Crossover was actually a reform !

Crossover was initiated in North Carolina General Assembly in the 1987 session because members, lobbyists, the press and the public were tired of huge quantities of legislation being rushed through BOTH houses the last two or three days of the session without any real study in either chamber. The idea was that by requiring most bills to pass one house earlier, most of the ideas would be out there in the public light for a month or two before getting action in the second chamber. 

While the last week of session is still wild, and there are still a lot of bills that short-circuit crossover by one means or another (see Mitch Kokai’s post), crossover actually had the effect of reducing a lot of the frenzied action that used to go on at the end of the session.

See my longer discussion of crossover.

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