secret that lawmakers became deeply suspicious of the beast they created, just as it's no secret that DOIT gave lawmakers ample reason for that distrust.

So Kelso finds himself back at square one. He does have history on his side, in that he knows what not to propose.

"If you propose something that looks too much like you're going to take powers away, I don't think that gets passed in our Legislature," he said. "You bring out enemies from all sides who chip away, and then you end up with something that would resemble the old DOIT. I don't know that the reality of the dispersion of power has changed any from the time DOIT was created. It seems to me you've got the same basic power relationships. I don't want to go down the path that's going to repeat the history of that legislation."

Shane Peterson  |  Associate Editor