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« on: June 12, 2015, 03:25:35 pm »
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Assembly Special Elections Act 2015

Section 1.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly four two or more weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election.
2. The special election shall be held in the same manner and procedure as a regular election for the whole Assembly.
3. If the date of the vacancy is two days or less before a Friday, the election shall be held on the next weekend.
4. Upon the certification of the results by the appropriate election administrator, the elected candidate shall be eligible to assume their seat.
5. The governor may appoint a person to fill the vacated seat under the provisions outlined in Sections 2.2-2.3.  The term of the appointed representative shall expire on the swearing-in of the newly elected representative.

Section 2.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly less than four two weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment.
2. If the person who vacated the seat was a member of a federally recognized political party at the time of their election, the governor shall appoint a member of the same party to fill the vacancy.
3. If the said party is no longer in operation, or has no registered members residing in the Northeast, Section 2.2 shall be non-applicable.

Section 3.
1. The Assembly Special Elections Act 2014 is repealed.

The debate period will last for 72 hours, to end at 5:00PM EST on Sunday, June 14th - although debate may be extended at that time as the Speaker sees fit.

Rep. Clyde1998, you have 36 hours to advocate for your bill.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 06:29:01 pm »
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This bill would ensure that any vacancies in the Assembly are filled with an election, rather than by appointment. The democratic will of the people should decide who is a representative.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2015, 06:56:03 pm »
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I support this.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2015, 07:15:49 pm »
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We already have laws for special elections on the books - which are actually prompter on when the election should be held than this one.

And even if we didn't, I wouldn't sign it. Waiving of a special election for candidates with only one candidate can cause very big problems - essentially, under this law, nobody could hold a write-in campaign for the seat.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2015, 07:31:15 pm »
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I don't see a reason to make any massive changes to our special election laws. However, I do think clause 3 should be passed because 4 weeks is a bit long for an appointment.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 09:00:56 pm »
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I wouldn't be opposed to a reduction in the appointment threshold either.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2015, 10:28:11 am »
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I didn't see the Assembly Special Elections Act 2014 - probably because I was searching for "by election" rather than "special election".

I propose this:

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Assembly Special Elections Act 2015

Section 1.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly four two or more weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election.
2. The special election shall be held in the same manner and procedure as a regular election for the whole Assembly.
3. If the date of the vacancy is two days or less before a Friday, the election shall be held on the next weekend.
4. Upon the certification of the results by the appropriate election administrator, the elected candidate shall be eligible to assume their seat.
5. The governor may appoint a person to fill the vacated seat under the provisions outlined in Sections 2.2-2.3.  The term of the appointed representative shall expire on the swearing-in of the newly elected representative.

Section 2.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly less than four two weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment seat shall remain vacant.
2. If the person who vacated the seat was a member of a federally recognized political party at the time of their election, the governor shall appoint a member of the same party to fill the vacancy.
2. If a seat is vacant, the Governor shall attain voting rights in the Assembly until the vacant seat is filled.
3. If the said party is no longer in operation, or has no registered members residing in the Northeast, Section 2.2 shall be non-applicable.

Section 3.
1. The Assembly Special Elections Act 2014 is repealed.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2015, 11:16:56 am »
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I'd rather retain appointment powers than gain voting privilege in these matters - considering the fact that I might have to make multiple appointments at once (which is a very real possibility considering the high turnover rates of the previous Assemblies), I'd either have a vote that's stronger than the elected representatives or the people would be down one representative.

I don't see why the vacancy filling system after two weeks should be changed.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2015, 11:59:53 am »
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I'd rather retain appointment powers than gain voting privilege in these matters - considering the fact that I might have to make multiple appointments at once (which is a very real possibility considering the high turnover rates of the previous Assemblies), I'd either have a vote that's stronger than the elected representatives or the people would be down one representative.

I don't see why the vacancy filling system after two weeks should be changed.
I'll remove the governor voting power in my next amendment.

I, personally, don't think that anyone should be appointed to a role that is elected under normal circumstances. Which is why I'm proposing that special elections should take place two weeks before the close of the assembly term, rather than a month before. Especially considering that a term is only two months.
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2015, 12:33:37 pm »
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How many people are going to bother if they're just running to fill the two week term?
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2015, 01:06:24 pm »
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How many people are going to bother if they're just running to fill the two week term?
They may wish to run their campaign for the next term based on a few things that they've done. They might get a small incumbency bonus.
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2015, 01:34:51 pm »
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I'll remove the governor voting power in my next amendment.

I, personally, don't think that anyone should be appointed to a role that is elected under normal circumstances. Which is why I'm proposing that special elections should take place two weeks before the close of the assembly term, rather than a month before. Especially considering that a term is only two months.

I've already indicated that I support the reduction of the threshold to two weeks. That's not a problem. Leaving this seat vacant is my problem with this bill - it's unworkable and inefficient, so the appointment system must remain in place in order to get my signature.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2015, 02:06:01 pm »
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I have doubts about the vacant seat issue. I should think about it well...
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2015, 02:57:21 pm »
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Yeah - Altsomn and I come from that time when there was a high turnover rate.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2015, 02:59:47 pm »
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I haven't experienced a high turnover. I fact, I think only one person has left the assembly during my two terms - and that was to take a Senate seat.

My new proposal is basically changing the threshold to two weeks and leaving the previous bill the same otherwise.

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Assembly Special Elections Act 2015

Section 1.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly four two or more weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election.
2. The special election shall be held in the same manner and procedure as a regular election for the whole Assembly.
3. If the date of the vacancy is two days or less before a Friday, the election shall be held on the next weekend.
4. Upon the certification of the results by the appropriate election administrator, the elected candidate shall be eligible to assume their seat.
5. The governor may appoint a person to fill the vacated seat under the provisions outlined in Sections 2.2-2.3.  The term of the appointed representative shall expire on the swearing-in of the newly elected representative.

Section 2.
1. When a vacancy arises in the Assembly less than four two weeks before the date of expiry of the present term, the vacancy shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment.
2. If the person who vacated the seat was a member of a federally recognized political party at the time of their election, the governor shall appoint a member of the same party to fill the vacancy.
3. If the said party is no longer in operation, or has no registered members residing in the Northeast, Section 2.2 shall be non-applicable.

Section 3.
1. The Assembly Special Elections Act 2014 is repealed.
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2015, 05:08:18 pm »
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Awesome.

I'm just saying - during my first term as Governor (and actually, Governor Talleyrand's second term), we had seven Assemblymen leave - all for various reasons.
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2015, 06:36:33 pm »
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I'm fine with the current version of the bill.
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2015, 01:05:44 am »
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Now we're talking Smiley I'll support this new version.
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2015, 04:30:26 pm »
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Time for debate is over.

48 hours vote on the amended bill.

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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2015, 04:57:12 pm »
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Aye.
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2015, 11:21:45 pm »
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« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2015, 12:25:54 am »
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2015, 03:13:07 pm »
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With 4 ayes, this bill passes and will be sent to the Governor.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2015, 06:39:00 pm »
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Aye, ftr.
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