Citizens and civil society groups are seeking to gather the 120,000 signatures needed to present a historic anti-corruption initiative to the Jalisco Congress.
The proposed bill, officially titled the General Law of Administrative Responsibilities but better known as “Ley 3de3” could be discussed in Congress as early as this spring.
The grassroots initiative represents the first time in Mexico’s history that civil society has attempted to directly produce legislation. The intention is to channel public indignation about corruption and impunity and push for a more honest and effective government. If the initiative is approved, corrupt officials could be removed from their posts and prevented from returning to office.
The campaign is the result of the failure of political parties and legislators to create their own effective bills. Authorities seem to be “just too corrupt to create an anticorruption law with real teeth,” said Enrique Cardenas, the coordinator of the drafting committee of Ley 3de3.