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Provide for Legislative Standards and to amend the Constitution.​

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was written by Representative Lord_Donuticus and Representative xEndeavour

2 - Reasons
(1) This Act will form a consolidated law of standards for the legislature.
(2) This Act will succeed the Congressional Process.
(3) This bill has too many working parts to include in what has been removed, changed, added etc. There were minor changes to wording and format which I encourage people to cross check with the constitution and the below acts of congress. Where necessary, use a text comparator as well.

3 - Consolidation
The following will be rescinded:
a. Amendment Application Act​
b. Bicameral Repair Act​
c. Congressional Committee Act December 2020​
d. Congressional Hearings​
e. Congressional Questions Time Act​
f. Congressional Subpoena Power Act​
g. Congressional Tax Power Act​
h. Congressional Wage Reform Act​
i. Creation of the Office of the Speaker Act​
j. Defense of Players with No Confidence Accusations Act​
k. Hallway Decoration Act​
l. Legislative Expenditures Act​
m. Legislature Bonus Exclusion Act​
n. Motion of Commendation Act​
o. Public Congressional Votes Act​
p. Sergeant-at-Arms Creation Act​
q. The Amendment Scrutiny Act​
r. Urgent Consideration Act October 2020​
s. Congressional Process Act​

4 - Capitol Building
(1) By default the Capitol building shall be cleared of any political party decoration at the beginning of each term.

5 - The House of Representatives
(1) Upon commencing a new Congressional session, the chamber's first order of business is to amend or reconfirm it's standing orders.

6 - The Senate
(1) Upon commencing a new Congressional session, the chamber's first order of business is to amend or reconfirm it's standing orders.

7 - Sergeant at Arms
(1)The Sergeant at Arms is a temporary position, that is appointed before each Congressional session or hearing by the relevant Presiding Officer, and is relieved when the meeting is adjourned.
a. The Sergeant-at-Arms must be a serving Police Officer.​
(2) The Police Officer will be responsible for the following while acting in the capacity of Sergeant-at-Arms:
a. Ensuring the safety and the security of the Capitol Building.​
b. Ensuring the safety and the security of Representatives, Senators, and citizens on Capitol Grounds.​
c. Removing anyone from the Capitol grounds at the request of the relevant Presiding Officer.​

8 - The Office of the Presiding Officers
(1) The Office of the Presiding Officers is responsible for several tasks including:
a. Make all necessary changes to documents of law on the server (The Constitution, Laws and Changes to Departments).​
b. Assists the speaker in the running of Congress.​
c. Communicates with the Press and assists in the formatting, jurisdiction and legality of Bills.​
d. Manage, publish and write congressional transparency reports.​
e. Publicizing motions via a Record of Motions thread under Government > Congress > Reports.​
f. Regularly informing the public of motions of significant public interest via government-announcements. Motions of significant public interest include but are not limited to the following:​
i. Nominations/Confirmations​
ii. Impeachments/Removals​
iii. Censures​
iv. New committees or changes to committees​
v. Veto overrides​
vi. New national symbols​
(2) The roles within this Office will be referred to as 'Congressional Staff' and will comprise of the following:
a. Clerk​
b. Draftsman​
c. Press Assistant​
d. Deputy Clerk​
(3) Hiring
a. All people wishing to be appointed to a position within this Office must be nominated by the speaker and confirmed by the Congress.​
b. All Staff Members of the Office of the Presiding Officers will receive a base salary of $15/ 15 minutes.​
(4) Dismissal Process
a. Members of the Office of the Presiding Officers serve at the Presiding Officers pleasure.​
(5) In the Presiding Officer’s absence, or if otherwise delegated, the Deputy Presiding Officer will assume the Presiding Officer's powers.

9 - Bills
(1) Representatives have the ability to officially propose bills to Congress. In order to propose a bill, the Representative will follow the congressional process.
(2) A rejected bill or a bill of the same nature will not be proposed for a period of 14 days unless a motion of reconsideration has been approved by Congress.
a. Motion of Reconsideration format:--
- Link to Original Bill:
- Purpose of Reconsideration:
- Changes to Bill (if relevant):
(3) If there’s a tie (this is there are the same number of votes in favour and against independently of the number of abstains), the poll will be held again without the abstain option.
(4) The template for bills will be annexed to this act in a separate thread. Any amendments to the Bill format will be an amendment to the Legislative Standards Act.
10 - Resolutions
(1) Congress may pass non-binding resolutions as formal requests to the Executive and the Departments. These do not require presidential assent.
(2) The template for Resolutions will be annexed to this act in a separate thread. Any amendments to the Resolution format will be an amendment to the Legislative Standards Act.

11 - Congressional Process

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(1) The Bill is posted to forums by the sponsoring Representative as a Bill: Draft. A link will be posted to #bill-proposals by the representative.

