often mandate expensive programs or policies without creating new revenue.
Researchers have noted a subtle political shift in a country where true citizen initiatives
are practically non-existent, and where most protests are organized by unions and syndicates tightly controlled by political parties.
In the case of homosexual "marriage," this strategy was used to derail a citizen initiative
that was begun to head off an expected court decision on same-sex unions in that state.
We need citizen initiative
to monitor, evaluate and rectify the process through concerted action is vital for the health of the process
1 -- 2 -- color) At left, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts shares a laugh with Irina Karaldina, a facilitator for the Center for Citizen Initiatives
, which sponsored a trip of a dozen Russian bankers to the Antelope Valley to learn about the American banking system.
However, citizen initiatives
also have a profound impact on a government's ability to issue and manage debt.
Jameson & Marsha Hosack, Citizen Initiatives
in Florida: an Analysis of Florida's Constitutional Initiative Process, Issues, and Alternatives, 23 FLA.
In California and Massachusetts, where voters approved citizen initiatives
to increase pack taxes, the average number of cigarettes smoked by adults fell annually by 2.
At least 22 states have already enacted term limits for state and/or federal officeholders, all but one through citizen initiatives
Stephen Horn, CEO of WebsEdge TV, said, "Real change happens in community-based citizen initiatives
, rather than top-down programs, and through the co-ordination of thousands of services rather than through big politics.
AB 1100 would create another hurdle for citizen initiatives
They are the first two of six proposed citizen initiatives
to make the cut.
In six other states, citizens took matters into their own hands, putting citizen initiatives
on the ballot, where voters overwhelmingly approved them.
If you won't heed that warning, then by all means don't do what Florida did, which is create a mechanism to amend the constitution via citizen initiatives
without a corresponding statutory initiative, and do it at the lowest threshold possible: 50 percent plus one.
And at least one of his essays, "The Power of the Powerless," written in 1978, will remain one of the most important historical documents of this century, since it had such a profound influence on independent citizen initiatives
and dissent throughout Central and Eastern Europe.