Constitutional Amendment Pros And Cons

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U.S. Constitutional Amendment Proposal Amendment Proposal In this paper Team C will discuss the pros and cons of amending the Constitution to give voters the power to enact or reject laws by a ballot initiative as a direct method in addition to the legislative authority of Congress. If this amendment were to pass, Amendment 28 of the United States Constitution would read: A law enacted by Congress may be repealed by a call for a popular vote via ballot initiatives if at least three quarters of the states first hold a ballot initiative to repeal said law, and if upon holding the ballot initiative three quarters of the states vote for repeal the law in question shall be repealed without further action of Congress. Legislative Authority…show more content…
Constitution outlines the steps how an amendment can be proposed. Amendments can be proposed either through Congress or through a Constitutional Convention. Regardless of how an amendment is proposed, the final and most important step is ratification. The two methods of ratification are the three-fourths of the state legislatures and three-fourths of the states in convention (Mount, 2006). The most common method of ratification is the three-fourths vote of the state legislatures. When the people prefer a change, Congress passes the amendment and the state legislatures vote to ratify. "Congressional proposal of the amendment is by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses. State ratification is by three-fourths majority" (Mount, 2006). The other ratification method is by convention that involves an entirely different body from the legislature. The state of Vermont, for example, after proposal of the amendment, the governor has 60 days to call the convention, elect delegates from each county, and set the convention date. 14 people are elected to be at-large members. This means that each voter would cast votes for 14 people, with the top 14 vote getters being elected. The convention takes place in the Senate chamber in the state capitol. The candidates that participate are selected from a list of eligible Vermont citizens and a total of 28 are selected. Mount (2006)…show more content…
First we will take a look at the positive outcomes for citizens and society as a whole if this type of program was set up. First citizens would have more say in the process of laws being decided and may actually help in the process since many government officials do not have the time or resources to go over every page in the laws they are reviewing or signing in. Also citizens would have more control over something they may completely disagree with, for example the recent decisions to insert more stimulus money towards the economy would more strongly be rejected by a citizen based vote than a Democratic majority based Congress. Also a system like this would bring our system closer to a federalist based system on which our founders wanted our society to be and would take away some control of our government branches and would give states even more say in crucial decision making processes. This would make it much more difficult for governments to grow and enact more control over its citizen's daily lives, issues and
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