Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
Require the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to be elected by a 2/3 consensus... or by secret ballot, like Nebraska.
The best way to lock gears is to have someone like Minnis in the speaker's seat... and although more than half of the House members are Republicans, I am certain that not half of the House members are Minnis supporters.
Coalitions would have to be built around ideas, policy, and the majority party would be forced to throw at least some meat to the minority to begin the session... policy, a committee chairmanship here or there... etc.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]