Wiki Bills

Why not use public wiki’s like Wikipedia to craft new bills for submission to Congress? This might be a way to get bills passed into law that Congress is unwilling to submit on their own. For example a bill could be crafted that essentially makes lobbying illegal. Although Congress has plenty of opportunity to ruin such a bill during the process of turning it into law, I wonder if the much more public formulation process of a wiki could provide significant negative public backlash, essentially scaring Congress into passing it unmodified. Even if Congress did mess with the bill, changes could easily be tracked and tagged with the names of congressmen involved via the wiki, so the public would have a simple way of tracking the changes made.

Actually, why aren’t all bills passing through Congress tracked this way? Sounds like a good startup idea. If there’s one thing our government needs it’s more public accountability.

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