This question asks how a citizen can begin the process of changing the law.

Some questions about how law is made (and unmade) are clearly on topic; those concerning common law and precedent, for example. This one is more difficult because it's asking about the democratic process of effecting a change in the law, but part of me thinks that it too should be on topic, as questions about the validity of the resulting legislation will inevitably arise.

Should the example above be on topic and, if not, how do we draw the line?

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How law is made is a constitutional question, which seems very on-topic to me.

There are several recent US Supreme Court cases addressing how law was made. For example:

  • Hollingsworth v. Perry
  • Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
  • Not to mention the various cases (including the EPA case that came down today from SCOTUS) that describe how administrative law is made.
    – Andrew
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 21:57
  • And DOT v American Assoc. of Railroads, Chevron deference, etc. etc.
    – user248
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 22:12
  • Well yea the list is extensive. Just tying into current events
    – Andrew
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 22:15
  • Gotcha. In any case, really seems that how law is made is on-topic.
    – user248
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 22:30

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