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A process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body.

The purpose of an initiative, which is a type of election commenced and carried out by the people, is to permit the electorate to resolve questions where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires.

See: initial, original, overture, preparatory, rudimentary

INITIATIVE, French law. The name given to the important prerogative given by the charte constitutionelle, art. 16, to the late king to propose through his ministers projects of laws. 1 Toull. n. 39. See Veto.

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One initiative begun more than a decade ago that has worked well is the advance pricing agreement (APA) program.
Unveiled last summer, the initiative will help bring basic training in environmental health to medical and nursing education by fostering curriculum development, faculty leadership, and incentives for teaching on the subjects of environmental health and pesticides.
This will help employees choose to participate in the new initiative or simply get out of the way.
Shortly after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, President William Clinton established a small policy initiative in Central and Eastern Euro e.
For the third time in less than a decade, California was fighting an initiative war over campaign finance reform, but this time, the reformers' main foes were not the intractible, well-heeled architects of the status quo.
When Phil Marble went door to door in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington, last fall soliciting support for Referendum 48, a sweeping statewide property rights initiative, he used his own experience to get people's attention.
STP Initiative Backed by Industry to Streamline Purchasing Process and Help Prevent Unsuitable Sales
President Bush's faith-based and community initiative is deeply rooted in America's heartland," Towey maintained during a press conference announcing his departure.
With exception of the Son of Boss shelter, taxpayers not agreeing with the initiative offer have been able to come to Appeals through the traditional channels, and we resolve based on their individual facts.
Former Assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was supposed to weigh in on the merits of the California ballot initiative system in a debate Friday morning with Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge, Democratic consultant Joe Cerrell and moderator Tracy Rafter, Daily News publisher and CEO.
The United States now has a window of opportunity to seize the initiative with India, to build bonds and habits of cooperation that will stand the test of time.

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