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We are now debating the Congressional Investigation and Accountability Act.

Congressional Investigation and Accountability Act

Author: Marvinville
Sponsor: Marvinville

Preamble:
To update Congresses ability to conduct investigations.

Congress hereby agrees,

  • Section I - Either chamber of Congress, the House of Commons or Senate, can call for an investigation by passing a motion with a simple majority vote in their respective chamber.

    • I. Congress shall have the ability to investigate any past or current government actions and functions, which includes every aspect of the Thaecian government and its members.

  • Section II - During a Congressional investigation, the chamber of Congress can seek testimony from past and current Thaecian citizens and can seek government information relating to the objective of the investigation.

  • Section III - A chamber of Congress may conduct the investigation in private, including the collection of testimonies and government information.

    • I. Individuals can testify publicly if they and the chamber of Congress both consent to hold the hearing in a public setting.

  • Section IV - A Congressional investigation may last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.

    • I. An investigation can be extended past the maximum of two months by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

    • II. An investigation can conclude by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

  • Section V - Once a Congressional investigation concludes, the chamber of Congress conducting the investigation must release a report on its findings. The report can display what actions the Thaecian government must take to solve an issue found in the investigation.

    • I. The report must be approved by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber before it can be made official

    • II. Congress shall have the power to recommend the Justice Minister to bring criminal charges against any individual that is subject to the Congressional investigation report.

  • Section VI - There is no limit to the amount of investigations either chamber of Congress can conduct.

  • Section I - The chamber of Congress conducting an investigation may issue a subpoena for testimony or government information from an individual.

    • I. The subpoena shall be issued with a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

    • II. Government information shall be defined as official government documents and discussions, either in public channels, private channels, dispatches, telegrams, and direct messages.

    • III. Classified information is not an exception to a subpoena unless the High Court rules that such information can not be shared with the chamber of Congress at the present time, such as it being important to the security of the region at the time the subpoena was issued.

    • IV. Individuals subject to a subpoena must obey every aspect of the subpoena by 14 days of its enactment unless one or more requested documents are being considered by the High Court under the previous sub-section.

To amend L.R. 044, Article VIII:

12. Refusal to Obey Subpoena - A person is guilty of this offense if they fail to meet the expectations of a subpoena within 14 days of its enactment.

To amend L.R. 044, Article IX:

3. The following shall be designated as Misdemeanours:
Breach of Peace, Common Assault, Obstruction of Justice, Refusal to Obey Subpoena;
For Misdemeanours, the Statute of Limitations is 60 days, and punishments may be issued up to a three (3) month ban.

  • This Act hereby repeals L.R. 023 Congressional Investigation Act


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Please give any thoughts or suggestions you might have and propose amendments if you feel they are necessary.

Brototh (IND)
Cerdenia (FREE)
Dendrobium (SOL)
Huago (TGP)
Marvinville (FREE)
New ikesandria (CTC)
Of Altonianic Islands (CTC)
Santa Marana (FREE)
Snalland (RPT)
Solittus (TGP)
Sunipi (TGP)

For me, this is a well-written bill that is, I believe, worthy of replacing the less-than-effective L.R.023, and I will be voting in favour.

As a sidenote, I’d like to ask MP Marvinville whether he intends for a House investigation under this bill to take place in the event that it passes.

The current motion on the floor has my complete support and if a house investigation is called I would have complete support of it, if the investigation is of decent and reasonable manner of course.

New ikesandria

Thaecia

I do support this bill, and I find it will be a fitting replacement for the inadequate L.R. 023, but I have a question for the author, MP Marvinville: What would the bill be used for, exactly?

Sunipi wrote:For me, this is a well-written bill that is, I believe, worthy of replacing the less-than-effective L.R.023, and I will be voting in favour.

As a sidenote, I’d like to ask MP Marvinville whether he intends for a House investigation under this bill to take place in the event that it passes.

