Write a 3-4 page paper discussing the response of legislators to a proposed gubernatorial change in policy towards the state’s natural resources based on the following scenario:
Governor Goode E. Nuff was elected on a platform that promised greater protection for the state of her state’s natural resources, including a bay with diverse habitat supporting bountiful fish and shellfish.
Over the past decade, developers have been changing the shores of her state’ bay turning what was once the source of a vital and productive fishery into a haven for large homes and resorts that take advantage of the beautiful water view.
The Governor is dedicated to changing the bureaucracy and the state legislature, which have tended toward favoring developers in the past, with an eye to focusing their efforts on policies more in line with the views and priorities of those citizens who voted her into office.
To that end, she has decided to include in her legislative agenda a major push to accomplish the realignment, during the third year of her four-year term.
This agenda includes:
- A proposal to give citizen groups greater power to challenge new development based on evidence of it having an adverse impact on the environment
- A reorganization of the agency responsible for protecting her state’s bay with the creation of a new enforcement policy empowering the state to bring civil suits for money damages against industrial and developmental polluters
- Empowering citizen groups to intervene in county zoning decisions that would encroach upon naturally open space in environmentally sensitive areas
- A substantial budget increase for the environmental enforcement agency to for the hiring of 100 additional inspectors to monitor for violations and ensure adherence to state standards for environmental protection. This legislative program requires a 14% budget increase for that agency, an amount 10% above the average 4% increase for all other state agencies.
Some members of the legislature feel that Governor Goode E. Nuff is “radical” in her approach and in her attempt to gear state policy toward protection and preservation of natural resources.
Your paper must address the following criteria:
- What tactics can the Governor expect from these legislators and other interested parties as they attempt to “moderate” the Governor’s program?
- On what specific points can the Governor expect direct conflict with the legislators and opposing interest groups?
- Which parts of the Governor’s agenda are most vulnerable to attack by her opponents in the legislature, and therefore most likely to be modified or even defeated during the legislative process? What risks might the legislature be taking? What gains or losses might they face from the success or failure of such attacks, (in terms of political capital, voter opinion, etc.)?
- What might be the best strategy for the administration to adopt in combating and countering those attacks? What gains or losses might she face from the success or failure of that strategy, (in terms of political capital, voter opinion, etc.)?
- How might the legislative opponents attack this agenda?
In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the Assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:
- Length should be 3-4 pages, excluding cover page and references; in 10-12 point font (Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman are acceptable).
- Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
- Writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful
- Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics
- Appropriate citation style should be followed.
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