What is the function of the deliberative committee?

Ted Becker (probably)
One of the important parts, I believe, of the Democracy Amendment is the deliberative committee. And the deliberative committee has a lot of power within the Democracy Act. And they’re a representative sample of the public. This, I believe that in these kinds of processes, they do represent what the public would believe, or come to understand, if they were all privy to the deliberative process. It is the same belief we have in the jury system. We believe that a jury of 12 people, randomly selected, will hear all the facts, the evidence and then has a chance to deliberate—represents what the view of the community in general would believe if they all had heard the facts and the evidence etc and had time to deliberate. So the real power of the People comes in this deliberative committee as they go through this and revise the initiative. So that when it’s put to the public, the chances are it’s going to pass by a large majority.

So, these people, the random sample, and in all of the deliberative polling, they interface with the internet through, you could easily have, as a matter of fact, you know, 500 people or 400 people or 1000 people and they will all have access to the computer and to the internet. And if they don’t know how to use it then they’ll be taught how to use it or you’ll have staff people there to help them. So, you will have the entire public, through the deliberative process of the random sample being able to access all the information through the internet. [Editor’s note: The Democracy Act does not require or prohibit the deliberative committee to use or from using the internet.]

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