SO 2018-09 Parliamentary Inquiry Commission Act *VOTING*

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SO 2018-09 Parliamentary Inquiry Commission Act *VOTING*

Post by Libertarian Democracy on Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:15 am

Senate of the Parliamentary Union
SO 2018-09
Parliamentary Inquiry Commission Act

AFFIRMING the right and responsibility of the Parliament to question and to receive information concerning all aspects of Union policy and activity;
 
ASSERTING it is therefore desirable to establish procedures for the execution of formal Parliamentary Inquiries;
 
BE IT ENACTED, by and with the advice and consent of Parliament, and by the authority of the same, as follows;-
 
Chapter I: Initial provisions
Article 1
A Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (hereinafter, a “PIC”) shall be established as an extraordinary Parliamentary Commission by a Motion of Parliament, duly passed by the latter according to its procedures, in order to conduct a specific inquiry.
 
Article 2
The Speaker of Parliament may not allow any action beyond the Drafting Table to be taken on a Motion to Convene a PIC (hereafter, a “Motion to Convene) as outlined in Article 1 of this Act unless it contains at least in proper form:
a) the subject of the inquiry;
b) the motivations for the inquiry;
c) the information that should be gathered from the inquiry; and
d) the number of Members that will serve on the Committee.
 
Chapter II: The formation of a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission
Article 3
Immediately after a Motion to Call a Parliamentary Inquiry has passed through the Voting Chamber, the Speaker of Parliament shall create a topic for that inquiry in an appropriate subforum of the Parliament’s section of the Union forum.
 
Article 4
The PIC shall consist of three or five Members, the exact number of which must be expressed in the Motion to Convene. The Senator whose name is listed first as author of the Motion to Convene, is automatically made a Member of the PIC. The remainder of the Members of the PIC shall be appointed by the Speaker of Parliament. The PIC shall be composed of sitting Senators and representative of the diversity of the membership of Parliament. The PIC will choose amongst themselves a Commission Chair.
 
Article 5
If the inquiry has as its subject anything in particular of a certain Senator or organization with which such a Senator is closely affiliated, the respective Senator(s) may not be appointed Member(s) of the PIC.
 
Article 6
Neither the PIC nor its memberships can be prorogued or dissolved due to the end of a Parliamentary Session.

Article 7
If at any point a Member of the PIC resigns from the PIC, resigns from Parliament, or ceases to exist within the Union, the Chair shall appoint a replacement in due accordance with the provisions in this Act.
 
Chapter III: The execution of the Parliamentary Inquiry
Article 8
The PIC shall have the privileges given to it in this Act only for the duration of the Inquiry it conducts. Each Member of the PIC, may use these privileges in order to execute the Inquiry.
 
Article 9
The PIC shall only make use of these extraordinary privileges granted to it when deemed necessary for the proper functioning and execution of the inquiry.
 
Article 10
The PIC shall have the privilege to request and order that written documents are forwarded to it, but no person may be charged under Article 17 of this Act for failure to respond to a simple request.
 
Article 11
The PIC shall have the privilege to publicly hear witnesses or experts on the subject of the Inquiry. The hearing shall be conducted by the full PIC, under the direction of the Commission Chair.
 
Article 12
A hearing as outlined in Article 11 of this Act shall be conducted under solemn affirmation. The person being heard shall commit to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
 
Article 13
All persons or incumbents of an office or a position must to co-operate in every way possible with the PIC. The PIC may set rules for doing so. This provision does not apply to any person who has a duty of confidentiality under the Constitution or an Act of Parliament.
 
Article 14
All persons have the privilege of assistance of any sort, whether it be legal or otherwise, to support them in their duties to the PIC.
 
Article 15
No person whatsoever must publicly provide information that would, in any way, harm the continuing or safety of the Union, when he has the Founder’s explicit permission to not provide that information, but that person may choose to transmit such information to the PIC through a private and confidential statement or document.
 
Article 16
No Prime Minister or Cabinet Minister may be obliged provide information on the meetings of Cabinet and the discussion therein, as long as he remains in office, but he may choose to do so provided that he does not violate Article 15 of this Act in doing so.
 
Article 17
Failure to Co-operate to the fullest extent possible with the Inquiry shall be defined as a criminal offense as set out in Article V of SO#2016-14 (“On Judicial Rights and Procedures”), classified as a misdemeanor, and punishable in accordance with Article V.D of the said Act.
 
Article 18
Violating a solemn affirmation sworn or taken by and for the inquiry, shall be defined as a crime as set out in Article V of SO#2016-14 (“On Judicial Rights and Procedures”), classified as a felony, and punishable in accordance with Article V.C of the said Act.
 
Chapter IV: Dissolution of a Parliamentary Inquiry
Article 19
When the inquiry has concluded, the PIC shall draft a public report to Parliament. The report shall include the minutes of proceedings of the PIC.
 
Article 20
Confidential documents provided to the PIC shall be mentioned briefly in the report. The actual text of the document shall not be published, and shall continue to be confidential.

Article 21
If information obtained by a PIC from a private or confidential statement or document is relevant to the final report, the PIC shall evaluate the confidentiality of the information and refrain from publishing any information which would compromise the security of the Union.
 
Article 22
The Committee shall be dissolved the moment they make public their report in the Lobby of Parliament. The report shall remain there, visible for each Member of the Union.
 
Chapter V: Final provisions
Article 23
Recognition is given to the Honorable Nassau-Windsor, MP LSM for drafting the initial version of this Act as SO#2017-58.
 
Article 24
This Act may be cited as “[The] Parliamentary Inquiry Commission Act [2018]”.


January 1, 2018
The Right Honorable Leader of Parliament, the Baron Abdoa, MP LSM GSM
The Right Honourable Minister of Jurisprudence Lord Libertarian Democracy, RO MP LSM GSM




Vote Scheduled 30 - 31 January 2018

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Post by Libertarian Democracy on Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:15 am

LibDem votes in favor.

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Post by Abdoa on Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:13 am

Abdoa votes in favor.

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Re: SO 2018-09 Parliamentary Inquiry Commission Act *VOTING*

Post by Libertarian Democracy on Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:50 am

Voting: 2 (Libertarian Democracy, Abdoa)
Absent: 7 (Hashkin, Nassau-Windsor, <vacant>, <vacant>, <vacant>, <vacant>, <vacant>)
Majority: 5 votes in favor required to pass

In favor: 2 (Libertarian Democracy, Abdoa)
Against: 0
In abstention: 0

The proposal has failed.

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