Among the reforms the coalition passed:
- Majority Leader will have a term limit of six (6) years
- Senate committee chairs and ranking members will have term limits of eight (8) years
- Member items ("pork") and staffing resources will be more evenly apportioned, regardless of majority vs. minority
- All agenda items and voting records will be posted on the Senate web site
- State legislative sessions will be broadcast statewide
- New rules to allow a majority of Senate members to bring an item to the floor (rather than simply at the whim of the Majority Leader)
The interesting thing is - what happens to the reforms that were passed last week? I think few taxpayers in the state would argue that reforms of the way the Senate (and the Assembly, of course) does business are needed. So what happens if the Senate does, indeed "flip" back to the Democrats? Will they maintain (if the court determines that the vots were legal) the reforms, or move them again if necessary? I think they'd be hard-pressed not to.
Either way, it's an interesting way to get something done: either the "coalition" majority will be in effect going forward, or there will be heavy pressure on the Dems returning to power after a week to enact the reforms - among which will be better staff and pork distribution among the majority and minority.
Good government is good politics.