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)

10: Resubmit

Once made, this State shall not rescind its application. However, to revise or renew the application, the legislature may re-submit it to Congress. When resubmitting, the State may modify the application from that approved in a State initiative or referendum, provided that the intentions and meanings in the referendum are retained. If the modifications are substantial, the State shall resubmit the revised application as a referendum to the people for their ratification before re-submitting it to Congress.

Explanation of Resubmit

Congress has not clarified what happens when a state withdraws an application—another minefield to avoid. If a state demonstration of a citizens' initiatives assembly reveals deficiencies, or if other states submit applications containing improvements, or if the time limit on the application is near expiry date, this state legislature may re-submit or renew its application.