The lure to legislators, well, I'll let Lisa Macfarlane of DFER tell you:
Speaking of choice, why don't we let the voters decide this fall about whether they'd support a small pilot program for public charter schools? Lawmakers could pass a bill with a referendum clause adding the issue to the November ballot - making the Governor's opposition irrelevant.
Earlier this session, House Democrats insisted that they couldn't even let a charter school bill come to a vote, let alone pass one, because the issue was too important and had to be decided on by voters. So let's see how House Democrats feel about a referendum charter school measure that goes straight to the ballot. Any bets?
One, very clever. Tack it onto the end of what is going to be an incredibly long ballot this November, get out all your yes votes and watch most voters ignore it. You win!
Two, did she check in with Senator Tom? Because he said this kind of vote on education was a "gamble." Someone should get their stories straight.
Three, I'm sorry but the Legislature passes LAWS, not makes referendums.
Four, I'd be happy for a vote but not tacked on at the last minute in a crowded ballot. Then again, if it comes to that, I'm still good. Because people don't like to be harassed about an issue they have already voted on (several times).