GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 5 & 6 (Commissions & Boards, Regional Planning Commissions)

These next two question were in the area of the growing Administrative State – unelected and unaccountable to the voters making decisions that will affect those voters with the force of law without the legislative process.  It has overtaken the Federal Government and Obama is playing that violin much to our detriment – and it is growing here in NH as well:

Question 5:

New Hampshire has a number of unelected commissions who can circumvent elected officials/the voice of the taxpayers. What can/should the legislature do to keep/make them accountable to the people or move their responsibilities to people who are accountable?  Would it be easier to shift/consolidate whatever it is those commissions do, to elected officials who are accountable to voters?

Question 6:

These Regional Planning Commissions that were enacted by RSA, have political subdivision status, they collect dues from the Towns, they also take a lot of money in from the Federal Government and that feels like it is bypassing the Legislature and Executive Council. Does it feel like they are overstepping their bounds and they are using Federal money to do it?

Previous Questions:

  • Question 1 – Compliance continues to be an issue but costs are the biggest barrier in my mind. Many people can’t even afford to obtain copies of public records because the fees are too high. What can the legislature do to make public documents accessible to people of all income brackets?
  • Question 1A – RTKs by citizens are often met with hostilities and delays by public servants – is a remedy one that would hold them personally responsible (stripping away qualified immunity in egregious cases) for any penalties (fines and judgements)?
  • Question 1B – Normally fines & penalties paid to wronged citizens are paid by the agencies from tax monies. More of an incentive to comply by stripping qualified indemnity and forcing guilty government workers to pay such out of their personal pockets?
  • Question 2 -What happens if the Supremes rule against IRS subsidy rule?
  • Question 3 – How do we transition people from Obamacare’s Expanded Medicaid before it sunsets?
  • Question 4 – Energy costs are stifling business – what should be done legislatively about the PUC, regulations and the whole entwined system that we have right now which is one of the reasons the costs are so high against some neighboring states which are lower?