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Rules of Order of the Althing

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Rules of Order of the Althing

 

I, Lady Aoife the Celt, Law Speaker of the Althing, 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 shall 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.

 

Article 2. Introduction of Motions

 

(1) Any Member 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 the Rules of Order.

 

(2) To introduce or propose any motion for consideration by the Althing, the Member shall post the text of said 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

 

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

 

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

 

(4) During the debate, any Member 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 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 the Althing forum.

 

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

 

(6) The Law Speaker of the Althing shall, upon recommendation by the Members of the Althing, extend, delay or end voting when he feels it is necessary. The Law Speaker of the Althing shall have power to overrule Defer votes.

 

(7) At the conclusion of voting procedures, according to the votes cast the Law Speaker of the Althing will announce the passing or rejection of legislation.

 

(8) If a piece of legislation passes, the Law Speaker of the Althing shall present it to the High King or High Queen for the Imperial Assent if the legislation requires the approval of the Crown.

 

Article 3. Rules of Decorum

 

(1) Members shall refrain from personal attacks against fellow Members on the Althing forum.

 

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

 

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

 

ii) If the Law Speaker orders that the words of a Member be retracted, then the Member shall be barred from speaking on the Althing forum for two days;

 

iii) A Member may appeal a 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 Member in question shall not be barred from speaking on the Althing forum;

 

v) If a majority of the Althing votes to overrule the Law Speaker, then the Member in question's words shall not be retracted;

 

vi) If a majority does not vote to overrule the Law Speaker, the Member in question's words shall be retracted, and he shall be disciplined in accordance with this rule.

 

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

 

(4) A Member may be disciplined by the Althing for statements made outside the Althing forum about colleagues in the Althing only if such statements are defamatory, obscene, or bring gross indignity upon the Althing.

 

Article 4. Rules of Discipline

 

(1) The Althing may discipline its Members for unethical conduct, or conduct which brings disrepute upon the Althing.

 

(2) The Althing may reprimand one of its members by a Majority vote provided that:

 

(a) A Resolution reprimanding a Member may only be amended with a substitute Resolution for the censuring or expelling of the Member;

 

(B) A Resolution reprimanding a Member must be voted upon within two weeks of its introduction; and

 

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

 

(3) The Althing may censure one of its members by a Majority vote provided that:

 

(a) A Resolution censuring a Member may only be amended with a substitute Resolution for the reprimanding or expelling of the Member;

 

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

 

(c ) If a Resolution censuring a Member is passed by a Majority of the Althing then the Resolution shall be published on the forum of the House of the 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 Member 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 on the Althing.

 

(4) A Member may only be disciplined if one or more of the following is true:

 

(a) His or her actions brought disgrace and dishonour upon the Althing:

 

(B) He or she has allowed himself to corrupted (i.e. through bribery or extortion);

 

(c ) He or she has violated a trust given him by the Althing;

 

(d) He or she or she has abused the power of his office;

 

(e) He or she has been convicted of a crime;

 

(f) He or she has behaved in a disrespectful manner towards the Althing;

 

(g) He or she has been incompetent in the performance of a duty given him by the Althing and that incompetence has brought shame upon the Althing; or

 

(h) He or she has lost capacity to serve in the Althing.

 

(5) A Member may not be disciplined by the Althing for any of the following reasons:

 

(a) His or her political choices, ideology or beliefs;

 

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

 

(c ) His or her religious beliefs or lack thereof.

 

Article 5. Suspension of the Rules of Order

 

(1) The Law Speaker of the Althing 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 and any Law that 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 member of the Althing 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 has the authority to revoke or evoke General Consent if he feels it is necessary.

 

(4) Any member may call for Unanimous Consent where is bill is automatically passed unless an objection is made within the alotted voting period.

 

Article 7. Fast Track

 

(1) Any member of the Althing may call for "Fast Track" in regards to any piece of legislation. This must be seconded by another member.

 

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

 

(3) The Law Speaker of the Althing shall have the authority to revoke or evoke Fast Track procedures if 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 piece of legislation where the writer of legislation agrees with the amendment. An unfriendly amendment shall be any amendment to a piece of legislation where the writer of legislation does not agree with the amendment.

 

(3) Friendly amendments can be added to legislation 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 legislation.

 

Article 9. Committee

 

(1) Any member 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 of the Althing 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 Althing, 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 Althing;

 

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

 

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

 

Article 11. Protocols

 

The Althing 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 High Realm.

The Althing shall abide by the Althingi Submissions Protocol of the Seventeenth Day of the Month Vidiland of the Twelfth 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 High Realm.

Issued from the Látálarinrúm this 31st day of Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm.

 

 

 

 

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Lady Aoife the Celt,

 

Law Speaker of the Althing.

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