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1 GUIDELINES - RESOLUTION NUMBER 1 - Approved on 10/22/2014
2 Parliamentary procedures, terms and proportional representation for the USA Parliament.
3 Paper Ballot Guidelines Recommended for State and National Elections
4 The paper ballots are placed in a clear ballot box by the voter, the box is guarded, video taped all day and the votes are counted at the polling location the night of the election.
5 The votes are counted two times by two different and diverse teams of counters, recorded/taped/broadcast by two different devices with the public able to observe and video/livestream the counting.
6 The results from the polling locations will be called to the Board of Elections, emailed to the BoE and hand delivered. All three must match. The Board of Elections will hand tally the results from all the polling locations, again, two times by two different and diverse teams of counters with this being taped, recorded and broadcast and the public able to observe, tape and live-stream the entire proceedings. And, the same goes for what happens at the state level.
7 The polling location should serve a maximum of 1,000 voters and Election Day should be a national holiday with employers, if necessary, having to arrange for special accommodations for employees that must work, as with hospitals. A minimum of two hours personal time to vote will be given to all US citizens and voters.
8 The voters' names and marking on the ballot will remain secret but the vote counting will be publicly observable.
9 PAPER BALLOTS will be made confidential to the highest level possible.
10 Eballot Guidelines Hereby Adopted for National USA Parliament Elections
11 Choices marked on "eballots" are posted for public view and are not bound by confidentiality under the behavior of officers of the Parliament.
12 EBALLOTS are ballots cast via email and must be emailed to vvc at allpartysystem dot org, a private email address used by the secretary and observers for receiving such eballots. No reply email will be sent to voters who cast eballots other than a verification message, unless the voter indicates that he/she wishes to be self appointed to the USPaliament.org, or when a question regarding verification or validation is raised by a volunteer vote counter.
13 Volunteer vote counters may be added to the exploder email address vvc at allpartysystem dot org as a subscriber by sending the message "subscribe" to vvc at allpartysystem dot org.
14 Telephone voting is permissible, acceptable and verification and validations will be provided when requested.
15 General Counting, Balloting and Eballoting Guidelines
16 RANKED VOTING ONLY: All voting and vote counting shall be in the form of ranked paper ballots only (and eballots when practical and verifiable). Consecutive numbers beginning with the #s 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. etc. must always be used when marking on (e)ballot of all alternative decisions or names. Deviation from this guideline will disqualify the ballot, and the ballot will be marked spoiled.
17 THE SAINTE-LAGUE PARLIAMENT SYSTEM, Hagenbach-Bischoff method, under ranked choice voting, for seat allocation in all multi-seat districts:
Divide the election's total number of votes by the number of seats. This is the 1st quota.
Divide this quota into each candidate's votes, and round off to the nearest whole number. That's that candidate's seat allocation.
If, due to rounding, this awards a number of seats different from the desired number of seats, then adjust the quota slightly up or down, till, when paragraph two is carried out, it will award all seats.
18 Any US resident, nominee and/or proxy may observe the counting of the ballots. Volunteer counters will conduct the vote counting.
19 VOTER ELIGIBILITY:
The voter must register their name with at least two
methods of contact; and must comply with the voter eligibility
requirements for voter's state of residence.
The voter must be a citizen of the United States.
The voter must be a California resident.
The voter must be 18 years old or older on Election Day.
The voter must not be in prison, on parole, serving a state sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post-release community supervision.
The voter must not have been found to be mentally incompetent by a court.
Non-voting class membership will always be made available.
20 VOTER AUTHENTICATION:
Voters must only provide their name (as registered), and at least two
methods for contacting the voter, as part of their registration.
When two or more methods of contact aren't provided by the voter, then
further explanation will be considered by the Vote Counting Ministry verifiers.
Violation of this or any other rule will automatically disqualify a ballot.
21 BALLOTS AND EBALLOTS: All US residents are eligible to vote in US Parliament Elections during the time between April 20th and August 5th. Such ballots may be retype set or altered to specifically identify their select nominees' correct name and party affiliation. All ballots released to public use by the USA Parliament's elected secretaries shall count as a legitimate ballot and shall be presumed to represent the correct and most current candidate name information.
22 BALLOT: ORDER OF NOMINEES of all names in the parliament elections and subsidiary parliament elections will be determined by the results caused by the voters' ranking of the nominees on the previous election's ballots. This is known as the correct consecutive order of nominee.
23 Ties in order of new nominations for the ballot will be broken through alphabetizing the names.
24 New nominees will be placed on the ballot in the order that they were nominated and new names will fall below the higher ranked elected members and will be grouped within the group of similar party/category. The date of the original nomination may determine the placement in order on the ballot.
25 If an elected member switches party/categories at any time, then their name will be placed in the new party/category below all other nominees already listed.
