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[Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Nathan II » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:44 pm

Just putting this here for review and discussion.
Chapter II - The Frenzy

Section 1 - Composition

1. The Frenzy is composed of no more than two ten Representatives from each Demesne Union.
2. The first Representative is chosen by the government of the Demesne Union.
3. The second other Representatives is are chosen by the People of the Demesne Union.
4. Each Representative has one vote, regardless of the method they were elected or selected by.
5. Only Representatives, and invited guests of the Representatives, may speak on the Floor of the Frenzy.


Section 2 - Committees

1. A Bill is first introduced to the floor of the Frenzy by the sponsoring Representative(s).
2. The Chancellor assigns the Bill to a committee for review. The committee has 5 days to either recommend the bill to the full Frenzy or to return it to the sponsor for revisions.
3. The Chancellor may bring any bill under committee review to the full Frenzy for a vote.
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Budget; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; National Security and Government Affairs; Judiciary; Rules and Administration; Veterans' Affairs
5. The Chancellor will appoint Representatives to chair the standing committees, and assign Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
6. The Chancellor may create special committees as needed. Special committees dissolve after two years unless renewed by a Frenzy resolution.


Section 3 - Rules of the Frenzy

1. The debating period for a Bill begins once it has been proposed and received committee approval or fast-tracked by the Chancellor, and lasts for at least 5 days.
2. The sponsor of a Bill may declare it to be withdrawn at any point during the period of debate.
3. The voting period for a Bill will begin after a representative moves the question, and a second representative approves. Voting will last no more than 3 days from the time of the seconding motion. The Chancellor may close a vote early if a) all representatives have voted or b) the outcome cannot be changed by uncast votes.
4. A Representative may call for a vote to be passed by unanimous consent.
5. When seconded, motions for unanimous consent will enter into a 3 day voting period. All Representatives will be assumed to have cast an "aye" vote unless they explicitly cast a negative vote before the 3 days have ended.
6. If a negative vote is cast, then a normal voting period begins automatically at that time; voting will last no more than 3 days and all Representatives must cast their votes, affirmative or negative, for them to be counted.
7. Representatives are encouraged to remind their colleagues of proper decorum, that voting has finished, that votes cast after a deadline cannot be counted, and of any breach of procedure.
8. Any Representative may propose amendments to a Bill while it is being debated. Grammatical, factual, stylistic, or other cosmetic changes are considered friendly by default and the Sponsor or Chancellor may freely amend such suggestions making careful note of the changes. Should a Sponsor disagree with an amendment, an amending vote will begin in which a majority of present Representatives must approve of the amended version. Amending votes will last 3 days.
9. The Sponsor of a Bill with the support of a second Representative, may move that a Bill be considered under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy.
10. Bills that are under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy can be rewritten without amending votes until a version of the Bill under review receives the verbal support of 1/3 of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy. The Sponsor of the Bill is still the Sponsor regardless of the change of the bill's content or character.
11. A Bill that passes the Committee of the Whole Frenzy is considered to be re-proposed and subject to the 5 day debate period.
12. The Chancellor may convene a Committee of the Whole Frenzy at anytime.
13. Should a situation arise that is not defined by these procedures, the Chancellor will issue emergency procedures to be followed until these Rules can be amended by the Frenzy to resolve the situation.
14. A Representative may move to suspend a rule, and if a majority of those present agree, that rule may be suspended for that debate session.


4. Klaasiya is a single Demesne Union known as the Confederate States of Klaasiya.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Bastianus » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:26 am

Mr Speaker,

We are amenable to all amendments. The amendments to Section 1 may require further deliberation before this representation can support it.

I yield.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Llyr Angus-Moonoak » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:51 am

Mr. Speaker,

I support the proposed amendments and the new Committees. I think having committees is a proper way to ensure scrutiny and careful deliberation. I need, however, to make the following observation.

Firstly, the Committees have a veto power over legislation before the entire Frenzy can vote. This could mean, so long as there are not appropriate protections in place, that a minority of Representatives may block legislation than would otherwise pass the Frenzy.

