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“There oughta be a law” movement lets fed-up citizens write their own laws

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Christian Science Monitor

With Sen. Joe Simitian’s “There Oughta Be a Law” contest in its 10th year, and having spawned similar contests elsewhere, The Christian Science Monitor writes that “disgruntled voters in a handful of states now have an outlet” to propose solutions.

“The movement began in California in 2001 and has now grown to about half a dozen incarnations from California to New York. Used by high school government class teachers for years, the idea of ‘do it yourself’ legislation was formally introduced by California State Sen. Joe Simitian nine years ago, when he began his contest named after a popular . . . comic strip.”

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