Guideline for introducing drafts

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Guideline for introducing drafts

Post by Nassau-Windsor on Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:03 am

Here is a guideline for introducing drafts to Parliament. If you want to write a Bill or an Amendment, but you feel a bit uncertain about how you should/could do so, then this is the place for you to be!

Please remember that there are no official or mandatory guidelines; these are simply suggestions that you could follow. With that being said, let's go to the first question to be answered:

General subjects
1. What is a draft?
A draft is a proposal. Drafts can come in many forms and shapes, depending on what they are proposing. The word "Bill" is also used to indicate that the draft is a proposal Act of Parliament, which has not passed or has not become effective yet.

2. Bill, Amendment, Motion, which should I take?
It all depends on what you are wishing to write down. "Bills" for example are proposals to create a new piece of legislation. "Amendments" technically are just Bills (once passed Acts), but they change legislation that has already been implemented by another piece of legislation. If you want to get rid of a Bill or an Amendment, you should call your proposal a "Repeal" or a "Revocation". For other proposals, you can simply use the word "Draft".

3. Am I entitled to propose?
That depends. If you want to propose for the purpose of simply debating the issue, you are entitled to do so in the Lobby. However, only Members of Parliament and Cabinet Members (the President and all Ministers) can introduce proposals to Parliament. They will do so at the Drafting Table.

4. Titles
For Titles of Honour, see "Styles, Honours, etc.".
So, you have made up your mind and know what you wish to propose, including the form. Now you just have to come up with a good title. What should you consider?

Formal prefixes
This goes for all proposals to Parliament. They, as Parliamentary documents, should have the prefix of SO (Senate Order) [year]-[number of document that year]. This way, the documents can be recorded and archived very easily. It is also easy to use it as a search term, instead of scrolling through all topics in the Archive.

Document forms
When you want to create a Bill, you wish to indicate that in the title. You could for example say "SO 2017-1 Document guideline Act". Note that for a Bill, you should use the word "Act" not Bill, as once a Bill passes Parliament and becomes effective, it is known as an Act of Parliament.

For Amendments you do the same. Technically, Amendments are Bills (Acts) of Parliament as well. But names would be too lengthy if you say "SO 2017-2 Document guideline second Amendment Act". In these cases, you can simply say "SO 2017-2 Document guideline second Amendment".

Brief indication
Your title should indicate what your proposal is about. Though, you should keep it as short and simple as possible. For example "SO 2017-3 Membership qualifications, registrations, ejections, and banishments Act" could be shortened to "SO 2017-3 Membership Act". Though, make sure that you do not use a name that has already been used!

5. Styles, Honours, etc.
When you wish to refer to specific Members of the Region, you should use the appropriate style and name. Especially in formal documents you are encouraged to use the formal titles. Hereunder is a list that shows you which style you should use:

Normal members of the Region - [name]
Members of Parliament (outside Parliament) - [name] MP/[Name], Senator
Members of Parliament (in Parliament) - The Honourable [Name]/The Hon. [Name]
Cabinet Ministers - The Right Honourable [Name]/The Rt. Hon. [Name]
The President - The Right Honourable [Name]/The Rt. Hon. [Name]
Recipients of the Long Service Medal - [Name] LSM
Recipients of the Good Service Medal - [Name] GSM

Please note that styles that belong to a particular office (Minister, Senator, etc.) are only used when the holder is in that office. So, if "Nassau-Windsor MP LSM" is not elected at the next election, he then becomes "Nassau-Windsor LSM". For questions regarding precedence or styles, contact the King of Arms (incumbent: Nassau-Windsor).

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6. Introduction text

[To be updated.]

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