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Make sure MPs have read legislation before voting on it

Comment 4th July 2010

Too often MPs appear to vote based on the title of the bill, or based on party policy, without ever reading the bill itself.

If MPs had to read the bill (and have their scores published on a quick quiz on it!) it would keep the bills shorter and simpler, and avoid hidden stings in the tail (little bits of unrelated legislation hidden in the small print).

Why does this matter?

How can you have sane laws if those people who are in charge of voting them in (and checking what they mean in the process) haven't even read them.

Half the changes proposed on this web site are about undoing mistakes – lets avoid the mistakes in the first place.

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