George Skelton writes how some of the positives from this session can be attributed to recent changes to our elections system (aka "reform"). And certainly the combination of these various factors has and will continue to impact the culture of the Capitol. So I was wondering to myself which reforms have had the biggest positive impacts on the policy produced. In other words which reforms actually walked the walk and which just talked the talk.
My personal ranking of the Big 4:
1) Majority Vote Budget- The budget is still the most important thing that comes out of the building every year. Perhaps more importantly, people underestimate how much easier it was to compromise at the end of session when people hadn't spent months building up animosity towards each other during a protracted summer stalemate.
2) Term Limits- Motivates members to look past their next election and turn to long term issues. Easier to act collegial when you know you have to deal with the same people for twelve years. Only denied top ranking this session because leaders were elected under old rules.
3) Top Two- Certainly has made members feel less secure. This seems to have made them less insular which isn't a bad thing. Open question whether this justifies random and potentially chaotic election results, particularly as people learn how to game the new system.
4) Redistricting- Impact fades rapidly in years when the lines are stable. See you in 2021.