Posted May 14th, 2009 by jpritikin
NCID is modeled on the general concept of direct democracy, with two important elements that address corporate power:
- NCID outlaws corporate contributions to campaigns for or against an initiative, reversing the Supreme Court decision in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti (1978). See Citizens Legislative Procedures Act, Section 3-L.
- In existing direct initiative procedures, initiative language is finalized prior to signature collection. There is no informed deliberation, no consensus-building, and no compromise. To address this procedural weakness, NCID incorporates a public hearing and deliberative committee (a.k.a. citizen jury). The committee has the power to rewrite the initiative, incorporating feedback from all stakeholders. The entire hearing and deliberation proceedings are published / broadcast in all medium, neutralizing one-sided initiative campaigns by swamping the media with accurate, unbiased information.