(2) When debate is finished in the House of Representatives, the Presiding Officer will add a poll to the bill for a 48 hour voting period. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

(3) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted; or a majority is reached, there will be 2 situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Pending and move it to the Senate, notifying the Vice President; or​
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum.​
i. Passage shall be considered as a simple majority of ayes out of all non-abstention votes cast, and rejection shall be a failure to reach such a majority.​
ii. No bill shall pass the House unless over 50% of all sitting Representatives have voted on the bill.​

(4) When debate is finished in the Senate, the Presiding Officer will re-open the poll for 48 hours. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

(5) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted; or a majority is reached, there will be 2 situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will move the bill to the Congressional forum applying the 'awaiting assent' prefix, notifying the President for their assent; or​
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum with Senate recommendations in the comments.​
i. Passage shall be considered as a simple majority of ayes out of all non-abstention votes cast, and rejection shall be a failure to reach such a majority.​
ii. No bill shall pass the Senate unless over 50% of all sitting Senators have voted on the bill.​

(6) If a bill is passed by Congress, the President will do the following:

a. The President will sign the Bill and move it to the Acts of Congress forum. The Speaker’s Office will update the relevant Rules and Laws; or​
b. The President will Veto the Bill and move it to the Rejected forum, providing the reason in the comments.​

(7) Once the changes have been made, the Speaker's office will announce the changes to the public, assuming the law is of significant public interest. Laws of significant public interest include but are not limited to the following:

a. Changes to tax or property laws​
b. New restrictions against common or widespread crimes​
c. Laws requiring public referendum​

12 - Acts of Congress
(1) When amending a Bill everything being edited or changed to the bill must be highlighted in this way.
a. Any text being removed from the bill must be in red and made bold.​
b. Any text being added to the bill must be in green and made bold.​
c. Any changes to the wording of the text in a bill must be made yellow and be made bold.​
d. In addition changes made must be clear so the previous bill in its entire before any edits must be posted on the thread so it is clear what is being changed.​
(2) Sub forum
a. The Acts of Congress shall be split into two categories, Bills and Constitutional Amendments.​
b. Bills will remain in the same Acts of Congress sub forum, however inside of the Acts of Congress, a new sub forum for constitutional amendments, titled “Constitutional Amendments” will be established. All constitutional amendments will be put in the "Constitutional Amendments" sub forum upon its signage.​
(3) Amendments
a. When an amendment to a bill passes, it will be added as a reply to the original act’s thread under the Bills in Acts of Congress.​
b. The original act will be edited and updated as new amendments are added to it.​
(4) All votes on bill polls on the forums are to be made public to ensure Transparency between the public and the elected representatives.

13 - Congressional Motions

(1) A motion is moved in Congressional channels. It is simply a message seeking the approval or disapproval of Congress such as:
I move a motion of no confidence against xEndeavour for...​
I would like to move a censure motion against xEndeavour for...​
Motion: Appoint xEndeavour as the replacement representative for VeryBadRepresentative42069.​
a. Motions will be allowed to be re-voted on twice in case of tie or rejection, otherwise a period of 14 days will need to elapse before it can be put forward again.​
b. All proposed motions and their vote counts shall be made available to the general public via an edit to Record of Motions after votation has concluded, unless the motion has been classified.​
c. All motions under Record of Motions shall contain the following format:--​
- Title:​
- Proposer:​
- Description:​
- Status:​
- House Vote Count (if applicable):​
- Senate Vote Count (if applicable):​
d. Any member of the public, at any time, may request the ayes, nays, and abstains of a non-classified Congressional motion, which the Office of Presiding Officers shall be obligated to provide. This shall not apply to motions on which votation is ongoing.​
(2) Motion of No Confidence
a. Prior to voting on a motion of no confidence, the office holder in question is required to submit a reply to the motion against them which will be posted with the vote. Where 12 hours passes without a response, the Presiding Officer will announce the motion without a reply.​
b. This should not be taken lightly, as it destabilises the Government and has significant wider impacts.​
- Where the Presiding Officer is ousted they resume the role of Representative or Senator; a new Presiding Officer is then elected.​
(3) Motion to Fund
a. The legislative may allocate funds via a motion supported by a simple majority, in accordance with existing legislation around budget usage. This motion may be used to fund anything that may assist in the operation of legislative affairs.​
b. A motion to fund may be passed in either chamber individually.​
c. No chamber shall spend over 50% of the allocated funds to the legislative branch in the fiscal period, without the approval of both the House and Senate.​
(4) Motion of Commendation
a. The mover of the motion must make clear whether they want the motion to be carried through both chambers for a Congressional Commendation or just in the Senate or House of Representatives.​
b. The motion will require a simple majority in each chamber to pass.​
c. If passed the motion, a public statement of commendation is made by the Office of the Presiding Officers. A commendation can be given to anybody in the community.​
(5) Motion of Urgent Consideration
a. Motions of Urgent Consideration are proposed by the Speaker and voted on by the House of Representatives.​
b. Any bill that passes a motion of urgent consideration must be opened to voting within 12 hours.​
c. If a Bill with Urgent Consideration passes the house it will be prioritised when it is being moved to the Senate as well.​
(6) Motion of Censure
a. A motion of censure can be moved by any Representative or Senator against anyone. It carries no punishment, however publicly condemns someone's actions. (e.g. The Representative broke the law on or off congressional duties; missed a vote without a reasonable excuse; and or didn't follow parliamentary process etc.).​
(7) Motion of Replacement
b. When a Representative pr Senator resigns or is removed from office, they will be replaced in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution.​
(8) Motion of Removal
b. The Congress can remove a fellow member of the Congress in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution. Congress should however only exercise this power where the circumstances are appropriate (e.g. the representative has been censured several times).​
(9) Motion of Nomination
a. When a candidate for the Judiciary or the Legislative branches is nominated by the President or the Speaker, a supermajority approval is required.​
(10) Motion to Override
a. When the President vetoes a bill, Congress can override the veto through a 2/3 majority vote.​
(11) Motion to subpoena government documents / records
a. Congress can subpoena government documents / records. This should only be used if the citizen is going to appear in front of congress for a hearing or a subpoena.​
(12) Motion to Classify
a. Any Representative or Senator may motion for the motion and its vote count to be prevented from releasing to the public by the Office of The Presiding Officers. The motion may classify the motion indefinitely or until a certain date.​
b. To declassify a previously classified motion a motion to rescind the classification may occur.​
c. Both of these motions require a simple majority in all the chambers the motion which is to be classified or unclassified has passed. For example, if a motion to override has passed both chambers- both chambers must vote to classify or declassify it. However, a vote of nomination which has only passed the Senate if needing to be classified - the vote shall only occur in the Senate.​
d. A motion is expected to only be classified if it is for the well-being and betterment of Redmont, and damage may be caused to the government if the motion is not classified.​
e. No motion upon which a motion to classify is actively being voted on may be publicized until the motion to classify fails.​
(13) Exclusions
a. If or when there is a motion against or relating specifically to a member of Congress, their vote shall not be included. (e.g. Motion of nomination, no confidence, removal)​
(14) Abstentions
a. The quorum when voting shall be dynamic. Where a member abstains from voting, the majority will be decided based on those who have not abstained.​

14 - Congressional Committees
(1) Process of Creating a Committee
a. Congressional Committees may be either permanent or temporary. They can be created in both the House of Representatives and Senate. The Senate and the House may form their own committees, or may form joint committees together.​
b. In order for a Congressional Committee to be created a Senator or Representative must motion for the creation of a committee on the floor of their respective chamber. If they wish to create a joint committee that applies to both chambers, such motion will originate in the House and be brought to the Senate.​
c. Format:--​
- Committee Name:​
- Status: Permanent/Temporary​
- Committee Purpose:​
- Chairperson:​
- Members:​
d. The chamber's respective presiding officer must then put the motion to create the committee to a vote, and if approved by a majority of the chamber the committee will then have been created and official. If the committee has been motioned to apply to both chambers, it must be approved by a majority of both chambers.​
(2) Chairperson
a. Congressional Committees are led by the Committee Chairperson whose responsibilities are:--​
- Organizing and Chairing Committee Meetings and Hearings.​
- Leading Committee Investigations, Reviews and actions.​
- Putting Committee ideas and proposals to a vote.​
- Updating the public and congress on the actions of the committee.​
- Firing committee members.​
b. The Committee Chairperson can be removed from their position by the chamber(s) such committee applies to via a vote of no confidence.​
(3) Internal Workings of a Committee
a. Committees are responsible for a certain bill or action that congress wishes to take, they are to meet, discuss and vote on proposals of committee members and present their finalized proposal to congress for votation.​
b. A channel of communication shall be established for such respective committees.​
(4) Dissolution of a Committee
a. A member of Congress may motion for a committee to be dissolved; this requires a super majority of the chamber(s) such committee applies to, to pass.​

15 - Congressional Hearings
(1) Functionality
a. To ensure transparency and accountability, all hearings must be summarised in writing by the Presiding Officers' Office and published.​
b. There must be a minimum of three representatives in attendance at each question time and the most Senior Member will act as Chair of the Committee overseeing question time.​
(2) Attendance
a. Congress can subpoena any citizen to appear before a hearing. The Presiding Officers' Office will arrange a time that works for Congress and the individual being subpoenaed. Failure to attend the agreed meeting time will result in Contempt of Congress.​
b. The subpoena must state the reasoning for the hearing.​
c. In extraordinary circumstances, the executive member may be granted the ability to submit a written response to questions put forward by the Congress. This will be reviewed and decided upon by Congress.​
d. Where the subpoena relates to a Government or business entity, the subpoenaed citizen may offer an alternative representative to attend in their place. e.g. The President may nominate a member of cabinet to attend in their place.​

16 - Congressional Question Time
(1) Functionality
a. To ensure transparency and accountability all question times must be recorded and written down by the Clerk in a document or by another congressional official if the Clerk is unavailable, These documents should be made available to the general public at the earliest possible time.​
b. There must be a minimum of Three representatives in attendance at each question time.​
(2) Schedule
a. Question time will occur when the Congress passes a motion by a simple majority to request the testimony of a secretary.​
b. The Speaker of Congress shall propose not fewer than two and not more than four times to the Secretary/Secretaries requested to appear before Congress.​
c. If no time proposed by the Speaker works for the Secretary/Secretaries, the Secretary may request an alternate time from the Speaker or a member of their office.​
d. Once a time is agreed upon, the Speaker of Congress is to announce via #government-announcements that a meeting has been scheduled. This announcement is to come no fewer than three days prior to the meeting.​
e. In the event that a time cannot be arranged with a Secretary, they may nominate their deputy or a member of the relevant cabinet department to represent them, or to submit responses to Congress' questions in writing.​
(2) Conduct
a. Testimony is to be heard in either of the hearing rooms in the capitol.​
b. The hearing is to be presided over by either the chair of the committee impaneled to hear testimony or the Speaker of Congress. How the members of Congress determine the chair of the committee is to be up to the members of Congress, as is the composition of the committee.​
c. Representatives will ask questions of the Secretary or their appointed representative in descending order of seniority.​
d. If requested, members of the committee impaneled to hear testimony shall provide written copies of the questions they wish to ask.​
e. Meetings are to be open to the public, and a report is to be published by the congressional Press Assistant following each meeting.​
(3) Legal Obligation
a. When a Secretary's presence is requested by the Congress, they are required to attend a hearing when scheduled as outlined above.​
b. Secretaries are obligated to attend a hearing or provide testimony in writing when summoned by Congress. Secretaries may meet their legal obligation under this clause by appointing their deputy or another member of their department to stand in for them, or by submitting responses to questions asked by Congress in writing.​
c. If a Secretary fails to meet their obligations under this section, they may be fined an amount not greater than 500 dollars if a super majority in Congress holds the Secretary in contempt.​
d. If a Secretary fails to meet their obligations repeatedly, Congress reserves the power to remove the Secretary through Impeachment.​
(4) Limitations
a. Congress may not require testimony from any one secretary more than once in a period of 6 weeks.​
b. This limitation does not apply to summons before an impeachment trial.​

