Support Merit Ticketing Initiative to Cultivate Peace
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I propose a California State Bill that seeks to foster societal peace in partnership with the police force, entitled “Merit Ticketing”. This bill would support California’s people by empowering law enforcement with the means to recognize citizens who positively contribute to society, which would improve relations between peace officers and citizens, as well as alleviate the officer from the encumbrance of engaging solely in negative situations.
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Officers would be able to write “Merit Tickets” of nominal monetary value (California’s Minimum wage) to reward upstanding citizens' meritorious actions within their community, in accordance with a process approved by state governance.
Peace is more than the absence of reprehensible action—it is the celebration of mankind’s goodness, and the power of human compassion.
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1. A nominal fee would be added to all tickets on the Uniform Penalty and Bail schedule; the fees collected would be deposited into the Merit Ticketing Fund.
2. Police officers issue Merit Tickets (Maximum of 30 per month per officer, which do not accrue) of monetary value (Minimum wage in state of issue) to citizens who do good acts in their community witnessed by local law enforcement.
3. A citizen cannot exceed $500 in Merit Tickets per year.
4. Merit Ticketing would be an optional tool that police can utilize to foster peace and prosperity in their communities.
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