By Michael Laffey
The recent redistricting fight made me think about why we have an Assembly and a Senate.
I believe historically it was because Senators represented a particular County rather then a legislative district. The system mirrored the Federal System where States with small populations still get two Senators. The idea was to give rural counties representation on par with more populous counties.
A United States Supreme Court decision in 1964 (Reynolds v. Sims) and a New Jersey Supreme Court decision in 1972 (Jackman v. Bodine) that arrangement was found unconstitutional under the one person one vote rule.
As a result the current legislative arrangement was instituted.
Since the rational for two legislative houses no longer exists why don’t we move to a unicameral or one house legislature? Nebraska only has one legislative house.
This would save a lot of money and make our government more efficient.
I hope my friends in the legislature don’t take this suggestion personally but I think it is something that deserves consideration.