Making Laws More Public

Friday, April 13, 2012

Transcript

Carl Malamud, government transparency advocate and president of public.resource.org believes safety standards should be easily accessible to all citizens for free. Yet many of these standards  --  from the design of bicycle helmets to water treatment components to hazmat suits – are the copyrighted creation of the industry organizations that have promulgated them. So Malamud has ponied up the dough to purchase exactly 73 of these standards, which he will publish online, copyright or no copyright.

 

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Guests:

Carl Malamud

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

Chris Garvey from Liberty

Congress has power to write our laws, but they give this power to un-elected bureaucrats who issue tens of thousands of dictates each year. But, none of these decrees are . . .

Written by Congress
Read by Congress
Debated by Congress
Voted on by Congress

Congress claims it needs experts to write the rules. We agree that they lack expertise. They can seek whatever advice they need. But Congress still has an obligation to . . .

Write all the rules
Read all the rules
Debate all the rules
And vote into law all of the rules that you are required to obey

Congress shirks these responsibilities because the politicians wouldn't be nearly as powerful if they actually had to do their jobs. They couldn't spend as much money, reward as many friends, punish as many enemies, and control as much of your life. They'd be too busy doing their Constitutional jobs.

That's why DownsizeDC.org has written the "Write the Laws Act," as a companion bill to our "Read the Bills Act," and our "One Subject at a Time Act." WTLA requires that . . .

Any rules that citizens must obey must be written and passed solely by Congress, with no details left to bureaucrats.
Citizens must be held blameless against any rules created in violation of this requirement.
Congress must identify previous legislation granting legislative power to bureaucrats so that it can be repealed.

Apr. 15 2012 10:54 AM

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