A little gimmicky, but still, creative -- freshman state senator Justin Alfond (D-Portland) is asking his constituents to submit their ideas of good legislation. He'll pick one (or more?) winning ideas; the winners will have the honor of having their bills submitted to the legislature during the 2009 session, plus they'll get to have lunch with Alfond in Augusta. Here's more info, from Alfond's Web site:
"Some of Maine's best laws originated with you, the voting public. I
invite you to propose ideas to create a new law, or get rid of an old
one for my "Your State. Your Way." contest. At least one contest winner
is chosen, giving you the chance to directly participate in your
democracy. The winner(s) will have their bill submitted for the 2009
Session, are invited to join me for lunch at the State House and, if the
bill proceeds to Committee, will also have an opportunity to speak on
behalf of their bill in a Committee hearing.
Submissions for the 2009 Session due on January 9th. Apply online with
our web form, or print and mail the document to my office. (PDF) (DOC)"
(Hat tip: TMB.)