As many know, a people’s initiative is a method by which the people of a State can enact law by overriding their elected legislative body.
They come in 2 flavors:
- The Direct Initiative – This method involves drafting up the exact wording of the legislation that will become public law.
- The Indirect Initiative – This method sets forth certian required elements to accomplish a desired result, but the actual legislation is left to the elected legislative body to draft.
While protest movements are very effective for bring to light problems, they are not very effect at getting those problems solved.
That is the purpose of people’s initiative actions.
While more common to dealing with and influencing State government, they are just as effective on the Federal level.