Amendment 7 to the Third Constitution

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Amendment 7 to the Third Constitution
Amendment 6
CitationCa-7 to C-3
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Date enacted12 January 2021
Legislative history
Introduced on10 May 2018
Introduced byRamelia
Voting began27 December 2020
Required majorityTwo-thirds
Vote results10 Yea, 0 Nay, O Abstain[1]
Status: Passed

In light of the permanent departure of Ainland, this Amendment to the Constitution significantly modifies the position of Founder and reassigns powers and responsibilities previously given to the Founder.

Section 1. Amendments Regarding Article 2

Clause 1. Article 2, Section 4, Clause 5 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
Clause 5. No law shall be passed that either names any State to hold any office established by this Constitution or names any State to hold any office permanently, except as otherwise explicitly provided by this Constitution.
Clause 2. Article 2, Section 9, Clause 2 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
Clause 2. The World Assembly Delegate, the Speaker of the Union, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Chancellor are the only officers that can jointly declare a state of emergency.

Section 2. Amendment Regarding Article 3

Article 3, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Clause 6. In the event of the Speaker's temporary inactivity, resignation, or incapacitation, which may be defined by law, and, if no qualified Speaker pro tempore designation exists or the Speaker pro tempore is inactive or incapacitated, the Chancellor shall appoint the Speaker pro tempore in consultation with the Delegate, or, in consultation with the remainder of the Cabinet and Deputy Ministers, in the event of incapacity or vacancy of the office of Delegate.

Section 3. Amendments Regarding Article 4

Article 4 of the Constitution shall be retitled "The Trustees of the Founder Nation" and amended to read as follows:

Section 1. Control of Founder Nation

The Founder Nation shall be administered by three highly trusted Member States, stylized Trustees, appointed by a Resolution of Parliament passed with the cosponsorship of at least four Member States and by at least two-thirds of votes cast.

Section 2. Essential Duties

The Trustees of the Founder Nation of the Social Liberal Union shall be the ultimate guarantors of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the Open Parliament.

Section 3. Limitations on Power and Incapacity

The Trustees shall under no circumstance not authorized by law utilize the in-game powers of the Founder Nation to dismiss a duly elected or appointed member of the government of the Social Liberal Union. Except as otherwise authorized by law, the powers of the Trustees shall generally not exceed those of those of Member States. Special definitions of the incapacity and vacancy of Trustees may be provided for by law. Provided, Trustees may seek and hold other offices of the Social Liberal Union.

Section 4. Exercise of In-game Executive Powers

The Trustees may exercise the executive in-game powers of the Delegate, the Ministers, and other such regional officers which may be provided for by law, at the request of the respective officer, or when specifically authorized by law.

Section 5. Appointment of In-game Officers

In the case of incapacity or vacancy of the position of World Assembly Delegate, the Trustees shall appoint regional officers, in accordance with law; provided, the Trustees may otherwise appoint regional officers on request of the Delegate.

Section 6. Cabinet Discussion Privileges

The Trustees shall be privy to Cabinet discussions, but are not members of the Cabinet.

Section 4. Amendment Regarding Article 5

Article 5, Section 3 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Following the election of a new Delegate, the outgoing Delegate or the State with most endorsements shall not exercise the powers of the office of the Delegate, except as directed by the Delegate-elect, the Cabinet, or when authorized by law.
Clause 1. The Trustees of the Founder Nation may, when requested by the Delegate-elect, temporarily revoke the executive authority of the delegacy until they are able to gain enough endorsements to take office.

Section 5. Amendments Regarding Article 7

Clause 1. Article 7, Section 3 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Administration shall consist of the Delegate, the Ministers, the Deputy Ministers, and the Speaker of the Union.
Clause 2. Article 7, Section 4 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
No State may hold two positions in the Administration, but a State in the Administration may hold positions at the departmental level; provided, for the purposes of this Section only, the office of Chancellor counts towards having a position in the Administration.
Clause 3. Article 7, Section 4, Clauses 1 and 2 shall be repealed and struck in their entirety.

Section 6. Amendment Regarding Article 9

Article 9, Section 14 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows, without modification to its clauses:

Should the Chancellor have a conflict of interest in a case, or the Chancellor is incapacitated or their office is vacant, the Speaker may preside over the case. In the event that both the Chancellor and the Speaker have a conflict of interest in a case or decline to preside, a special judge with no conflicts of interest appointed by the Speaker pro tempore and approved by the Open Parliament in a 2 to 3 day vote shall preside.

Section 7. Amendment Regarding Article 11

A clause shall be appended to Article 11, Section 5, to read as follows:

Clause 1. Acts of Parliament passed during or prior to 2012 and whose citation is regarded as of the passage of this Constitution by the prefix "B" followed by the number of order of passage shall retain that citation, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 3.