Ministerial Responsibilities Act 2020
An act to codify duties of executive offices as well as procedures within the Council of Ministers.
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) "CoM" shall refer to the Council of Ministers.
Article II - Category
(2) This act shall be classified as a Category III- Executive Law
Article III - Provisions
(3) The CoM shall be responsible for deliberating and voting on all major executive decisions, as well as advising the First Minister.
Any votes on executive actions that the CoM is legally required and obliged to vote on, including Executive Orders, treaties, and the establishment, removal, or merger of ministries, shall be opened and conducted by the First Minister in a publicly viewable forum.
(4) The First Minister shall be responsible for directing and coordinating executive functions, as well as managing the administrative needs of the CoM, including but not limited to:
Opening and closing CoM votes in the appropriate forum or channel, and setting timetables for CoM votes.
Mediating CoM discussions.
Announcing all CoM votes to the public.
Organizing and maintaining the CoM Agenda.
Posting a publicly viewable report on executive activities every two weeks.
Passing any records onto a new First Minister.
(5) The Minister of Domestic Affairs shall be responsible for functions regarding recruitment, immigration, and integration of newcomers, including but not limited to:
Maintaining the official recruitment nation at all times.
Encouraging the donation of telegram stamps for the purposes of recruitment at all times through stamp donations.
Ensuring a constant flow of recruitment telegrams being delivered.
Processing citizenship applications in a timely manner.
Documenting recruitment statistics, including change in total regional population and regional World Assembly population, to present to the CoM every month.
Submitting a public report proposing causes and solutions for population loss should the regionís population decrease by more than 10% in under one calendar month.
(6) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be responsible for functions regarding diplomatic relations with other entities, including but not limited to:
Establishing and managing diplomatic relations with other regions and entities.
Maintaining relations with embassies and treatied allies.
Appointing and managing ambassadors to embassies.
Ensuring all embassies meet existing legal requirements at all times.
Informing allied regions and entities of major regional developments.
Informing the CoM, and if applicable the public, of major interregional developments.
Opening a deliberation period of at least 48 hours within the CoM for the potential establishment or closure of embassies.
Formal deliberation may be bypassed with agreement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the First Minister, or if the embassy is illegal in the case of closure.
(7) The Minister of Culture shall be responsible for functions regarding maintenance of regional community and morale, including but not limited to:
Organizing regular region-wide events and games.
Overseeing role-playing and related events.
Coordinating cultural events and games with allies and other regions.
(8) The Minister of Information shall be responsible for functions regarding dissemination of information to the public, including but not limited to:
Sending mass regional telegrams and posting an announcement on the regional discord server for all elections, standing periods, referendums, and other important votes.
Except where the incumbent Minister is standing, in which case the Election Overseers shall oversee this task.
Regularly reporting up-to-date news to the public.
Maintaining the official information nation at all times.
Updating official informational dispatches, including the regional handbook and a list of government officials, as necessary.
(9) Should any Minister fail to uphold their respective duties and responsibilities, or fail to respond for a period of more than a week without an authorised Leave of Absence, a Vote of No Confidence requiring ⅔ majority of the CoM may take place to remove them from the Council of Ministers.
This shall not interfere with citizens rights to recall a Minister.
(10) Should a Minister require an extended period of time away, they must appoint a proxy to vote in Ministerial matters. This shall be considered a Leave of Absence (herein LoA).
The CoM must be notified of the Ministerís absence.
LoAs may only last for a period no longer than 14 days.
A proxy may be appointed by the absent Minister, and reasonable efforts to keep the ministry operational must be made, using all means at that Ministerís disposal. This proxy must be a consenting elected official.
Ministers cannot make multiple consecutive requests for LoAs.
Should a Minister be absent for more than a week, and has not requested a LoA, the Minister must resign, and a by-election may be held.
Failure to resign shall lead to an automatic Vote of No Confidence requiring a simple majority for removal from the CoM.
Article IV - Schedule
(11) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the Peopleís Assembly.
Written by Egaleca, amended for Legislation by Martyn Kiryu