Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Citizen-Initiated Legislation

http://bit.ly/1FTnMmtThe Provo City Council has officially opened the first phase of the Provo People’s Lobby, an
innovative program that allows Provo residents to generate legislation to be presented to the City Council for consideration. This creates a groundbreaking opportunity for citizen involvement in the legislative process by generating proposals from a grass roots level.

Provo residents of voting age will be able to submit their own ideas of issues to work on as well as give feedback and lend support to the ideas of others. This first phase will continue until April 15, 2015, at provopeopleslobby.com.


The second phase of the program forms the Provo People’s Lobby, a task force made up of 34 participants (one from each Provo neighborhood), who will work together online to determine which issue to work on. With the help of NationBuilder and Loomio online platforms as well as moderators from the Brigham Young University Political Science Department, the people’s lobby will spend two weeks deliberating and formulating a legislative proposal to send to the City Council. This process is also being overseen by Jeff Swift, Ph.D., who introduced the concept of “The People’s Lobby.”

At the May 19, 2015, Work Meeting, the Lobby will present its proposal to the City Council in anticipation of a formal vote at a June 2015 Council Meeting. The Lobby is then dissolved and the process can begin again with a new group of participants selected to take on a new issue.

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