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Amendment X: Impeachment Modification Act

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on: February 15, 2021, 05:48:22 pm
Amendment X: Impeachment Modification Act
Purpose: To allow House impeachment of ministers
Author: Tigslarlowducken

Existing Section: Article E: The House of Representatives

1. The House shall consist of Representatives from each region in the Union, proportional to the total number of World Assembly members in each region.
2. The total number of seats in the House of Representatives shall be decided at the start of every House election. Each region will be able to elect one Representative for every 5 World Assembly nations they have.
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws and may create laws defining its own positions and procedures, within the constraints of this Constitution. The House shall at minimum have a Speaker to lead it in holding votes and overseeing debates.
4. The House may pass or repeal any of its laws with a simple majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
5. The House may hold impeachment proceedings against any government official, except House Representatives, Cabinet Ministers, and the Founder.

5.1. Any House member may initiate impeachment proceedings by writing articles of impeachment specifying the official to be impeached and the reasons for why they are being impeached. If these articles are seconded by another House Representative, they must be put to vote.

5.1.1. The Prime Minister and Justices shall require a 2/3 majority vote of the House to be impeached.
5.1.2. All other government officials, besides those excluded from impeachment in §E.5, shall require a simple majority vote to be impeached.

5.2. If the House passes articles of impeachment against any official other than a justice, those Articles of Impeachment shall go to the Justices for a vote on whether the reasons within those articles warrant removal from office. If the Justices vote with a simple majority in favor of removal, the official shall be removed from office.

5.2.1. In considering whether or not the articles warrant removal from office, the Justices must consider all factors: the specific circumstances, the opinion of the public on whether that official should be removed, and any other factors brought up in or related to the Articles of Impeachment. If the impeachment was for reasons other than breaking the law, the Justices must only consider those factors and not whether a law was broken, in choosing whether the official should be removed. Once they have come to a decision, the Chief Justice must write a detailed explanation of why they believe the official should or should not be removed from office.

5.3. If the House passes articles of impeachment against a justice, then those Articles of Impeachment shall go to the citizens for a vote on whether the reasons within those articles warrant removal from office. If the citizens vote with a simple majority in favor of removal, the Justice shall be removed from office.

6. The House may grant or revoke statehood by means of a special session and vote.

6.1. For both special sessions, a majority of capital representatives in favor as well as a majority of each state’s representatives in favor shall constitute an actual majority. The votes of territorial representatives shall not be considered in either special session. The votes of representatives from a state whose status is being revoked shall not be considered in a revocation session.
6.2. A territory may petition the House of Representatives for statehood.

6.2.1. A territorial leader, seeking statehood, must submit a completed constitution (or equivalent document), reviewed by the High Court for legality, to the House of Representatives.
6.2.2. The Speaker of the House shall read, in its entirety, the constitution to the assembled representatives. Representatives may suggest changes, which shall be taken note of. Once this reading is done, the Speaker shall read the constitution once more, during which time representatives may suggest additional changes.
6.2.3. Following this, two votes shall be held, on whether to admit the territory as a state and on whether to accept the completed constitution.

6.2.3.1. If an actual majority votes in favor of both measures, the territory shall become a state and the submitted constitution (or equivalent) shall become the new state’s highest law after federal law and replace the applicant’s existing constitution (or equivalent thereof).
6.2.3.2. If an actual majority votes in favor of the territory becoming a state, but not in favor of the constitution, the constitution, with the submitted suggestions for changes, shall be sent back to the territory’s leader. The session shall end and the territory’s status shall remain the same.

6.3. The House of Representatives, by means of a special session and vote, may revert a state to territorial status.

6.3.1. Both the state and those in favor of reverting its status shall have the opportunity to make their case.
6.3.2. Following this, the House of Representatives shall hold a vote on whether to revert the state to territorial status. If an actual majority votes in favor, the state shall revert to territorial status and its existing constitution (or equivalent) shall be annulled.

7. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens, within one week, for a vote lasting 4 days. This vote shall be administered by the Speaker of the House, their Deputy, or a citizen to whom the responsibility is delegated if neither of the aforementioned are able to. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.

