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Monday, April 27, 2015

National Initiative, Referendum and Recall. A Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

In light of the many grievous abuses of the American people by the federal government elected to serve as our voice. Instead having worked from time to time in their own interests to enrich themselves and remain in power. The following actions must be taken to correct the course of American destiny.
Be it enacted by the Congress of the United States of America that the following method for initiative, referendum and recall will be immediately implemented.
  1. Permanent committees will be immediately created within the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate for the processing of initiatives, referenda and recalls from the citizens of the United States of America.
  2. Congress will create provisions for initiative referenda and recall to appear upon national ballots within the normal election cycle.
  3. The process for referendum initiative and recall will be as follows: 
  • Using the existing standard layout and form of a bill of Congress: any citizen or organization can create a petition deliverable to the houses of Congress via the offices of any of their state's congressional delegation.
  • In order for said petition to be valid for consideration by Congress it must be signed by no less than one percent of the registered voters in the state in which the petition was originated.
  • The members of the congressional delegation having received the petition must within 24 hours present said petition to the Committee on initiative referendum and recall for consideration and processing.
  • Each committee must then ensure that the petition in its full unaltered original text is placed upon the next national ballot scheduled. No riders or line items may be added or removed. 
  • Congress must include three options on the ballot measure: the original unaltered text as described above, an option of a revised bill created and approved by Congress for the consideration of the voters on the same subject matter or the option to take no action on the petition.
  1. If the citizens of the United States of America should affirm the measure with at least 51% of the popular vote the bill will immediately be presented to the President of the United States of America for approval or veto. 
  2. If the citizens of the United States of America should affirm the measure with at least 75 % of the popular vote the power of the President to veto the bill is overridden.
  3. If the measure fails to achieve of the popular vote the matter is returned to Congress for consideration and must be voted on by a joint session of Congress before the close of Congress.
  4. The powers to declare war and ratify treaties are reserved to the Congress and shall not be infringed or impaired by referenda.
  5. Any elected or appointed officer, employee or agent of the United States of America is subject to possible recall without exception this shall include but is not limited to: the offices of President of the United States, Vice President of the United States, Supreme Court Justice, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and Members of the Executive Cabinet.
This amendment shall be inactive until ratified by two-thirds of the states.
Originally Published on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/national-initiative-referendum-recall-united-states-matthew-holloway
Photo Credit By Howard Chandler Christy - The Indian Reporter, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=662340

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