Posted by: "Dave Nalle"
> ... committee to review Congressional legislation ...<
Cliff Thies and I did this for several years, though only at the end of the year, to prepare the roll-call list for the Liberty Index. I haven't had the time to do the follow-up web DB entries, but still review the votes he proposes. Each year, I invited RLC National and State officers to participate in reviewing that list, but only recall one or two requests and no suggested changes. Although Mike Holmes is no longer active, he did occasionally participate in our discussions. So, I welcome anyone who has the time (and a certain degree of knowledge) joining in this kind of ad-hoc committee effort.
However, your invitation isn't clear about what the proposed Committee will do. If it's just a compliment to the assembly of the Liberty Index, that's one thing. If it's an on-going selection of roll-call votes that can contribute to the ratings, that's another. If it's a detailed review of pending legislation for the purpose of alerting members and encouraging lobbying, that's another. The last of these is a huge task that requires tools like "Cap-Whiz" that capture, summarize, and provide some flagging tools on each pending bill. That can be expensive and time-consuming to manage, or even monitor.
If the intent is to identify bills well in advance, in order to facilitate professional or volunteer lobbying of Congress (as your website post suggests), that's another gigantic coordination task. Certainly a worthy goal, but I'm not sure that we have the personnel or resources to do it effectively.
BTW: This discussion should probably be moved to RLC-Action, which is intended to focus on operational planning and projects. (CC)