I do not intend for a House investigation if this bill passes.

New ikesandria wrote:I do support this bill, and I find it will be a fitting replacement for the inadequate L.R. 023, but I have a question for the author, MP Marvinville: What would the bill be used for, exactly?

This bill will be used for investigations in either chamber when the time arrises. An example can be if the EC did a related Ashlawn type of event again and members of Congress want to see the facts and recommend possible changes to the law.

New ikesandria

Thaecia

Marvinville wrote:-snip-

Thank you for clarifying Marv.

I hereby declare my full support for the bill at debate.

All in all, this is a solid bill., I only have two small notes.

Article I, Section III, Subsection I says: "Testimony and/or government information can remain private with the respective chamber conducting the investigation if the Court agrees it must remain confidential and out of the public view.", but at the same time Section V of that Article says "[...] the chamber of Congress conducting the investigation must release a report on its findings." A practical issue I see here, is what to do with such confidential information after an investigation has concluded. Should it be included in the report even if it is still confidential? At what point is information (no longer) confidential? And can a report truely be complete if information is withheld?
A simple solution in such a situation would be to simply vote to extend the duration of the investigation or not include the information at all, with which I personally would have some issues if it were the case. Perhaps I am alone in seeing this problem, but I would like to hear others' thoughts on this.

Secondly I would assume Article I Section VI ("There is no limit to the amount of investigations either chamber of Congress can conduct.") could cause some issues. Does this mean one chamber could potentially run 4, 5, 6 investigations at once? What with overlapping debates? Should investigations hold priority over regular HoC/Senate business or should regular debates be postponed until an investigation is over?
I am deffinitely willing to propose an Amendment for this part, but would like to hear the author's view on this first.

Overall I think this is a pretty solid bill, however I have concerns of "vagueness" regarding this specific section of Article I Section III:

"I. Testimony and/or government information can remain private with the respective chamber conducting the investigation if the Court agrees it must remain confidential and out of the public view."

Why would the court not agree? I believe the bill isn't entirely clear when it comes to reasons the court could use so as to keep information out of public view, so this should probably be improved for the purpose of transparency.

Dendrobium
"Section III - A chamber of Congress may conduct the investigation on their respective chamber or any affiliated regions RMB. The investigation can also be held on an off-site platform but must be made available for citizens to access it."

With this, we can conduct an investigation in a discord server if every representative has access to discord. We could also make another region for investigative purposes if we need to do so. It is not the intention to stop or delay House debate on any pieces of legislation during an investigation. It is more or less an addition to Congressional work for the chamber. And yes, a chamber can have 4 or more investigations taking place at the same time but I do not believe representatives would approve of such measure.

I believe this bill to be very well written and would be an effective replacement to the previous bill (L.R. 023). I will therefore be voting in favour of it.

A grammatical change.
A Congressional investigation must last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.
To: A Congressional investigation may last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.
Change is needed so that we aren’t required to investigate for two months when the issue is resolved in a week.

Snalland wrote:A grammatical change.
A Congressional investigation must last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.
To: A Congressional investigation may last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.
Change is needed so that we aren’t required to investigate for two months when the issue is resolved in a week.

The chamber will have the power to vote to end the investigation whenever they want within the 2 months but I'll add it to the list of edits

I have made a few edits to the legislation:

Article II, Section I, IV. Individuals subject to a subpoena must obey every aspect of the subpoena by 14 days of its enactment unless one or more requested documents are being considered by the High Court under the previous sub-section.

Original form:

Section III - A chamber of Congress may conduct the investigation on their respective chamber or any affiliated regions RMB. The investigation can also be held on an off-site platform but must be made available for citizens to access it.
I. Testimony and/or government information can remain private with the respective chamber conducting the investigation if the Court agrees it must remain confidential and out of the public view.

Changed to:

Article I, Section III - A chamber of Congress may conduct the investigation in private, including the collection of testimonies and government information.