26 The final order of the parties/categories on the final prepared ballot will be determined by the nominees' party name/category and the parties/categories will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order.
27 TIES: Ties will be broken by holding a runoff election only when called by one of the two secretaries. In all other cases, all the names/items in a tie will be included in the results and will be in a new "tied" category, even if the size of the assembly or agenda list must be expanded beyond normal size set forth by these rules.
28 ONLY ONE SINGLE PARLIAMENTARY BALLOT, IS PERMITTED TO BE MARKED BY EACH U.S. RESIDENT: All U.S. residents, and U.S. citizens living abroad, may vote one time and only one time, during each US Parliament (USP) election cycle. In cases where a second ballot (or more) is cast, only the latter of the ballots will be counted, the former will be marked spoiled and regarded disqualified.
29 PAPER BALLOTS will be made confidential to the highest level possible. Choices marked on "eballots" are posted for public view and are not bound by confidentiality under the behavior of officers of the Parliament.
30 The USA Parliament will never hold any election in a single winner district where a single winner decision or name is elected.
31 PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, LEADERS AND "MPs"
32 NATIONAL PARLIAMENT, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: The US Parliament's elected national assembly shall consist of up to 5,000 consecutively ranked names elected to "seats" for four year terms known as members of parliament or "MPs".
33 The vote count of all the cast (e)ballots received shall be conducted annually on August 6th. Each name receiving 1/5,001ths (or .01996%) plus one vote of the votes cast, is elected as one member of the parliament, or "MP".
34 The top MP vote-getter shall be elected as President and the second highest Vice President to four year terms and all other vote-getters as consecutively ranked names as back-ups. Once elected, the President and Vice President serve as the initial contacts for the eventual and ongoing formation of a majority coalition, which is then empowered to approve / modify a set of rules by which to operate for four years.
35 The role of the elected President and Vice President of the national USA Parliament is to LEAD AND ASSIST AND RANK all known US Senate candidates in every state on a ballot. The RANKINGS cast by the President and/or Vice President will be SET FORTH AS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE ENTIRE PARLIAMENT / STATE PARLIAMENTS.
36 US SENATE AND STATE CANDIDATES: The elected US Senate candidates will also coordinate with the USA Parliament's nationally elected President and Vice President during both the presidential and state elections from the date elected on or after August 6th, through the first Tuesday of November. In their state's partisan at-large candidate districts elections, additional teams of candidates will be elected at-large by ballots cast by all the ballot qualified partisan candidates themselves, within each state's at-large elections.
37 The USA Parliament's President and Vice President may improve or change their ranked ballots for one or more of the state US Senators at any time during their term, thus giving the actual team of U.S. Senate candidates' names, elected or unelected to state offices, a certain dynamic which can change according the President and Vice President's rankings.
38 THE PARTY LEADER within the USParliament is a label for the highest ranked name categorized under each party. Party leaders are responsible for the distribution of all ballots and rules to the members of their party/category and lists.
39 Ballot Preparation
40 SPACE FOR THREE OR MORE WRITE-IN choices must be provided on each and every ballot, in all elections.
41 CATEGORIZATION AND PARTY NAMES The first and most important criterion in determining the nominee's party/category is the nominee's most recently requested or declared party/category in US Parliament matters. The second most important criterion in determining the nominee's party/category is determined by the nominee's state's records, as written by the member while registering to vote. Appointed members may be categorized with any party/category that they wish, and the party/category of all members is considered to be the true one. Elected members may decide to change or switch their party/categorization at any time by proclamation. Members automatically qualify for the ballot in the next election cycle under the party/category of their choice.
42 First and last names are preferred, however all names nominated will be permitted on the ballot as well as the party/category of the nominee. If party/category is not known, the label "[Info. Not Avail.]" will be used. A nominee's name (and thus identity) may appear on the ballot only once, so fusion voting is not allowed. Other than the "automatic nominations", all new nominees within each party /category will qualify for the ballot, to be ranked below all other names on the prepared ballot. The order of these names will be determined first based on the rankings of "nomination ballots", and secondly by chronological order of the dates that the nominee's name was received.
43 AUTOMATIC NOMINATIONS OF ELECTED MEMBERS' NAMES IN ALL DISTRICTS: All elected names of all the 100, 1000 and 10,000 member districts, plus the five executives, the full cabinet ministers and elected president and vice president, all president and vice presidents from each of the 12 subsidiary super-state districts automatically qualify for the ballot in each of that district's election cycle.
44 The national parliament's ballot will always consist of up to 10,000 elected names and ballot qualified MPs and Donor MPs.
45 Donor MPs are not elected during regular election cycles of the parliament's elections yet they receive all same voting rights plus special donor privileges which apply to the donation level of which the donor has achieved. All Donor MPs' names automatically qualify for the ballot as though a regular member during regular nomination cycles.
