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July 28, 2014
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Pushing for more sunlight; legislator campaigns against caucus system


Ken Walter, who attends many county meetings, said he could think of two issues in which the caucus discussions did not serve the Democratic legislators well. One was the decision to put the contract with the Sullivan County Visitor’s Association out to bid on short notice, and the other was the proposed formation of a law enforcement commission.

He said that, because most of the discussions about the two matters took place in caucus behind closed doors, the public had no way of knowing the thoughts of the legislators regarding those subjects.

It is not clear at this point if the caucus resolution will ever come up for a vote, but Geiger said that “public pressure” is needed if anything is going to change.