It is easy to feel detached from the political process. So much so, that some people don’t think it even matters who gets elected. Others are left scratching their heads at the votes of our lawmakers. But what if we got more of a say in the process? Some Wisconsin lawmakers are now proposing a constitutional amendment that would give the state’s residents more of a say in what laws we want to live by. They are pushing a plan that would let average citizens like you and I determine what bills are introduced in the legislature. Under the plan, a person who wanted to force the state legislature to vote on an idea they hope will become law would need to gather enough signatures. If they do, their proposal would go to the state and would be put on the statewide ballot. If it wins approval from voters, the bill would be introduced in the legislature the following session. If it doesn’t get passed and signed into law, the question would go before voters again, and if its approved there, it would become law. It is an interesting idea, given that lawmakers don’t always vote how we want them to. Polls show strong support for legalizing medicinal marijuana in Wisconsin, as well as for some gun control measures, but lawmakers won’t even hold a vote on the issues. Critics say the idea undermines our state’s legislative process, but perhaps that is the entire point.