To amend the new Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of The People's Region of the Pacific to correct for omissions and inspecificities
SECTION 1. NAMING
1. This resolution shall be referred to as the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order".
SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS
1. Rules of Order
- The Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, as authorised by a resolution of the Legislative Council on September 15, 2014.
SECTION 3. AMENDMENT REGARDING NAME OF THE RULES OF ORDER
1. Section 1, Clause 1 of the Rules of Order is amended to read "These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", viz, the name of the Rules of Order is shortened to the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council".
SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE SPEAKER
1. Section 3, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase", in his capacity as Acting Speaker,", viz, the Governor shall hold new elections to the office of Speaker by right of his being Governor rather than being Acting Speaker
2. Section 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, reading as follows:
5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.
SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
1. Section 4, Clause 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase ", with the exception of ....", and the insertion of a full stop at the end of the clause.
2. Section 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, between Clause 3 and the present Clause 4, reading as follows:
4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor, to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.
3. The clauses shall be re-numbered in consideration of the insertion of an additional clause as the fourth clause.
SECTION 5. AMENDMENT REGARDING FORMAT OF LEGISLATION
1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of an additional section, reading as follows:
SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION
1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.
2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "A RESOLUTION", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.
3. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.
4. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.
5. Legislation shall be cited by reference to the session of the Legislative Council in which they were passed, and in sequential order of their passing, using the formula of "Leg. C[Session number]-[Numeric rank of the legislation in the roster of those passed]", where "Leg." is the abbreviation of "Legislation" and "C" is the abbreviation of "Council". This formula is to be followed regardless of whether the legislation is a Resolution or an Bill, and shall be applied retroactively to all legislation passed by the Legislative Council and its predecessors.
SECTION 6. AMENDMENT ON RULES SUPERSEDED
1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of the additional section, reading as follows:
SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED
1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.
2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.
SECTION 7. AMENDMENT REGARDING THE LENGTH OF DEBATE
1. Section 5, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the replacement of the present text with the following:
4. A member of the Legislative Council may move to end debate after at least 48 hours have passed since the introduction of the legislation. If no objection is made to this motion within a period of 12 hours, the Speaker shall then deem the motion carried, debate shall be closed, and the Speaker shall move to the final vote. If a member of the Legislative Council objects to such a motion to end debate, the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on the motion, and act in accordance with the result of the vote.