Initiatives v Oligarchy

Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Content and Format of Candidate Initiative

The IQA shall publish their expectations and guidelines. A Candidate Initiative shall:

  1. Be clear, concise and quickly understandable.
  2. Be expressed in language of reason not emotion.
  3. Not overwhelm the voters.
  4. Complement the legislative process, not replace it.
  5. Be limited to a single subject or closely related issues.
  6. They shall contain:
    1. A title, reference number and date. Titles should use clear yet brief language to explain the intent and effect of the initiative.
    2. Authors (up to ten).
    3. Preamble.
    4. The Initiative as approved by the IQA.
    5. Period that Congress shall not change or overrule a Direct Initiative.
    6. Brief impact statements: Fiscal, Social, Environmental as appropriate.
    7. Pro and con opinions prepared by the IQA,
    8. Pro and con opinions from others in order of shortest first, longest last:
      1. Authors who proposed the Initiative.
      2. A separate Independent IQA Review if it exists.
      3. President.
      4. Senate.
      5. House of Representatives.
      6. Supreme Court-an important goal is to keep initiatives out of the courts after approval.

The IQA may place a limit on the length of the opinions if necessary to protect the Electorate from overload

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