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Turning Ideas into Effective Legislation

The social wellbeing of a city relies heavily on the efficacy and efficiency of local governance. In Malaysia, this task is placed on the shoulders of both the civil service and elected representatives at the three different levels of government. One of the fundamental principles of good governance requires great emphasis on accountability, transparency and efficiency in using the public’s money.

The legislature is no stranger to shaping a well-planned annual budget and providing budgetary oversight. However, failure in ensuring strong accountability arrangements on the government would undermine budgetary policies that reflect the wishes of the general citizen at every level. Join James Saturno’s workshop to explore the best practices of turning ideas into effective legislation with details as below:-

Date: 4 April 2019, Thursday
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (registration starts at 9:30am)
Venue: Training Room 1, Penang Institute


James “Jim” Saturno is a research manager for the legislative and budget process section at the Congressional Research Service. Saturno is one of the premier experts in the U.S. legislative process, and he is widely published on the history and protocols of federal legislation and budgetary procedures. He trains members of Congress and their staff on best practices in turning ideas into effective legislation. Saturno also routinely works with governments of other countries to share with them on the intricacies and the potential tools of the legislative branch and its role in federal government.