Read what you vote on? Not in AlbanyAn update of an previous entry. A watchdog group tried to get New York state legislators to sign a pledge promising that they would take the radical step reading through the state budget before they voted on it (assuming they ever do). North Country Public Radio reports that only a quarter of legislators agreed to sign the pledge. And most of those who did were either from the minority party in their particular chamber or majority backbenchers with little influence.
When it comes to New York state government, that pretty much says it all.
They should be wary considering the example set in Virginia. Pols there were so distracted by budget battles that they accidentally revived the state's 'day of rest' law. This gave employees the right to take Sunday or Saturday off, or earn triple wages if they must work. Once the error was realized, pointed out by a furious Chamber of Commerce, embarassed legislators quickly repealed the statute but not without a considerable amount of egg on their faces.