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House Resolution 1: House Operating Procedures

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on: August 08, 2022, 07:58:31 am
House Resolution 1: House Operating Procedures

Purpose: To ensure the efficient operation of these chambers by means of simple, well-defined, operating procedures.

Author(s): Renegalle and Salibaic

Article I: Legislative Procedures

1. Upon a piece of legislation being introduced by a member of the House, it must be supported by at least one other member of the House for the legislation submitted to receive a debate.

2. The Speaker or one of their Deputies must then formally open debate on the legislation within seven days, unless there is an ongoing debate, in which the legislation must be debated directly following the conclusion of the previous debate.

2.1. The Speaker or one of their Deputies must announce how long the debate period will last, being no less than twenty-four and no greater than seventy-two hours.

2.2. The debate period may be extended by a simple motion in the House and a simple majority in favor to extend debate for a maximum of an additional forty-eight hours.

3. Following the conclusion of the debate session the Speaker or one of their Deputies shall open a vote.

4. Should a legislative proposal in the form of a passed House Act be vetoed by the Prime Minister, the House may hold a second debate period followed by a vote to overturn the veto.

5. A standalone repeal or series of standalone repeals shall merely be classified as a motion in the House, not a piece of legislation.

6. For the purposes of this act, “legislation” shall include legislation as defined by the Federal Constitution and amendments to the Constitution, Rights of Citizens, and Penal Code.

7. Impeachment proceedings shall follow the same procedures as laid out in this article.

Article II: Speaker

1. The House shall elect a Speaker from amongst its members by a simple majority vote. If no such majority is achieved in the first round, runoffs, using a system of elimination, shall be held. The Speaker of the House shall be responsible for:

1.1. Holding and scheduling debates on proposed laws and votes thereof. They shall provide and update a publicly available schedule of the House's upcoming debates, meetings, and votes.
1.2. Correcting formatting errors and posting proposed laws on the forums before holding votes (if not already there). If it is unclear what any section is trying to say, the Speaker must ask for clarification from the law's author(s).

1.3. Tabulating votes and posting these results wherever the passed law is found, or in the case of a repeal, wherever the repealed law is found. This must specify the votes of each member or if they were absent from the vote. They must also ensure that the law is moved to the appropriate section of the forums and if it affects any other laws, that those laws are to be moved as well.

1.4. Informing citizens of the passage of legislation (or repeals) on a weekly basis. If no legislation/repeals have been passed during a particular week, they shall not be required to do so.

1.5. Informing citizens and the House of Representatives of House debates and meetings. They must also extend an invitation to all citizens, by any reasonable means, to participate. No citizen may be barred from listening in on these sessions. All House Representatives must be able to provide their opinions on the matters of discussion during these sessions.

1.6. Supervising and holding citizen votes, as required and laid out by the Constitution.

2. A Speaker shall be elected at the beginning of a new term following the completion of a general election. A new election for Speaker may be held during a term if the Speaker resigns or otherwise loses their position in the House.

2.1. These elections shall begin with candidacy announcements, lasting two days, followed by a formal vote, lasting one day.

2.2. If the House Speaker from the previous term is re-elected, they shall remain the incumbent until a new election for Speaker has been held. They shall hold the Speaker election. If they are not re-elected, the Founder shall hold the election for Speaker.

3. The Deputy Speaker(s) shall perform the duties of the Speaker if the Speaker is absent for any reason or has delegated those duties to them.
 
4. If the Speaker resigns, the Deputy Speaker(s) shall perform the duties of the Speaker until a new Speaker is elected.

Article III: Bills, Acts, and Public Laws

1. Bills are proposed pieces of legislation that have not yet been passed or signed into law.
2. Acts are passed pieces of legislation that have not yet been signed into law.
3. Public laws are passed pieces of legislation that have either been signed into law or made law by overturning a veto.

4. A bill shall have the following format:

House Bill: [Title of Bill]
Purpose: [the purpose the bill is trying to achieve]
Author(s): [Author(s) Name(s)]
Article [article number]: [article name]
[clause number]. [text of clause].

5. A bill shall become an act upon being passed, and its first line shall change as follows:

House Act: [Title of Act]

6. An act shall become a public law upon being signed or its veto being overturned, and its first line shall change as follows:

Public Law [TBD]: [Title of Law]

7. Article numbering must use roman numerals.

Article IV: Constitutional Amendments

1. Constitutional amendments change the legal text of Constitutional Law, which includes the Constitution and the Rights of Citizens.