Secondly, it is the Chancellor that allocates bills to the Committees, and assigns both the Chairs and the members of those Committees.

Those two observations mean that, at least in theory, a Chancellor with minority support in the Frenzy may have a veto over any and all bills that the Frenzy may wish to pass. This is a loophole that I think needs fixing.

Therefore, I would suggest that we give the Frenzy the ability to pass a motion instructing the Chancellor, or the Committees, to put any measure or bill to the floor of the entire Frenzy. This would not be a normal procedure, nor I hope a frequently used one. But it would ensure a simple principle of democratic government, namely majority rule.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:03 am

Mr. Speaker,

We move to amend the measure as follows:
5. The Chancellor will appoint Representatives to chair the standing committees, and assign Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
5. The Chancellor or the Speaker shall appoint, or the Frenzy may elect, Representatives to chair the standing committees, and the Chancellor or the Speaker shall appoint, or the Frenzy may elect Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Nathan II » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:50 pm

Mr. Speaker,

I believe that the Chancellor should maintain the sole power to appoint committee chairs. We want to make sure the Chancellor is a strong legislative figure, capable of actually setting and following an agenda. The Chancellor holds their power for as long as they have the confidence of the Frenzy, so in theory the committee chairs that they appoint, will follow the agenda of the Chancellor, which is also the agenda of the majority of the Frenzy.

For reference, from the Constitution:
5. For a vacancy in the office resulting from the resignation or death of a chancellor, the Emperor nominates a citizen that will have the confidence of the Frenzy, and following a vote of confidence for the chancellorial nominee, swears the nominee in as Chancellor.
6. The Chancellor designates one of the appointed cabinet-level officials as a Deputy to assume the duties of the Chancellor during a temporary vacancy of the office
7. The Chancellor issues Executive Orders to fulfill their office's obligations. Executive Orders are instruments of government to instruct government officials where the Imperial Chancellery has jurisdiction to govern.
8. The Chancellor may be removed from office only by a constructive vote of no confidence passed by the Frenzy that also names a replacement chancellorial nominee that would have confidence of the Frenzy.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:09 am

Mr Speaker,

Section 2 (4) of the measure currently reads as follows:
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Budget; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; National Security and Government Affairs; Judiciary; Rules and Administration; Veterans' Affairs
I move to amend as follows:
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are:

a. Agriculture and Food
b. Appropriations
c. Armed Services and Veteran's Affairs
d. Housing and Urban Affairs
e. Budget
f. Commerce and Banking
g. Science
h. Transportation and Mobility
i. Energy
j. Natural Resources and Forestry
k. Environment
l. Public Works
m. Finance
n. Foreign Relations
o. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
p. National Security and Government Affairs
q. Judiciary
r. Rules and Administration
I yield.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Llyr Angus-Moonoak » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:43 pm

Mr. Speaker, on the Emperor's point, I agree with his observations. He has a fair point.

Also, I feel it is not necessarily needed to designate the first Representative as a government appointee. Thus, I move to amend as follows:
Section 1 - Composition

1. The Frenzy is composed of no more than ten Representatives from each Demesne Union.
2. The first Representative is chosen by the government of the Demesne Union.
3. The other Representatives is are chosen by the People of the Demesne Union.
3.1 The government of the Demesne Union may choose one of its Union's Representatives as the official government representative.
4. Each Representative has one vote, regardless of the method they were elected or selected by.
5. Only Representatives, and invited guests of the Representatives, may speak on the Floor of the Frenzy.
Also, separately, I wish to propose the following addition to the bill:
Section 5 - Groupings
1. Following passage of this Act, the Chancellor shall undergo a review of all national political parties and, within one year, shall create a single Register of all active national political parties.
1.2. An active national political party shall be any party that has membership in more than one Demesne Union, or is comprised of coalition of parties from more than one Demesne Union.
2. The Chancellor shall keep, as part of the Register, a record of the coalition or demesnal parties that form the national political party.
3. Representatives shall sit within the grouping of their national political parties, unless excepted.
3.1 The Speaker shall allow Representatives elected from regional parties that do not belong to any national political party, or independents, to sit as Independents in the Frenzy.