I. Individuals can testify publicly if they and the chamber of Congress both consent to hold the hearing in a public setting.

Section IV - A Congressional investigation may must last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.

Article II, Section I, II. II. Government information shall be defined classified as official government documents and discussions, either in public channels, private channels, dispatches, telegrams, and direct messages.

We have begun voting on the final bill

Congressional Investigation and Accountability Act

Author: Marvinville
Sponsor: Marvinville

Preamble:
To update Congresses ability to conduct investigations.

Congress hereby agrees,

  • Section I - Either chamber of Congress, the House of Commons or Senate, can call for an investigation by passing a motion with a simple majority vote in their respective chamber.

    • I. Congress shall have the ability to investigate any past or current government actions and functions, which includes every aspect of the Thaecian government and its members.

  • Section II - During a Congressional investigation, the chamber of Congress can seek testimony from past and current Thaecian citizens and can seek government information relating to the objective of the investigation.

  • Section III - A chamber of Congress may conduct the investigation in private, including the collection of testimonies and government information.

    • I. Individuals can testify publicly if they and the chamber of Congress both consent to hold the hearing in a public setting.

  • Section IV - A Congressional investigation may last for a maximum of two months from the official start of the investigation.

    • I. An investigation can be extended past the maximum of two months by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

    • II. An investigation can conclude by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

  • Section V - Once a Congressional investigation concludes, the chamber of Congress conducting the investigation must release a report on its findings. The report can display what actions the Thaecian government must take to solve an issue found in the investigation.

    • I. The report must be approved by a simple majority vote in its respective chamber before it can be made official

    • II. Congress shall have the power to recommend the Justice Minister to bring criminal charges against any individual that is subject to the Congressional investigation report.

  • Section VI - There is no limit to the amount of investigations either chamber of Congress can conduct.

  • Section I - The chamber of Congress conducting an investigation may issue a subpoena for testimony or government information from an individual.

    • I. The subpoena shall be issued with a simple majority vote in its respective chamber.

    • II. Government information shall be defined as official government documents and discussions, either in public channels, private channels, dispatches, telegrams, and direct messages.

    • III. Classified information is not an exception to a subpoena unless the High Court rules that such information can not be shared with the chamber of Congress at the present time, such as it being important to the security of the region at the time the subpoena was issued.

    • IV. Individuals subject to a subpoena must obey every aspect of the subpoena by 14 days of its enactment unless one or more requested documents are being considered by the High Court under the previous sub-section.

To amend L.R. 044, Article VIII:

12. Refusal to Obey Subpoena - A person is guilty of this offense if they fail to meet the expectations of a subpoena within 14 days of its enactment.

To amend L.R. 044, Article IX:

3. The following shall be designated as Misdemeanours:
Breach of Peace, Common Assault, Obstruction of Justice, Refusal to Obey Subpoena;
For Misdemeanours, the Statute of Limitations is 60 days, and punishments may be issued up to a three (3) month ban.

  • This Act hereby repeals L.R. 023 Congressional Investigation Act


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My vote is Aye

Brototh (IND)
Cerdenia (FREE)
Dendrobium (SOL)
Huago (TGP)
Marvinville (FREE)
New ikesandria (CTC)
Of Altonianic Islands (CTC)
Santa Marana (FREE)
Snalland (RPT)
Solittus (TGP)
Sunipi (TGP)

Aye

New ikesandria

Thaecia

My vote is Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

Aye

The bill passes 11-0 The Islamic Country of Honour

We have begun debate on the Protecting Our Elections Act. Note this act amends 044 & 049.

Protecting Our Elections Act

Author: Marvinville
Sponsor: Marvinville

Preamble:
A bill to amend L.R. 049 The Electoral Commission Act and L.R. 044 Thaecian Indictable Offenses Act

Congress hereby agrees,

To remove Article VII and replace with the following:

Article VII - Voter Verification

  • Section I - During each regional election and referenda, there shall be a verification process to verify citizens' votes.

