Published on 27 July 2022 at 16:20

New legislation will be needed from time to time in achieving our vision for Yorkshire,

The Challenge is to create a legislature that is based on deliberative democratic principles and logical discussion and as far away from any party-political doctrine as possible.

While we recognise the part referenda can play in the legislative process, it is just not practical to hold a referendum every time we want to pass a new law or regulation.

There is room however for citizen participation and role for Citizens Assembly’s or Citizens Juries in initiating and examining proposed new laws or regulations, with notable successes over recent on some major contentious issues in Ireland.

This raises the question on whether we need a permanent legislature or not.

If the answer is yes, we do.  What size should it be?  What procedures should it follow?  What will be its relationship with the Executive?  Is there still a role for Citizens Assembly’s or Citizens Juries.

Who should have the power to initiate the legislative process, should it be the Executive, by public petition or some other means?

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