Section 6 - Elections
1. No later than 12 Novaber of every third year, the Emperor shall declare the Frenzy dissolved and issue writs for election to all Demesne Unions.
2. The writs for election shall include the final date by which Demesne Unions must certify their election results, which shall not be later than 12 Regnuary that same year.
3. Should the Emperor not issue such writs, for whatever reason, the Chancellor or the Speaker shall issue such writs at the earliest opportunity.
4. The Emperor, and if not the Chancellor, and if not the Speaker, shall announce the overall election results for the entire Frenzy and call the Frenzy to its inaugural session.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:58 pm

Mr Speaker,

I second the motions to amend of my distinguished colleague, and yield.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Nathan II » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:07 pm

Mr. Speaker,

I believe this represents the current state of proposals and amendments?

Chapter II - The Frenzy

Section 1 - Composition

1. The Frenzy is composed of no more than two ten Representatives from each Demesne Union.
2. The first Representative is chosen by the government of the Demesne Union.
2. The second Representatives is are chosen by the People of the Demesne Union.
3. Each Representative has one vote, regardless of the method they were elected or selected by.
4. Only Representatives, and invited guests of the Representatives, may speak on the Floor of the Frenzy.


Section 2 - Committees

1. A Bill is first introduced to the floor of the Frenzy by the sponsoring Representative(s).
2. The Chancellor assigns the Bill to a committee for review. The committee has 5 days to either recommend the bill to the full Frenzy or to return it to the sponsor for revisions.
3. The Chancellor may bring any bill under committee review to the full Frenzy for a vote.
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are:
a. Agriculture and Food
b. Appropriations
c. Armed Services and Veteran's Affairs
d. Housing and Urban Affairs
e. Budget
f. Commerce and Banking
g. Science
h. Transportation and Mobility
i. Energy
j. Natural Resources and Forestry
k. Environment
l. Public Works
m. Finance
n. Foreign Relations
o. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
p. National Security and Government Affairs
q. Judiciary
r. Rules and Administration
5. The Chancellor will appoint Representatives to chair the standing committees, and assign Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
6. The Chancellor may create special committees as needed. Special committees dissolve after two years unless renewed by a Frenzy resolution.


Section 3 - Rules of the Frenzy

1. The debating period for a Bill begins once it has been proposed and received committee approval or fast-tracked by the Chancellor, and lasts for at least 5 days.
2. The sponsor of a Bill may declare it to be withdrawn at any point during the period of debate.
3. The voting period for a Bill will begin after a representative moves the question, and a second representative approves. Voting will last no more than 3 days from the time of the seconding motion. The Chancellor may close a vote early if a) all representatives have voted or b) the outcome cannot be changed by uncast votes.
4. A Representative may call for a vote to be passed by unanimous consent.
5. When seconded, motions for unanimous consent will enter into a 3 day voting period. All Representatives will be assumed to have cast an "aye" vote unless they explicitly cast a negative vote before the 3 days have ended.
6. If a negative vote is cast, then a normal voting period begins automatically at that time; voting will last no more than 3 days and all Representatives must cast their votes, affirmative or negative, for them to be counted.
7. Representatives are encouraged to remind their colleagues of proper decorum, that voting has finished, that votes cast after a deadline cannot be counted, and of any breach of procedure.
8. Any Representative may propose amendments to a Bill while it is being debated. Grammatical, factual, stylistic, or other cosmetic changes are considered friendly by default and the Sponsor or Chancellor may freely amend such suggestions making careful note of the changes. Should a Sponsor disagree with an amendment, an amending vote will begin in which a majority of present Representatives must approve of the amended version. Amending votes will last 3 days.
9. The Sponsor of a Bill with the support of a second Representative, may move that a Bill be considered under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy.
10. Bills that are under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy can be rewritten without amending votes until a version of the Bill under review receives the verbal support of 1/3 of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy. The Sponsor of the Bill is still the Sponsor regardless of the change of the bill's content or character.
11. A Bill that passes the Committee of the Whole Frenzy is considered to be re-proposed and subject to the 5 day debate period.
12. The Chancellor may convene a Committee of the Whole Frenzy at anytime.
13. Should a situation arise that is not defined by these procedures, the Chancellor will issue emergency procedures to be followed until these Rules can be amended by the Frenzy to resolve the situation.
14. A Representative may move to suspend a rule, and if a majority of those present agree, that rule may be suspended for that debate session.

