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 lived experience unavailable in elected or appointed bodies, enabling citizens to think deeply about the complexity of the state and its issues and to collaborate apart from politics as usual.
The plan? The assembly will call itself into being without waiting for a 2/3 vote of the legislature. It will create a new democratic framework, then take the issue directly to voters with two ballot initiatives.
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