2. An amendment shall have the following format:

Constitutional Amendment [TBD]: [title of amendment]
Purpose: [the purpose the amendment is trying to achieve]
Author(s): [author(s) name(s)]
[Existing Section, Document Name (Constitution or Rights of Citizens): Name of Section] Existing Language
[New Section: Name of Section] New Language
OR
[Existing Clause(s), Document Name (Constitution or Rights of Citizens): Clause Number(s), including article numeral and section letter] Existing Language
[New Clause(s): Clause Number(s), including article numeral and section letter] New Language

2. When an amendment is proposed, the following should be bolded:
2.1. Any and all new material proposed to be added to the document.
3. If material is removed, it is to be struck through in the new article to indicate so.
4. After the bill has passed voting by the House, the Speaker of the House or Founder shall remove these bolded and struck-out characters and properly format the amendment.

Article V: Penal Code Amendments

1. Penal code amendments change the legal text of the Penal Code.

2. An amendment shall have the following format:

Penal Code Amendment [TBD]: [title of amendment]
Purpose: [the purpose the amendment is trying to achieve]
Author(s): [author(s) name(s)]
[Existing Section: Name of Section] Existing Language
[New Section: Name of Section] New Language
OR
[Existing Clause(s): Clause Number(s), including article numeral and section letter] Existing Language
[New Clause(s): Clause Number(s), including article numeral and section letter] New Language

2. When an amendment is proposed, the following should be bolded:
2.1. Any and all new material proposed to be added to the document.
3. If material is removed, it is to be struck through in the new article to indicate so.
4. After the bill has passed voting by the House, the Speaker of the House or Founder shall remove these bolded and struck-out characters and properly format the amendment.


Article VI: House Resolutions

1. House resolutions are not legislation and either affect how the House carries out its business or serve to commend or censure an individual or branch of government. A single resolution cannot for both of these purposes.

2. Those resolutions which affect House operating procedures shall have the following format:

House Resolution [TBD]: [title of procedures]
Purpose: [the purpose these procedures are trying to achieve]
Author(s): [author(s) name(s)]
Article [article number]: [article name]
[clause number]. [text of clause].

3. All other House resolutions shall have the following format:

House Resolution [TBD]: [title of resolution]
[Statement].

4. Article numbering, where relevant, must use roman numerals.

Article VII: Articles of Impeachment

1. Articles of impeachment shall have the following format:

House Impeachment
Initiating Official: [name of initiating official]
Accused: [official the House is trying to impeach]
Relevant Positions: [position(s) the official will be removed from if the impeachment is successful]
Justification: [justification for impeachment]

Article VIII: Numbering

1. The Speaker of the House shall assign numbers to legislation and resolutions as such:
1.1. To all public laws after they have gained that status;
1.2. To all constitutional amendments after they have been signed into law;
1.3. And to all penal code amendments and house resolutions after they have been passed by the House.
2. In the event that legislation or resolutions become improperly enumerated, the Speaker must rectify the numbering within one week of being notified, in writing, by any citizen that notices the issue.

Article IX: House Conduct

1. While speaking in the House, representatives must act in a respectful manner, and as such the following behavior is prohibited:

1.1. The use of vulgar language;

1.2. Improperly addressing an individual;

1.2.1. The proper way to address a member within the House shall be as follows: “The Honorable Member, [Honorific] [Name]”.

1.3. The use of taunts, personal insults, and other jeers not relating to the affairs of the House;

1.4. The violation of standing orders of the House;

2. Unparliamentary behavior shall be dealt with as such:

2.1. Should a member believe a rule has been broken, they may call a point of order, which must be acknowledged by the Speaker, so long as it is not done with malicious intent.

2.2. If a member who has been personally wronged, they may call a point of personal privilege, which must be acknowledged by the Speaker.

2.3. If a member is determined to be in violation of the rules outlined in this act, they may be ejected from a day’s session by the Speaker.

3. Standing orders may be issued only by the Speaker.

3.1. A standing order shall be defined as the written rules which regulate the proceedings of each House session.

Article X: Legislative Log

1. All legislation, resolutions, and articles of impeachment must be made publicly available to all Union citizens and a copy of each must be uploaded on the forums.
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Reply #1 on: August 13, 2022, 02:48:02 pm
This Resolution has passed, and as such, shall be House Resolution 1: House Operating Procedures. The representative votes are as follows;

Nation: The Scottish Republic
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Non-Violence
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Krovx Belgium
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Battadia in TNK
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Sumeka
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Suter
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Gumeus
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: Empire of Elysium
Vote: < Aye >

Nation: West Kronisia
Vote: < Aye >

Votes For: 9
Votes Against: 0
Votes in Abstention: 0

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