17 - Congressional Subpoenas
(1) Process
a. Any member of the Congress may propose a motion to subpoena any number of people to testify.​
b. Should a majority of the Congress approve such a motion, the subject(s) of the motion will be compelled to testify before Congress by the date specified in the motion.​
c. Should the subject of a subpoena fail to appear before Congress without reasonable justification they will be charged 1% of their balance for each day with a minimum of $100.​
d. Subjects of Congressional subpoenas may invoke their right not to incriminate themselves during the hearing.​

18 - Congressional Tax Powers
(1) Terms
a. The Congress may pass legislation to dictate the tax code.​
b. No tax bill may specifically target any individual or corporation.​
c. Tax bills may target specific industries.​
d. The DEC may enact tax policy so long as it does not conflict with Congressionally approved tax policy.​

19 - Congressional Funds
(1) Codified Spending:
a. The reference to the legislative budget in this bill relates to the respective balance of the 'DCGovernmentLEG' account.​
b. The legislative branch may pass bills to limit or enforce spending on a specific subject.​
c. Spending remains subject to all bills regarding appropriations, including the logging and transparency of such spending.​
(2) Facilitation of Funding
a. The Office of the Presiding Officers is responsible for appropriating the proper funds once a motion is passed, unless otherwise directed in such motion.​
(3) Legislative bonuses
a. Congressional members are barred from appropriating themselves and or accepting bonuses for the purpose of extra remuneration.(a) Members of the speakers office are the only members exempt from this exclusion.​
b. Representatives may still receive appropriations to assist them in the course of their official duties (e.g. paying a staffer).​
(4) Any official gifts made to a Representative or Senator are to be property of the state and should be surrendered to the Speaker's office at the member's first opportunity.
a. The speaker's office may choose to display or simply retain and archive these gifts.

20 - Contempt of Congress
(1) Congress votes to hold a person "in contempt" by a majority vote. The Speaker will then report the incident to the Department of Justice to be actioned.
a. To refuse to testify, won't provide information requested by the House or the Senate, or obstructs an inquiry by a congressional committee.
First Offence: $200 fine​
Second Offence: $300 fine​
Third Offence: $400 fine​
21 - Redundancy
(1) A 'Redundant' prefix will be made available to the Speaker's office.
(2) This prefix may be applied to bills by the Speaker's office where a bill no longer has legal relevance. Bills with the redundancy prefix will be moved to the rescinded / vetoed / rejected forum.
(3) Redundant bills will remain law until they are formally rescinded.

22 - Peer Review
(1) A co-sponsor is required on all bills proposed.
a. This co-sponsor must be a Representative or Senator.
b. The bill and resolution format will be updated to include a space under section 1 for the co-sponsor to be put.

23 - Oath of Office
(1) Any Presiding Officer of a chamber of Congress may choose to hold a swearing-in ceremony for their chamber each term.
(2) All Representatives and Senators in attendance of such a ceremony shall be sworn in by the Clerk with the following oath: “I, (username), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Redmont for the people. So help me End.”
a. Congressional staff shall be sworn in by a Presiding Officer with the same oath.
(3) Congressional swearing-ins are entirely ceremonial and shall have no legal effect.

24 - Amendments
Any changes to this process should take the form of an amendment to the Legislative Standards Act.

25 - Bill & Resolution Format Thread
See Information - Bill & Resolution Formats
 
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HugeBob

Citizen
Former President
This bill has been vetoed and has failed to become law for the following reasons:

This bill has many many potential implications as it directly references the majority of if not all bills relating to the function of Congress. I've only begun to review what modifications it's made, and noticed the overwhelming majority of the important things in the Hallway Decoration Act were scrapped. I am not sure if the Legislators were aware of this, but the Hallway Decoration Act was not a joke bill in it's final version, it created protections that prevent the Executive from making modifications to the Congressional building without the consent of Congress. I'm sure other modifications to law have been made, and I do not believe those who voted on this bill were made aware of any of these changes.​
 

xEndeavour

Owner
Owner
Former President
Secretary
Construction & Transport Department
State Department
Education & Commerce Department
xEndeavour
xEndeavour
statesec
This bill has been vetoed and has failed to become law for the following reasons:

This bill has many many potential implications as it directly references the majority of if not all bills relating to the function of Congress. I've only begun to review what modifications it's made, and noticed the overwhelming majority of the important things in the Hallway Decoration Act were scrapped. I am not sure if the Legislators were aware of this, but the Hallway Decoration Act was not a joke bill in it's final version, it created protections that prevent the Executive from making modifications to the Congressional building without the consent of Congress. I'm sure other modifications to law have been made, and I do not believe those who voted on this bill were made aware of any of these changes.​
The Attorney General argued that it needed to be removed.

