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Speaker SWE
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« on: September 11, 2014, 05:03:49 pm »
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Stop Weekly Special Elections Act

1. The Vacancy Mitigation Act is hereby repealed.

2. The Vacancy Filling Act is hereby repealed.

3. Vacancies in the Northeast Assembly shall hereby be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the session the vacancy falls in.

Sponsor: Governor Talleyrand

Debate on this bill will last for 72 hours, or until 6:03 PM on Sunday, September 14, unless modified or extended. The sponsor has 36 hours to advocate for this proposed legislation. If he does not, this bill will be tabled as there is other pending legislation in the queue.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 05:30:50 pm »
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Pretty self-explanatory bill here.

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The seemingly weekly Northeast Assembly special elections, often marked by low turnout and no competition, are a distraction to the region, and simply delay activity in the Assembly itself. This will allow vacancies to be filled solely at the discretion of the Governor, and skip this increasingly meaningless confirmation step. It's become almost unheard of for these special elections to be particularly competitive (I can think of one exception during my tenure), and weekly special elections combined with an already high rate of turnover are just disruptive to the Assembly.

The people elect the Governor to serve as the executive of the region. If we give him or her the power to fill legislative vacancies too, I think it could be said that the public have a say on whose representing them when they elect the position, or alternatively, they could try to the best of their ability to avoid voting for candidates with spotty activity in the general election.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014, 07:19:34 pm »
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Obviously the current situation is untenable.

However, I think we ought to have a provision allowing for a special election if more than half of the term has yet to be served (like if somebody resigns a week or two after taking office.)
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2014, 07:34:19 pm »
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I think this bill can be written a bit better
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 07:52:36 pm »
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I think this bill can be written a bit better

How so?

Dallasfan, I don't really mind either way if your suggestion goes through, though I can see why you're making it. Could you propose an amendment so the Assembly might vote on it?
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2014, 07:58:20 pm »
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It's vague. I feel like it might be overly simple where we're missing obvious flaws. Session isn't defined for one. Not having a Speaker is a "vacancy in the Northeast Assembly" does the Governor get to appoint a Speaker? This bill doesn't define the position that is being filled.



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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 07:12:02 pm »
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It's vague. I feel like it might be overly simple where we're missing obvious flaws. Session isn't defined for one. Not having a Speaker is a "vacancy in the Northeast Assembly" does the Governor get to appoint a Speaker? This bill doesn't define the position that is being filled.

Do you have any proposed revisions?

I like the idea behind this but I won't vote for it if it causes more problems than it solves.

@Talleyrand, I'll work on an amendment after seeing any suggestions Nick has, so they don't conflict.

Also motion to extend debate until Tuesday, the sixteenth.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2014, 05:35:45 pm »
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I second that motion to extend debate.
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2014, 04:40:41 pm »
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Sorry, traveling this weekend
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2014, 08:26:57 pm »
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I think it's pretty much clear that vacancies in the Assembly refers to Representatives, and not the Lt. Governorship or the Speakership.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2014, 04:08:15 pm »
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The debating period has been extended to 5:07 PM on Tuesday, September 16th
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2014, 04:02:49 pm »
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Stop Weekly Special Elections Act

1. The Vacancy Mitigation Act is hereby repealed.

2. The Vacancy Filling Act is hereby repealed.

3. Vacancies for Northeast Representatives shall hereby be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the Assembly session the vacancy falls in.

Does this clear up any doubts?

FTR, I'm proposing it as an amendment.
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2014, 06:33:00 pm »
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Stop Weekly Special Elections Act

1. The Vacancy Mitigation Act is hereby repealed.

2. The Vacancy Filling Act is hereby repealed.

3. Vacancies for Northeast Representatives shall hereby be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the Assembly session the vacancy falls in.

Does this clear up any doubts?

FTR, I'm proposing it as an amendment.

I'll take that - we can always do the special elections thing later.
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2014, 03:43:21 pm »
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The debating period is now over. Representatives will now vote on this bill, as written:

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Stop Weekly Special Elections Act

1. The Vacancy Mitigation Act is hereby repealed.

2. The Vacancy Filling Act is hereby repealed.

3. Vacancies for Northeast Representatives shall hereby be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the Assembly session the vacancy falls in.

Voting on this bill will last for 48 hours or until all Representatives have voted
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2014, 03:57:16 pm »
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