The story reminded when I was interviewed by Shawn Towle in the late nineties (1996-98?), for his Checks and Balances column. He interviewed a number of people who influenced the legislative process for a story on lobbyists, paid or unpaid.
At that time, I had been at the legislature for a long time, of course longer now in 2015. He asked me what changes I would like to see at the Minnesota Legislature. I said the following:
"I'd like to limit the amount of legislation that gets passed because the volume of legislation dilutes the oversight of laws and creates inequities. For that reason, I'd like to see a rule by which legislator's could only introduce 15 bills a session so they'd have to choose which are the most important to them.
I would also like to see a process by which individual citizens could introduce legislation directly, rather than going through their Representative or Senator. I believe some states have this type of process currently in place.