The Strings of Government
Without regard to the topic, this article is worth a read for the insight it provides with regard to state government:
In a meeting of the House environmental committee on the next-to-last day of the legislative session, all the members had worn neon yellow stickers publicly declaring their support for companion bills that would raise maximum fines against industrial polluters from $1,000 to $25,000 a day — without compromise.
The committee chairman, wearing his own yellow sticker, said he was determined to bring one of the identical bills up for a vote and get it on the House floor, even if it cost him his chairmanship.
But the committee vote never materialized. …
By all accounts, Malik needed a green light from the House leadership — House Majority Leader Gordon Fox in particular — before he could call for a vote on a bill in his own committee. And that signal did not come. …
… “Nothing happens without the concurrence of the leadership,” [Rep. Joseph Amaral, R-Tiverton] said. “There is no discretion given to committees.
“If they don’t vote the way the leadership wants, their personal bills don’t get passed. People don’t get promoted or put into certain places,” Amaral said.
“The concentration of power is delegated to too few individuals,” he said.