Introduction of one local assembly per district randomly allotted with 100 citizens, and a People’s House where each of the 435 districts is represented by one randomly allotted delegate per local assembly. The people’s households receive formal veto power, and can initiate major legislation in Congress. In the second stage, the people’s house discusses a few bills which are prepared in the congress in each session. The people’s house can then reject legislation from congress by majority vote which can in turn be overridden by a three-fifths vote from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Additionally, it has the authority to initiate a limited amount of bills in both other houses to function as a gate-opener, assisting to break legislative gridlock. The People’s House is governed by a steering committee that prepares and leads the sessions. It consists of 50 delegates who are selected out of the pool of delegates in a secret ballot.
The Local Assemblies serve as deliberation forums that discuss political issues and function as an information source for public officials about citizen preferences which are incorporated in legislation. Members serve for two years in an assembly, receive financial compensation, and gain expertise through training – similar to judicial jury members.
Proponents: Kevin O’Leary
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Elite-electorate gap, Low responsiveness of representative, Polarization
replacement of direct democracy, sidelining of representative chambers, upgrade of deliberative decision-making