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Amendment to Constitution that gives citizens power to originate Bills

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    HELP Pass this Amendment to Federal and State Constitutions that will give citizens direct power to originate Bills and guarantee that their representatives, in both houses, will support the Bill.

    Draft of Proposed Amendment to Constitution
    1. The House of Representatives shall provide a non restricted website accessible by all citizens in which any citizen may post a petition containing the text of a proposed Bill which any citizen legally registered as a Participant for that Petition, may comment on, suggest and endorse amendments, endorse the final Bill as amended, and call for consensus.
    2. Any citizen can register as a Participant for any posted petition by submitting to the website, the participant's full name, addresses (postal and electronic),and the federal and state districts in which the participant is a registered voter. Any Participant may submit comments, suggest modifications (amendments) to the proposed Bill, may endorse any number of amendments, may endorse the final Bill as amended, may call for consensus to close the debate and approve or reject the final Bill with or without specific amendments,. A Participant may endorse any number of amendments without removing any previous endorsements. An endorsement will not be removed until the endorser submits a formal withdrawal to the website.
    3. The debate, endorsements and additions of new amendments will close for a given district when: (a) there is no activity from any Participant in that district for 90 days, or (b) at least 2% of the voters in that district are Participants and there is consensus in that district that the Bill with or without specified amendment(s) be approved or disapproved. Any approved Bill that satisfies condition (b) will be considered an Approved Final Bill, and any disapproved Bill that satisfies condition (b) will be considered a Disapproved Final Bill.
    4. Any Participant, at any time, may CALL for consensus in his/her voting district for either approving or disapproving the Bill with or without specified amendment(s). The Call may be to defeat the entire Bill and include all amendments. If at least 2% of the voters in that district are Participants and:
    (a) At least one Participant approves the Bill as stated in the Call and no Participant states that their disapproval is strong enough for them to veto the Bill, the Bill, as stated in the Call, will be considered an Approved Final Bill for that district(s), or
    (b) At least one Participant disapproves the Bill as stated in the Call and no Participant states that their approval of the Bill is so strong that they will veto disapproval of the Bill, the Bill, as stated in the Call, will be considered disapproved. If the Call included all the amendments under consideration prior to the call, debate will end and the Bill will be considered A Defeated Final Bill.
    (c) At least one Participant states their position is so strong that they would veto the position taken by the majority of Participants, everyone will be given 7 more days to respond with comments; and 3 days later be given the opportunity to submit a final comment; and this process will continue until consensus is reached or a new call made..
    5. The House shall be responsible for verifying the voting status of registered Participants and for keeping an accurate up to date record of the comments, suggested amendments, names, addresses, voting districts, the calls and endorsements of all registered participants, as submitted by the Participants without any changes, editing or censoring by anyone except the Participant his/her self..
    6. The House of Representatives shall post, on the website, every week, for every district of every Representative and every Senator, the percent of registered voters who have registered as Participants, the number of registered Participant, the text and the number of registered endorsements for each proposed amendment, the text of any call made by any Participant that week and the results from that call including relevant statistics, .
    7 The representatives and senators in every district will be sent a copy of the amended petition together with the number of registered voter participants and the number of endorsements in their district immediately after the amending process is closed in their district.
    8. The representatives and senators must submit every Approved Final Bill for approval by their House, defend the Bill and vote for the final version in their House unless it is obvious that the citizens who submitted the Approved Final Bill would not approve the amended House bill.
    9. The representatives and senators must not submit any Disapproved Final Bill for approval by their House, must argue against such a Bill and must vote against the final version in their House unless it is obvious that the citizens who disapproved the Disapproved Final Bill would approve the amended House bill.
    10. The legislative member will be removed from the legislature if (s)he does not abide by these rules. Replacement will be in accord with Article 1, Section 2 "When vacancies happen in the Representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies".