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The discussions surrounding the regularity and legitimacy of the pay-raise package including its ethics recommendations seem to pivot off a sandy assumption. It should be asked first how does anything, no less something as important as these fiscal and policy provisions, satisfy the process prerequisites to qualify as a de jure “enacted” set of laws?

The process for constitutionally ordained enactment of laws is quite precise and well-settled. So, who “enacted” and how this so-called legislative package came to be remain critical issues that seem to have gotten lost or overlooked in the blustery debates so far. Regularity of process is a critical threshold principle that deserves blunt attention.

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