Parliamentary Library Act

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Parliamentary Library Act
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Date enacted4 May 2017
Date repealed18 April 2018
Legislative history
Introduced on20 April 2017
Introduced byOdd Republic
Voting began26 April 2017
Required majoritySimple majority
Vote results11 Yea, 0 Nay, 0 Abstain[1]
Repealing legislation
Law Commission and Library Act
Text as originally enacted
Status: Repealed

This Act authorizes the use of a website known as the Library of Parliament for record-keeping of the Social Liberal Union.

Article 1. General Provisions

Section 1. Location

The Library of Parliament is a website located at

Section 2. Function

The Library of Parliament shall exist to serve as the official library of the Open Parliament of the Social Liberal Union, and to preserve and maintain regional laws and historical records.

Section 3. Software

The Library of Parliament shall be a wiki-type website, utilizing the open source software provided by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Section 4. Copyright

Records on the Library of Parliament shall be in the public domain, to the fullest extent possible. Users shall be warned of this via a message on the website footer and on each editing page.

Section 5. Effective Date and Repeal of Another Act

This Act shall not take effect until the passage of a third constitution of the Social Liberal Union, and the Act "Establishing the Bureau of Regional History" shall be voided upon this Act taking effect.

Article 2. Management of the Library of Parliament

Section 1. The Speaker of the Union

The Speaker of the Union shall be the chief administrator of the Library of Parliament, and be assigned "administrator" level user rights. The Speaker shall have access to edit all documents in the Library of Parliament, but may do so only as following:

Clause 1. In order to modify any existing legislation as may be necessary because of the repeal, amendment or superseding of that legislation
Clause 2. In order to modify newly passed legislation to be displayed to that effect
Clause 3. In order to correct, improve, or update records (but not legislation)
Clause 4. As may relate to unofficial records of their own creation or management
Clause 5. For the general organization of the website
Clause 6. As otherwise directed by the Library Council

Section 2. The Primary Manager

The Primary Manager is the state which pays for upkeep of the website on which the Library of Parliament is located. The Primary Manager shall be granted "bureaucrat" level user rights, and may exercise such powers to keep the website orderly and functioning. However, the Primary Manager shall not modify any records other than unofficial records of their own creation or management, except as permitted by the Speaker or Library Council.

Section 3. Librarians of Parliament

The Speaker of the Union shall be permitted to appoint assistants to help manage the Library of Parliament, known as Librarians of Parliament.

Clause 1. Librarians shall have access to the same level of access to the Library as the Speaker, but may only modify passed legislation with the Speaker's permission. They shall be able to modify official records which are not legislation to the same extent as the Speaker, and with equivalent limitation.
Clause 2. Librarians are appointed at the Speaker's discretion, and may be dismissed at any time by the Speaker.
Clause 3. Librarians must have resided in the region for at least three months, and mustn't have been convicted of an offense against the Social Liberal Union.

Section 4. Member States on the Library of Parliament

Member States shall be encouraged to become register on the Library of Parliament, and any introductory regional publication should encourage members to do so.

Section 5. The Library Council

The Library Council is composed of the Speaker and Librarians, and may make administrative decisions concerning the Library of Parliament. The Primary Manager shall be allowed to cast a tiebreaking vote.

Article 3. Keeping of Legislation Within the Library of Parliament

Section 1. Categories of Legislation

Legislation stored in the Library of Parliament shall be stored in different categories. One category shall be designated for past and current Constitutions, one for Acts in force, one for Resolutions in force, one for repealed and outdated legislation of all types (except Constitutions), one for Act Amendments in force, and one for Resolution Amendments in force.

Section 2. Transfer of Legislation From the Forum

Upon the passage and effective date of this Act, all legislation of the categories in Section 1 shall be transferred to the Library of Parliament, and said process must be complete within three months. In the transfer of legislation to the Library of Parliament, instances of "[SLU]" in the act title shall be removed, footers containing information concerning submission and authorship removed, and the phrase 'Objectives of the Act' in the preface to the act removed. Formatting may be assumed to follow standards for indentation, among other coding standards, on the Library of Parliament.

Section 3. Bills Submitted After This Act's Passage

Bills submitted after this Act's implementation shall be posted to the Library of Parliament, and shall be debated and voted on the Social Liberal Union forum. Members who do not know how to code legislation on the Library of Parliament, may request help from the Primary Manager, a Librarian, or the Speaker.

Section 4. Protection of Legislation

All passed legislation shall be protected to permit only administrators to edit it.

Section 5. Backup of Legislation

The Primary Manager shall be responsible for completing a backup of the code and text of each piece of legislation within two weeks after its passage, and publishing this information of the forum of the Social Liberal Union, along with sending the Speaker and Librarians copies, so as not to lose any legislation should the Library of Parliament be discontinued or damaged for any reason.

Section 6. Validity of Laws on the Library of Parliament

Legislation located within the Library of Parliament shall, when certified by the Library Council to be complete and accurate copies, be legally valid and judicially noted for all purposes.

Article 4. Historical Records in the Library of Parliament

Section 1. Definition of Historical Records

Historical records on the Library of Parliament shall be defined as records of occurrences during a set timeframe (usually a delegacy), records of significant events during the region's history, campaigns, elections, documents created by government officers, and parliamentary debates.

Section 2. Records Required to Exist

Records of time periods must be created by the Speaker, a Librarian, or otherwise. The Library Council may also mandate the creation of records as they so choose.

Section 3. Optional Records

Optional are records not mandated by the Speaker or this Act. Member States shall be able to submit records of this type to the Library Council for consideration to be added to existing records.

Section 4. Factual Challenge of Records

Member States may challenge the factual correctness of a record or part of one. If a majority of the Library Council concurs with this assessment, the record or offending part of it shall be struck through and marked false until corrected as assessed by the Library Council.

Section 5. Protection and Backup of Records

Historical Records shall be protected and backed up to the same extent as legislation.

Article 5. Other Official Uses of the Library of Parliament

Section 1. Designated Other Official Uses

Other official uses of the Library of Parliament, for which decisions about backups and protection shall be made by the Library Council, shall include:

Clause 1. Records of officeholders in the region
Clause 2. Drafting of legislation
Clause 3. General information about government entities and positions

Section 2. Further Official Uses

The Library Council may decide to designate other uses of the Library of Parliament as official, and shall decide protections and backup requirements for that material.

Article 5. Unofficial Information in the Library of Parliament

Section 1. Definition of Unofficial Content

Unofficial content is any content not designated as official by this Act or the Library Council.

Section 2. Policy on Unofficial Content

No unofficial content may be protected to prevent users from editing it, and the Library Council may not require the Primary Manager to backup content designated as unofficial.