Assembly Procedure Act (August 2018)
Proposed by: @Cormac
Section 1. Administration
(1) The Assembly will be administered according to all provisions mandated for the Assembly by Mandate 12 and according to the below procedures.
Section 2. Legislative Procedures
(1) A minimum discussion period of three days is required before any proposal may be brought to vote. The Speaker is not required to open a vote if they determine that the proposal has not had sufficient discussion, but they may not delay opening a vote for more than seven days from when the motion to vote on the proposal was seconded.
(2) In order for a proposal to be brought to vote, a citizen eligible to vote on that proposal must make a motion to vote, and another such citizen must second the motion. A motion to vote may only be made by the initial author of a proposal unless the initial author is no longer a citizen or has not posted on the off-site regional forum for more than seven days without posting a leave of absence and has not logged on to their on-site account for more than seven days.
(3) Only the citizen who made the motion may withdraw it unless that citizen is no longer a citizen, then the Speaker may withdraw the relevant motion. A motion may only be withdrawn before the end of the last day of voting and once a motion is withdrawn, voting shall cease immediately.
(4) Only the citizen who withdrew the motion may re-motion to vote at any time and such motion shall require a second before being brought to vote. If any motion to vote is not seconded within seven days that motion shall be invalid.
(5) If a relevant proposal is edited after a motion to vote is made then that motion shall be invalid. No changes to a proposal shall be accepted once the relevant vote has commenced.
(6) Only the Prime Minister may introduce a proposal to enact, amend, or repeal a treaty or declaration of war, and only the Prime Minister may make a motion to vote on such a proposal.
(7) In the event that there are multiple competing proposals regarding the same matter in the judgment of the Assembly Speaker, the Assembly Speaker will bring them to vote one at a time, in the order they were motioned to vote. If such a proposal is enacted, the subsequent competing proposals will not be brought to vote.
(8) All votes will take place for five days. Citizens eligible to vote may vote "Aye" or "For," "Nay" or "Against," or "Abstain" or "Present." Voters may cast their votes by voting in self-closing polls in each voting thread. The names of the players who voted for each option must be visible to the Assembly. Voters' posts that include additional content or embellishment will be discarded and split from the voting thread.
(9) The Assembly Speaker will determine which discussions will take place publicly and which will take place privately. All new discussions must be started privately. The Speaker may then accordingly move discussions to and from the Assembly's private forum, except that the Prime Minister may determine whether proposals to enact, amend, or repeal treaties will be public or private. Non-citizens may comment during public discussions. All voting threads and threads discussing treaties or declarations of war shall be visible only to Citizens. All votes must be made in view of the whole Assembly.
Section 3. Deputies to the Assembly Speaker
(1) The Assembly Speaker may appoint deputies to assist in presiding over the Assembly according to its procedural rules. Appointment of a deputy will be subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly if the deputy-designate has previously been removed from office by the Assembly.
(2) Deputies to the Assembly Speaker will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Assembly Speaker, or automatic removal from office as defined by Mandate 12.
(3) Any powers or responsibilities assigned to the Assembly Speaker by these procedures, Mandate 12, or any other law, unless explicitly directed otherwise, may be delegated by the Assembly Speaker to their deputy or deputies, and rescinded by the Assembly Speaker. Deputies will not have the power to appoint or remove other deputies.
Section 4. Legislative Formatting
(1) Unless otherwise noted, legislation brought to vote in the Assembly will be formatted as follows:
[quote] [CENTER][size=large]Example Title[/SIZE] [SIZE=18px]Proposed by:[/SIZE][/CENTER] [LEFT][b]Additional credit to:[/b] This is an example of an additional credit section. It should not exceed 5 people. Credit sections are optional. [b]Preamble[/b] This is an example of a preamble. It should not exceed 50 words. Preambles are optional. [b]Section 1. Example Section Title[/b] (1) This is an example of a subsection. (2) This is an example of another subsection. a. This is an example of a subparagraph. b. This is an example of another subparagraph.[/LEFT] [/quote]
Additional credit to:
This is an example of an additional credit section. It should not exceed 5 people. Credit sections are optional.
This is an example of a preamble. It should not exceed 50 words. Preambles are optional.
Section 1. Example Section Title
(1) This is an example of a subsection.
(2) This is an example of another subsection.
a. This is an example of a subparagraph.
b. This is an example of another subparagraph.
Section 4. Legislative Formatting
The code block is only presented as an aid and the quote below it will be considered the official formatting.
(2) The forum name of the author will be provided in the "Proposed by:" section of a proposal. In the event that the author's forum name changes, the Assembly Speaker may amend a law to reflect the author's new forum name.
(3) Following the enactment of a proposal, the Assembly Speaker will append the month and year of enactment to the proposal's title.
(4) An optional preamble for a proposal will not exceed fifty words.
(5) An optional credit section for a proposal will not exceed five people.
(6) Unless otherwise noted, all amendments brought to vote in the Assembly will be formatted as legislation, and the amendments therein will be marked up so as to clearly delineate the changes being made.
(7) Only general laws and constitutional laws will be subject to formatting for legislation, but all amendments will be subject to mark-up.
(8) The Assembly Speaker will not open a vote on a proposal that has not been properly formatted and/or marked up in the judgment of the Assembly Speaker, and no motion to vote on such a nonconforming bill will be recognized, until the proposal has been properly formatted and/or marked up.
(9) The Assembly Speaker may edit passed legislation to correct spelling errors, where they occur, but may not alter the grammar or wording of passed legislation.
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