change laws via riders on appropriations bills. I’d have a hard time coming up with more than a handful of people who would be opposed to these changes.
Does the bill stand a chance? Maybe. The House version has 11 co-sponsors (including Utah Rep. Chris Stewart), but they are all Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced S.1572 in the Senate, but he has yet to pick up any co-sponsors. If you think this bill sounds like a good idea, you should probably contact your Congresscritters to ask them to get on board.