What’s Different in the IQA and a Citizens’ Assembly?
Different IQA Citizens Assembly and Typical Citizens Assembly Responsibility, Function, and Authority
Someone entering the IQA Citizens Initiatives Qualifying Assembly or a Typical Citizens Assembly would notice little difference — the assemblies would look and sound very similar. Below the surface, however, there are many profound differences of responsibility, function, authority, and purpose as shown in the following table.
Initiatives Qualifying Assembly
Typical Citizens’ Assembly
|Independent of government||Quasi-governmental organization|
|Budget approved annually by the People||Budget defined by government|
|Mandate defined by the People||Mandate defined by government|
|Meets in perpetuity with staggered terms||Meeting term defined by government|
|Enables checks and balances on federal government||Government controls its scope|
|Randomly selected from all Citizens eligible to vote||Randomly selected only from registered voters|
|As in a jury, those selected must serve to ensure immunity from special interest influence||Only those who ask or are willing need serve|
|Could be influenced by special interests|
|IQA manages the initiatives process||Government manages the referendum|
|The People create proposed initiatives||The Assembly creates the proposed referendum for the ballot.|
|IQA ranks initiatives and puts the best on ballot|