46 SCHEDULES, SUPER-STATES, MINI-STATES AND COUNTY MICRO-STATES
47 STATE AND COUNTY ELECTIONS: States and county subsidiary elections will be conducted in all the states, counties and territories of the US, by being organized into twelve POPULATION BALANCED districts with twelve population subsidiary districts, referred to as the super-states (states and groups of states) and the mini-states (counties and groups of counties). Counties are to be known as county micro-state parliaments except in counties which are already classified as mini-states. No existing state or county boundary lines drawn and recognized by the US Government will be breached by any boundaries drawn up to form the 12 super states, 144 mini states and county micro-state parliaments within the US Parliament's boundaries. All super-states and mini-states will have the same rules and dates as the national parliament until/unless new rules are approved by said elected bodies.
48 Super-state election dates and cycles will fall on the even years between the national US Parliament/US Presidential Election cycles every four years and the maximum number of names elected will be 1000 members of super-state parliament (MSPs).
49 Mini-state election dates and cycles will fall on odd numbered years and mini-state parliaments will elect a maximum of 100 elected members of mini-state parliament (MMPs).
50 County Micro-state elections will elect a maximum of 100 names.
51 Elections in Super-states, Mini-states and County Micro-states begin shortly after 100 self appointments are achieved but some elections may be organized more quickly before the 100 self-appointment level.
52 NOMINATION SEASON DORMANCY: All votes of confidence and elections of executives or cabinet members shall pause during the nomination period from February 1st to March 31st during the Parliament's nomination period in election years.
53 Once ELECTED, ALL NOMINEES and write in names may vote as a member of national parliament (MP), member of super-state parliament (MSP), member of mini-state parliament (MMP) or member of county micro-state parliament (MCMP), to elect the three prime ministers, two secretaries OUT OF THOSE CANDIDATES WHO STEP FORWARD TO BE ELECTED.
54 BALLOTS MUST be post-marked and received between April 20th and August 5th in the year's election.
55 ARCHIVES of all records of every ballot cast since the USP was founded on August 6th, 1995 when recognized by the US Federal Elections Commission, are to be kept as proof in the USParliament's archives.
56 NOMINEES' STATEMENTS for the "USA Parliament Elections" must be post-marked and received before April 15th of each election cycle. Late statements shall be included when possible and may be placed on the All Party System or US Parliament's site.
57 NOMINATIONS: Any resident of the United States of America living at home or abroad, may nominate up to 100 names for either member of parliament or for president or vice president. The full name of the nominees and nominators will be recorded, made public and will be available through the US Parliament's secretary's office. Nominations mailed through US Mail or email, must be postmarked and received between February 1st and March 31st in each election cycle. Pacific Standard Time (PST) shall apply in all time relevant cases, on all election matters.
58 RESIGNATIONS. When any elected member, executive or minister, stands down, resigns, retires, or dies - the transfer of the name for the office will always be automatically allotted to the 2nd preferred choice on the same voters' marked ballots for that seat, as directed by the votes for the voters' 2nd choice in each previous election.
59 When a candidate who has chosen to stand down then wishes to return to the position which they had departed, then they must first be re-affirmed by all the voters who had previously cast a vote for them by proving that the MP has indeed agreed to continue awarding the MPs vote/ ranking.
60 PRIME MINISTERS, SECRETARIES AND CABINET
61 THE VOICE of the Parliament will be the FIVE EXECUTIVES.
62 THE TRIPLE PRIME MINISTER/DUAL SECRETARY SYSTEM will be always used in the USA Parliament. The executive decisions will be made by the five (known as "the five executives"), in a majority rule vote of at least 3/5ths of the three prime ministers and two secretaries. Only three of the five executive members are needed to implement actions by the executive as a whole
The Sainte-Lague parliament seat distribution system will be the voting system used for election of the three prime ministers and the two secretaries as a three member district (three prime ministers) and as a two member district (two secretaries). The two districts combined are the elected five executives.
All executives and Cabinet Ministers must be live, real people and no avatars or anonymous names may be used by the elected executives other than their real names.
63 VOTES OF CONFIDENCE for the Prime Ministers (also known as "Taoiseach"s), secretaries and/or rules, may be collected at any time, by any member of the US Parliament and in subsidiary parliaments.
64 EXECUTIVE ELECTS THE SIXTY FULL CABINET MINISTERS: The US Parliament's national, super-state, mini-state and county micro-state parliament assemblies shall elect up to 60 unique Full Cabinet Ministers and up to 60 Deputy Cabinet Ministers. Each of the five executives agree to rank all names nominated by each of the other four executives, thus guaranteeing that each of the five executives elects 1/5th of the 60 cabinet ministers or eleven new nominees. The top sixty names elected as ministers with lower rankings shall be elected as deputy ministers, and all nominees ranked below a #120 ranking who are not elected shall be grouped as ministers awaiting higher rankings by executives. Once all sixty full ministries are elected, the executives shall take turns nominating new names to the cabinet, unless the PARLIAMENTARY GO-AHEAD is given, at which time all new nominees automatically receive all other four executives' #1 rankings.