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I do not believe those who voted on this bill were made aware of any of these changes.

We had extensive discussions over this bill and vetoing it because you don't think that we have read it is not an acceptable reason. We fixed a Constitutional issue with the Hallway Decoration Act as raised by the Attorney General. So if you would properly review this bill and give us remarks on how it can be passed that'd be appreciated.
 

1950Minecrafter

Citizen
Representative
Draftsman
Construction & Transport Department
Public Affairs Department
The Presidential veto has been overridden by the Congress with a result of:
HoR: 8-1-0
Senate: 5-0-1

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1950minecrafter
Deputy Speaker
Representative
 
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xEndeavour

Owner
Owner
Former President
Secretary
Construction & Transport Department
State Department
Education & Commerce Department
xEndeavour
xEndeavour
statesec
House Vote: 9-0-0
Senate Vote: 4-1-1

A
BILL
To

Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
  1. This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Amendment Act”.
  2. This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.

2 - Reasons
The bill in its first form needs to be revised to amend oversights and discrepancies in the consolidation of bills.

3 - Motion of No Confidence
Secretaries cannot be removed through a motion of no confidence, rather impeachment. The following line will be removed from the Act.
- Where a Secretary is ousted, the President will need to nominate a replacement.

4 - Motion of Removal
(1) Subsection a is changed to subsection b:
a. The Congress can remove a fellow member of the Congress through a unanimous vote (excluding the representative in question). Congress should however only exercise this power where the circumstances are appropriate (e.g. the representative has been censured several times).
b. The Congress can remove a fellow member of the Congress in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution. Congress should however only exercise this power where the circumstances are appropriate (e.g. the representative has been censured several times).

4 - Motion of Replacement
(1) Subsection a is changed to subsection b:
a. When a Representative resigns or is removed from office, they will be replaced by any player nominated by the Speaker and approved by Congress. The nominee is, by convention, the player with the next most votes in the most recent election.
b. When a Representative resigns or is removed from office, they will be replaced in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution.
 
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xEndeavour

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Owner
Former President
Secretary
Construction & Transport Department
State Department
Education & Commerce Department
xEndeavour
xEndeavour
statesec
A
BILL
To

Amend the LSA

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.

2 - Reasons
Simplification and peer-review

3 - Removal
(1) Section 3 is now redundant and there no point in keeping it in the LSA, which is already a long law.

3 - Consolidation
The following will be rescinded:
a. Amendment Application Act
b. Bicameral Repair Act
c. Congressional Committee Act December 2020
d. Congressional Hearings
e. Congressional Questions Time Act
f. Congressional Subpoena Power Act
g. Congressional Tax Power Act
h. Congressional Wage Reform Act
i. Creation of the Office of the Speaker Act
j. Defense of Players with No Confidence Accusations Act
k. Hallway Decoration Act
l. Legislative Expenditures Act
m. Legislature Bonus Exclusion Act
n. Motion of Commendation Act
o. Public Congressional Votes Act
p. Sergeant-at-Arms Creation Act
q. The Amendment Scrutiny Act
r. Urgent Consideration Act October 2020
s. Congressional Process Act

(2) Bill and Resolution formatting is somewhat followed, a revision can simplify this from subsection a to subsection b by getting rid of all of the jargon. The only change that will occur in theory is that the sub-subsections are formatted as a. instead of (a) - a practice that already occurs for simplicity of reading.
a.
1 - Sections Without Subsections
Sections without subsections shall follow this format.

2 - Sections With Subsections
(1) Subsections with subsections shall follow this format.
(2) Authors will be sure to note the usage of parenthesis.

3 - Sections With Sub-subsections
(1) Subsections with sub-subsections shall follow this format.
*(a) Sub-subsections will appear like this, italicised and with letters.*

4 - Sections With Lists
(1) Sections may sometimes require lists, and such practice will be allowed.
(a) Lists will take the following properties:--
- They will be preceded by a “:--”;
- They will not be italicised;
- They will use the google docs dashed list formatting, because it is easy to copy into reddit;
- Each line will end with a semicolon; and
- The second to last line will have an “and” so that this theoretically makes grammatical sense as a sentence, with the last line ending in a period.


b.
1 - Section
(1) Subsection
a. Sub-subsection

4 - Peer Review
(1) A co-sponsor is required on all bills proposed.
a. This co-sponsor must be a Representative or Senator.
b. The bill and resolution format will be updated to include a space under section 1 for the co-sponsor to be put.
 

flightcode

Citizen
Representative
flightcode
flightcode
representative
House Vote: 6-1-1
Senate Vote: 4-0-0
A
BILL
To

Amend the Legislative Standards Act.

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) The Act has been penned by: Senator Aladeen.
(4) The Act has been co-sponsored by: Rep flightcode.

2 - Reasons
Congress should be able to request government documents / records for investigation in the event they are summoned for a hearing or a subpoena.

3 - Subpoena Motion
(11) Motion to subpoena government documents / records
b. Congress can subpoena government documents / records. This should only be used if the citizen is going to appear in front of congress for a hearing or a subpoena.
 
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Nay - The Law is not written well words like "should" do not set any limitations leaving it very open-ended. I believe ithe amendment should also allow for the Courts to subpoena documentation.
 

