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Quality of Laws Projects

 

We, the people, have an unprecedented opportunity to better our governments by improving the quality of our laws. 

 

The Quality of Laws Institute has embarked on research programs that will expand the principles and standards of quality to encompass laws and lawmaking. The changes we are developing will provide a proven blueprint and successful working model for all the world's democracies.  Think of this as not only a near-term betterment of governance, but a quality-based lawmaking system that will endure--and continue to improve--into perpetuity.

 

Some of these projects will take years to complete, and some will never end.  They include:

 

Research

 

  • To determine the feasibility and value of quality design standards for proposed new laws (bills), beginning with state governments in the United States;
  • To determine the feasibility and value of quality assurance (QA) programs for existing laws of government.  

 

Participatory democracy: Engaging the public

 

  • In a quality design program that identifies defective bills now pending before state governments. The bills that volunteers identify as defective will be submitted for tabling or redesign by the legislature, or veto by the governor.  As experience is gained, this project will be expanded to include quality design programs for the bills of every government.
  • With a quality assurance program that identifies substandard state laws. The QA program will recommend the repeal of defective, outmoded, ineffective, unenforced, and harmful laws. Recently enacted laws can be searched on the web.  However, many thousands of hours of on-site library research will be needed to investigate older enforceable laws that have not been entered onto an electronic data base (such as those enacted before 1990).  As experience is gained, this project will be expanded to include quality assurance programs for the laws of every government. 
  • To create a program that identifies improvements for, and alternatives to, present laws.  The "open sourcing" of ideas for improving laws will tap the vast resources of the public -- and holds the potential for accelerating the transition of governments to the status of true democracy.  As experience is gained, this project will be expanded to include quality improvement programs for the laws of every government. 

 

Engaging the science community

 

  • To update and expand the Index Lex Legis to keep it current with the scientific literature.
  • To expand the Index Lex Legis to include Outcomes Research and Engineering Design Methodologies. 
  • In the establishment of a Scientific Society of Peers for the Science of  Laws  (www.scienceoflaws.com).  
  • To develop the journals of the science and engineering  disciplines of laws.  The Quality of Laws Institute will accept and peer-review submitted manuscripts of scientific articles that are relevant to the science and engineering of laws.  Articles that are accepted by the peer review process will be published by the Scientific Society of the Science of laws.

 

Engaging education 

 

  • Conduct a quality law contest.  Students will study the legislative process of their state government and provide a critique of selected bills that have been submitted to the governor for either approval or veto. Students will work hands-on with the lawmaking process and learn the value of quality programs for law. Prizes to be awarded based on quality of student research. 
  • Develop and implement college curricula, to the Ph.D. level, for the science and engineering disciplines of laws.