    • I. When filling out an election ballot, citizens must create a verification code and then send such code by any means to the Electoral Commissioner or any authority running the election.

To add Article VIII:

  • Section I - This Act hereby repeals L.R. 001 The Thaecian Electoral Commissioner Act, L.R. 007 Adjustment and Fixation of Thaecian Elections Dates Act, and L.R. 019 Electoral Commission Formalisation Act.

To remove Article II, Section II and III and add the following:

  • Section II - Elections for the President, Prime Ministry, and Senate will take place every four months in the General election, which shall be held in the months of March, July, and November. Elections for the House of Commons will take place every two months, in the Midterm and General elections. These elections shall be held in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

  • Section III - Inaugurations following the results of the Presidential, Prime Ministry, Senate, and House of Commons elections, shall always take place on the 10th day of the month in which the election was scheduled for.

    • I. The Candidacy Declaration Period shall begin three days before the end of the month prior to the scheduled election and it shall close on the 4th day of the month the election was scheduled for.

    • II. The voting period must begin on the 5th day and end on the 8th day of the month in which the election was scheduled for.

    • III. All General and Midterm elections shall have a voting period that lasts approximately 72 hours.

    • IV. The Inauguration may be delayed for up to two days to allow the High Court to verify results. This shall not change when the voting period must start, and when future elections must be held.

To remove Article III and replace with the following:

  • Section I - The High Court of Thaecia, through a simple majority vote of the Justices who vote in any decision on verification, shall verify the results of regional elections and referenda.

    • I. In the event that a High Court Justice is a candidate in an election, they do not have the right to participate in the verification process of the election they are running in, but they may participate in the verification process of any other election which they are not a candidate in.

  • Section II - The High Court, through a simple majority vote, shall be given the power to deem votes “illegal” and discount them from the total vote count, should it be confirmed that there was at least one of the following:

    • I. Voter fraud as defined by prospective Thaecian laws.

    • II. A voter that does not meet citizenship requirements during the course of the election.

    • III. A voter loses their citizenship during the election after having already voted.

    • IV. A voter that does not properly provide a correct verification code in the steps defined by this law.

    • V. A mistake by the Electoral Commissioner, such as the counting or transferring of votes, with the possibility of changing electoral results.

  • Section III - Should votes be deemed “illegal”, the High Court, through a simple majority vote, shall be given the power to either allow or demand for a recount of the results if possible, or call for a new election if the violations do not allow for a simple recount to be enough to correct the results.

    • I. A new election may also be called if the High Court has reasonable suspicion that the election was not conducted fairly, impartially, or in a timely manner.

    • II. The Electoral Commissioner must hold an election and inaugurate the victor(s) within 7 days of when the High Court called for a new election to be held.

  • Section IV - In any event that an election ballot has a mistake where the Electoral Commissioner can not accurately tabulate a result from, the Electoral Commissioner must inform the voter of the mistake and give them 12 hours to correct it.

    • If the voter fails to fix the mistake within the 12 hours, the Electoral Commissioner shall tabulate the vote wherever the voter's intent is clear. If there is no clear intent, the ballot shall be thrown out.

To add to Article II:

Section VIII - The Electoral Commissioner must send a region-wide telegram to inform its residents at the beginning of the Candidacy Declaration Period and voting period.

To amend L.R. 044:

Voter Fraud - One person voting with multiple nations in a Thaecian election, Creating puppets to vote for a specific candidate, or in any way attempting to hinder the democratic and electoral process of the region.


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Brototh (IND)
Cerdenia (FREE)
Dendrobium (SOL)
Huago (TGP)
Marvinville (FREE)
New ikesandria (CTC)
Of Altonianic Islands (CTC)
Santa Marana (FREE)
Snalland (RPT)
Solittus (TGP)
Sunipi (TGP)

Of Altonianic Islands, Marvinville, and New ikesandria

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