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)

8: Agreement Or Compact

In general, the People shall use their right to coordinate their Initiatives Amendment throughout the U.S. This State shall be aware that to  cooperate and coordinate with other States on a U.S. Citizens’ Initiatives Amendment could result in an accusation of entering into any Agreement or Compact with another State contrary to Article 1 Section 10 Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

Explanation of Agreement Or Compact

In the U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 10, Clause 3, the states are enjoined from not entering into any Agreement or Compact with another State. Again, this avoids a possible minefield.

Nevertheless, the States applications should be as nearly identical as possible, since the closer they are the more Congress is obliged to consider them "same subject" or "same general subject" and include them in the number of applications received. If this bill proves good enough for many states to use, it can help achieve this objective.

2 responses to “Agreement Or Compact

  1. As long as private entities and not state governments do the organizing, then they are clear of article 1, section 10, clause 3 of the US constitution.

    1. David,

      We agree. However, States can act independently of what the private entities may want. Hence, several States might intentionally or inadvertently cause this to be an issue. The clause is included to minimize the risk.


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