Lawmakers from Birmingham have complained for years about their bills running into a buzz saw in Montgomery. In fact, it’s a common complaint made by big city lawmakers against state legislatures across the country. So University of Rochester political scientist Gerald Gamm and his research partner took a look at records from 13 states including Alabama. They found that while big city bills did have a harder time, none of the usual suspects added up such as party, race, or rural dominance. WBHM’s Andrew Yeager spoke with Gamm about his study and started by discussing how city bills fare versus those from rural lawmakers.
~ Andrew Yeager, March 14, 2014