This U.S. Constitutional Amendment must define the Initiative process in sufficient detail to deny Congress the ability to subvert it. Therefore, this Amendment must be precise, complete, and relatively long.
State Legislation is possible in every State. It may arise as a result ot:
References incorporate two documents (Constitution Orders and Assembly Rules) because they are needed to enable the Amendment, but may later be repealed when the Amendment is in full effect.
The Draft anticipates and avoids potential problems in the amendment procedures that Congress has neglected to specify. It uses the US Constitution’s 2nd Method of amending, which does not require Congressional consent.
There are many reasons why this will benefit this State. However, its formal justification is based on the Congressional denial—in law or in principle—of the People’s constitutional rights under the Preamble and Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
This is currently an incomplete draft document (pending information from more States) subject to changes suggested by the People, for adoption by State Legislatures, and for proposal at a Limited Article V Convention of the States.
The impetus for a Legislation will rest mainly on the State Legislator’s and Voter’s view of Congressional performance and morality. It will also be strongly influenced over time by the actions of other States and by the effectiveness and status of the Initiatives Amendment Pledge.
This preface, article titles and numbers, and explanations are not part of the Legislation.
Index of Draft State Legislation for Applications to Congress
In this State, the Constitution is established by the people. All political power is inherent in the people. Free Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Governments are established for the people’s benefit and to protect and maintain their rights. The people have a right to alter or reform their government. The right of petition for the common good shall not be abridged. The people have the constitutional right of direct democracy by referendum and/or initiative. A power reserved by the people is the initiative.] Based on these principles, this State desires to consider a Solution that will remedy the Congressional problems imposed upon the people of this State by providing a continuing constitutional means to check and balance the misused powers that have accumulated and would continue to accumulate to the Congress.
Explanation of The People Established This State’s Constitution
Therefore, this State endorses ia Solution of the type described in the attached Planned Citizens’ InitiativesConstitutional Amendment with its two referenced documents, and incorporates them all herein by reference. If a sufficient number of other States do likewise, this State may attend meetings of State officials (as a State not Federal function) to coordinate a draft of a State-proposed constitutional Amendment based upon the referenced documents. If two-thirds (and preferably over three-fourths) of the States then concur with a single proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendment, this State may support an application to Congress to call an Article V Convention, within a specified time from the date of the submission hereof to the Congress, to address only this proposed Amendment. This State’s application will avoid known pitfalls of the Second Method of proposing Amendments. Congress is constitutionally obliged to call said Article V Convention. If a Supreme Court challenge tries to delay or subvert this Amendment, this State may oppose the challenge. Before this state attends an Article V Convention, a state or city must have demonstrated that a IQA (i.e., initiative qualifying assembly) is practical. This State may vote to urge that the Article V Convention adopt the Amendment. The Amendment will then return to the States, and this State Legislature may ratify the Amendment or may call a State Convention to ratify it, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress. If and when three-fourths of the State have ratified the Amendment, it will become part of the U.S. Constitution.
Explanation of This State Endorses the Initiatives Amendment