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SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:05 am

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SO 2016-3

Parliamentary Procedure Orders

I. Preface:

Recognizing that there is no formal procedure for the working of this Parliament, we set out these Orders to govern our procedure.

II. Acts of Parliament:

The following procedural orders apply to proposed Acts of Parliament:
a) The bill shall be proposed in the Drafting Table section of the forums.
b) When the bill has gathered the endorsements of at least two senators, the Prime Minister shall move it to the Debate Hall section of the forums.
c) The Prime Minister shall set the time for the end of the debate at no less than two and no more than four days from its start.
d) During the first half of the debate, a Motion to Pass to a Vote may be tabled by any senator in the forum thread of the bill.
e) If such a motion gathers the endorsements of at least two senators, the Prime Minister may, at his discretion, suspend the debate and move the bill to the voting Chamber section of the forums where the senators will vote for two days or until all the senators have voted within that timeframe.
f) If a majority or more of the nine senators vote in favor of the bill, it becomes an Act of Parliament, and is sent to the President to be signed or vetoed.
g) Otherwise, the Prime Minister will resume the debate and the bill will complete the debate time assigned.
h) The Prime Minister may, at the end of the debate time and at his discretion, grant an extension of either one or two days to the debate time.
i) Such an extension may only be granted once for each bill.
j) When the debate time has ended, the Prime Minister will move the bill to the Voting Chamber where the senators will vote for at least two and no more than four days or until all the senators have voted within that timeframe.
k) If a majority or more of the nine senators vote in favor of the bill, it becomes an Act of Parliament, and is sent to the President to be signed or vetoed.
l) Otherwise, the bill is considered to have failed and is dropped.

III. Constitutional Amendments:


The following procedural orders apply to proposed Constitutional Amendments (see also SO 2015-2 Constitution Act):
a) The constitutional amendment shall be proposed in the Drafting Table section of the forums.
b) When the constitutional amendment has gathered the endorsements of at least three senators, the Prime Minister shall move it to the Debate Hall section of the forums.
c) The Prime Minister shall set the time for the end of the debate at no less than three and no more than five days from its start.
d) The Prime Minister may, at the end of the debate time and at his discretion, grant an extension of either one, two or three days to the debate time.
e) Such an extension may only be granted twice for each constitutional amendment.
f) When the debate time has ended, the Prime Minister will move the constitutional amendment to the Voting Chamber where the senators will vote for at least three and no more than five days or until all the senators have voted within that timeframe.
g) If a two thirds supermajority or more of the nine senators vote in favor of the constitutional amendment, it had passed Voting Stage 1, and will pass to Voting Stage 2.
h) Otherwise, the constitutional amendment is considered to have failed and is dropped.

IV. Amendments to this Act:

In spirit with the fluctuating needs of this Parliament, these Orders should also be adaptable to different times. Therefore, at the beginning of each Parliament, Amendments to these Orders may be proposed in the Drafting Hall as a bill and follow the path under the current Orders. However, to pass, they must be backed by a two thirds supermajority in the Voting Chamber.

V. Conclusion:

We, the Parliament of the Union, hereby enact these Orders to govern our procedure.

February 9, 2016
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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:06 am

Debate will last for at least three days, until Sunday February 14, 2016. An extension may be granted.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Thrishca on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:09 pm

Thrishca requests to move this bill to a vote

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Zodiacs on Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:25 pm

instead of 9 senators, use "number of senators as described by the constitution",
this way if the region shrinks/expands and results in change in number of senators,
we wont have to change this law.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:05 pm

Um that sounds sensible to me. I hereby propose the following amendment:
Amendment I: To replace "the nine senators" with "all the senators" throughout the bill.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by The Kingdom of Stornland on Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:40 pm

Stornland supports the amendment.
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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Libertarian Democracy on Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:08 pm

LibDem supports the proposed bill and amendments.

However, I am left a little unsure about Article IV. Perhaps there should be a procedure added, applicable to all non-amendment bills, that allows for an amendment by two-thirds supermajority.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Jackova on Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:57 pm

Jackova supports the amendment.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:19 pm

I am not quite sure what Libertarian Democracy means? Could someone please enlighten me?

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:20 pm

Article IV deals with amending this bill itself, if anyone was unsure...

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Aralunya on Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:37 am

I believe LibDem is putting forth that all bills require two-thirds majority votes to amend the bill. Instead of having all amendments to bills passed by majority, all amendments to bills would require a supermajority.
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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:58 am

Oh okay, I think I see. I'm rather busy right now, so will work on that in an hour or two...

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:02 am

Amendment II: "To add the following clause after Article II, clause l: 'm) All amendments to or repeals of existing bills must be passed by a two thirds supermajority of all the senators.'"

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:03 am

Just a quick solution. If anyone else finds another way, please propose it!

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Post by Libertarian Democracy on Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:29 am

LibDem supports the second proposed amendment to the bill.

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Re: SO 2016-3 Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:19 pm

The debate has been abridged and is now closed. Voting on the amendments to the bill will now commence.

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