SLB's Political Info Page - Procedures

Legislative restrictions

All laws should be required to be less than some number of words (eg 500 words maximum). This would ensure that “pork” and other subterfuge can't be snuck into laws. It would also ensure that laws are clear and understandable. (see US Supreme Court majority decision in Connally v. General Construction Co., 269 US 385, 1926)

All laws should be required to be read out loud before Congress votes on them. Additionally, all votes should be recorded. (Currently, “voice votes” are permitted that aren't recorded.)

All laws should be required to be renewed by some maximum interval (eg 20 years). This ensures that laws don't stay on the books simply because people are too lazy to bother changing them. It also would ensure that there aren't an unwieldy number of laws for people to know (see previous).

Perhaps there should be an additional class of laws called Definitive Laws that provide definitions used by the other set of laws (Specific Laws? Actual Laws? Enforcing Laws?). To avoid these from being used to subvert the size restriction, Definitive Laws may not reference any other laws, and Enforcing Laws may only reference Definitive Laws. Maybe it is unnecessary complication.

Constitutional amendments can only be passed if a majority of registered voters approves of the amendment in referrendum. Note that I said a majority of registered voters, not a majority of votes.

Laws should not be able to be modified. They can be cancelled and recreated, but it shouldn't be possible to pass a law that says “change word 15 of US Statute 489.54.8654 from ‘does’ to ‘doesn't’.” That only serves to make laws confusing and difficult to understand.