STATE BALLOT MEASURE
This measure covers several aspects of legislative procedure:
1. It prevents our state from mirroring the Texas Legislature
as seen here,
by requiring one vote per legislator.
2. Once a bill has gone through all of its revisions and comes
out of committee, it provides legislators fourteen business days
to review the final version of the bill before it can be voted
on by the house.
3. Once either house passes a bill, it requires the entire contents
of the bill to be publicly posted on the Internet for fourteen
business days before the other house can vote on it. Thus, before
the final vote, citizens can review it and provide input based
upon their real life experiences.
4. It requires a legislator to sign a document, under penalty
of perjury, every time he or she votes in favor of a bill, that
he or she has read the bill in its entirety and has taken steps
to understand the real life ramifications of the bill.
5. Trading votes is an arrangement made between lawmaking individuals
where one agrees to vote for or against or not all on a particular
bill in exchange for another legislator's vote on some other matter.
Trading votes generally occurs when there are fundamental problems
with a bill. The bill isn't good enough to be passed on its merits
alone. It is illegal for anyone to trade votes in their legislative
capacity. It is also illegal to bribe, initimidate and in other
ways influence a vote. In our current political climate, these
laws are not always heeded, thus necessitating a reminder.
6. The final aspect is a gentle reminder to our legislator that
first and foremost they work for us, not others, and that we want
them to use common sense when they pass laws that we have to follow.
These stipulations create an environment conducive to getting
decent laws passed and give our lawmakers, despite political pressures,
the opportunity to do the right thing, which is what most of them
wanted to do when first coming into office.
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