Section 5 - Groupings

1. Following passage of this Act, the Chancellor shall conduct a review of all national political parties and, within one year, shall create a single Register of all active national political parties.
2. An active national political party shall be any party that has membership in more than one Demesne Union, or is comprised of coalition of parties from more than one Demesne Union.
3. The Chancellor shall keep, as part of the Register, a record of the coalition or demesnial parties that form the national political party.
4. Representatives shall sit within the grouping of their national political parties, unless excepted.
5. The Speaker shall allow Representatives elected from regional parties that do not belong to any national political party, or independents, to sit as Independents in the Frenzy.


Section 6 - Elections

1. No later than 12 Novaber of every third year, the Emperor shall declare the Frenzy dissolved and issue writs for election to all Demesne Unions.
2. The writs for election shall include the final date by which Demesne Unions must certify their election results, which shall not be later than 12 Regnuary that same year.
3. Should the Emperor not issue such writs, for whatever reason, the Chancellor or the Speaker shall issue such writs at the earliest opportunity.
4. The Emperor, and if not the Chancellor, and if not the Speaker, shall announce the overall election results for the entire Frenzy and call the Frenzy to its inaugural session.
Chapter XI - Demesnes

Section 4 - Demesne Unions

4. Klaasiya is a single Demesne Union known as the Confederate States of Klaasiya.
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:12 am

Mr Speaker,

If the number of representatives shall vary, depending on the discretion of the sending authority, will this also mean that votes shall also tilt in favor of sending authorities that send the most representatives?

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Llyr Angus-Moonoak » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:30 am

Primo de Aguilar wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:12 am
Mr Speaker,

If the number of representatives shall vary, depending on the discretion of the sending authority, will this also mean that votes shall also tilt in favor of sending authorities that send the most representatives?

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My interpretation of the current wording is that Imperial law makes it possible for Demesnes to send less than 10 representatives. And since there is no Imperial law to say further under what conditions this could happen, I assume it is up for Demesnes to decide how many representatives they will send. But in any event, the Frenzy rules say (or used to say?) that measures pass with more votes For than Against, i.e. each vote counts equally, rather than being aggregated together.

So yes, if some demesne for some reason decides to enact laws to send less than 10 representatives, it will have less voting power. This, however, is justified in my view. Otherwise, it would be possible for demesnes to enact laws sending just one representative, who would have the vote of 10, which effectively renders the whole reform meaningless.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:13 pm

Mr Speaker,

I move to amend the measure, presently reading as follows:
Chapter II - The Frenzy

Section 1 - Composition

2. The Representatives are chosen by the People of the Demesne Union.

to read as follows:

2. The Representatives are chosen by the People of as the law of the Demesne Union shall provide; provided that at least one Representative shall be elected by the People of the Demesne Union.
I yield.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Nathan II » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:14 pm

Mr Speaker,

I accept the amendment as friendly.
Chapter II - The Frenzy

Section 1 - Composition

1. The Frenzy is composed of no more than two ten Representatives from each Demesne Union.
2. The first Representative is chosen by the government of the Demesne Union.
2. The Representatives are chosen as the law of the Demesne Union shall provide; provided that at least one Representative shall be elected by the People of the Demesne Union.
3. Each Representative has one vote, regardless of the method they were elected or selected by.
4. Only Representatives, and invited guests of the Representatives, may speak on the Floor of the Frenzy.


