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Bill Delay

Delay the vote on a bill according to its length
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For every six hundred words (approximately one page) in a bill, any vote on that bill shall be delayed for one full day. This delay shall begin starting the day after the bill is introduced or reintroduced.

So a two thousand page health care bill would be delayed almost five and a half years.

The benefits are manifold:

1. No more hiding things in the mass of text.

2. No more voting on bills with no idea what they say.

3. No more secret speed votes.

4. Terse to the point laws.

5. Easier legislative process for the average Joe to follow.


The only problem is trying to get this idea passed into law.

bdjnk, Feb 19 2010

Delay Family Genealogy http://genforum.genealogy.com/delay/
Bill Delay is a fairly regular poster there [bdjnk, Feb 19 2010]

DeLay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay
I thought this idea was originally akin to the long-sitting Representative from Texas and former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. DeLay was well-known for complicating passage of legislation during his 22 year term that did not promote the Gingrich-style Republican agenda. [jurist, Feb 19 2010]


       So - it won't delay any of the bills people send me, then?
wagster, Feb 19 2010

       Natural Bill Delay occurs in the wild whenever a duck flys backwards, being proportional to the length of the duck. The longer the duck, the longer the bill delay.
zen_tom, Feb 19 2010

       Yes. However, this might encourage people to amend bills they don't like with the telephone directory.
nineteenthly, Feb 19 2010

       I have voted for this on the basis of the last paragraph.
calum, Feb 19 2010

       Good point nineteenthly. Generally its better if less gets passed into law anyways, but there could be an additional stipulation about all revisions and additions adding up to no more than fifty percent of the original bill's word count.   

       And zen_tom, that is entirely subjective. It only applies when examining the duck beginning with the side at the forefront of forward (in this case backwards) motion and counting the usual direction of the duck as the deciding factor for properly calculating the correct moment of bill presence. Additionally you seem to imply that all ducks travel backwards at exactly the same speed in all scenarios, which is clearly not the case.
bdjnk, Feb 19 2010

       I'd bun this just because the "Freedom Act" would probably still not be up for vote yet. (+)
MisterQED, Feb 19 2010

       I thought Bill Delay was an anchor man on Quebec News.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 19 2010

       what [calum] said
po, Feb 20 2010

       "Delay is the deadliest form of denial."   

       C. Northcote Parkinson
popbottle, Mar 04 2015

       [bdjnk] gained an account, posted this idea, annoed on one other idea and posted a link on yet another all within a month, and then delayed returning ever since then.
normzone, Mar 04 2015


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