Central Committee Procedure Reform Act 2018

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Central Committee Procedure Reform Act 2018
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Central Committee
An act to reform and simplify Central Committee procedure, for the purpose of bettering the efficiency and knowledge of the legislature
Citation LA1AD15
Date passed July 2, 2018
Date signed July 3, 2018
Signed by Tarrin Kael
Date commenced July 3, 2018
Administered by Chair of Central Committee
Introduced by Lewis Flood
Related legislation
Central Committee Procedures Act 2016
Party Procedures Act 2017
Summary
Repeals and reforms previous procedures for the Central Committee. Establishes the legal framework for Standing Orders.
Status: Current legislation

Central Committee Procedure Reform Act 2018

An act to reform and simplify Central Committee procedure, for the purpose of bettering the efficiency and knowledge of the legislature

Now, therefore, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the glorious Constitution of this People's Republic, by and with the advice and consent of the democratically elected representatives of the Central Committee, in holding the public mandate, in this present committee assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-

Article I - Short Title

(1) This act may be cited as the “Central Committee Rules of Order”

Article II - Definitions

(2) “Central Committee Member” shall refer to the elected members of the Central Committee.

(3) “Chair of the Central Committee” and “The Chair” shall refer to the Premier approved by the Central Committee.

(4) “The Region” and “TCB” shall be defined as the shorthand of ‘The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc’.

(5) “General Gallery” shall be defined as a public forum for the people to discuss all legislative proposals in discussion.

(6) “The Chamber” shall refer to the Central Committee.

(7) “Principal Act” refers to the act here presented.

Article III - Act Repeal

(8) LA1AD2 “Central Committee Procedures Act 2016” is hereby made null and void in its entirety.

(9) LA2DA13 “Party Procedures Act 2017” shall have Article III made null and void.

Article IV - The Central Committee

(10) The Central Committee shall propose no legislation that contravenes the rights of the people as laid out in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc.

(11) Central Committee members are duty bound to hear and respond to concerns raised in the General Gallery.

(12) Central Committee members shall debate only the facts and opinions pertinent to proposed legislation. Never shall a member of the Central Committee make personal attacks against its own or the people of TCB in the course of debate.

(13) Central Committee members are obligated to debate and vote on all proposals presented.

(14) The Central Committee shall heed council and advice if need be and provide the same to TCB and her Government.

(15) The Central Committee shall always vote publically, no secret ballot shall be permitted.

Article V - The Chair of the Central Committee

(16) The Chair shall moderate the Central Committee and ensure all debates adhere to the Tenets of the Central Committee.

(17) It is the duty of the Chair to moderate and manage proceedings as per the tenets of this act.

(18) The Chair shall be responsible for all legislative vote proceedings, and shall ensure all votes and referenda are held in line with current law.

(19) The Chair shall be chosen through the method outlined in the Constitution, and in custom and precedent.

(20) The Central Committee shall elect from within a member of the Central Committee to serve as Acting Chair in the event the Premier is unavailable. Either with notification or due to an unexplained absence of a period of 7 days.

(21) The Central Committee may call for removal of the Chair should a valid reason be provided, as well as a vote with at least 2/3s in support.

(22) Any Central Committee member may challenge the current Chair, and such a challenge shall be approved if 2/3rds of members vote in favour.

(23) The Chair’s Office shall keep a record of all votes and bills held within the chamber, as outlined in Article IX.

(24) The Premier may designate a member of the Central Committee to take their place, in the event of their absence. Said member shall hold the chair of the Central Committee during the Premier's absence, but shall not hold any other constitutionally defined powers.

Article VI - Proposals and Voting

(25) Any citizen may propose a bill, and bills shall only be voted on within the Central Committee if sponsored by a Central Committee Member.

(26) The Central Committee shall debate a maximum of 5 proposals at any one time. Emergency legislation and treaties are exempt from this limit. The Chair shall timetable any extra bills for discussion, in order of posting, and shall inform the chamber when a bill may be discussed.

(27) No proposal may be be brought to vote within 72 hours of discussion opening. After 72 hours, the Chair may bring debate to a vote should there be no reasonable discussion in progress.

(28) The Central Committee may vote either ‘Aye’, ‘Nay’, or ‘Abstain’. Legislation shall pass if ‘Aye’ secures more votes than ‘Nay’.

(29) At least 50% of the members of the Central Committee must submit a vote for a bill before it may pass. Further, a vote must be open for at least 48 hours before it may be closed. Votes shall further be closed if all members vote.

(30) The Executive Government may expedite the discussion period of bills, to a minimum of 24 hours, if an emergency amendment or act is thought to be required.

  • a: The Executive Government shall announce the bill as an expedited bill when they submit it, however a simple motion of delay may be passed within the Central Committee to return to a normal timeframe for discussion; voting on a motion of delay is permitted at any time.
  • b: All Government bills shall be submitted by the Premier, as directed by the General Secretary. In the case that the Premier is not available, the General Secretary may ask any member of the Central Committee to post on their behalf.​

(31) Once a vote passes, it is the responsibility of the Chair to submit legislation for signing to the General Secretary and open referendum for Constitutional amendments.

(32) If a vote does not pass, then the proposal may return to the floor and be reopened for debate immediately if the author wishes to continue discussion. Should a proposal fail to pass a second time, it may only be resubmitted as a new piece of legislation only after 7 days has passed.

(33) If a legislative election vote is due within five (5) days, all bills currently under discussion shall not be put to vote until after said election. This rule extends to motions, while expedited bills shall be exempt from this rule.

(34) Bills shall be dismissed from the chamber if no discussion has taken place for seven (7) days or if a majority of members consent to a motion of dismissal. Such a motion shall be voted on immediately.

(35) All bills and motions presented may have amendments added by those other than the author through a motion of amendment. The motion will be voted on immediately, and if 50% of Central Committee members vote in favour, the amendment will be added. Emergency acts are exempt from this process.

Article VII - Inactivity and Removal of a Central Committee Member

(36) If a Central Committee member has missed 3 votes consecutively without explanation or other activity within the Central Committee, or has been inactive for a period of 14 days, then the Central Committee may vote for removal of the inactive member.

(37) An emergency by-election will take place to fill the empty position. The by-election shall be held according to the provisions outlined in electoral legislation.

Article VIII - Further Procedures and Precedents

(38) The established precedents of the Chamber shall stand, until such time as they are made into Standing Orders.

(39) The Chamber shall be entitled to add and remove procedures not outlined in this act by creating “Standing Orders”.

(40) Standing Orders shall not be legislative instruments, but may be struck down by legislation and judicial review.

(41) Standing Orders shall be binding if approved by a majority of the Central Committee, and shall be subject to the same voting and discussion regulations as bills.

(42) Standing Orders may regulate voting, the proposal and voting of motions, regulation and management of the law archive, maintenance of the voting record and any other procedure that would be reasonable in a legislature.

Article IX - Voting Records

(43) The Chair of the Central Committee, or a designated individual, shall maintain a list of all votes that occur on all proposals and bills that occur during each session.

(44) Each record shall include how each member voted, the total votes for each option and a link to the vote.

(45) A further record shall be held of each proposal currently in the Chamber, along with its current status and a link to its discussion thread.

(46) Failure to maintain the records as defined in this article, for more than 3 votes, shall lead to the immediate dismissal of the offending Chair, and they may not take the seat again for the remainder of the session.

Article X - Schedule

(47) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Central Committee with the signature of the General Secretary.

(Proposed and written by Lewis Kuznetsov-Flood)