65 All USA national Cabinet Ministers must be live, real people and no avatars or anonymous names may be used by the elected Cabinet Ministers. Only real names can be used and verification of the member's true name may be requested when such verifications are of interest to the five national executives.
66 THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE controls itself and recruits as many people as possible who will work in the Cabinet to run the efforts, elects the planks and run the parliament's efforts free from political conflict or bias. The executives do not control who gets elected to the general assembly.
67 DUTIES OF THE TWO SECRETARIES shall include overseeing the communication link between members. The secretaries call for new elections when ties occur and help oversee convening and recessing of each parliament assembly.
68 The three Prime Ministers and the two Secretaries of the USA Parliament will serve as "founding executives" on the unity business entity names All Party System Co. which is established in order to report on debates, business and financial matters, vote counting and results of vote counting.
69 Once the donation/contribution is received, the donors' funds will be deposited into a bank account which is controlled by the five national executives of the parliament; the three prime ministers and two secretaries.
70 The Treasury Minister of the USA Parliament will be accountable only to the five executives of the USA Parliament through a vote of confidence.
71 UNITY PLATFORM
72 Conduct a national Direct Democracy (DD) election which will elect planks to a "Unity Platform", simultaneously for both the USA Parliament and all the USA Super-state Parliaments.
73 The promotion of the Unity Coalition's "Unity Platform" can used used as an example of teamwork. The team can be promoted as being dynamic so that every item is up for a continual "vote of confidence" by all the members, all the time. That way, the recruitment of new members can take place in order to collect more votes for improving the planks on the Unity Platform.
74 PLANKS OF THE PLATFORM: The elected five executives, the three prime ministers and two secretaries, shall elect the UNITY PLATFORM with a series of "planks" from all the items they pick and rank from the DD election and they are accountable to the members through a vote of confidence. A simple majority (50% plus 1 vote) of the voting executives is required in order to be approved as an official plank on the platform.
75 The parliament's planks will be used as a guide and road map towards things to be accomplished once elected in governmental office by any given candidate and each plank shall be listed in consecutive order beginning with the #1.
76 Only the planks that are ranked by all of the VOTING five elected executives (the three prime ministers and two secretaries) will be considered approved by the parliament under ranked choice voting and simple majority rule of the votes cast by the executives who choose to vote for the USA Parliament's Unity Platform and all twelve Super-state Parliaments on each of their respective sets of five executives (three prime ministers and two secretaries) will determine the final rankings of planks on the state and national levels. That way, the executives are accountable to the elected members of the national USA Parliament and all twelve Super-state Parliaments.
77 SLANDERERS and ANTAGONIZERS
78 NO PERSON MAY BE CENSORED, and no limits may be placed on free speech by/of any other person or nominee, including US Parliament's elected members and staff, at any time except when applying guidelines to party/category labels/names and parts of this rule which regulate antagonists.
79 NO HATE WORDS AS PARTY/CATEGORY NAME: Party/category's labels/names may not be used in such a way that slanders or libels names of any person or other party/categories or individuals. Those that refuse to comply by continuing to libel others through their choice of party name will be categorized as members of the Censored Party. Elected members using a name or pseudonym rather than their actual name, which libels, slanders or mimics (such as incorrect spellings), shall have their name censored and instead will be known only as Anonymous.
80 Members of any USA Parliament entity who antagonize others more than once use through the use of profanity, slander, insulting or offensive vulgar language, harassing or chauvinistic speech, terrorizing threats, including the threats of lawsuits against other members/vote counters or volunteers within the USA Parliament or those who use actual physical force or violence, may be permanently or temporarily removed by the full Minister in that Cabinet Ministry, by any of the five national executives of the USA Parliament or by the USA Parliament's web page maintainer.
81 Appeals of the name's removal action may be taken to the USA national Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Minister where rules for such appeals will be written, voted upon and approved.
82 Should any financial compensation be asked for or awarded after an appeal had been heard and a ruling had been finalized by the USA national Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Minister which is charged with recommending such financial compensation, then the case can be taken to the All Party System Co.'s USA Bureau's Ethics & Grievances Committee of Four where a determination of the exact amount can be made and executed.
83 DONOR MPs
84 Donors: New seats will be made available in a donor section of the USA Parliament's members of national parliament. All donors, who contribute money to the political entity USA Parliament at the minimum donation price, will promptly and automatically become a "donor member of parliament (Donor MP)", and they will be members with all voting rights.
85 Donor MPs may hold only one MP seat in the national USA Parliament and that one seat may be on any geographical level or region that they pick and may be moved from time to time upon request.
