One of the most effective ways that you can help institute Article XIV is to contact your representative and show your support. While Article XIV is currently part of the Constitution, the specifics have not yet been hammered out. Contact your representative and tell them that you expect common sense implementation and total constitutionality!
Find your representative:
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What to say:
Currently there are two bills to implement Article XIV: 1521 which originated in the House of Representatives, and 2148 which originated in the Senate. Both bills have been acted on in their house of origin, and could not be more different in their current forms. 2148, while flawed, would create an ethics commission similar to those already active in 45 states. 1521, on the other hand, would create an ethics commission with less power, more hoops to jump through, and a less effective method of operating. 2148 does a much better job of implementing the transparency and conflict of interest provisions of Article XIV as well. The next step in the process is 'crossover', where House and Senate bills switch, and each respective body alters the other’s bills. This means that the House Ethics Committee that created 1521 now has its hands on 2148. Tell them to keep their hands off and support the bill in its current form!
When contacting the House of Representatives:
Tell them that you are disappointed with 1521, and that you appreciate the way that 2148 creates an effective Ethics Commission. Tell them that you expect them to do everything in their power to preserve the integrity of 2148, and to make the Ethics Commission even more functional.
When contacting the Senate:
Tell them that you appreciate 2148, and thank them for voting for it (it passed unanimously). Tell them that you expect them to do everything in their power to make 1521 as effective, if not more so, than 2148 or, if necessary, to kill it.
If you live in District 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 18, 25, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 38, 44 or 46, you have a representative on the House or Senate Ethics Comittee, and your voice counts even more!
You can see the members of the respective Ethics committees here:
The majority of voters in the districts listed below voted YES on Measure 1. This represents 31 (66 percent) of all legislative districts. If you are in one of these districts, you can point out to your legislators that the voters who elected them strongly support Article XIV and are looking for them to do the same.
Districts voting FOR Measure 1: 1 3 4 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 32 34 35 40 41 42 43 44 45 and 46
For any other rescources like letter templates, further information on what to say, or more help finding your legislator, email our NDPI Citizen Communications Leader Reilly Hedegaard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, don't forget to sign up as a supporter of NDPI on our signup page!