[PROPOSAL] Protocols of the Senate

With the admission of @Ladratia, the Senate now has six members. We are reaching a size where it would be good for us to have protocols for discussing proposals, like the Ecclesia does. Using Protocols of the Ecclesia as a guide, I have created two different proposals, one which would create an elected office, the “Senator-Chancellor”, corresponding to the Citizen-Speaker, and one which would leave the current system where any Senator can move something to vote. I have also removed the clause in the Ecclesiastical Protocols that forbids having more than one vote open at a time. As a smaller body, which may have to respond quickly to matters of regional security, I thought that this was unnecessary.

Proposal One

Protocols of the Senate
Chapter I. Execution

  1. The Senate shall elect from its own membership the office of Senator-Chancellor.
  2. The scheduling, opening, closing, and counting of votes shall be executed by the Senator-Chancellor, or the available Senator in good standing with the longest continuously held citizenship should the Senator-Chancellor be unavailable.
  3. A person shall be unavailable if they should recuse themselves because the vote is to remove them from office or otherwise directly affect them.
  4. A person may be found unavailable if they have not been online in 24 hours or have declared an absence.

Chapter II. Votes

  1. Votes shall last at least seventy-two (72) hours.
  2. Votes shall include at least one weekend day (24h) and weekday (24h).
  3. The length of a vote shall be determined in advance and announced with the opening of the vote.
  4. A vote may be closed early if all Senators have voted on the motion.

Chapter III. Motions

  1. Any Senator may motion to vote anything the Senate may vote on.
  2. No proposal may come to a vote without the consent of the author.
  3. When a motion is made and seconded, and the consent of the author is present, a vote shall be scheduled.
  4. If the issue of a State of Emergency is being voted on, or if the region is in the midst of a State of Emergency as defined by the Regional Security Act, voting periods may be shortened at the discretion of the Senator-Chancellor.

Proposal Two

Protocols of the Senate
Chapter I. Execution

  1. The scheduling, opening, closing, and counting of votes shall be executed by any available Senator who chooses to do so.
  2. A person shall be unavailable if they should recuse themselves because the vote is to remove them from office or otherwise directly affect them.

Chapter II. Votes

  1. Votes shall last at least seventy-two (72) hours.
  2. Votes shall include at least one weekend day (24h) and weekday (24h).
  3. The length of a vote shall be determined in advance and announced with the opening of the vote.
  4. A vote may be closed early if all Senators have voted on the motion.

Chapter III. Motions

  1. Any Senator may motion to vote anything the Senate may vote on.
  2. No proposal may come to a vote without the consent of the author.
  3. When a motion is made and seconded, and the consent of the author is present, a vote shall be scheduled.
  4. If the issue of a State of Emergency is being voted on, or if the region is in the midst of a State of Emergency as defined by the Regional Security Act, voting periods may be shortened by the unanimous consent of the Senate.

Proposal one should elect a Senator-Chancellor for consistency with our other offices.

Proposal two doesn’t require I.3

I would add, to Chapter II of both proposals, that a vote may be closed early if every unrecused Senator has voted. Not sure if we need to keep III.4 in that case though.

I have updated the bill(s) with these proposals.

Shall we have a vote in the style of the Ecclesia, with proposal 1, proposal 2, and none of the above as options?