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« on: July 10, 2011, 06:57:26 am »

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Senate Vacancy Regional Flexibility Amendment

Article I Section 4 Clause 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read:
Any vacancy occurring in a Class A Senate seat shall be filled according to the laws of the respective region.

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 12:32:58 pm »

Currently if there is a vacancy in a regional Senate seat, our constitution requires the seat be filled by appointment by the governor.  I do not see the need for this. It is neither democratic nor regionalist. If a region decides they want to fill the vacancy by a special election, as I would prefer, they should be able to do this. If on the other hand, the region wants a vacancy to be filled by the governor or by the assembly, I would like to leave this option open to them as well. Or, there might be a combination of these based on when the vacancy occurs, as exists for at-large Senate seats.  Each region would be able to decide how to go about it, and the discussions each region has about it, and the diversity of solutions, will make Atlasia more interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 12:37:36 pm »

I fully support this amendment and would have introduced something similar if Senator Shua hadn't already. Great work, shua.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011, 01:27:11 pm »

I see no problem with this. Leave it up to the regions to decide their own fate.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 01:53:21 pm »

YEA
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 06:36:33 pm »

Meh, sure. However, let's keep the Governor appointment thing as a default if a region doesn't otherwise specify its own method. I would like to offer the following amendment:


Senate Vacancy Regional Flexibility Amendment

Article I Section 4 Clause 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read:
Any vacancy occurring in a Class A Senate seat shall be filled according to the laws of the respective region. If a region does not have any law for filling the vacancy, then the Governor of that Region shall appoint a person to fill the remainder of that term.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011, 03:00:37 am »

Ideally I'd prefer we not even privilege one approach over another if possible, but I do see some sense in leaving a default in case a vacancy arises before the region can establish its own process. 
I'll accept bgwah's amendment as friendly.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 06:10:54 am »

Quote from: Amendment 44:7 by bgwah
Senate Vacancy Regional Flexibility Amendment

Article I Section 4 Clause 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read:
Any vacancy occurring in a Class A Senate seat shall be filled according to the laws of the respective region. If a region does not have any law for filling the vacancy, then the Governor of that Region shall appoint a person to fill the remainder of that term.


Senators have 24 hours to object to the amendment.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 06:52:07 am »

The amendment has passed.
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 07:15:34 am »

Final vote can begin at any time, is such desired?
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 08:21:00 pm »

sure, that's fine by me.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 09:22:27 pm »

Yay for regional rights! Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2011, 12:03:19 am »

I support this.
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2011, 07:22:42 am »

A final vote is now open on this amendment, please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain.

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Senate Vacancy Regional Flexibility Amendment

Article I Section 4 Clause 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read:
Any vacancy occurring in a Class A Senate seat shall be filled according to the laws of the respective region. If a region does not have any law for filling the vacancy, then the Governor of that Region shall appoint a person to fill the remainder of that term.
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2011, 09:43:08 am »

Aye
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2011, 10:48:56 am »

Aye
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2011, 10:50:02 am »

Screw regional rights.
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2011, 12:33:27 pm »

Aye
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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2011, 12:48:12 pm »

Aye
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 01:47:09 pm »

Aye
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« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2011, 05:09:14 pm »

aye
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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2011, 07:20:20 am »

Abstain
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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2011, 09:56:10 am »

Aye


Final vote on the Senate Vacancy Regional Flexibility Amendment:

Aye (7) bgwah, fuzzybigfoot, Napoleon, NC Yankee, officepark, shua and Snowguy716
Nay (0):
Abstain (1): Antonio V

Didn't Vote (1): AHDuke99

The Constitutional Amendment has passed the Senate and is sent to the regions.
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