In 2012, the City of Canada Bay Council proposed an innovative method of deliberative democracy to obtain the advice of citizens in making decisions for the range and quality of council services for the period 2014-18. With this in mind, the Canada Bay Council partnered with groups such as Straight Talk and newDemocracy to create a panel of 36 randomly citizens. This group worked in parallel to a randomly selected group of council staff.
Proposition 31 was a ballot measure created by California Forward and voted on by the people of California during the General Election held on November 6, 2012. Proposition 31 called for changes to the state budget, and for any legislation to be published three days before it was voted on, among other things. Proposition 31 was defeated by a vote of over 60% to under 40%, but was a good step in the right direction regarding budget reform in California.
Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review 2010 Measure 74 (Oregon CIR 2010 M74) was a Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR) held in the U.S. state of Oregon, on the topic of Measure 74, a proposed statute that would have created a regulated distribution system for medical marijuana in Oregon.
Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review 2010 Measure 73 (Oregon CIR 2010 M73) was a Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR) held in the U.S. state of Oregon, on the topic of Measure 73, a proposed statute that would impose mandatory minimum criminal sentences for certain repeat offenses concerning driving while intoxicated and for certain sexual offenses.
The New Jersey Peoples’ Tax Assembly was a deliberative event organized in 2003 by the New Jersey Coalition for the Public Good. Its aim was to provide recommendations for specific steps leading to the reform of New Jersey’s tax system, commonly seen as unfair. The Tax Assembly involved nearly 100 motivated citizens who were selected according to certain criteria that would make them representative for the total population of New Jersey. These delegates were given information to help them form opinions and guide their small group discussions. Facilitators compiled notes from the discussions into a report which was presented to the state legislature.