Legislative Committee Procedures Act
An act to define procedures within the Legislative Committee.
Now, therefore, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the glorious Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the advice and consent of the Citizens of The Communist Bloc, in this present Legislative Committee assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-
Article I - Definitions
(1) "LC" shall refer to the Legislative Committee.
(2) "Speaker" shall refer to the Speaker of the Legislative Committee.
(3) "LCM" shall refer to Legislative Committee Member, or Member of the Legislative Committee.
Article II - Category
(4) This Act shall be classified as a Type II LEGISLATIVE law
Article III - Legislation
(5) The Legislative Committee shall propose and/or debate any Legislation within the Communist Bloc.
The focus of debates should always include legality, conflict with other laws, and constitutional compatibility.
(6) The LC must debate all legislation in a timely manner.
Legislation passed from the People's Assembly must take priority, except where a piece of legislation is deemed urgent by the LC or Executive.
(7) The LC must not motion for votes during a by-election or election of the LC
(8) The LC must conduct all debates and votes publicly, except where impeachment is involved.
(9) Should any LCM fail to vote on 3 concurrent pieces of legislation AND fail to vote for a period of more than one week, a Vote of No Confidence requiring ¾ majority of the LC may take place to remove them from the Legislative Committee.
Any citizen of the Bloc can motion for a Vote of No Confidence.
(10) Should an LCM require an extended period of time away, they must assign a Proxy within the LC who may vote on behalf of both LCMs.
Notification of this must go to both the Speaker and the LCM who is proxying the vote.
A period of time lasting no longer than 14 days must also be given.
The LCM may, after 14 days further assign another Proxy.
A Proxy cannot be used for more than a period of 28 days. Should further time be required, the LCM must resign. This will trigger a by-election.
Proxy votes shall be labeled on any voting record as such.
(11) Legislation must be public and available to all LCMs for a minimum of 72 hours.
Votes on legislation shall require a period of 48 hours or until all sitting members have voted, whichever is first.
Should a piece of legislation receive a majority vote in favour, it may be passed to the People's Assembly at that time. The vote will remain open until the 48 hours is past, or all LCMs have voted.
Article IV - The Speaker
(12) The Speaker of the Legislative Committee shall take care of all the administrative needs of the LC including but not limited to;
Keeping debate civil.
Opening and closing votes on the Bloc forum.
Handing passed Legislation to the People's Assembly for vote.
Announcing Peoples Assembly votes on the NationStates RMB and Discord.
Updating and maintaining the Law Archive.
Updating and hosting voting records for the LC.
Passing any records onto a new Speaker.
Failure to do the above (A4S12a-g) may be considered as Dereliction of Duty.
(13) The Speaker shall mediate in any disputes between the LC and the Executive Branch, except where the Speaker is the focus of the dispute.
Should the Speaker be the focus of the dispute, they may ask another LCM to mediate the dispute.
(14) The Speaker shall act as legal defense when necessary on behalf of the LC, and shall be held responsible for any decisions made as a whole group.
Decisions made by individual LCMs shall be the responsibility of the LCM.
(15) The Speaker may not use a Proxy for a period of longer than 14 days.
Article V - Schedule
(16) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.
Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu