Represent California

Represent California is Public Access Democracy’s call for a constitutional assembly in California with delegates selected by lot.  Written in 1879, California’s unwieldy constitution does not provide tools adequate to solve modern problems of housing, water, recall, districts, initiatives, commissions, budget, and taxation. An assembly with delegates selected by lot would incorporate a richness of …

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Voters Not Politicians in Michigan

Michigan voters exercised their right of direct democracy and put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 general election ballot, known as Proposal 2–Voters Not Politicians. The proposal put the power to draw election district maps in the hands of voters and created a fair, impartial, and transparent redistricting process. More information here. The redistricting reform …

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Citizens’ Initiative Review in California?

PAD is currently campaigning to bring the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review process to California. In recent years big financial interests have used the initiative process to get propositions passed that were not in the voter and taxpayer interest. The flood of special interest, partisan advertising, while purporting to educate voters, in many cases misinforms the …

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Repairing Broken Policymaking

Rebuilding democracy starts from the bottom up. Too often, local panels and commissions selected by special interests bog down and become dysfunctional. Public Access Democracy is currently engaged in campaigning for better systems at local, non-legislative levels — neighborhood councils, COG advisory bodies. Next, we’ll advocate for better systems at local legislative levels: small city …

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Washington State Climate Assembly

The Washington State Climate Assembly was a privately funded, randomly selected panel focusing on climate change and its impact in the state of Washington. The goal was to produce and publicize policy recommendations for reducing climate pollution, which are available here. The assembly illustrated how everyday people can engage in policy making, free of special …

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