The National Citizens Initiative for Democracy (NCID) is a fundamental one time legislative proposal that allows citizens, independent of representative government (Congress, Executive and the Judiciary), to propose and vote on laws and amendments. NCID consists of a Constitutional amendment and a federal statute.
The Citizens Amendment, a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:
- recognizes the legislative power of the people to make laws by a simple majority vote
- permits the people to amend the Constitution by holding two successive elections, more than six months but less than one year apart by majority vote
- creates a Citizens Trust to conduct initiative elections and to administer the legislative procedures established by the Citizens Legislative Procedures Act,
- outlaws the use of funds by non-natural persons (for example unions, associations, and corporations) in initiative elections,
The Citizens Legislative Procedures Act, a proposed federal law:
- establishes deliberative legislative procedures to be used by citizens to introduce and enact laws and amendments by initiative,
- describes the key responsibilities of the Citizens Trust which administers the legislative procedures on behalf of the people, and
- appropriates the necessary funds from the United States Treasury for the operation of the Citizens Trust.
The National Citizens Initiative for Democracy does not change or eliminate Congress, the President, or the Judiciary. Laws created by initiative must still be adjudicated by the courts just like laws created by Congress. The National Citizens Initiative for Democracy adds an additional check –– the People –– to our system of checks and balances, while setting up a governing partnership between the People and their elected representatives.
The full text of the proposed Amendment and Act are available here:
- The Citizens Amendment (366 words, 6 paragraphs)
- The Citizens Legislative Procedures Act (4,927 words, 59 paragraphs)