To The Daily Sun,
When working through the process of making good policy, one has to consider many aspects of the intended and unintended effects of said policy on all the potential persons or groups impacted by the proposed policy. To do this it is prudent to perform a number of tasks before and while in committee.
First is preparation, proposing and deliberating on such important issues requires a good command of the subject matter at hand. Historical practices and reasoning behind why current law is what it is today and the circumstances behind its initial inception help to inform future decisions and the crafting of well constructed legislation.
Second is the ability to listen to and absorb the comments and input from all members of your committee when discussing the merits of the proposed legislation. Important issues and viewpoints are raised during this discussion which often require the revision of proposed legislation to accommodate certain facts and information brought forth that should be included in or used to alter the original legislation to put forth a better bill for consideration by the full Legislature.
Last, the presence of compassion in your decision making process and understanding that the laws and policy you are promulgating are going to affect real people with real needs. Sometimes the process and procedures become fairly routine and somewhat mechanical masking this important point. Having a faith-based and moral foundation focused on people will always help you make the right decisions.
These three sets of qualities are what make both an effective and earnest legislator. I have learned this over the past two years after having worked on the House Education Committee with a man who exemplifies these qualities. His ability to work across party lines to create meaningful legislation is well known amongst both Republicans and Democrats in committee and the full house as well. That is why I am honored to support Glenn Cordelli in his bid for re-election. Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich should be proud to have such representation in the state House.
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