86 The donor fee is a one-time membership fee which will be tied to the exact cost of one unit of common stock in the parliament's All Party System Co., the same exact price of the purchase price of the share at the time the donation is accepted. This donation level does not represent a purchase of any stocks because of the need to separate the political and business entity.
87 The donation will be recorded and should the "Donor MP" wish to "stand down", then the donation amount will be not be refunded.
88 The numbers of seats for donor members shall never be more than the number of free elected members in the national assembly, political party, or other entity in the USA Parliament.
89 Once the numbers of members in the national parliament reach saturation point and no seats are available for donors, then new donors with the lowest donation level (or the chronologically newer or more recent membership in cases of ties) will automatically spill over to a lower geographical region or they may request to have their name moved to a higher geographical level.
90 Should a Donor MP/BoD/political entity who had been elected to a free seat, then be unelected and their name is no longer an elected free member, then their name will be automatically reinstated as a Donor MP, BoD or committee member if their donation remained on the parliament's records.
91 The Treasury Ministry is where specific records and agreements are posted for the public. The Treasury Ministry will maintain all records for Donor MPs and other financial records such as revenue inflow, donor rankings, savings and expenditures.
92 All donor members shall have access to all financial records for the USA Parliament. More detailed information which isn't available on the Treasury Ministry's web page will be made available to Donor MPs when a request is made to the Treasury Minister.
93 The donation cost and payment method for the Donor Members will be the same cost and method for all geographical levels and regions in the USA. All payments are to be in US dollars only.
94 The United Coalition
95 Declare that all of the elected and appointed members of the International Parliament, all countries' national parliaments, all subsidiary super-state, mini-state and county micro-state parliaments, to be members of a national and international "Unity Coalition" or "United Coalition" effective November 5th, 2014.
96 The USA Parliament and all twelve Super-state Parliament's "Unity Coalition" elections shall be in two phases; one before the states' primaries and one after the states' primaries. That way, a strong emphasis can be placed on official state-recognized ballot-qualified and write-in candidates both before the primaries and after the primaries, and the dates are customized for each of the official state's primaries.
97 All Unity Coalition members may make their own decisions as individuals regarding candidates, initiatives and propositions on ballots in the official state elections.
98 Candidates for state offices; Including but not limited to Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Controller and Attorney General who accept the nomination of their name will be added to the ballot/eballot, and/or elected, for the "Unity Coalition" election.
99 Candidates for elective office themselves may be added upon their acceptance to the United Coalition as a "Donor Member of Parliament" (Donor MP) or "Donor Member of Super-state Parliament" (Donor MSP) and should they fail to pay the membership dues once a year, then their name will be removed as a Donor MP, MSP or MCMP on January 1st of each year.
100 PERMANENCE and THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
101 PERMANENCE. These Rules, intent, purpose and function, will not change once approved by majority vote by the elected members, or MPs, of the 9th USA Parliament. These rules shall apply to the 9th USA Parliament's ElectioN, the subsidiary super-state, mini-state and county micro-state parliaments' elections, unless they are replaced by a bigger majority of voting members of parliament on or before 4/20/2016.
102 Contact the US Parliament via telephone (831) 383-1409 or the web site at http://www.usparliament.org for obtaining more information.
103 The US CONSTITUTION: The US Parliament shall commit to following constitutional law, and works to restore constitutional law and limits on the government both nationally and in the states, and the executive committee is charged with setting forth votes concerning amendments to the present constitution to continually work to form a more perfect union. Any and all proposed amendments to be voted on and approved by all registered members of the US Parliament with a required majority vote are to be considered ratified.
104 Hence the US Parliament will do what the present Federal Government refuses to do, which is to lead on a constitutional basis, and restore the true principles of a representative government with constitutional limits.
105 When ever any doubts occur as to what the precedent shall be for decisions
which are not covered by the set of guidelines for all Super-states, then the
set of guidelines approved by the USA Parliament shall be used;
106 Guideline of Priority and Procedure
107 GENERAL PROVISIONS: Guideline of Priority and Procedure. The GUIDELINES contained on this web page shall be the official first GUIDELINES of procedure for the USA Parliament and will be used for all transactions of business once ratified by a majority of the Members of Parliament (MPs). These GUIDELINES will take precedence over any other set of GUIDELINES.
108 GUIDELINE CHANGES: The Executive Committee reserves the right to make changes in these GUIDELINES by 3/5th vote and to present these changes to the delegates/members at any time. All changes should accommodate the desires or complaints of the MPs or staff so as to improve the conduct of business online and offline.
109 EXECUTIVES: The Executives of the USA Parliament may select or approve persons to serve as Chairpersons, Legal Counsels, and Secretaries for each committee and any other position to help conduct the business.
