|This law is currently|
IT HAS BEEN AMENDED BY:
Ziu 51st Clark 5th (April 2018)
|Sponsored by: Lüc da Schir|
Cosa: PASSED in the Cosa
|PER 119 — CON 28 — AUS 16|
Senäts: PASSED in the Senäts
|PER 2 — CON 1 — AUS 2|
Referendum: PASSED or Rejected in Referendum
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51RZ16 - The Standing Rules (Senate) Act
Primary source (bill text): http://www.talossa.ca/files/bills.php?cosa=51&bill=16
Primary source (results): http://www.talossa.ca/files/cosa_vote_result.php?cosa=51&clark=5
WHEREAS both Houses of the Ziu do not currently have any body of bylaws, and indeed no rules outside of the pieces of Organic and Statutory Law estabilishing them and regulating elections to those bodies; and
WHEREAS this gap in regulations was evident earlier in the term, as the Senate argued over a contested election; and
WHEREAS, currently, the duties of the respective Presiding Officers are largely customary and their extent is effectively up to the incumbents; and
WHEREAS a set of rules for each House of the Ziu would attempt to clarify the parliamentary procedures of the Cosa and the Senate to the extent each House wishes; and
WHEREAS, additionally, the estabilishment of Committees on Rules and Administration will allow each House to work more efficiently on managing their own bylaws, while still allowing the full membership of the respective House a say and a final vote on proposals; so
THEREFORE WE, the Ziu of the Kingdom of Talossa, hereby amend El Lexhatx to add a new subsections numbered H.21, to read as follows:
21. The Senate shall autonomously determine the rules of its proceedings. To this goal, the Mençei shall mantain a body of Standing Rules of the Senate.
21.1 At the beginning of a new term, and optionally at any subsequent time during a term, the Senate shall consider a motion to estabilish a Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Upon successful passage, any previously estabilished Committee shall disband and a new one be formed; upon failure, a Committee shall not be formed.
21.1.1 Regardless, any previous iteration of the Committee shall disband at the beginning of a new term of the Senate, as defined by the publication by the Chancery and/or the respective provincial conducting officers of final results for all of the seats up for elections, or the beginning of a First Clark, whichever comes first.
21.1.2 Upon disbandment, a Committee shall not be allowed to complete debate on any proposal, but shall be empowered to complete any voting that already was in progress by the time the disbandment was effective.
21.2 The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration shall be formed by three Senators, appointed by the Mençei. The Senate shall be empowered to object to the appointments by passing a motion to suggest an alternate composition; successful passage shall override the Mençei's appointments with the Senate's suggestion.
21.3 The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration shall be chaired by the Mençei, but unless him- or herself was appointed to the Commitee, the Mençei shall not be considered a member of the Committee.
21.4 Any member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and the Mençei, shall be empowered to submit to the Committee proposals regarding the estabilishment of a new Standing Rule, or the amendment or deletion of any of the preexisting Standing Rules of the Senate. After due debate, the Committee shall vote on the proposal, and the proposal shall be considered to be adopted by majority vote. Unless he/she is a member of the Committee, the Mençei shall only vote to break a tie, in the event that at least one of the three members abstained or did not vote by the end of the allotted voting time.
21.5 The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration's proceedings shall be public; and the Mençei shall not deny a Senator's request to speak and be heard in front of the Committee. Additionally, any Senator shall place a proposal for the Committee's consideration, and upon endorsement of the proposal by any member of the Committee, or the Mençei, said proposal shall be debated and voted on as described in 21.4.
21.6 Any proposal that has been adopted by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration shall be referred to the whole Senate for approval. The Senate shall then vote to uphold the proposal by majority vote; upon successful passage, the proposal shall take effect. Should the Senate instead reject the proposal, it shall return to the Committee's consideration for amendments, or be discarded at the original proposer's discretion.
21.7 No Standing Rule shall infringe on any Organic or Statutory provision, and Standing Rules shall be germane to the Senate's operations.
21.8 The Senate shall be empowered to waive any Standing Rule for the remainder of the current term by majority vote, without consulting the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
21.9 At any time a vacancy in the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration arises, the Mençei shall be empowered to appoint another Senator to the empty seat. The Senate shall be empowered to object to the appointment by passing a motion to suggest an alternate Senator; successful passage shall override the Mençei's appointment with the Senate's suggestion.
21.9.1 Should a Senator resign or be expelled from the Committee, resign, strike out or be expelled from the Senate, the member will still be empowered to cast his or her vote in any Committee votes that are currently open, but not any that are initiated after the notice of resignation or expulsion is published.
21.9.2 Failure to stand for reelection to the Senate shall not impede a member of the Committee from taking part in any of the Committee's activities prior to disbandment as per 21.1.1 and 21.1.2.
21.9.3 Failure of a member of the Committee who is standing for reelection to the Senate to win his race, according to any provisional results, shall not impede said member of the Committee from taking part in any of the Committee's activities prior to disbandment as per 21.1.1 and 21.1.2.
21.10 At any time, due to inactivity, other impediments to normal activity or subsequently to an individual motion of censure, the Senate shall be empowered to remove any of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration's members, through a motion adopted by simple majority.
Uréu q'estadra så: Lüc da Schir - Senator (BE)