Amendment 1 to the Third Constitution

From The Library of Parliament
Jump to: navigation, search
Amendment 1 to the Third Constitution
Amendment 2
CitationCa-1 to C-3
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Date enacted24 August 2017
Legislative history
Introduced on4 August 2017
Introduced byAnaaxes
Voting began10 August 2017
Required majorityTwo-thirds
Vote results9 Yea, 0 Nay, 0 Abstain[1]
Status: Passed

This Amendment fixes some typographical errors and clarifies the intent of and improves various parts of the Constitution.

Section 1. World Assembly Waiver Irrevocability

Article 1, Section 4 shall be amended to include a clause to read as follows, to be applied retroactively:

No waiver granted under this Section may be revoked unless due to fraud, deception, or error, which may be regulated by law, or, upon conviction for treason or rebellion.

Section 2. One Week Waiting Period for Membership

Article 1, Section 5 shall be amended to include a clause to read as follows:

A Resident State which complies with the requirements in Sections 2 to 4 of this Article, and, has been a Resident State for at least one week, shall be considered a full Member State.

Section 3. Speaker Qualifications Change

Article 3, Section 2, Clause 1 shall be amended to read as follows:

No State shall hold this office unless they are a Member State, and have been a Member State for at least two months.

Section 4. Spent Legislation

Article 3, Section 6 shall be amended to include a clause to read as follows:

Legislation may be archived as spent legislation without having to be repealed itself, once it becomes completely exhausted in operation by the accomplishment of the purpose(s) for which it was enacted, such as legislation that exclusively repeals another or that is otherwise self-executing.

Section 5. Forum Administrator Account Changes

Article 3, Section 9 shall be rendered void, and a new Section titled "Forum Administrator Account" shall be appended to Article 4, to read as follows:

The Founder shall be the trustee of the forum administrator account. The account should only be used when administrative action is necessary, and the Founder is to maintain regular forum relations with a separate account. The Chancellor may temporarily act as the trustee of the account during the Founder's prolonged absence. The account shall have the display name "Administrator" for purposes of identification.

Section 6. Special Founder Exception

Article 7, Section 4 shall be amended to include a clause to read as follows:

For the purposes of this Section only, the office of Founder does not count towards having a position in the Administration.

Section 7. Executive Order Automatic Termination

Article 7, Section 5, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows:

Executive Orders shall expire automatically upon the start of a new delegatory term, but may be re-authorized at the discretion of the Cabinet.

Section 8. Advisory Opinion Typographical Correction

Article 9, Section 4 shall be amended to read as follows:

The Court may issue non-binding advisory opinions to government officers, or, to a Member State regarding a draft bill, upon request.

Section 9. Election Administrator Impartiality

Article 8, Section 3, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows:

The Election Administrator must not be involved in the campaigns of, or be one of the candidates in the election they are to administer. If the Election Administrator decides to become one of the candidates during the nomination period, another Member State must be appointed by the Speaker pro tempore to replace them, subject to the veto of the Chancellor.

Section 10. Election and Nominations Clarification

Article 8, Section 4 shall be amended to read as follows:

All constitutional elective public offices of the Social Liberal Union shall be elected using preferential voting. Each election shall have at least one week for nominations and campaigning, and one week for voting, except as otherwise stated or necessary. Any Member State may nominate themselves or other Member States.

Section 11. Early Elections Due to Vacancies

A new Section titled "Early Elections Due to Vacancies" shall be appended to Article 8, to read as follows:

If a vacancy occurs in the office of World Assembly Delegate, Speaker of the Union, or Chancellor, an election for an entirely new term may be held earlier than scheduled, as soon as possible.

Section 12. Constitution Passage Wording Correction

Article 11, Section 2 shall be amended to read as follows:

This Constitution may only be passed with the concurrence of at least two-thirds of the Member States voting, in a vote lasting between 21 to 30 days, following a mandatory public debate period of at least 3 days.

Section 13. Terms Under the Second Constitution

Article 11, Section 3 shall be amended to read as follows:

Notwithstanding any provision in this Constitution, any length of Member State status requirement or qualification for public office shall not take effect until 4 months after the passage of this Constitution, and no term length of an incumbent officer at the time of this Constitution's passage shall be affected until the next election. Terms that started under the Second Constitution but terminated under the this Constitution do not count towards term limits.

Section 14. Termination of Special Transitional Powers

Article 11, Section 5 shall be amended to read as follows:

Following the passage of this Constitution, all Motions of Parliament shall become Resolutions of Parliament. All Acts of Parliament shall remain in effect to the fullest extent possible, pending modification or repeal by the Open Parliament, as needed.

Section 15. Constitution Replacement Clarification

Article 11, Section 6 shall be amended to read as follows:

This Constitution may only be replaced following the submission of a proposal by a Member State, sponsored by at least one other, and with the concurrence of at least two-thirds of the Member States voting, in a vote to last at least 21 to 30 days, following a public debate period of at least five days. No replacement shall be immune to repeal or deprive the Social Liberal Union of democratic government.

Section 16. Renumbering Authority

Appropriate sections and clauses may be renumbered for continuity.