110 CHAIR PERSON: Absence of Chairperson. If the Chair should find
it necessary to be absent during any part of a committee meeting,
he/she shall designate an individual (preferably the Legal Counsel)
to assume his/her duties with the same authority.
General Authority of the Chairperson. In addition to exercising such authority conferred upon the Chair elsewhere in these GUIDELINES, the Chair shall declare the opening and closing of each session of the committee, direct its discussions, ensure observance of these GUIDELINES, accord the right to speak, put questions to a vote, and announce decisions of the committee.
111 Statements by the Secretary. The Secretary, or any other member of the parliament designated by the Secretary, may at any time make oral or written statements to a committee.
112 MEMBERS: Number of Accredited Delegates. The number of delegates allowed on any delegation of the Parliament shall not be limited.
113 DIPLOMATIC COURTESY: All delegates MUST accord all other delegates diplomatic courtesy at all times. Any delegate or visitor who, after being advised by the Chair, persists in an obvious attempt to divert the meeting from its intended purpose, or who otherwise attempts to disrupt the proceedings, shall be subject to disciplinary action and expulsion by the Secretary.
115 AGENDA Selection of Agenda Items. Agenda items shall be selected by the Executive Committee. Once selected, these items are fixed for the duration of the conference and no other items will be discussed.
116 ORDER OF CONSIDERATION OF AGENDA ITEMS: Agenda items will be considered in the order in which they appear in the agenda eballot, unless that order is altered by a majority of the Committee.
117 PRIOR APPROVED RESOLUTIONS: Order of Consideration of Prior-Approved Resolutions. Prior-approved resolutions are resolutions that were received by the specified deadline and were deemed appropriate by the staff. They will receive priority over other resolutions. The order of appearance of resolutions before the Committee is determined by the date in which they were received, and is listed under the appropriate committee topic in that order in the resolution book by the Secretary. When the Chair opens debate on any agenda item, any delegate may move for consideration of an approved resolution on the agenda item that has been submitted to the chair with signatories of 1/8 of the delegations present. If the motion is seconded, the Chair will direct the committee to an immediate vote without debate on the motion, a majority being required for consideration. If no resolution receives a majority vote in favor of consideration, the Committee will automatically have before it for consideration the first resolution in the resolution book under that agenda item that has been received by the chair with the appropriate number of signatories.
118 CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL: Resolutions that were not received by the specified deadline may still be considered, but not until 1/2 of the prior approved resolutions on the agenda item have been considered. For a resolution without prior approval to be considered, it must relate to the committee topic currently being debated, be submitted to the chair with signatories of 1/8 of the delegations present, and the delegate must supply enough copies of the resolution for each delegation present. Once these conditions have been met, any delegate may move for consideration of the resolution. If the motion is seconded, the chair will direct the committee to an immediate vote without debate on the motion, a majority being required for consideration.
119 SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSALS: Delegates will receive selected resolutions for consideration no later than at the time of the conference registration. The delegates must submit resolutions in the proper form by the deadline set by the Executive Committee.
120 Reporting Resolutions to the Parliament. The Chair of each committee shall report resolutions passed by that committee to the Parliament for its consideration. If a committee fails to approve a resolution on an agenda item, it shall submit a "Declaration of No Report" on that agenda item. That topic area will not be considered by the Parliament.
121 Amendments. All amendments to resolutions must be signed by one sponsoring delegation and at least one other seconding delegation; they must be submitted on an official amendment form for approval by the Legal Counsel and must be labeled with an identifying number by the Secretary. Secondary amendments and amendments by substitution are not acceptable. Obvious typographical efforts will be brought to the Committee's attention and collected by the Chair with no vote required. To move an amendment to the floor, recognition by the Chair and introduction of the amendment will suffice; no vote shall be required. Once an amendment has been brought to the floor, the Committee shall consider only the amendments and not the Resolutions until final action on the amendment has been taken (except to the extent that the amendment pertains to the Resolution).
122 Definition of Amendment and Voting on Amendments. An amendment is a motion that adds to, deletes from, or revises any part of a resolution. A series of alterations proposed by a single delegation to the same resolution shall be considered as a single amendment unless a motion is made to divide it.
123 Closure of Debate. A delegate may move to close debate at any time on any matter. Such a motion closes all substantive debate on the matters before the body at that time, except when such a motion would interrupt a speaker. Two delegates may speak against closure, and the motion will then be put to a vote. During debate on an amendment, a delegate may move for closure of debate on the resolution. If closure passes, then the amendment shall be voted on first followed by the resolution.
124 Move a Resolution to the Floor. Used to bring an approved resolution to the floor, this motion may not interrupt a speaker and is not debatable. No second is required.
125 DEBATE AND SPEECH GUIDELINES: Speeches. No delegate may address the committee without having previously obtained the permission of the Chair. The Chair shall call upon speakers in the order in which they signify their desire to speak. Delegates may not interrupt a speaker except on a point of order or point of personal privilege. Abusing these rights may be considered violations of diplomatic courtesy, and can result in disciplinary action taken by the chair. Motions should be made at the conclusion of the speaker's remarks; by making a motion, the speaker yields the floor.
