Committee for Organic and Statutory Reform
The Committee for Organic and Statutory Reform was a body tasked with amending the 1997 Organic Law that assembled during the 50th Cosa. The desired outcome was meant to be a relatively moderate overhaul that would have mantained its general spirit, but updated it to a more modern Talossa.
Each of the three major parties could name two members to the committee, picking from their Members of the Cosa and Senators, for a total of six commissioners plus the chair. The members of the Committee were:
|Viteu Marcianüs, Chair||Free Democrats||Attorney-General|
|Ian Plätschisch||Moderate Radicals||Distain|
|Txoteu Davinescu||Moderate Radicals||Member of the Cosa|
|Miestrâ Schivâ||Free Democrats||Culture Minister|
|Gödafrieu Valcadac'h||Free Democrats||Senator for Fiôvâ|
|Cresti Siervicül||RUMP||Party Leader (RUMP)|
|Éovart Grischun||RUMP||Senator for Vuode|
2017 Organic Law
The Committee produced the so-called 2017 Organic Law, which remained dormant for two years before being taken up by the 53rd Cosa under the Still Into This Amendment. In the meantime, three rivalling proposals were floated around: an alternative wholesale rewrite by Marcianüs based on the Australian constitution, which wasn't voted on; a more "softer" Mega-Amendment by the RUMP's Alexandreu Davinescu, which was largely a "tidy-up" without significant changes and was only supported by his own party; and the 2019 Organic Law, a more ambitious in-house proposal by the Plätschisch Cabinet which didn't get the required Senate supermajority during the 52nd Cosa.
The final proposal consisted of 13 articles.
Still Into This Amendment
After the failure of the 2019 Organic Law, the 2017 proposal was finally taken up by the Ziu in the 53rd Cosa. Ian Plätschisch, an original member of the Committee, resubmitted the proposal as the Still Into This Amendment ("SITA") with the additional input of Lüc da Schir and Glüc da Dhi, both of whom weren't in the original committee. Plätschisch claimed that the 2019 Organic Law didn't get the necessary opposition support because 1) it made substantive changes to the substance of the Organic Law; and 2) no list of changes was ever published. The 2017 Organic Law was an already complete draft that defeated both those points.
In respect to the Committee version, some changes were made:
- Article XIII, mostly consisting of provisions for a new Organic Law, was removed since the new proposal was an amendment;
- The Ziu may establish lower courts, instead of the Cosa alone;
- The Ziu may regulate what happens in the event the King fails to perform a duty;
- Clarifications on elections to the Senate and the Seneschal's power to dissolve the Cosa;
- Changed procedure when the Senate does not approve the budget;
- Abstentions are allowed on VoCs;
- MZs do not have to vote on every bill;
- Dandelions will register with SoS instead of MinImm;
- Senate and Cosa may officially administer themselves as they see fit.
Voting and the Ain't it Fun Act
The Amendment was passed by the Ziu with large majorities in both Houses (129-10, 5-2), but was vetoed by the King; the veto was then overridden by votes of 129-20 and 6-1. In both stages, the amendment was opposed by the RUMP (with certain members abstaining instead) and supported by the other parties.
The amendment's proponents were criticised for not having published the necessary changes they wished to make to El Lexhatx before the amendment was moved for a vote, and for not having given any timescale on when exactly such an ancillary bill would be presented and voted on. The amendment generically mentioned that there would be a year of time during which El Lexhatx could be amended before the new Organic Law took effect.
However, discussions between the Government and the confidence and supply partners led to the work on the ancillary bill, dubbed the Ain't it Fun Act ("AIFA"), beginning early in July. AIFA was thus passed by 136-48 and 7-1 just one month after the veto on the main amendment was overturned, with the RUMP again opposing the bill save for the lone switch of Senator Cresti Siervicül. The King again did not sign the bill, but allowed it to become law nonetheless.
The amendment was then subject to a referendum. Prime Minister Miestrâ Schivâ initially ordered the Chancery to hold a midterm vote right after another planned referendum, the one on the merger between Florencia and Fiova. However, the merger referendum was delayed by a re-vote in the assemblies of both provinces and a lawsuit, which meant the referendum for SITA would have to take place alongside the General Election for the 54th Cosa.
Unofficial results showed the referendum passing with 56 votes in favour and 17 against, a large margin of 78% to 22%, with 17 abstentions.
The 2017 Organic Law is slated to take effect on around 22 July 2020, one year from the final passage of the amendment; however, the Ziu will likely vote to move the date backwards, since the necessary Lexhatx changes have already been approved. A bill to that effect will be introduced in the First Clark, meaning that the 2017 Organic Law might take effect before the end of January 2020 at the earliest.