Can petitions actually help change laws?
If a certain amount of a state all sign a petition can it be used to help create new laws or change existing laws?
peeples....You always ask such impressive questions. Your curiosity is beneficial to all of us.
"Petitions".....basically, 1.) Make a Public Statement...2) Express a Concern or Make a Request...3.) Get a large group of people noticed. 4.) Perk up some eyes and ears in the Ivory Towers. 5.) Have the power to "kick off a movement"
6.)Garner the attention we desire.
I'm sure there is more that can be attributed to "Petitions"......but the reality is, although they don't instantly nor automatically have the power to create and/or change existing laws.....They ARE a very excellent start in the long, difficult process.
It depends on the political system of your country, and the governmental processes that determine whether or not an idea becomes, eventually, a law. Petitions are an excellent way of gathering public opinion and support for the introduction of a new law or reform of those deemed out of date.
In the UK a new form of petition was introduced online - e-petition - which basically allows for that petition to be read out and debated in parliament if a threshold number of 100,000 names is reached. So in theory if I wanted to bring in a new law against people who wear ten gallon hats on Sundays I could get an initial airing in the House of Commons because 100,000 other people agreed with me!
That would be a start. The law itself might not never get beyond this first stage but at least the petition would have helped raise the issue. I think they are worth it because they reflect people's opinions, build momentum for a cause or change, and give politicians something serious to think about in between massaging their egos and photo opportunities.
Yes, they can, but in our state sometimes even a petition for an initiated act takes several tries if the powers-that-be don't want to see the act on the ballot. Our state's Attorney General (no matter who the person is at the time) just keeps ruling the ballot title invalid on a technicality. The best way to get a state act passed is to lobby your legislator. Now there are many organizations that solicitate e-petitions to submit to Congress. Change.org is one of them. They claim to have had sucess with some of them. I occasionally sign their petitions if I agree with them.
by movingout5 years ago
Give me a break! Like a bunch of whiney kids who didn't get their way! If they hate it here so badly, and hate the POTUS so much, leave the country!
by Sherry Hewins5 years ago
I don't even know if this is for real or not, but I found this link on the internethttps://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petiti … t/1wrvtnglDoes anybody know anything about it?
by Wesman Todd Shaw6 years ago
If you are a US citizen and you are on this website, then signing an Anti SOPA petition is a MUST DO thing for you.There is still protest and petitions going around, and I've one right here for you should you need to...
by Johnathan L Groom6 years ago
Have you registered to vote? If you have, why did you bother? What does our vote mean in politics?
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