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Nay - The Law is not written well words like "should" do not set any limitations leaving it very open-ended. I believe ithe amendment should also allow for the Courts to subpoena documentation.
This is the legislative standards act
 

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House Vote: 10-0-0
Senate Vote: 5-0-0
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Amend the Legislative Standards Act.

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Sen. Nacholebraa, Sen. LilDigiVert, Rep. xEndeavour
(4) This Act is Co-Sponsored by Sen. Nacholebraa & Sen. LilDigiVert

2 - Reasons
(1) Legitimizing the authority of the Presiding Officers & modifying the process in which bill votation works.

3 - Digi’s reasons

Pablo is King, we the soldiers
Ultrabeam out the solar
When I get to Heaven's gates
I ain't gotta peek over
Tryna keep my composure
When I scream at the chauffeur
I ain't mean, I'm just focused
I ain't mean, I'm just focused
Playin' king like it's poker
But you ain't dealin' with the Joker
Global warmin' gettin' closer
Thank God I'm bipolar
Whole life on the floater
Don't need rings or the trophies
Glasses bangin' from the toasts, yeah
Have a drink for the coldest
Pour the lean out slower
Got us clean out of soda
Before the flood people judged
They did the same thing to Joan
Everybody wanted YZY
My cousin's mad at my auntie
You bought a crib out the country
You tryna Redmont Telecomm me?
Yeah, this the one and only
You can't tell a unicorn from a pony
Live freedom, this is freedom


4 - Amending section 8 - The Office of the presiding officers
  1. Add section 5 below subsection 4:
(5) In the Presiding Officer’s absence, or if otherwise delegated, the Deputy Presiding Officer will assume the Presiding Officer's powers.

5 - Amending the Congressional Process

(1) Replace:
(2) When debate is finished in the House of Representatives, the Speaker will add a poll to the bill for a 48 hour voting period. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

With:
(2) When debate is finished in the House of Representatives, the Presiding Officer will add a poll to the bill for a 48 hour voting period. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

(2) Replace

(3) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted, or a majority is reached, there will be 2 situations:
a. If the Bill is passed, the Speaker will change the Bill status to Bill: Pending and move it to the Senate, notifying the Vice President; or
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Speaker will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum.


With:
(3) After the 48 hours have passed or all the votes have been submitted, there will be 2 situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Pending and move it to the Senate, notifying the Presiding Officer; or
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum.


(3) Replace
(4) When debate is finished in the Senate, the Vice President will re-open the poll for 48 hours. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

With:
(4) When debate is finished in the Senate, the Presiding Officer will re-open the poll for 48 hours. The prefix will be changed to Bill: Voting.

(2) Replace

(5) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted; or a majority is reached, there will be 2 situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Vice President will move the bill to the Congressional forum applying the 'awaiting assent' prefix, notifying the President for their assent; or
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Vice President will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum with Senate recommendations in the comments.


With:
(5) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted, there will be 2 situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will move the bill to the Congressional forum applying the 'awaiting assent' prefix, notifying the President for their assent; or
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum with Senate recommendations in the comments.
 
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Amend the Legislative Standards Act and Create More Transparency​

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “pugbandit Transparency Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act is co-authored by Senator pugbandit and Speaker of the House AndreyMia.
(4) This Act was co-sponsored by Sen. pugbandit and Rep. FracturedGhast7.

2 - Reasons
(1) Transparency is key for the people to understand the way in which Congress works and therefore this bill hopes to give the people a chance to see their elected representatives and their choices and votes to keep the public informed so they may make more informed decisions in elections.

3 – Amendments
(1) The following shall be amended from:

13 - Congressional Motions
(1) A motion is moved in Congressional channels. It is simply a message seeking the approval or disapproval of Congress such as:
I move a motion of no confidence against xEndeavour for...
I would like to move a censure motion against xEndeavour for...
Motion: Appoint xEndeavour as the replacement representative for VeryBadRepresentative42069.
a. Motions will be allowed to be re-voted on twice in case of tie or rejection, otherwise a period of 14 days will need to elapse before it can be put forward again.


To the following:

13 - Congressional Motions
(1) A motion is moved in Congressional channels. It is simply a message seeking the approval or disapproval of Congress such as:
I move a motion of no confidence against xEndeavour for...
I would like to move a censure motion against xEndeavour for... Motion: Appoint xEndeavour as the replacement representative for VeryBadRepresentative42069.
a. Motions will be allowed to be re-voted on twice in case of tie or rejection, otherwise a period of 14 days will need to elapse before it can be put forward again.
b. All motions and vote counts for proposed motions shall be made available to the general public via a bi-weekly motion report, unless the motion has been classified.


(2) The following section of section 13 of the Legislative Standards Act shall be amended from:

(10) Motion to Override
a. When the President vetoes a bill, Congress can override the veto through a 2/3 majority vote.
(11) Exclusions
a. If or when there is a motion against or relating specifically to a member of Congress, their vote shall not be included. (e.g. Motion of nomination, no confidence, removal)
(12) Abstentions a. The quorum when voting shall be dynamic. Where a member abstains from voting, the majority will be decided based on those who have not abstained.


