Our initiative proposals
THE “MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”
Since the legislation most needed varies from state to state, we are offering an overview of the following seven proposals (hyperlinks are to PDFs of the proposals that have been approved for circulation in Missouri). These are described in our video and on this page below.
Our most active campaign at present is for proportional representation in the Missouri General Assembly. Gathering signatures on the other six has been suspended for the time being. Should organized groups who support one or more of these six wish to reactivate petition drives for any or all of them, Government by the People will be happy to assist in those efforts.
THE “FAB FOUR”
FOUR PROPOSALS THAT REFORM THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM AND MAKE GOVERNMENTS MORE GENUINELY REFLECTIVE OF THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.
- Elect members of state legislatures with an “ordered list” form of proportional representation. Proportional representation is the most effective means of giving voters throughout a state a much broader range of candidates, including third party and independent candidates, making every vote count and every voter is represented. (The campaign in Missouri for this proposal is our most active campaign at present. Petitions are due in the Secretary of State’s office by May 6, 2017.)
- A public financing option for candidates that will level the playing field in elections by providing matching funds to candidates who voluntarily agree not to accept contributions from corporations or for more than $1000, and to raise at least half their money from contributors giving a total of $100 or less per election. (Approved for circulation in Missouri.)
- Ranked-choice voting for state-wide offices, which makes elections more competitive and gives voters a broader range of choices by eliminating the “spoiler effect.” (Approved for circulation in Missouri.) (RCV was passed in Maine in 2016 using the initiative process.)
- Elect members of the U. S. House of Representatives using an “ordered list” form of proportional representation. A lot of attention lately has been focused on the effects of “gerrymandering” and gerrymandering does add to the problem, but the real problem is our “winner-take-all” system of elections. (Approved for circulation in Missouri.)
THE “DYNAMIC DUO”
TWO PRAGMATIC PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS URGENT PROBLEMS THAT ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED:
- A Green New Deal that will enable states to begin to address the threat posed by the climate crisis and create socially-useful jobs that pay a living wage (or better) in the process. (Approved for circulation in Missouri.)
- A market-oriented public option for health insurance (a health insurance cooperative) that would dramatically reduce the cost of health care. (Approved for circulation in Missouri.)
AN AMENDMENT THAT PROTECTS STATUTES PASSED THROUGH THE INITIATIVE:
- Legislation passed using the initiative is often vulnerable to repeal or amendment by state legislatures. We are proposing an amendment to state constitutions to protect initiatives already passed that requires voter approval of any amendments or repeal by a state legislature of legislation passed through the initiative. (Approved for circulation in Missouri.)
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Citizens in twenty-four states have the power to propose and pass legislation directly, without the involvement or approval of the state legislature or governor.
A more complete description of these proposals is available in the tabs under this page. Our initial efforts have been in Missouri. The full and exact text of the petitions that have been approved for circulation in Missouri follows the general description of proposed law or amendment.
We are now actively gathering signatures on the petition for proportional representation in the Missouri General Assembly. If the required number of signatures are gathered and submitted to the Secretary of State by May 6, 2018, this proposal will be on the ballot in Missouri on November 6, 2018. If approved by the voters in Missouri, it will become law 30 days later.
As chapters are formed in other states, we will add a “State-by-state” tab to include exact details of the campaigns underway in other states. The details of the process and the need for specific legislation vary from state to state. We are in the process of compiling information from other states.
As supporters and organizers come forward in other states, this site will serve as a hub for organizing petition drives covering a variety of issues in all 24 states that have some form of initiative process. If you live in a state that provides this form of direct democracy and are interested in getting a campaign underway in your state, please click on “Join the Campaign” and fill out the form. We will be in touch.