Procedural Whiz Todd Decker

On Tuesday we met with Deputy Clerk Todd Decker. The interns did not hesitate to take advantage of this incredible opportunity as we launched into a series of questions about the legislature. With 30 years of experience, the Deputy Clerk’s knowledge of parliamentary procedure was impressive. He provided an overview of some common aspects, such as quorum and time allocation. The Deputy Clerk also covered some of the lesser known procedures, such as Committee of the Whole House, which has not been used since 2002. He also spoke about some of the broader issues in the legislature, such as the rise of hyper partisanship in recent years and the effect that television cameras have had on chamber debates. We also asked the Deputy Clerk about his decision to pursue a career at the legislature. He stated that the spontaneity and the variety of duties drew him to the Deputy Clerk role. The Deputy Clerk’s passion parliamentary procedure and immense knowledge of the legislature was inspiring for all of us.

– Aaron

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