They couldn’t hold a public hearing in the usual way. If they just invite scholars and people they know in the usual way one would say this is lobbying and this has no legitimacy. They were very afraid that if they work with the wrong people they would get occupied again. It’s like having something always hanging above their heads. They really want some way that is both legitimate and could talk to the legislation which was deadlocked by the two parties. They were filibustering each other. Without ways to do normal public hearings they came to the zero hackathon.

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