Political analyst expects more speedy legislation

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 3:38pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — Thousands of protestors couldn’t keep Governor Bobby Jindal’s education reform plan down.

“It’s rare that we say state government moves fast, but state government moved really quickly on this particular issue,” says political analyst, Kirby Goidel.

In just 23 days, Governor Jindal’s controversial education reform package passed through the legislature and it’s ready to be signed. It’s one of the fastest pieces of legislation to pass in Louisiana history.

“You could see it coming,” Goidel says.

In Louisiana, the governor has the power to pick legislative session leaders. “He picked leadership that could really help him move things forward and he was planning on being aggressive and laying the groundwork for months for this.”

If the governor wanted to see those bills on his desk, he had to act fast. “When you know you have the votes, it’s time to move because you may not have the votes in two weeks, or a month, or a year, so moving quickly is part of the game,” Goidel says.

Experts think we’ll see the governor do more pushing for top priority legislation during his second term in office. “This time around, he’s much more hands on. He is much more engaged in the legislature. He’s got a clearer agenda and he’s really intent on forcing it through.”

Goidel says critics think there’s a reason for that. “We have a governor who wants to develop a record he can run on nationally,” he explains. “I think that means having a strong legislative accomplishment.”

While Jindal may have lost some supporters with the aggressive push for change, experts say for most voters, the verdict is still out. “At the end of the day, the long term consequences of public opinion come from is it successful or not,” Goidel says.

Experts say the faster lawmakers approve a bill, the less time they have probably spent on researching just how well it will work.

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