To the following:

(10) Motion to Override
a. When the President vetoes a bill, Congress can override the veto through a 2/3 majority vote.
(11) Motion to Classify
a. Any Representative or Senator may motion for the motion and its vote count to be prevented from releasing to the public by the Office of The Presiding Officers. The motion may classify the motion indefinitely or until a certain date.
b. To declassify a previously classified motion a motion to rescind the classification may occur.
c. Both of these motions require a simple majority in all the chambers the motion which is to be classified or unclassified has passed. For example, if a motion to override has passed both chambers- both chambers must vote to classify or declassify it. However, a vote of nomination which has only passed the Senate if needing to be classified - the vote shall only occur in the Senate.
d. A motion is expected to only be classified if it is for the well-being and betterment of Redmont, and damage may be caused to the government if the motion is not classified.
(12)
Exclusions
a. If or when there is a motion against or relating specifically to a member of Congress, their vote shall not be included. (e.g. Motion of nomination, no confidence, removal)
(13) Abstentions
a. The quorum when voting shall be dynamic. Where a member abstains from voting, the majority will be decided based on those who have not abstained.
 

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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.
@LilDigiVert Nice rap ;)

 

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This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

218218Consumer

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House Vote: 9-0-0
Senate Vote: 4-0-0
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Amend the Legislative Standards Act​

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Congressional Oath Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by flightcode.

2 - Reason for Proposal
Codifying the congressional oath of office into law to provide a uniform standard and to prevent the oath from changing each term.

3 - Oath of Office
(1) Any Presiding Officer of a chamber of Congress may choose to hold a swearing-in ceremony for their chamber each term.
(2) All Representatives and Senators in attendance of such a ceremony shall be sworn in by the Clerk with the following oath: “I, (username), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Redmont for the people. So help me End.”
a. Congressional staff shall be sworn in by a Presiding Officer with the same oath.
(3) Congressional swearing-ins are entirely ceremonial and shall have no legal effect.
 
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House Vote: 12-0-0
Senate Vote: 4-0-0
A
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Expand Congressional Transparency and Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Immediate Congressional Disclosure Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Senator pugbandit.

2 - Reasons for Proposal
(1) Transparency reports are tedious to format and write compared to updating a single thread in real time.
(2) By having motions publicized every 2 weeks instead of immediately after their passage, Congress could prevent the public from seeing severely controversial motions until after an election. This must be changed.

3 - Motions Thread
(1) Each Congressional term, the Presiding Officer of the House shall post a “Record of Motions” thread under the Government > Congress > Reports section of the forums.

4 - Amendment to the Legislative Standards Act
(1) The following shall be added to Section 8.1:

“(1) The Office of the Presiding Officers is responsible for several tasks including:
a. Make all necessary changes to documents of law on the server (The Constitution, Laws and Changes to Departments).
b. Assists the speaker in the running of Congress.
c. Communicates with the Press and assists in the formatting, jurisdiction and legality of Bills.
d. Manage, publish, and write congressional reports.
e. Publicizing motions via a Record of Motions thread under Government > Congress > Reports.
f. Regularly informing the public of motions of significant public interest via government-announcements.
"

(2) Section 13.1(b) shall be amended from:

b. All motions and vote counts for proposed motions shall be made available to the general public via a bi-weekly motion report, unless the motion has been classified.

To the following:

b. All proposed motions and their vote counts shall be made available to the general public via an edit to Record of Motions after votation has concluded, unless the motion has been classified.
c. All motions under Record of Motions shall contain the following format:--
- Title:
- Description:
- Status:
- House Vote Count (if applicable):

- Senate Vote Count (if applicable):

(3) The following shall be added to Section 13.12:

a. Any Representative or Senator may motion for the motion and its vote count to be prevented from releasing to the public by the Office of The Presiding Officers. The motion may classify the motion indefinitely or until a certain date.
b. To declassify a previously classified motion a motion to rescind the classification may occur.
c. Both of these motions require a simple majority in all the chambers the motion which is to be classified or unclassified has passed. For example, if a motion to override has passed both chambers- both chambers must vote to classify or declassify it. However, a vote of nomination which has only passed the Senate if needing to be classified - the vote shall only occur in the Senate.
d. A motion is expected to only be classified if it is for the well-being and betterment of Redmont, and damage may be caused to the government if the motion is not classified.
e. No motion upon which a motion to classify is actively being voted on may be publicized until the motion to classify fails.


 
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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

xEndeavour

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Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Legislative Standards Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) The Act has been co-sponsored by: Senator SuSsyAnt

2 - Reasons
(1) This is tedious administrative work that doesn't really serve a purpose.
(2) Bills are slow to be updated because of this.
(3) You can see vote totals unless you are merging an amendment into another thread - either way, it has still passed.
(4) This hasn't been practiced in months.

3 - Remove the requirement to list vote totals
(4) Organization of Acts
All Acts will include the original voting records, which will be added by the draftsman:
House Vote: <Ayes>-<Abstains>-<Nays>
Senate Vote: <Ayes>-<Abstains>-<Nays
>
 
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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.
While I don't agree with removing the vote counts entirely because I think it's a cool record, I respect how congress voted and will sign it anyway.

 

218218Consumer

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Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Motion of Reconsideration Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Rep. FracturedGhast7.

2 - Reason
Bills can often be rejected over minor issues such as grammar, wording, miscommunication, or small policy disagreements that can easily be fixed through a few minutes on Google Docs. Motions of reconsideration would allow these issues to be fixed quickly instead of after two weeks.

3 - Terms
(1) The following is added under Bills:
a. “(2) A rejected bill or a bill of the same nature will not be proposed for a period of 14 days unless a motion of reconsideration has been approved by Congress.
a. Motion of Reconsideration format:--
- Link to Original Bill:
- Purpose of Reconsideration:

- Changes to Bill (if relevant):”.
 

