Wednesday, February 20, 2013

[Concepts] The example of State Referendum in the US

In Mississippi (USA) will most likely take place in a constitutional referendum on its citizens will decide on an amendment to the State Constitution (which the legal framework of the federation that is in the U.S. is located immediately below the U.S. Constitution) about the nature and definition of "human personality" and in the context of the Abortion Laws. This particular does not concern us here, but we are interested in (and excessively) is the ability to have U.S. citizens to vote in a referendum and adopt amendments to its Constitution.In another U.S. State, the Ohio, the Constitution allows a certain percentage of voters that a petition may cancel some types of legislation approved by the Governor and the state Legislature. Using this mechanism (known as "Citizen Veto"), a group of citizens entitled "We Are Ohio" collected more than a million voters on a petition to hold a referendum and thus nullify a recently enacted law banning collective bargaining contracts work. The proposed canceling the referendum got 60% of votes thus leading to the annulment of the law passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor. Thus was fulfilled, "democracy", missing the "representative democracy", often kidnapped for defending the Big Interests, and winning this form of "direct and participatory democracy" whose promotion, development and exercise is so deeply based in principles and objectives Direct and Participative Democracy.Here is what is lacking also in many countries around the world: the ability for citizens to convene a national referendum on presentation in Parliament of a petition with a minimum number of signatures leading to a referendum that could nullify certain laws passed in Parliament. This tool would increase the scale of our participatory democracy, entrosaria more citizens in civic life, giving them an effective intervention tool in their goals and become destinations and MPs more accountable and aware in relation to the real interests of those they represent in the Assembly the Republic.

(text adaptated from an original publicaton on a blog from +D:

Source: # more-1462

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