Wow. Not even the pretense of unbiased writing from Scott Bauer, but this is good news.
In a heated committee meeting, where one Democrat pounded his first on the table, Republicans voted as a bloc to advance the bill eliminating the Government Accountability Board which oversees elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws.
In its place, two new commissions overseeing elections and ethics run by partisan appointees would be created, doing away with the current board of six nonpartisan former judges. Republican backers say that will create a more transparent process, while Democratic opponents say it will only lead to gridlock and the opportunity for more political corruption.
The bill is rocketing through the Legislature, with its introduction, public hearing and committee vote happening in a week. The full Assembly was scheduled to vote on passing it Wednesday.