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This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

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A
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Amend the Constitution & Legislative Standards Act

The people of Redmont, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
  1. This Act may be cited as the “LDV LSA Modernization Amendment”
  2. This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
  3. This Bill was authored by Mayor LilDigiVert & Rep. Hamhamham420
  4. This Bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Tekkovvs

2 - Reasons

Pablo bought a Rolie and a rottweiler
Seem like the more fame, I only got wilder
Hands up, we just doing what the cops taught us
Hands up, we just doing what the cops taught us
I've been outta my mind a long time
I've been outta my mind a long time
I be saying how I feel at the wrong time
Might not come when you want but I'm on time
Ayy, ya heard about the good news?
Y'all sleeping on me, huh? Had a good snooze?
Wake up, homie, wake up
We 'bout to get this paper
I can’t let these people play me
Name one genius that ain't crazy

3 – Terms

Replace:

(2) Motion of No Confidence
a. Prior to voting on a motion of no confidence, the office holder in question is required to submit a reply to the motion against them which will be posted with the vote. Where 12 hours passes without a response, the Speaker will announce the motion without a reply.

b. This should not be taken lightly, as it destabilizes the Government and has significant wider impacts.
- Where the speaker is ousted they resume the role of Representative; a new speaker is then elected.

(6) Motion of Censure
a. A motion of censure can be moved by any representative against anyone. It carries no punishment, however publicly condemns someone's actions. (e.g. The Representative broke the law on or off congressional duties; missed a vote without a reasonable excuse; and or didn't follow parliamentary process etc.).

(7) Motion of Replacement
b. When a Representative resigns or is removed from office, they will be replaced in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution.

With:

a. Prior to voting on a motion of no confidence, the office holder in question is required to submit a reply to the motion against them which will be posted with the vote. Where 12 hours passes without a response, the Presiding Officer will announce the motion without a reply.

b. This should not be taken lightly, as it destabilises the Government and has significant wider impacts.
- Where the Presiding Officer is ousted they resume the role of Representative or Senator; a new Presiding Officer is then elected.


(6) Motion of Censure
a. A motion of censure can be moved by any Representative or Senator against anyone. It carries no punishment, however publicly condemns someone's actions. (e.g. The Representative broke the law on or off congressional duties; missed a vote without a reasonable excuse; and or didn't follow parliamentary process etc.).

(7) Motion of Replacement
b. When a Representative or Senator resigns or is removed from office, they will be replaced in accordance with the process outlined in the Constitution.
 
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Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Motions and Quorum Reform Act II”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Rep. Tylxrfied.

2 - Reason
(1) Uhhhh reproposing with a minor change after discussion with El presidente visit the original bill (Vetoed - Motion and Quorum Reform Act) to learn more

3 - Amendment to the LSA
(1) Add the following to s13.1:

“c. All motions under Record of Motions shall contain the following format:--
- Title:
- Proposer:
- Description:
- Status:
- House Vote Count (if applicable):
- Senate Vote Count (if applicable):”

(2) Add the following to s11:

"(3) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted; or a majority is reached, there will be three situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will move the bill to the Congressional forum applying the 'awaiting assent' prefix, notifying the President for their assent; or
b. If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum with Senate recommendations in the comments.
i. Passage shall be considered as a simple majority of ayes out of all non-abstention votes cast, and rejection shall be a failure to reach such a majority.
ii. No bill shall pass the House unless over 50% of all sitting Representatives have voted on the bill.


(5) After the 48 hours have passed; all votes have been submitted; or a majority is reached, there will be three situations:

a. If the Bill is passed, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Pending and move it to the Senate, notifying the Vice President; or
b.If the Bill is rejected, the Presiding Officer will change the Bill status to Bill: Rejected and move it to the Rejected sub-forum.
i. Passage shall be considered as a simple majority of ayes out of all non-abstention votes cast, and rejection shall be a failure to reach such a majority.
ii. No bill shall pass the Senate unless over 50% of all sitting Senators have voted on the bill.
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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

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This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

218218Consumer

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Amend the Legislative Standards Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Record of Motions Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Rep. RelaxedGV.

2 - Reason
(1) It'd be extremely tedious to force Draftsmen to publish the vote total of every single motion. Instead, Draftsman should be required to publish the vote total for motions of public interest.
(2) Specific standards for what bills and motions the Speaker should inform the public of via #government-announcements will create a more consistent level of transparency while also preventing the channel from being spammed.

3 - Terms
(1) The following shall be added to s13.1 of the Legislative Standards Act:

"d. Any member of the public, at any time, may request the ayes, nays, and abstains of a non-classified Congressional motion, which the Office of Presiding Officers shall be obligated to provide. This shall not apply to motions on which votation is ongoing."

(2) The following shall be added to s8.4 of the Legislative Standards Act:

" f. Regularly informing the public of motions of significant public interest via government-announcements. Motions of significant public interest include but are not limited to the following:
i. Nominations/Confirmations
ii. Impeachments/Removals
iii. Censures
iv. New committees or changes to committees
v. Veto overrides
vi. New national symbols
"

(3) The following shall be added to s11.7 of the Legislative Standards Act:

"(7) Once the changes have been made, the Speaker's office will announce the changes to the public, assuming the law is of significant public interest. Laws of significant public interest include but are not limited to the following:
i. Changes to tax or property laws
ii. New restrictions against common or widespread crimes
iii. Laws requiring public referendum
"
 
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This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 
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