Governments presently use what is called the traditional method of lawmaking to create laws. This method is highly proficient for creating new laws, but it is fatally flawed as a problem solving process.
In a democracy, the purpose of the legislature is not to make laws but to uphold the liberty and well being of the people. Since the traditional method of lawmaking makes laws but does not solve problems, it is a failure in terms of the purpose of democracy. This failure is compounded by the fact that each legislative session produces more, mostly ineffective laws. These new laws increase the size, complexity, and cost of the body of laws and add more restrictions to human activities. Therefore, the traditional method of lawmaking, with its continued production of laws, adds to the "chaos of laws" and threatens the liberty and well being of the people.
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A review of the traditional method of lawmaking reveals that it is singularly lacking in QUALITY: it is devoid of quality standards for the design, review, and improvement of laws.
The solution to unresolved societal problems, the increasing chaos of laws, and the threat to democracy is quite simple. All that needs to be done is to expand the concepts and practices of QUALITY to encompass laws and lawmaking. Quality programs will "weed out" non-productive laws and upgrade the lawmaking process to solve societal problems. The result will be much higher levels of performance of government and the ascendancy of governments to the status of true democracy.
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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOLUTION
Three parallel pathways are used to implement the "quality solution:"
1. Citizens can help their legislatures improve the performance of government by identifying a) unnecessary and harmful laws for repeal and b) defective bills for veto or redesign. When these laws and bills have been identified they will be reported to their respective legislatures for review and corrective action. To see what you can do now to improve the quality of lawmaking, click here.
2. State legislatures and governors can adopt quality programs for laws and lawmaking. This action will bring immediate improvement to the bodies of laws and the lawmaking process. The initial focus of quality programs for lawmaking is the state governments of the United States. To see what state legislators and governors can do to improve the quality of lawmaking, click here.
3. The science community can help expand the science of laws and transform lawmaking into a knowledge industry, thus enabling governments to ascend to the status of true democracy. To go to the science of laws web site, click here.