- Ends political gamesmanship, stalemates,
- seniority and corruption.
- Fairness, not politics, determines what bills get voted on.
- Eliminates corrupt spending and add-ons unrelated to a bill.
- Replaces slow committee dealmaking
- with productive democratic legislating.
Our LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
The PROCEEDINGS of Our LEGISLATURES
PART. I. ASSEMBLY
Each House shall:
Section. 3. Prohibit any member from having more power than any other member:
Blocks power struggles and political gamesmanship.
Section. 4. Prohibit committees, seniority, caucuses, filibusters, and the like:
Facilitates lawmaking and impedes corrupt deal making.
Section. 7.Submit their rules for approval by a majority consent of the Voters every 12 years;
PART. II. BILLS
Section. 1. Either House may introduce or originate any legislation;
Section. 2. The rules for each and every bill shall be the same; and the Houses must pass identical versions;
Section. 3. Consideration, debate or voting on any bill shall be on a first come first served basis; but a majority vote in favor of a bill in one House shall cause the bill to then be considered, debated and voted on prior to any other bill in the other House except those earlier passed; and a two-thirds majority in either house in favor of early consideration shall allow a bill to be considered before all others in both houses; bills may be resubmitted with minor
or major changes in order until a majority of that house decides otherwise in the first, undebatable, vote of the day:
Replaces politics with common sense and fairness.
Section. 4. All members must vote on every vote;
Section. 5. All votes must be recorded and published online, except parts reasonably requiring secrecy:
Constituents must know what their elected officials do.
Section. 6. Any member or group of members may hold hearings, and review, rewrite and amend bills:
Replaces committees with a more democratic process.
Section. 7. Limits open session debate to 5 allottable minutes per member or guest not to exceed one hour unless a majority agrees to a longer time not to exceed 3 days; 1/3 of debate time is allocated to the authors, 1/3 to the opposition, and 1/3 to related alternatives to the bill:
Promotes efficiency, productivity and new ideas.
Section. 8. Portions of bills amended in open session require a separate majority vote to be added:
Foils backroom deals and holds members accountable.
Section. 9. All amendments directly related to a bill shall be entertained, but amendments not directly related to a bill, or those intended to delay or thwart the progress of a bill or of the legislature, shall be prohibited:
Prevents members from slipping unconsidered spending and measures into bills, and similar resulting pay backs.
PART. III. The VETO
Section. 1. As it is now;
SPEAK POWER to POWER
Nonprofits, protests, parties, candidates, Presidents with 2 house majorities, none have solved our persistent problems. Instead, polarized sides concern themselves and us in the petty details of their competing investigations. Valentine puts the solutions we need into written legislation we can demand by reserving our votes for candidates who support ratification.
Women and LGBTs want equal rights and pay. Parents want schools that develop children’s gifts into profitable skills. Un(der)employed adults want similar free after school classes. Workers prefer a $20 minimum wage to welfare. Blacks want a fair policing and court system. Fiscal conservatives want accountable, deficit free government and a single 5% tax. Environmentalists, fishermen, etc want sustainable energy, farming, fishing and forestry practices. Celebrities want an end to the paparazzi; and gun owners would agree to background checks. Our current Constitution fails on these issues. This constitution includes them all, and our foundations and rights.
With inclusive legislation to team up behind, this coalition of left and right voters is powerful enough to dictate the outcome of any election. Add sports, music and movie celebrities, and nonprofits dedicated to these provisions, and this constitution will be easily ratified. Polling will force candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected. Recommend ratification, in person, on social media, post a selfie or selfeo saying “Ratify The Valentine Constitution”, join one of our Facebook groups …