Re: “Senate leader suggests fines to speed up work” (TNT, 7-9).
Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom has the right idea, but why stop at fining legislators only $250 a day and all per diem? Why not hit them where it really hurts? Why not fine them equal to the pay that they would earn each day they go over the allotted legislative session?
Make it mandatory attendance, and if they choose to skip out completely they get fined double that. Sort of like a speeding ticket in a school zone or construction site. They should not be allowed to earn any money whatsoever for failing to do their duty in the time allotted them. There should never be a need for them to go into special sessions or “overtime.”
Why should they be rewarded for incompetence? They should be punished for dereliction of duty while in office. They need to be held accountable for their failure to do what is required of them in the time allotted them.