Section 2 - Committees

1. A Bill is first introduced to the floor of the Frenzy by the sponsoring Representative(s).
2. The Chancellor assigns the Bill to a committee for review. The committee has 5 days to either recommend the bill to the full Frenzy or to return it to the sponsor for revisions.
3. The Chancellor may bring any bill under committee review to the full Frenzy for a vote.
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are:
a. Agriculture and Food
b. Appropriations
c. Armed Services and Veteran's Affairs
d. Housing and Urban Affairs
e. Budget
f. Commerce and Banking
g. Science
h. Transportation and Mobility
i. Energy
j. Natural Resources and Forestry
k. Environment
l. Public Works
m. Finance
n. Foreign Relations
o. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
p. National Security and Government Affairs
q. Judiciary
r. Rules and Administration
5. The Chancellor will appoint Representatives to chair the standing committees, and assign Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
6. The Chancellor may create special committees as needed. Special committees dissolve after two years unless renewed by a Frenzy resolution.


Section 3 - Rules of the Frenzy

1. The debating period for a Bill begins once it has been proposed and received committee approval or fast-tracked by the Chancellor, and lasts for at least 5 days.
2. The sponsor of a Bill may declare it to be withdrawn at any point during the period of debate.
3. The voting period for a Bill will begin after a representative moves the question, and a second representative approves. Voting will last no more than 3 days from the time of the seconding motion. The Chancellor may close a vote early if a) all representatives have voted or b) the outcome cannot be changed by uncast votes.
4. A Representative may call for a vote to be passed by unanimous consent.
5. When seconded, motions for unanimous consent will enter into a 3 day voting period. All Representatives will be assumed to have cast an "aye" vote unless they explicitly cast a negative vote before the 3 days have ended.
6. If a negative vote is cast, then a normal voting period begins automatically at that time; voting will last no more than 3 days and all Representatives must cast their votes, affirmative or negative, for them to be counted.
7. Representatives are encouraged to remind their colleagues of proper decorum, that voting has finished, that votes cast after a deadline cannot be counted, and of any breach of procedure.
8. Any Representative may propose amendments to a Bill while it is being debated. Grammatical, factual, stylistic, or other cosmetic changes are considered friendly by default and the Sponsor or Chancellor may freely amend such suggestions making careful note of the changes. Should a Sponsor disagree with an amendment, an amending vote will begin in which a majority of present Representatives must approve of the amended version. Amending votes will last 3 days.
9. The Sponsor of a Bill with the support of a second Representative, may move that a Bill be considered under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy.
10. Bills that are under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy can be rewritten without amending votes until a version of the Bill under review receives the verbal support of 1/3 of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy. The Sponsor of the Bill is still the Sponsor regardless of the change of the bill's content or character.
11. A Bill that passes the Committee of the Whole Frenzy is considered to be re-proposed and subject to the 5 day debate period.
12. The Chancellor may convene a Committee of the Whole Frenzy at anytime.
13. Should a situation arise that is not defined by these procedures, the Chancellor will issue emergency procedures to be followed until these Rules can be amended by the Frenzy to resolve the situation.
14. A Representative may move to suspend a rule, and if a majority of those present agree, that rule may be suspended for that debate session.

Section 5 - Groupings

1. Following passage of this Act, the Chancellor shall conduct a review of all national political parties and, within one year, shall create a single Register of all active national political parties.
2. An active national political party shall be any party that has membership in more than one Demesne Union, or is comprised of coalition of parties from more than one Demesne Union.
3. The Chancellor shall keep, as part of the Register, a record of the coalition or demesnial parties that form the national political party.
4. Representatives shall sit within the grouping of their national political parties, unless excepted.
5. The Speaker shall allow Representatives elected from regional parties that do not belong to any national political party, or independents, to sit as Independents in the Frenzy.


Section 6 - Elections

1. No later than 12 Novaber of every third year, the Emperor shall declare the Frenzy dissolved and issue writs for election to all Demesne Unions.
2. The writs for election shall include the final date by which Demesne Unions must certify their election results, which shall not be later than 12 Regnuary that same year.
3. Should the Emperor not issue such writs, for whatever reason, the Chancellor or the Speaker shall issue such writs at the earliest opportunity.
4. The Emperor, and if not the Chancellor, and if not the Speaker, shall announce the overall election results for the entire Frenzy and call the Frenzy to its inaugural session.
Chapter XI - Demesnes

Section 4 - Demesne Unions

4. Klaasiya is a single Demesne Union known as the Confederate States of Klaasiya.
His Most Bovic Majesty, Nathan II,
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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Llyr Angus-Moonoak » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:56 pm

Mr. Speaker,

the amendment of the way in which Representatives are chosen is a far-reaching one. It entirely changes the landscape of what the Frenzy will be as an institution. Without saying it is necessarily good or bad, though in my view it largely defeats the purpose of the whole reform, I feel like we should have a vote on this matter.

