Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AZ Legislators want British-style question time with Gov


A Senate panel has approved legislation to adopt a British tradition of having the head of government take questions from lawmakers on a regular basis.

Under SCR1012, Arizona’s governor would be required to answer questions by lawmakers for 30 minutes to an hour every two weeks during the regular legislative session. The “question time,” as it’s called in the United Kingdom, would be open to the public.

“I don’t think that there is really the dynamic conversation that we should be having taking place, in which the executive interacts with the Legislature,” said Sen. Jonathan Paton, the measure’s sponsor.

The governor wouldn’t be the only one on public display, Paton said.

“We’ll also get a window into how the Legislature works,” he said. “And if the questions that we ask are stupid, the voters will know about it as well.”