SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

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SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:36 pm

An Act to regulate provisions for legislation during several occasions.

WHEREAS it has happened before that there is a question regarding to the legislative process during a vacancy or change in position(s) in those offices and positions involved with legislation;

WHEREAS there are yet to be set provisions to determine such occasions properly;

BE IT ENACTED by Us, by and with the advice and consent of Parliament, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-


Article 1
When at any moment Parliament is to be dissolved, yet one or more legislative documents have not been forwarded to the President for his Assent or Veto, and Parliament did already (partially) vote on the said document, the following is to happen:

  1. When necessary, the vote shall be continued and the Members of Parliament that is to be dissolved, may continue to vote until a proper vote has been taken for the term of any such document required.
  2. The Speaker, or if Parliament has already been dissolved, the former Speaker of that Session of Parliament, shall immediately forward the said document, when approved by Parliament in the Voting Chamber, to the President for his Assent or Veto.


Article 2
When at any moment Parliament is to be dissolved, yet one or more legislative documents already in Parliament have not reached the Voting Chamber yet, the said document(s) shall continue to follow proper procedures during the next Session of Parliament.

Article 3
When at any moment the Office of President is vacant, legislative documents passed to that Office by Parliament shall continue to rest at the President’s Desk for the next President’s Assent or Veto.

Article 4
This Act may be cited as “[The] Keep Calm and Carry On Act 2017”.

Saturday 15 April 2017
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The Hon. Abdoa, MP GSM LSM
The Rt. Hon. Thomolia, MP
The Rt. Hon. Sepharich, PM MP
The Rt. Hon. Libertarian Democracy, MP MoD LSM GSM

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:37 pm

Debate will last until Tuesday April 25, 2017.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:45 pm

In the opinion of the Chair, Article 1 and 2 of this Act violated Article VII of SO 2016-03 ("Parliamentary Procedure Orders Act"), as they codify/alter parliamentary procedure without amending that Act; therefore, the Chair moves an amendment to strike Articles 1 and 2 from the bill.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Libertarian Democracy on Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:53 am

I would argue that the wording of Article VII of the Orders does not specifically make this bill illegal, however Article 3 of this bill, in its current style which does not amend the Orders but bypasses them, would violate Article III, Clause M of the Orders, which states that the bill must be sent to the President directly.

I feel that we need an official opinion on this. I hereby invoke SO#2017-11 ("On Parliamentary Commissions and Committees"), Article IV, Section A, Clause 2 and order that the Rules Committee determine the legality of this proposal, and if necessary, propose an alternative version.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:04 am

Debate extended to Thursday April 27, 2017, while the Rules Committee assesses the questions before it.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:02 pm

The Rules Committee has issued the following report on the bill:

The Rules Committee recommends that the following amendment to the bill in its entirety be adopted, in order for the bill to comply with Article VII of the Procedure Orders:

"Amendments to SO 2016-03

Article 1
To insert the following clause at the end of Article II:
“If when Parliament is dissolved, any bill has commenced steps d), f), h), i), or k), then that step must continue until completed, but after it has been completed, no further action may be taken on the bill in question until a new Parliament is convened.”

Article 2
To insert the following clause at the end of Article IV:
“If when Parliament is dissolved, any constitutional amendment has commenced steps c), d), or f), then that step must continue until completed, but after it has been completed, no further action may be taken on the bill in question until a new Parliament is convened.”

Article 3
To insert the following article after Article I and to renumber the following articles:
“The following order of business shall be followed during each session of Parliament, from the moment of convening:
1) Election of a Speaker pro tempore as per SO#2017-16 (“Speaker pro tempore of Parliament Act 2017”).
2) Unfinished business held over from the previous session of Parliament at dissolution.
3) Amendments to these Orders proposed in the previous session of Parliament.
4) New business: bills or constitutional amendments proposed during the ongoing session of Parliament.”

Article 4
To amend points g) and l) of Article II to replace the word “President” in each with the words “President’s Desk”.

Article 5
To Amend Article VII: to prepend "1)" to the current text and to append the following text:
'2) No bill may add, remove, amend, overrule, or otherwise affect the Parliamentary Procedure unless it is an amendment to this Document pursuant to Clause 1 of this Article.'"

The Rules Committee also recommends that if this amendment is adopted, the bill should immediately return to the Drafting Table, to be re-scheduled for debate as an amendment to the PPOs at the beginning of the next session of Parliament.

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The Hon. Abdoa MP GSM LSM, Chair of the Rules Committee


Therefore, I do hereby move the amendment and move to pass to a vote.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Libertarian Democracy on Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:27 pm

I second the motion.

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Re: SO 2017-24 Keep Calm and Carry On Act

Post by Abdoa on Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:24 am

It is Thursday already in my current time zone, therefore the debate is over, and the though the Motion to Pass to a Vote has not gained the required support to force and earlier vote, the vote is now upon us - please go vote on the amendment to the bill in the Voting Chamber.

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