Coordination of powers

June 26, 2013

The Roberts court sort of chided Congress for doing their job inadequately, in their opinion on the constitutionality of section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as it was reenacted in 2006, in my opinion.  I’m no fan of the Roberts court, but I would see the behavior of Congress as a significant contributing factor to where we find ourselves now on this issue.  If nothing else, they left an opening the Court could drive a Mack truck through.  And why didn’t they want to revise the coverage formulation when they reenacted the legislation?  Because it would open up a can of worms?  Because it never occurred to them?  I’m not following the story closely enough to know, but it reminds me of obvious gaps in other legislation:  these folks ought to be less self-congratulatory and sure that they are as elite as they seem to think they are.  Maybe we should crowdsource reviewing pending legislation for problems.

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