If you are writing an article for a blog or a newspaper, consider covering one or more of the following provisions of the Citizens Legislative Procedures Act:
- Qualification by Public Opinion Poll of Citizens (Act, 3-F-2)
- Deliberative Committee (Act, 3-I)
- Campaign Financing (Act, 3-L)
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In 24 states, we have ballot initiatives. Ballot initiatives permit public policy to catch up with public opinion (as measured by polls) more quickly than in a purely representative system of government. Moreover, ballot initiatives have indirect effects of bringing accountability to representative legislatures, educating citizens about public policy issues, and fostering more creative solutions to the problems we face. The National Citizens Initiative for Democracy (NCID) is a proposal to add ballot initiatives at the federal level and in all jurisdictions.
NCID is modeled on direct initiative as practiced in many states, but also introduces three key reforms: (a) 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) and in Citizens United v. FEC (2010). (b) 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. (c) NCID includes an option to qualify initiative proposals by polling. In large jurisdictions, polling is a less expensive and more accurate way to assess whether the public wishes to consider an issue than signature collection.
Learn how all the facets of NCID fit together; please go through the quiz.