Lessons from the Ledge – A almost complete primer on how things really work at the legislature

Below are a loose collection of articles, essays and missives I have written over the years that may be of interest to those seeking to understand the legislative process.  My intent is to explain, educate and describe – How it really works.

The articles may or may not be in order of priority or otherwise organized.  Over time, my intent is to edit, reedit, reorganize and fill in the gaps.  But for now here it is…

Legislative Session Primer – 30 days out

Legislative Session Primer 2 – Rules of the game

Legislative Primer 3: Passing a bill – the basics

Legislative Primer 4 – Hierarchy of access and influence

Legislative testimony: A quick and concise tutorial.

Lessons from the Ledge – The players, the process  and the rules

Lessons from the Ledge – On the meaning of leverage and other important lessons

Lessons from the Ledge – On the executive branch nominees and advice and consent process

Lessons from the Ledge – Power Flow 

The Conference Committee – where bills are laid to rest quietly, with little fanfare and no fingerprints

Lessons from the Ledge – The end of session (or not)


About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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