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1 Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:06 pm

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Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature



An act to clarify the modus operandi of the Legislature

Section 1. All future acts submitted before the legislature shall be formatted in the same way as this act, with a title in 18-point bold font at the top, a description in italics below it, and the body of the bill being divided into sections based on content with section titles bolded.
Section 1.1 – Subsections may be appended to sections. In this case, a subsection's title shall be italicized.


Section 2. Upon being submitted before either branch of the legislature, a bill shall be debated for at least 24 hours.
Section 2.1 – After the passage of at least 24 hours after the submission of a bill before the ULA, any member of the ULA may move to end debate on the bill and hold a vote on it. Voting shall begin and the debate ended after this motion has been seconded. Voting shall last 48 hours, but may be extended up to 24 additional hours by request of the Speaker of the Legislature. A bill must receive an absolute majority of votes cast in order to be approved and then sent before the Senate, where a vote shall commence lasting at least 24 hours in order to determine whether or not the bill shall become a law. This vote may be extended by up to 96 hours by request of the Speaker of the Legislature. No prohibition on debating while voting is going on shall exist.
Section 2.2 – After the passage of at least 24 hours after the submission of a bill before the Senate, any member of the Senate may move to end debate on the bill and hold a vote on it. Voting shall begin and the debate ended after this motion has been seconded. Voting shall last 48 hours, but may be extended up to 24 additional hours by request of the Speaker of the Legislature. A bill must receive an absolute majority of votes cast in order to be approved and then sent before the ULA, where a vote shall commence lasting at least 48 hours in order to determine whether or not the bill shall become a law. This vote may be extended by up to 96 hours by request of the Speaker of the Legislature. No prohibition on debating while voting is going on shall exist.

Section 3. The position of Speaker of the Legislature is hereby established. The Speaker of the Legislature shall be considered a Minister of State and thus a member of the Cabinet. The Speaker must be a member of both the Senate and the ULA, and shall be appointed through agreement of both houses. The Speaker's job shall be to allow the Legislature to function as smoothly as possible, and he shall perform duties as assigned to him by law.

Section 4. The Speaker of the Legislature may throw a bill which has been submitted but not motioned to vote out of a house should he consider it frivolous, a waste of the legislature's time, or if it is so clearly unconstitutional as to not even require a case before the IWC to determine whether or not it would be legal. However, any decision to throw a bill out may be overturned by the Chief Justice should he consider it an abuse of the Speaker of the Legislature's power, or should a petition to return the bill to the floor of the legislature be supported by four different citizens.

Section 5. A bill and the post in which it is contained may not be edited after a motion to vote has been passed and seconded.

Section 6. Should two bills passed by the Legislature conflict, then the more recently passed bill shall take precedence.

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2 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:48 pm

I generally approve. I do have one question that may or may not be applicable to this bill: When a new bill is proposed, is there a responsibility for someone to alert the populace so that a propper debate? If so, who? Would that fall under the jurisdiction of the speaker, or would that be the responsibility of the legislator proposing it, or is it the responsibility of citizens to be active enough to know?

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3 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:14 pm

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Chairman Campbell wrote:I generally approve. I do have one question that may or may not be applicable to this bill: When a new bill is proposed, is there a responsibility for someone to alert the populace so that a propper debate? If so, who? Would that fall under the jurisdiction of the speaker, or would that be the responsibility of the legislator proposing it, or is it the responsibility of citizens to be active enough to know?
Bills will be proposed in a thread in the ULA subforum, where all citizens should be able to easily find them, debate them, etc. Supporters and detractors of each bill should be able to and probably will try to inform citizens of the vote to get the vote to go their way.

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4 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:15 am

So, to be clear, there is no binding responsibility for anyone to inform the populace of voting taking place?

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5 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:41 am

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Chairman Campbell wrote:So, to be clear, there is no binding responsibility for anyone to inform the populace of voting taking place?
No, especially because the number of TG's or private forum messages might get *really* annoying when something like a new faction gaining a majority in the Senate happens and we go through the process of changing a lot of laws within the space of 2-3 weeks. Still, it would be nice for the Delegates of Constituent Regions to send TG's informing their populace of when there's a vote going on if it's reasonable.

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6 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:28 pm

Alright, makes sense. My full support

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7 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:37 am

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I move for this to be brought to a vote.

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8 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:01 am

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Llamas wrote:I move for this to be brought to a vote.
*cough* Second, anybody?

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9 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:58 am

Like I said, it has my support, so I'll second it.

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10 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:43 pm

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Voting on this bill has commenced. Leave "Aye" votes in bold green and "Nay" votes in bold red.

Aye.

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11 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:17 pm

Aye

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12 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:44 pm

Vote still open?

Aye

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13 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:53 pm

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Vote technically closed after 48 hours, but it doesn't matter. The bill passed unanimously, 2-0. It will now move to discussion in the Senate.

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14 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:10 am

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I support this, it'll do well to help orginize everything

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15 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:28 am

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Arekrya wrote:I support this, it'll do well to help orginize everything
I'll take that as an Aye vote in the Senate, which means that after another 24 hours if nothing changes it'll pass.

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16 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:53 am

[Senator] Aye [/Senator]

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17 Re: Rules on the Conduct of the Legislature on Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:24 pm

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Bill has passed unanimously in the Senate, 2-0. It will now become law.

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