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Reference: Parliamentary Procedure Orders

Post by Abdoa on Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:13 pm

Senate of the Parliamentary Union



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. Order of Business


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.


III. 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) i) At any point when a bill is on the Drafting Table or in the Debate Hall, any Senator may request to be added to the bill as a co-sponsor.
ii) The Prime Minister will then include that Senator as a co-sponsor on the next version of the bill.//
c) 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.
d) 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.
e) 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.
f) If such a motion gathers the endorsements of at least three 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.
g) If a majority or more of all the senators vote in favor of the bill, it becomes an Act of Parliament, and is sent to the President's desk to be signed or vetoed.
h) Otherwise, the Prime Minister will resume the debate and the bill will complete the debate time assigned.
i) 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.
j) Such an extension may only be granted once for each bill.
k) When the debate time has ended, the Prime Minister will first put all non-withdrawn amendments of the bill to vote simultaneously for two days, before moving the bill, taking into account any amendments to it, 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.
l) If a majority or more of all the senators vote in favor of the bill, it becomes an Act of Parliament, and is sent to the President's desk to be signed or vetoed.
m) Otherwise, the bill is considered to have failed and is dropped.
n) All amendments to or repeals of existing bills must be passed by a two thirds supermajority of all the senators.
o) 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.


IV. Amendments to Acts of Parliament:


Acts of Parliament may be amended by another Act of Parliament, however a two-thirds supermajority shall be require for a bill proposing amendments to pass.



V. 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 all the 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.
i) 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 VI. Emergency Legislation:


The following procedural exception applies only to proposed Acts of Parliament:
a) If three Senators and the Prime Minister concur that a bill on the Drafting Table is of such urgent importance to the survival and wellbeing of the Union, that it must pass directly to the Voting Chamber, steps b), c), d), e), f), g), h), and i) in Article II of this Act may be waived.


Article VII. Undefined Procedures:


In situations where no Procedure is defined by this Document, the Constitution, or other Acts of Parliament, the Prime Minister, as Speaker of Parliament, shall have broad discretion to proceed in a matter in which they see fit, however they must act in accordance to the spirit of the Laws and the Constitution and is still subject to potential removal via a Motion of No Confidence by the Senators.


VIII. Amendments to this Act:


1) 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.
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.


IX. Conclusion:


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


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