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by The People's Republic of Andusre. . 137 reads.

The Loosening of Congressional Procedures Act

Authors: Andusre, Islonia
Sponsors: Andusre, Islonia

Preamble: Noting that the existing laws for Congressional Procedures (LR 6 and LR 24) are too restrictive and leave no room for Speakers and Chairpersons to exercise proper judgement with timings,

Understanding that in this bill, additions of text to existing law will be denoted in bold, deletions of text in existing law will be denoted with a strike,

Congress hereby agrees to the following:

Section I - Debates

Article I of the Parliament Procedures Act currently states the following in Section (ii):

  • ii) Bills are entitled to a minimum of 12 hours of debate and a maximum of 5 days of debate. It is up to the Speaker how long a bill is debated for.

This section will be amended to read as follows:

  • ii) Bills Any business of the House (meaning all functions of the House, like ministerial confirmations, consider bills, motions of no-confidence, et cetera) is normally entitled to a minimum of 12 hours of debate and a maximum of 5 days of debate. It is up to the Speaker how long a bill piece of the House's business is debated for. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst MPs before the 12 hour minimum time period has passed, the Speaker has the right to end the debate stage. If an MP believes the debate stage was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to the debate stage until the minimum 12 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of MPs, the Speaker must return to the debate stage until the 12 hour time period has passed.

Section II - Votes on Amendments

Article III currently states the following in Section (iv):

  • Voting time on amendments must be between 6 hours and 2 days.

This will be amended to read as follows:

  • Voting time on amendments must normally be between 6 hours and 2 days. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst MPs before the 6 hour minimum time period has passed, the Speaker has the right to end the voting on amendments. If an MP believes the voting on amendments was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to the debate stage until the minimum 6 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of MPs, the Speaker must return to the voting on amendments until the 6 hour time period has passed.

Section III - Votes on the Main Bill

Article III current states the following in section VII:

  • Voting on main bills can take up to 5 days and should last at least 24 hours or until all MPs have cast their votes.

This section will be amended to read as follows:

  • Voting on main bills can take up to 5 days and should normally last at least 24 hours or until all MPs have cast their votes. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst MPs before the 24 hour minimum time period has passed, the Speaker has the right to end the voting stage. If an MP believes the voting stage was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to the voting stage until the minimum 24 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of MPs, the Speaker must return to the debate stage until the 24 hour time period has passed.

Section I - Debates

Article I of the Parliament Procedures Act currently states the following in Section (ii):

  • ii) Bills are entitled to a minimum of 12 hours of debate and a maximum of 5 days of debate. It is up to the Senate Chairman how long a bill is debated for.

This section will be amended to read as follows:

  • ii) Bills Any business of the Senate (meaning all functions of the Senate, like judicial confirmations, consider bills, motions of no-confidence, et cetera) is normally entitled to a minimum of 12 hours of debate and a maximum of 5 days of debate. It is up to the Senate Chairman how long a bill piece of the Senate's business is debated for. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst Senators before the 12 hour minimum time period has passed, the Senate Chairman has the right to end the debate stage. If a Senator believes the debate stage was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to the debate stage until the minimum 12 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of Senators, the Senate Chairman must return to the debate stage until the 12 hour time period has passed.

Section II - Voting on Amendments

Article III currently states the following in Section (iv):

  • Voting time on amendments must be between 6 hours and 2 days.

This will be amended to read as follows:

  • Voting time on amendments must normally be between 6 hours and 2 days. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst Senators before the 6 hour minimum time period has passed, the Chairman has the right to end the voting on amendments. If a Senator believes the voting on amendments was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to voting on amendments until the minimum 6 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of Senators, the Chairman must return to the voting on amendments until the 6 hour time period has passed.

Section III - Voting on the Main Bill

Article III current states the following in section VII:

  • Votes on the main bill must last a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 5 days. If all senators have already voted before the end of the minimum of 24 hours for voting, the Senate Chairman may be allowed to close the voting earlier.

This section will be amended to read as follows:

  • Votes on the main bill must normally last a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 5 days. If all senators have already voted before the end of the minimum of 24 hours for voting, the Senate Chairman may be allowed to close the voting earlier. If it is found that there is adequate consensus amongst Senators before the 24 hour minimum time period has passed, the Chairman has the right to end the voting stage. If a Senator believes the voting stage was ended before adequate consensus was reached, they can begin a motion to return to the voting stage until the minimum 24 hour time period has passed. If this motion receives the support of a simple majority of Senators, the Chairman must return to the debate stage until the 24 hour time period has passed.

Section I - Definition

Adequate consensus is defined as a group of MPs, constituting two thirds of the chamber, who all voice their support or opposition to the current business of the chamber.

Example: When debating a regular bill, adequate consensus would be defined as a two thirds' majority in favour OR in opposition to the bill.

Section II - Reminder to Congress

Due to the limitations on amending LR 6 & 24, set out in articles XIV and XVI of each bill respectively, this piece of legislation will require two thirds' support from both Chambers of Congress.

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