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Rules of Order of the Althing

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By the Dronning Látálari,

Rules of Order of the Althing

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me, Lady Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja and Clan Avon, Krónjarla of Stormark, Imperial Chieftainess of the Sólareyjar, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Sólareyjar, Lady Imperial on All Continents, Queen among the Lakes, Lady of Avalon, Lady of Afoncaergefell, Sovereign and Grand Mistress of the Order of the Harp, Sovereign and Grand Mistress of the Order of the Sunburst, Law Speaker of the Althing, Lady of the Lions' Chair, Keeper of the Cup of Wisdom, Keeper of the Law Scrolls, Wielder of the Black Rod of Valtia, do by this Instrument enact, under Article VI of the Third Chapter of the High Law of the High Realm of Stormark, the following Rules of Order:

Article 1. The Law Speaker of the Althing

(1) The Law Speaker of the Althing (hereafter "the Law Speaker") shall, as occupant of the Lion's Chair, be the Presiding Officer of the Althing.

(2) The Law Speaker shall not be prohibited from fulfilling all other duties and privileges of a Member of the Althing (hereafter "Althingi Jarl(a)").

Article 2. Introduction of Motions

(1) Any Althingi Jarl(a) may introduce or propose any motion for debate in, or may present any petition to, the Althing, and the same shall be debated and disposed of in accordance with Althingi Law and these Rules of Order.

(2) To introduce or propose any motion for consideration by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled, any Althingi Jarl(a) shall post the text of such motion to the Athing forum with the suitable prefixes in the title as stipulated below:

(a) [bill] if motion is made to table legislation;

(B) [Resolution] if motion is made to table a resolution; or

© [Sederunt] if motion is made to table an Act of Sederunt; or

(d) [Motion] if motion is made to table another matter that doesn't fit into the descriptions in Article 2, Subarticles 2 (a), (B)and (c ).

(3) Each motion shall have a minimum of one week for general debate and amendments provided that the Law Speaker shall, upon recommendation by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled, extend, delay or end debate when the Law Speaker feels it is necessary.

(4) During the debate, any Althingi Jarl(a) may introduce amendments to the motion in consideration. This shall be conducted in the same manner as any motion.

(5) After the debate period the Law Speaker shall conduct the vote on any amendments that may have come up. After the vote has ceased, the motion as a whole shall be voted upon provided that:

(a) The ballot choices shall be the following:

i) Aye, which shall be a vote to pass the motion;

ii) Nay, which shall be a vote to defeat the motion;

iii) Abstain, which shall be a vote to not make a decision on the motion; or

iv) Defer, which shall be a vote to extend the debate period for one week.

(B) All votes shall be conducted via a write in ballot to be posted on that Althingi forum which hosts the Floor of the Althing.

(c ) All voting shall be conducted over a minimum four day period.

(6) The Law Speaker shall, upon recommendation by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled, extend, delay or end voting when she feels it is necessary. The Law Speaker shall have power to overrule Defer votes.

(7) At the conclusion of voting procedures, according to the votes cast the Law Speaker shall announce the passing or rejection of the motion that was voted upon by the Althingi Jarls.

(8) In the event that a Bill is passed by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled , the Law Speaker shall present such Bill to the Imperial Longships Throne for the Imperial Assent.

Article 3. Rules of Decorum

(1) The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall refrain from personal attacks against fellow Althingi Jarls on the Althingi forums.

(2) If an Althingi Jarl violates the foregoing rule, another Althingi Jarl may ask that the words of the Althingi Jarl(a) in question be retracted provided that:

i) Any member asking that the words of another Althingi Jarl(a) be retracted must specifically what words violated this rule;

ii) In the event that the Law Speaker orders that the words of an Althingi Jarl(a) be retracted, then that Althingi Jarl shall be barred from speaking on the Althingi forums for two days;

iii) An Althingi Jarl(a) may appeal such ruling of the Law Speaker, retracting his words within twenty-four hours of the ruling of the Law Speaker;

iv) While the matter is under appeal, the Althingi Jarl(a) in question shall not be barred from speaking on the Althingi forums;

v) If a majority of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled votes to overrule the Law Speaker, then the Althingi Jarl(a) in question's words shall not be retracted;

vi) In the event that a majority does not vote to overrule the Law Speaker, the Althingi Jarl(a) in question's words shall be retracted, and (s)he shall be disciplined in accordance with this rule.

(3) An Althingi Jarl(a)'s words may not be retracted if the statement is an attack on the Althingi Jarl in question's position on an issue as long as the language used in the attack is not obscene or uncivil.

(4) An Althingi Jarl(a) may be disciplined by the Althing for statements made outside the Althingi forums about colleagues in the Althing only if such statements are defamatory, obscene, or bring gross indignity upon the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled.

Article 4. Rules of Discipline

(1) The Althing may discipline its Members, save for the High King and Gulajarl, for unethical conduct, or conduct which brings disrepute upon the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled.

(2) The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled may reprimand an Althingi Jarl(a), save for the High King and Gulajarl, by means of a majority vote provided that:

(a) A Resolution reprimanding an Althingi Jarl(a) may only be amended with a substitute Resolution for the censuring or expelling of such Althingi Jarl(a);

(B)A Resolution reprimanding an Althingi Jarl(a) shall be voted upon within two weeks of its introduction; and

(c ) If a Resolution reprimanding an Althingi Jarl(a) is passed by a majority of the Althing then the Resolution shall be published on the forum of the House of the High Realm to which such an Althingi Jarl(a) belongs and such other public forums of the Lands of the Longships Throne as the Law Speaker may think appropriate.