Further to this, I have discovered a very significant flaw in what we have been discussing thus far. Under the Constitution, "2. The Frenzy shall be composed of Representatives chosen by the citizens and governments of the Demesnes", yet what we have agreed upon so far references Demesne Unions, which would be unconstitutional. But, of course, should we simply replace references of Demesne Unions with Demesnes, that would fundamentally change the power balance in the Frenzy.

On a related matter, I believe the amendments to Chapter XI are, currently, unlawful. Under the Caprine Code, a Demesne Union exists between at least two Demesnes. Klaasiya is a single Demesne. And last but not least, the Caprine Code says that "The government of each Demesne must consent to the formation of a union with another Demesne". None of those criteria are fulfilled, thus the Frenzy lacks the authority to enact the most recent version of the Chapter XI amendment.

As a resolution, I propose the following:
  • Hold a vote on whether or nor the Frenzy supports an entirely elected chamber, or the most recent version in which only 1 Representative is guaranteed to be elected;
  • If the Frenzy chooses to continue with the reform, propose and pass an amendment to the Constitution to amend Article III.2;
  • Then, pass this Reorganization Act, ensuring a Demesne Union as a whole can send up to the agreed 10 Representatives. As part of this, make all "single" Demesnes Demesne Unions (such as Klaasiya), to ensure those places have the equal representation we have always had in the Frenzy.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Primo de Aguilar » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:05 pm

Mr Speaker,

We second the motion of our distinguished colleague, and yield.

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Re: [Bill] Frenzy Reorganization Act

Post by Nathan II » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:24 pm

Mr Speaker,

Further suggestions.
Chapter II - The Frenzy

Section 1 - Composition

1. The Frenzy is composed of no more than two ten Representatives from each Demesne.
2. The first Representative is chosen by the government of the Demesne
2. The Representatives are chosen as the law of the Demesne shall provide; provided that at least one Representative shall be elected by the People of the Demesne.
3. Each Representative has one vote, regardless of the method they were elected or selected by.
4. Only Representatives, and invited guests of the Representatives, may speak on the Floor of the Frenzy.
5. Representatives must be over the age of 25, of sound mind, not been convicted of treason or heinous major crimes, and not an idiot.


Section 2 - Committees

1. A Bill is first introduced to the floor of the Frenzy by the sponsoring Representative(s).
2. The Chancellor assigns the Bill to a committee for review. The committee has 5 days to either recommend the bill to the full Frenzy or to return it to the sponsor for revisions.
3. The Chancellor may bring any bill under committee review to the full Frenzy for a vote.
4. The standing committees of the Frenzy are:
a. Agriculture and Food
b. Appropriations
c. Armed Services and Veteran's Affairs
d. Housing and Urban Affairs
e. Budget
f. Commerce and Banking
g. Science
h. Transportation and Mobility
i. Energy
j. Natural Resources and Forestry
k. Environment
l. Public Works
m. Finance
n. Foreign Relations
o. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
p. National Security and Government Affairs
q. Judiciary
r. Rules and Administration
5. The Chancellor will appoint Representatives to chair the standing committees, and assign Representatives to sit on committees. The rules of the standing committees are determined by the committees.
6. The Chancellor may create special committees as needed. Special committees dissolve after two years unless renewed by a Frenzy resolution.


