Meanwhile, back at the Az Legislature…

Here’s two more WTF reviews leftover from the governor’s state of mind speech.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM THE DUCEY WAY

Every once in awhile I’m struck with the recollection that Governor Ducey is really an ice cream guy. And more power to him. He figured out that you’ll pay more for an ice cream cone if you have a choice of toppings and, this is the real genius, you get attracted to ice cream flavors with unique and attractive names. So “chocolate” can become “super dark chocolate.” Vanilla ice cream that some numbskull dropped a peppermint, red striped candy cane into, becomes “Crushed Peppermint Dream.” Who can resist?

But the problem is the governor seems to think that getting a state department new stationary is the same as bringing about real change. The best example of this, and the one that has folks laughing, is how he wants to rename the “Department of Corrections” the “Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry”.

It makes me feel safe already.

REGULATORY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

This one comes up pretty frequently and little even is done. The concept (or paranoia) is that professional boards and commissions are packed with people who know what they’re talking about. At least one legislator and the governor’s staff, like to refer to that as “biased insiders.” Their concept is to swamp the various boards and commissions with a majority of  “unbiased people” who’ll be able to out-vote those who know what they’re talking about.

I may be in the minority but I think I’ll feel more comfortable with actual physicians on the Board of Medical Examiners than a few of the governor’s buddies who don’t know much about anything. If the governor were president, this would be the equivalent of appointing an ice cream eating buddy Ambassador to the British Virgin Islands. It’s a nice gig if you can handle the job without creating a war with the Queen.

 

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