126 Time Limit on Debate. The committee or the Chair may limit or extend the time allotted to each speaker and the number of times each delegate may speak on a proposal. There may be one speaker in favor and one opposed to the limitation/extension.
126 Right of Reply. During debate, the Chair may accord the right of reply to any delegate if a speech by another delegate contains unusual or extraordinary language clearly insulting to personal or national dignity. The decision granting a right of reply may not be appealed. Requests for a right of reply shall be in writing to the Chair. The Chair will limit the time for the reply. There shall be no reply to a reply.
128 POINTS - IN ORDER OF PRIORITY
Point of Order. If, during the discussion of any matter, a delegate believes that the committee is proceeding in a manner contrary to these GUIDELINES, he or she may rise to a point of order. The delegate so rising will be immediately recognized by the Chair and the point ruled upon. A delegate rising to a point of order may not speak on the substance of any matter under discussion.
Point of Personal Privilege. If a delegate wishes to raise a question or make a request relating to the organization of the meeting, personal comfort, or the conduct of fellow delegates or staff, he/she may rise to a point of personal privilege. When a delegate rises on privilege, the Chair shall take such action as is necessary.
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry. A point of parliamentary inquiry is directed to the Chair for information or guidance on procedure. This point may not interrupt the speaker. It is a question and does not require seconding or allow for debate. Replies by the Chair are not appealable.
Point of Information. If a delegate wishes to obtain a clarification of procedure or a statement of the matter before the committee, the delegate may address a point of information to the Chair. During debate, if a delegate wishes to ask a question of the speaker, a request to question the speaker may be made in the form of a point of information directed to the Chair after the speaker consents to be questioned, all questions and replies are made through the Chair. Delegates shall not interrupt a speaker on a point of information.
129 MOTIONS - ORDER OF PROCEDURAL MOTIONS
The motions as indicated in the Short Form of Points and Motions have precedence, in the order given, over all other proposals or motions before the committee.
Adjournment of Debate. During the discussion of any matter, a delegate may move the adjournment of debate on that matter. One delegate may speak in favor of the motion and one opposed. The motion shall then be put to an immediate vote. Adjournment of debate on a resolution or amendment has the effect of tabling that item and moves the committee on to the next order of business. See also 8.9 on Reconsideration.
Closure of Debate. A delegate may move to close debate at any time on any matter. Such a motion closes all substantive debate on the matters before the body at that time, except when such a motion would interrupt a speaker. Two delegates may speak against closure, and the motion will then be put to a vote. During debate on an amendment, a delegate may move for closure of debate on the resolution. if closure passes, then the amendment shall be voted on first followed by the resolution.
Move a Resolution to the Floor. Used to bring an approved resolution to the floor, this motion may not interrupt a speaker and is not debatable. No second is required.
Suspension of the Meeting. During the discussion of any matter, a delegate may move to suspend the meeting. Suspending a meeting recesses it until the time specified in the motion; the Chair may request the mover to modify the time. When the committee reconvenes it will continue with its business from the point at which suspension was moved.
Adjournment of the Meeting. The motion of adjournment means that all business of the committee has been completed, and that the committee win not reconvene until the next Annual Session. The Chair may refuse to recognize a motion to adjourn the meeting if the Committee still has business before it. A motion to adjourn is not debatable, and will be put to an immediate vote.
Decisions of Competence. Any motion calling for a decision on the competence of the Committee to discuss or adopt a proposal shall be put to a vote before the vote is taken on the proposal in question. If a Committee decides it is not competent to discuss or vote on an amendment or resolution, the effect is the same as adjourning debate on the matter. See also 8.9 on Reconsideration.
Withdrawal of Motions. A motion may be withdrawn by its proposer at any time before voting on it has begun, provided the motion has not been amended. A withdrawn motion may be reintroduced by any other delegation.
Reconsideration of Proposals. When a proposal has been adopted, or rejected through a vote of adjournment or "no competence", it may be reconsidered at the same session by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting. The motion to reconsider must be made by a delegation which originally voted on the prevailing side of the proposal; thus, reconsideration may be moved only on the proposals voted on by roll-call.
Division of the Question. A motion to divide the question, proposing that parts of an amendment or resolution be voted on separately, is in order at any time prior to commencement of voting on the amendment or resolution. Motions to divide shall apply only to operative clauses. Permission to speak on the motion shall be granted to one speaker in favor and one opposed, after which there shall be an immediate vote. The first motion for division to receive a majority vote shall become the final manner in which the proposal is presented. Those parts of the proposal which are approved shall be put to a vote as a whole. If all operative clauses of a proposal have been rejected, the proposal as a whole has been rejected.
