February 14, 2011
QUESTIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONER NOMINEES
By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Director
LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS (CGS §§ 2-54 and 2-56)
The Legislative Commissioners' Office drafts bills and amendments and conducts related legal research. The office is under the general direction of two commissioners. A director manages the day-to-day operations of the office. The commissioners:
● collect and compare the laws of this and other states on any subject requested by the governor or any committee or member of the General Assembly;
● approve bills for form;
● collect for the General Assembly all available information relating to any matter which is the subject of proposed legislation;
● prepare and advise the governor and General Assembly in the preparation of bills and resolutions;
● if requested by the governor, advise him on any bill the General Assembly passes that requires his approval or disapproval;
● conduct research for the Joint Committee on Legislative Management; and
● consolidate and codify state statutes and public acts.
1. What is the commissioner's role in the day-to-day operations of the Legislative Commissioner's Office (LCO)?
2. Although the law specifies that LCO be under the direction of two commissioners representing different political parties, the office is nonpartisan. How do you ensure that LCO remains a nonpartisan office?
3. How do the two commissioners work together?
4. What are your goals for the office?
5. LCO reviews bills for their constitutionality, among other things. What is involved in this review? What do LCO attorneys do when a bill appears to be unconstitutional?
6. A number of bills are drafted on the same subject and referred to different committees. What duties do the commissioners and LCO attorneys have to point out duplications?
7. As the consolidators and codifiers of public acts and statutes, what are some suggested ways for the state to save money on the publication of these resources?
8. The General Assembly has considered and passed legislation on creating a paperless legislature. What are your views on paperlessness and how it might affect LCO and the General Assembly?