Section 3 - Rules of the Frenzy

1. The debating period for a Bill begins once it has been proposed and received committee approval or fast-tracked by the Chancellor, and lasts for at least 5 days.
2. The sponsor of a Bill may declare it to be withdrawn at any point during the period of debate.
3. The voting period for a Bill will begin after a representative moves the question, and a second representative approves. Voting will last no more than 3 days from the time of the seconding motion. The Chancellor may close a vote early if a) all representatives have voted or b) the outcome cannot be changed by uncast votes.
4. A Representative may call for a vote to be passed by unanimous consent.
5. When seconded, motions for unanimous consent will enter into a 3 day voting period. All Representatives will be assumed to have cast an "aye" vote unless they explicitly cast a negative vote before the 3 days have ended.
6. If a negative vote is cast, then a normal voting period begins automatically at that time; voting will last no more than 3 days and all Representatives must cast their votes, affirmative or negative, for them to be counted.
7. Representatives are encouraged to remind their colleagues of proper decorum, that voting has finished, that votes cast after a deadline cannot be counted, and of any breach of procedure.
8. Any Representative may propose amendments to a Bill while it is being debated. Grammatical, factual, stylistic, or other cosmetic changes are considered friendly by default and the Sponsor or Chancellor may freely amend such suggestions making careful note of the changes. Should a Sponsor disagree with an amendment, an amending vote will begin in which a majority of present Representatives must approve of the amended version. Amending votes will last 3 days.
9. The Sponsor of a Bill with the support of a second Representative, may move that a Bill be considered under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy.
10. Bills that are under revision of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy can be rewritten without amending votes until a version of the Bill under review receives the verbal support of 1/3 of the Committee of the Whole Frenzy. The Sponsor of the Bill is still the Sponsor regardless of the change of the bill's content or character.
11. A Bill that passes the Committee of the Whole Frenzy is considered to be re-proposed and subject to the 5 day debate period.
12. The Chancellor may convene a Committee of the Whole Frenzy at anytime.
13. Should a situation arise that is not defined by these procedures, the Chancellor will issue emergency procedures to be followed until these Rules can be amended by the Frenzy to resolve the situation.
14. A Representative may move to suspend a rule, and if a majority of those present agree, that rule may be suspended for that debate session.

Section 5 - Groupings

1. Following passage of this Act, the Chancellor shall conduct a review of all national political parties and, within one year, shall create a single Register of all active national political parties.
2. An active national political party shall be any party that has membership in more than one Demesne, or is comprised of coalition of parties from more than one Demesne.
3. The Chancellor shall keep, as part of the Register, a record of the coalition or demesnial parties that form the national political party.
4. Representatives shall sit within the grouping of their national political parties, unless excepted.
5. The Speaker shall allow Representatives elected from regional parties that do not belong to any national political party, or independents, to sit as Independents in the Frenzy.

Section 6 - Elections

1. No later than 12 Novaber of every third year, the Emperor shall declare the Frenzy dissolved and issue writs for election and/or appointments to all Demesnes.
2. The writs for election and/or appointments shall include the final date by which Demesnes must certify their election and/or appointments results, which shall not be later than 12 Regnuary that same year.
3. Should the Emperor not issue such writs, for whatever reason, the Chancellor or the Speaker shall issue such writs at the earliest opportunity.
4. The Emperor, and if not the Chancellor, and if not the Speaker, shall announce the overall results for the entire Frenzy and call the Frenzy to its inaugural session.


Section 7 - Vacancies Due to Inactive Demesnes

1. In the event of a Demesne going inactive and being unable to elect or appoint Representatives, the Emperor will appoint that Demesne's Representatives.
2. The Emperor may only appoint residents of the inactive Demesne to serve as Representatives for that Demesne.
3. Representatives appointed to vacancies in inactive Demesnes shall have the same rights and privileges of the other duly elected and appointed members of the Frenzy.
4. The term of a Representative appointed by the Emperor shall end at the end of the Frenzy's session.

Section 8 - All Other Vacancies

1. Each Demesne shall be responsible for filling its own vacant seats in the Frenzy according to the laws of that Demesne.
2. Representatives appointed or elected by the Demesnes to fill vacancies caused by death or resignation shall serve out the term of the Representative whom they are replacing.
His Most Bovic Majesty, Nathan II,
Emperor of the Natopians

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