Dilatory Motions. The Chair may rule as dilatory, and therefore out of order, any motion repeating or closely approximating a substantive measure on which the committee has already rendered an opinion. Such rulings can not be appealed.
Appealing a Decision of the Chair. Rulings of the chair can be appealed unless otherwise specified in these GUIDELINES. Appeals can be debated by one speaker in favor and one opposed.
130 MOTIONS are actions which trigger activity in
the California Super-state Parliament (Editing
guideline #s once approved).
Guideline # : Motions : Interrupt Speaker? : Second Required? : Debatable? : Vote Required?
a : Adjourn : no : yes : no : Simple Majority
b : Recess : no : yes : no : Simply Majority
c : Consideration of a Topic Area : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
d : Closure of Debate : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
e : Move a Resolution to the Floor : no : yes : no : None
f : Limit/Extend Debate : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
g : Division of the Questions : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
h : Decision of Competence : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
i : Table : no : yes : yes : Simple Majority
j : Reconsideration : no : yes : yes : Two-thirds Majority
k : Appeal the Decision of the Chair : yes (by point of order only) : yes : yes : Simple Majority
l : Point of Order : yes : no : no : None
m : Point of Privilege : no : no : no : Ruling of the Chair
n : Point of Parliamentary Inquiry : no : no : no : None
m : Point of Information : no : no : no : None
131 VOTING METHODS AND RIGHTS: Each member delegation shall have one vote in each Committee in which it is represented. No delegate may cast a vote on behalf of another member.
132 Simple Majority. Unless otherwise specified in these GUIDELINES, decisions in the Committee shall be made by a majority vote of those members present and voting. The phrase "MSPs present and voting" refers to members casting ranked choice votes. Members which cast a final abstention are not voting. If a vote is equally divided between two sums of the same value, the motion fails.
133 Method of Voting. The Committee shall use ranked choice voting (RCV). The Chair, however, may grant a request for a roll-call vote; the decision to grant such a request is not appealable. All final votes on resolutions shall be taken by roll-call; the roll shall be called in English alphabetical order beginning with a person selected at random by the Secretary. Delegates shall reply "1," or "abstain," or "abstain from the order of voting." A member may abstain from the order of voting once during the roll-call; a second abstention from the order of voting will be recorded as an abstention. Rights of explanation are permitted on roll-call votes and may be limited in time by the Chair. At the end of roll-call, but before rights of explanation and the subsequent announcement of the vote, the Secretary will ask for changes of vote. A delegation may not change from "1" to "yes", or "yes with right of explanation" or from "0" to "0 with right of explanation." Those abstaining may be accorded rights of explanation. The result of the vote shall be inserted into the Committee record.
134 ONLINE VOTING: The USA Parliament will conduct elections using online voting and all votes will be posted where they can be easily viewed by the public with the information as to who had cast the vote.
135 Conduct during Voting. Immediately prior to a vote, the Chair shall describe to the Committee the proposal to be voted on, and shall explain the consequence of a 1 or 0 vote. Voting shall begin upon the chair's declaration and shall end when the results of the vote are announced. Once voting has begun, no delegate shall interrupt the voting except on a point of order or information concerning the actual conduct of the vote, or on a point of personal privilege.
136 Supplemental GUIDELINES
137 PREAMBULAR PHRASES provide background information
and establish proper context for reading and interpreting the resolution.
Preambular clauses may:
Justify proposed action,
Cite historical precedents,
Refer to previously adopted documents,
Refer to factual situations, past or current,
Make altruistic appeals,
Expressing its Appreciation,
Keeping in mind,
Expressing its Satisfaction,
Noting with regret,
Noting with satisfaction,
Noting with deep concern,
Noting with approval,
Bearing in mind,
Having devoted attention,
Taking into Account,
Taking into Consideration,
Viewing with appreciation,
138 OPERATIVE CLAUSES are set out to achieve the committee's main policy goals on
Each operative clause begins with a number and ends with a semicolon (the final clause ends with a period).
Operative clauses should be organized in a logical progression, and each clause should contain a single idea or policy proposal.
Keep in mind that all resolutions except those passed by the simple majority of the executive are non-binding.
As a rule of thumb, good resolutions usually have an equal number or more operative phrases than preambulatory phrases.
Accepts, Expresses its hope, Affirms, Further invites, Approves, Further resolves, Authorizes, Further requests, Calls, Have resolved, Calls upon, Implores, Condemns, Notes, Congratulates, Proclaims, Confirms, Reaffirms, Considers, Recommends, Declares accordingly, Reminds, Deplores, Regrets, Designates, Requests, Draws the attention, Solemnly affirms, Emphasizes, Strongly, Condemns, Encourages, Supports, Endorses, Takes note of, Establishes, Transmits, Expresses its appreciation, Urges
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