PA 582 Sunset Provision and Citizen Involvement

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PA 582 Sunset Provision and Citizen Involvement
What does the term “sunset provision” mean?  Why are these used?  How does a sunset…

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PA 582 Sunset Provision and Citizen Involvement

PA 582 Sunset Provision and Citizen Involvement

Discussions Week 6 All Students Posts 50 Pages 

Sunset Provision – 23 Pages 

What does the term “sunset provision” mean?  Why are these used?  How does a sunset provision reduce the cost of a new program? What is the current status of the Patriot Act?  Have the provisions scheduled to sunset been reviewed? How does a sunset provision reduce the cost of a new program? Using the Patriot Act as an example, address the trade-off between security and privacy. Why might that have led to inclusion of a sunset provision? Do you think that the sunset provision helped get the act passed?

Describe how a state legislature might make a sunset provision applicable to allagencies within that state. Why might such a general provision be created by the state? What would be the goal, in other words, of having a sunset for all agencies? How might this assist citizens in having a say in the government? Does this sound like a good thing to you?…

Citizen Involvement – 27 Pages 

I was a town manager in a small town in Maine in the 1980s (yes, I am old).  The Town of Easton had an elected Board of Selectmen and the Town Meeting form of government.  We brought the annual budget before the voters on an annual basis during the annual town meeting.  Portions of the budget could be approved or disapproved at the town meeting.

What type of democracy have I described?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this form of government?  Do you feel that citizens that show up have a right to have a direct say in local government decision-making? Or should each person’s voice just be heard through a representative? What are some of the problems in having citizen involvement in local government decision-making? Could having citizen involvement at every level of the decision-making process cause that process to become too burdensome and time-consuming?  Do you have any examples pertaining to meetings, studies, public hearings, focus groups, or other techniques that may have led to such delays?…