LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY

PRESERVE LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY by requiring a local legislative sponsor and a specific plan, based on the recommendation of the reuse committee.

Jones-Stanley eliminates the traditional practice under Chapter 7, in which the local legislative delegation sponsors legislation with a specific plan for disposing of public land in their district. For properties with a reuse committee, the reuse plan has always formed the basis of any proposed legislation. Under Jones-Stanley, the Legislature votes to divest the property before any plan is written and before local citizens have had a chance to investigate the reuse options. This makes it almost impossible for the community to coalesce around a consensus proposal and to influence the outcome of the process.

Legislative action should require the local legislative delegation to sponsor legislation with a specific plan for disposing of public land in their district, as currently practiced under Chapter 7. For properties with a reuse committee, the reuse plan should form the basis of any proposed legislation. A roll call vote should be required for all transfers.