Visit SGOP “By the People” Web Site
Friday, April 13, 2012
Also, Senate Republicans continue to encourage the public to visit their new Web site “By the People” at http://www.bythepeople.senategop.net/, which allows the people of Illinois to suggest ideas for potential laws.
By the People is an initiative of the Illinois Senate Republicans that encourages Illinois residents to become a direct part of the lawmaking process.
While citizens have a say in who they choose to represent them in the Illinois General Assembly, today's technologies make it easier for citizens to participate in government on a more direct, ongoing basis. By the People is an online legislative forum to allow individuals to not only offer suggestions for new legislation but also comment and expand on the ideas of others. The intent of this forum is to also allow citizens to be able to suggest changes and repeals of current laws.
The Senate Republican staff will review the forum proposals, and the public will be allowed to vote on the top suggestions. The final proposals will be chosen based on the amount of public support a suggestion received, as well as the likelihood that a proposal could realistically be approved by lawmakers and signed into law. The final proposals will be drafted into legislation that will be sponsored by a Senate Republican lawmaker.
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