7.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling, grammar, and formatting errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
7.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.

New Section: Article E: The House of Representatives

1. The House shall consist of Representatives from each region in the Union, proportional to the total number of World Assembly members in each region.
2. The total number of seats in the House of Representatives shall be decided at the start of every House election. Each region will be able to elect one Representative for every 5 World Assembly nations they have.
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws and may create laws defining its own positions and procedures, within the constraints of this Constitution. The House shall at minimum have a Speaker to lead it in holding votes and overseeing debates.
4. The House may pass or repeal any of its laws with a simple majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
5. The House may hold impeachment proceedings against any government official, except House Representatives, Cabinet Ministers, and the Founder.

5.1. Any House member may initiate impeachment proceedings by writing articles of impeachment specifying the official to be impeached and the reasons for why they are being impeached. If these articles are seconded by another House Representative, they must be put to vote.

5.1.1. The Prime Minister and Justices shall require a 2/3 majority vote of the House to be impeached.
5.1.2. All other government officials, besides those excluded from impeachment in §E.5, shall require a simple majority vote to be impeached.

5.2. If the House passes articles of impeachment against any official other than a justice, those Articles of Impeachment shall go to the Justices for a vote on whether the reasons within those articles warrant removal from office. If the Justices vote with a simple majority in favor of removal, the official shall be removed from office.

5.2.1. In considering whether or not the articles warrant removal from office, the Justices must consider all factors: the specific circumstances, the opinion of the public on whether that official should be removed, and any other factors brought up in or related to the Articles of Impeachment. If the impeachment was for reasons other than breaking the law, the Justices must only consider those factors and not whether a law was broken, in choosing whether the official should be removed. Once they have come to a decision, the Chief Justice must write a detailed explanation of why they believe the official should or should not be removed from office.

5.3. If the House passes articles of impeachment against a justice, then those Articles of Impeachment shall go to the citizens for a vote on whether the reasons within those articles warrant removal from office. If the citizens vote with a simple majority in favor of removal, the Justice shall be removed from office.

6. The House may grant or revoke statehood by means of a special session and vote.

6.1. For both special sessions, a majority of capital representatives in favor as well as a majority of each state’s representatives in favor shall constitute an actual majority. The votes of territorial representatives shall not be considered in either special session. The votes of representatives from a state whose status is being revoked shall not be considered in a revocation session.
6.2. A territory may petition the House of Representatives for statehood.

6.2.1. A territorial leader, seeking statehood, must submit a completed constitution (or equivalent document), reviewed by the High Court for legality, to the House of Representatives.
6.2.2. The Speaker of the House shall read, in its entirety, the constitution to the assembled representatives. Representatives may suggest changes, which shall be taken note of. Once this reading is done, the Speaker shall read the constitution once more, during which time representatives may suggest additional changes.
6.2.3. Following this, two votes shall be held, on whether to admit the territory as a state and on whether to accept the completed constitution.

6.2.3.1. If an actual majority votes in favor of both measures, the territory shall become a state and the submitted constitution (or equivalent) shall become the new state’s highest law after federal law and replace the applicant’s existing constitution (or equivalent thereof).
6.2.3.2. If an actual majority votes in favor of the territory becoming a state, but not in favor of the constitution, the constitution, with the submitted suggestions for changes, shall be sent back to the territory’s leader. The session shall end and the territory’s status shall remain the same.

6.3. The House of Representatives, by means of a special session and vote, may revert a state to territorial status.

6.3.1. Both the state and those in favor of reverting its status shall have the opportunity to make their case.
6.3.2. Following this, the House of Representatives shall hold a vote on whether to revert the state to territorial status. If an actual majority votes in favor, the state shall revert to territorial status and its existing constitution (or equivalent) shall be annulled.

7. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens, within one week, for a vote lasting 4 days. This vote shall be administered by the Speaker of the House, their Deputy, or a citizen to whom the responsibility is delegated if neither of the aforementioned are able to. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.

7.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling, grammar, and formatting errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
7.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.
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