Speaker of the Union

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Speaker of the Union of the
Social Liberal Union
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Seal of the Speaker
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since 9 November 2021
Legislative Branch of the SLU Government
Member ofAdministration
Law Commission
AppointerOpen Parliament
Term lengthFive months
Renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentSLU Constitution
Inaugural holderAzerzia
Formation21 March 2011 CE
(11 years ago)

The Speaker of the Union (generally referred to as just the Speaker) is a constitutional office created with the passage of Amendment 3 to the First Constitution of the Social Liberal Union in 2011, and has been retained legally by all subsequent Constitutions. The Speakership was originally created as a placeholder position for the region's Founder, Ainland, during their absence, but was eventually changed to a permanent position with its own distinct powers via the Modified Executive Cabinet Act and Amendment 8 to the First Constitution, both in 2011. The Speaker is elected for a five month term, and no nation can be elected more than twice consecutively.

The powers and duties of the Speaker are mainly outlined in Articles 3 and 8 of the Constitution. The Speaker is the presiding officer of the Open Parliament, head of the legislative branch, and has various responsibilities related to elections, archival and preservation of records and legislation, and the conduct of the legislative business of the Open Parliament. The Constitution charges the Speaker with defending the "rights and privileges of the Members of the Open Parliament." The Speaker is an ex officio member of the Administration, and is privy to Cabinet discussions. The Speaker also serves ex officio as the Chair of the Law Commission and Chief Administrative Officer of the Library of Parliament.

Express constitutional powers and responsibilities of the Speaker include:

  • Impartially administering parliamentary procedure made by or pursuant to law or the Constitution
  • Appointing a Speaker pro tempore to act in their absence
  • Delaying an Act of Parliament from going into effect within 3 days after its passage for up to 14 days, but only so that a bill which would repeal or amend it may come to a vote, or so a necessary complementary bill may pass (subject to judicial veto under certain circumstances)
  • Determining the end of voting on bills, in accordance with constitutional minimum and maximum voting timeframes
  • Ensuring the constitutionally-prescribed legislation classification system is used and implemented
  • Ensuring an original and unmodified copy of the current and past Constitutions, and each Act of Parliament, Resolution of Parliament, treaty, constitutional amendment, and executive order is maintained in addition to a current copy
  • Serving as the custodian of all records of the Open Parliament, and updating them when necessary
  • Archiving and preserving past historical and legislative records
  • Breaking ties in Cabinet decisions
  • Maintaining and moderating the Open Parliament portion of the regional forum
  • Appointing or serving as the Election Administrator for all regional elections
  • Notifying the region of elections when there not enough candidates to hold an election
  • Providing a summary of the effects of proposed Constitutional Amendments to the Members of the Open Parliament, with the optional assistance of the Attorney General or the Court of Justice