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Robert’s Rules at Faculty Meetings

January 6th, 2010 No comments

From Profsblawg:

On the Moneylaw blog, Tom Bell has a very interesting post reminding us to employ Robert’s Rules of Order to help keep faculty meetings from becoming ridiculous wastes of time.

Professor Bell suggests “calling the question” as a way to stop wheelspinning.

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Sticking in New Laws in Conference Committee

February 16th, 2009 No comments

A great example from the Weekly standard:,good for G406:

One of many highlights of the stimulus bill the Democrats just rammed through Congress is $8 billion for high-speed rail. What makes this appropriation special is that there was no money for high-speed rail in the original House legislation. The Senate bill had $2 billion. The legislation coming out of conference “compromised” on $8 billion.

How did this happen? Well, some of that $8 billion, as the Washington Post reported Friday, seems intended for “a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers.” Reid of course played a major role in putting together the final bill.

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