Initiatives are the electoral devices by which the wishes of the
voters may be expressed with regard to government policy.
Given the inaction of elected
officials, the only constitutional alternative left to the people
is the "sovereign power" vested, by the Constitution, in the
people. This power is manifest in the initiative process.
As President Woodrow Wilson put it, "In order to clean house the
one thing we need is a good broom. Initiatives and referendums
are good brooms."
Therefore, there is no impediment to making humane law -- with care toward correct wording of each initiative's
text to insure that the initiative cannot be struck down by
the courts for "stepping on the President's toes."
In 1993 Proposition One Committee used the initiative process to propose a solution to the mega-overkill problem, hoping to amend the Constitution.
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