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Beyond that, the Bush administration's proposal reads more like one of those pork-laden Christmas tree bills of which Congress is so often fond.
Unlike Christmas tree bills, omnibus bills retain their focus on an issue such as education, but, instead of taking a piecemeal approach, they address the whole system, including such items as funding, level of expectations for students, discipline, licensure, and governance.
This would prevent legislators from slipping open records or meetings changes into the so-called Christmas tree bills rushed into law at the end of legislative sessions.