New to the Libertarian Party? Please check out our “Beginners Guide the LP” to help get yourself acclimated. The LPMC will be utilizing our teams at the state and local level to advance liberty by supporting Libertarian candidates primarily at the local and county levels, through ballot initiatives and/or referendums, issue based lobbying at the local or state level, as well as influencing the Libertarian Party and its state affiliates.
Below is the pool of causes and actions that the LPMC will be carrying out across the United States, from within the Libertarian Party, to campaigns and initiatives and lobbying efforts at the local and state level.. #TakeHumanAction!
Inside the Libertarian Party
Libertarian Party Candidate Recruitment and Support: This is the fundamental function of the Libertarian Party itself. The LPMC will be focused on supporting local and county level campaigns as well as the presidential nomination.
Local Libertarian Party Affiliate Organization and Creation: Creating new county level affiliates of the Libertarian Party should be the first priority of our state teams. This will help us bolster our numbers and ultimately our influence within the Libertarian Party.
Attend your State Libertarian Party Convention: Several states have conventions coming up in March and April. This is where bylaws changes can be made and state party officers are chosen. Make sure to go, network and support the best people for the officer jobs. Let us know if you plan on running for a state position yourself.
Outside the Libertarian Party
Ballot Initiative: The ballot initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can bring about a public vote on a proposed statute or constitutional amendment.
Referendum: A legislative referendum is when a legislature places an issue on the ballot for voters to decide. A veto referendum is when voters decide directly whether to keep a law that’s already been passed, usually after collecting signatures to place the question on the ballot.
Lobbying: The attempt to persuade another person to accept your position, including all attempts to influence elected officials who create laws and set policies by other legislators, constituents or organized groups. This is how you will have to introduce bills in states that do not have ballot initiatives—by convincing a representatives to introduce and pass a bill.
The LPMC will use ballot initiatives, referendums, and lobbying at every level of government (federal, state, county, municipal, etc.), choosing the most effective means allowed in each particular case. You can start a ballot initiative in your state much like Decriminalize Denver to legalize Gold and Silver for example, or you can lobby your local government to pass a bill to decriminalize marijuana, or bring attention to tax issues locally. These efforts will enable us to form issue based coalitions with both republicans and democrats on a variety of issues.
States that Allow Ballot Initiatives and Referendum
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland (Veto referendum only), Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico (Veto referendum only), North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, District of Columbia
If you plan on starting or supporting either a ballot initiative, referendum or an issue-based lobbying effort at any level, you are going to need to find the appropriate representatives:
Find Your Federal Representatives
Find Your Federal Senators
Find Your State Legislators
Find Your Mayor
Find Your County Government
Find Your Local Government
Find Active Initiatives In Your State
Examples of issues to pursue through initiative, referendum, and lobbying
(Thanks to the Tenth Amendment Center for much of the sample legislation below.)
If you use any of these as a template, make sure to look out for any cited codes, statutes or precedent so that you can replace it with an appropriate alternative that may exist in your state. Also be sure to make sure that “City of ____” or “Municipality of ____” is changed to reflect where you are doing this at.
Ban Local Assistance to Federal Gun Control – Sample Legislation
“AN Ordinance, which shall be known and may be cited as the “2nd Amendment Preservation
Ordinance.” To prevent federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms; nullifying all federal acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
Ordinance to Limit Surveillance Tech – Sample Legislation:
This bill will require the local government to give permission to law enforcement before it can use any surveillance technology.
Local Cannabis Decriminalization: Sample Legislation:
This bill will make possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana within the jurisdiction of the local govt a summary offence with a $25 fine.
Local Psilocybin Decriminalization – Sample Legislation
This bill will completely decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms at the local level.
Current Efforts: Decriminalize Denver – Kevin Matthews, Executive Director
State Legalization of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender – Constitutional Tender Act:
This bill will allow gold and silver to be used as legal tender within the state in which it is passed. This creates competition with the Federal Reserve Note
State Gold/Silver Depository – Sample Legislation:
This bill creates a state bullion depository.
Defund the NSA
– 4th Amendment Protection Act:
– Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act:
These bills creates a prohibition on assistance to federal agencies engaged in illegal collection of electronic data or metadata from the people within a given state.
Ban Future Gun Control Legislation – Line in the Sand Act:
This bill prevents State Police from enforcing federal gun control laws.
Stingray Law Enforcement Prohibition – Sample Legislation:
“AN ACT Relating to prohibiting the use of a cell site simulator device without a warrant; amending RCW 9.73.260; adding a new section to chapter 9.73 RCW;”
State Cannabis Recreational Legalization – The P.E.A.C.E Act:
This bill legalizes the recreational use of cannabis at the state level.
State Hemp Legalization – Remove Hemp from List of Controlled Substances:
Audit The Federal Reserve – H.R. 24:
A full, independent audit of the Federal Reserve.
Peace Tax Fund – H.R. 1947:
“This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to establish in the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund for the deposit of income, gift, and estate taxes paid by or on behalf of taxpayers: (1) who are designated conscientious objectors opposed to participation in war in any form based upon their sincerely held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or training (within the meaning of the Military Selective Service Act); and (2) who have certified their beliefs in writing.”
Economic Freedom Zones – S. 1551:
“The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow reduced tax rates, tax credits, tax-exempt educational savings accounts, increased expensing of business property, and other tax incentives for individuals and businesses located in” areas that qualify as an economic freedom zone.
Federal Hemp Legalization – H.B. 5780:
An act legalizing industrial hemp.