As both fellow bloggers have noted, four model ordinances will be presented by The Citizens Campaign. Dan notes the group advocated legislation that was passed here as the Civic Responsibility Act of 2005. This legislation was aimed at empowering citizens to become engaged in service on boards and commissions. However, a main element - disclosure of the status of various boards and commissions - was not accomplished until this year and we don't know whether anyone has actually applied for a seat on one of these bodies based on knowing which have vacancies, etc.
The other part of getting appointed is to have the administration offer one's name for advice and consent of the governing body and then being approved. Council watchers can attest to the difficulty in recent years of getting important appointments made in a timely way.
Similarly, reforms may be sought in fiscal practices, but execution will then become the key.
Again, close observers of how the administrative and legislative branches have interacted recently can attest to the need for more collegiality and openness regarding fiscal matters. The tools may be put in place, but the implementation depends on the good will and mutual respect of all elected officials, not just some of them. Otherwise, checks and balances will be seen only as hurdles to get over by whatever means necessary.
Plaintalker urges those who come out tonight to listen to all the discussion items with a view not just for the starting point, but for the end result as well. Beyond passing legislation, what will it take to make fiscal reform actually happen?