(3) The Althing may censure any Althingi Jarl(a), save for the High King and Gulajarl, by means of a majority vote provided that:

(a) A Resolution censuring an Althingi Jarl(a) may only be amended with a substitute Resolution for the reprimanding or expelling of such Althingi Jarl(a);

(B) A Resolution censuring an Althingi Jarl(a) must be voted upon within two weeks of its introduction;

(c ) If a Resolution censuring an Althingi Jarl(a) is passed by a majority of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled then the Resolution shall be published on the forum of the House of the High Realm to which such Member belongs and such other public forums of the High Realm as the Law Speaker may think appropriate. In addition to this, the Althingi Jarl(a) shall be removed from all committees of the Althing on which he or she sits, be forbidden from speaking on the Althing forum, and be disallowed from sponsoring any legislation or amendments onto the Floor of the Althing.

(4) An Althingi Jarl(a) may only be disciplined if one or more of the following is true:

(a) Zir actions brought disgrace and dishonour upon the Althing:

(B) (S)he has allowed zirself to corrupted (i.e. through bribery or extortion);

(c ) Zie has violated a trust given to zie by the Althing;

(d) (S)he has abused the power of zir office;

(e) Zie has been convicted of a crime;

(f) (S)he has behaved in a disrespectful manner towards the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled;

(g) Zie has been incompetent in the performance of a duty given to zie by the Althing and that incompetence has brought shame upon the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled; or

(h) (S)he has lost capacity to serve in the Althing.

(5) An Althingi Jarl(a) may not be disciplined by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled for any of the following reasons:

(a) Zir political choices, ideology or beliefs;

(B) His or her vote on any motion to the Althing; or

(c ) Zir religious beliefs or lack thereof.

Article 5. Suspension of the Rules of Order

(1) The Law Speaker shall reserve the power of suspending and reinstating the Rules of Order.

(2) If a motion to suspend the Rules of Order is approved by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast, the Law Speaker shall suspend the Rules of Order.

(3) If a motion to reinstate the Rules of Order is approved by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast, the Law Speaker shall reinstate the Rules of Order.

(4) Amendments to the High Law of the High Realm of Stormark and any other Althinghi Law which requires a majority of three fourths of the votes cast may not be introduced under suspension of the Rules of Order.

Article 6. General and Unanimous Consent

(1) Any Althingi Jarl(a) may call for General Consent.

(2) Under General Consent, any piece of legislation must recieve the mandatory 3 votes (out of 5) in favour or against in order for voting to be concluded.

(3) The Law Speaker of the Althing shall have the authority to revoke or evoke General Consent if zie feels it is necessary.

(4) Any Althingi Jarl(a) may call for Unanimous Consent where a Bill is automatically passed once such a motion is seconded, unless an objection is made within the alotted voting period.

(5) The Law Speaker of the Althing shall have the authority to revoke or evoke General Consent if (s)he feels it is necessary.

Article 7. Fast Track

(1) Any Althingi Jarl(a) may call for "Fast Track" in regards to motion. Such call must be seconded by another Althingi Jarl(a).

(2) Under Fast Track procedures voting procedures shall be immediately initiated once such a motion is seconded.

(3) The Law Speaker shall have the authority to revoke or evoke Fast Track procedures if (s)he feels it is necessary.

Article 8. Amendments

(1) There shall be two types of amendments: friendly and unfriendly.

(2) A friendly amendment shall be any amendment to a motion where the writer of such motion agrees with the amendment. An unfriendly amendment shall be any amendment to a motion where the writer of a motion does not agree with the amendment.

(3) Friendly amendments can be added to a motion without a vote however it must be announced to the chamber and recognized by the Law Speaker.

(4) Unfriendly amendments need to be voted on before they may be added to a motion.

Article 9. Committee

(1) Any Althingi Jarl(a) may motion to form a Committee on a particular subject area for the purposes of legislative discussion and possible formation of a working paper.

(2) Such Committee session within the Althing shall be labelled "[Committee]" followed by the topic of the session.

(3) The Law Speaker must consent to the formation of the Committee and shall serve as its Chair. The Law Speaker shall also be the person responsible for adjourning such a committee session.

Article 10. Definitions

For the purposes of the business of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) Bill, which shall be a draft of a proposed law, statute, decree, enactment, or amendment, presented for approval to the Althing;

(B) Act, which shall be a product, such as a law, statute, decree, enactment, or amendment, resulting from a decision by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled;

(c ) Resolution, which shall be a formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted by the Althing;

(d) Act of Sederunt, which shall be rules and regulations concerning the procedure of the Althing’s Tribunal put before or adopted by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled to provide for matters which are not covered by Althingi Law;

(e) Motion, which shall be an act of tabling either a Bill, Resolution, Act of Sederunt, or any other action which requires the Althing to act upon.

Article 11. Protocols

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall abide by the Protocols on the Althing's Work of the Sixth Day of the Month Gladsheim of the Tenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm insomuch as the said Protocols do not conflict with these Rules of Order and the Law of the Lands of the Longships Throne.

The Althing shall abide by the Althingi Submissions Protocol of the Twenty-Second Day of the Month Sessrumnir in Folkvanger of the Fourteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm insomuch as the said Protocols do not conflict with these Rules of Order and the Laws of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms.

Article 12. Repeals

The Rules of Order of the Althing which were issued by the Law Speaker on the 31st day of Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm are hereby repealed, suppressed and superseded in their entirety.

Issued from the Látálarinrúm of this Most Holy Fulltrui Temple, which is known since Time Immemorial as the Althingi Hall, under my Hand and the Seal of the Althing of Long Lost Valtia, this 22nd Day of Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Fourteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm.

 

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Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja and Clan Avon

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