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The California Super-state Parliament Rules for ss11

See the Elected GUIDELINES for the "Unity Coalition"
Unity Coalition Candidates
National Direct Democracy (DD) Voting Results for "Unity Coalition"
See the MSPs' Vote Totals for Three Prime Ministers, Two Secretaries and History

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Unity Coalition Marked Eballots and Totals
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Unity Coalition Final Results

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1 GUIDELINES - RESOLUTION NUMBER 1 - 10/18/2014 - Committee of Jim Doyle and James Ogle

2 Parliamentary procedures, terms and proportional representation for all state elections and super-state elections in the USA Parliament.

3 Paper Ballot Guidelines Recommended for State Elections

4 The paper ballots are placed in a clear ballot box by the voter and the box is guarded and 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 and this is recorded/taped/broadcast by two different devices and 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. Two hours personal time to vote.

8 The voters' name and ballot will remain secret but the vote counting will be publicly observable.

9 Eballots

10 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, or when a question regarding verification is raised by a volunteer vote counter.

11 Telephone voting is permissible, acceptable and verification and validations will be provided when requested.

12 General Guidelines

13 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.

14 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. For the state of
California, the requirements are these:

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.

15 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.

16 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.

17 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.

18 Ties in order of new nominations for the ballot will be broken through alphabetizing the names.

19 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.

20 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.

21 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.

22 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.

23 SPACE FOR THREE OR MORE WRITE-IN choices must be provided on each and every ballot, in all elections.

24 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.

25 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.

26 The United Coalition

27 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.

28 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.

29 All Unity Coalition members may make their own decisions as individuals regarding candidates, initiatives and propositions on ballots in the official state elections.

30 Conduct a national Direct Democracy (DD) election which will elect suggested planks to a "Unity Platform", simultaneously for both the USA Parliament and all the USA Super-state Parliaments.

31 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.

32 Decisions should be made by a simple majority of the members of the "Unity Coalition" who vote on an eballot or a paper ballot, to be known as the "majority coalition method". In this method, one or more of the members may approve decisions and 50% plus one, of those voting members, is considered a majority.

33 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.

34 Donor and Non-Members

35 The 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 OR Donor MSP on January 1st of each year.

36 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.

37 Rest all responsibilities of the rankings of the final set of planks for the USA Parliament and all twelve Super-state Parliaments on each of their respective set of five executives (three prime ministers and two secretaries), which will determine the final rankings of planks. That way, the executives are accountable to the elected members of the national USA Parliament and all twelve Super-state Parliaments. 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.

38 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;
http://www.usparliament.org/rules.php

39 GENERAL PROVISIONS: Guideline of Priority and Procedure. The GUIDELINES contained on this web page shall be the official first GUIDELINES of procedure for all USA Super-state Parliaments and will be used for all transactions of business once ratified by a majority of the Members of the Super-state Parliament. These GUIDELINES will take precedence over any other set of GUIDELINES.

40 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 MSPs or staff so as to improve the conduct of business online and offline.

41 EXECUTIVES: The Executives of the Super-state 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.

42 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.

43 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.

44 MEMBERS: Number of Accredited Delegates. The number of delegates allowed on any delegation of the Parliament shall not be limited.

45 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.

46 AGENDA

47 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.

48 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.

49 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.

50 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.

51 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.

52 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.

53 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).

54 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.

55 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.

56 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.

57 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.

58 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.

59 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.

60 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.

61 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.

62 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

63 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.

64 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.

65 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.

66 ONLINE VOTING: The California Super-state 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.

67 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.

68 Supplemental GUIDELINES

69 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
Affirming,
Expressing its Appreciation,
Keeping in mind,
Alarmed by,
Expressing its Satisfaction,
Noting,
Appreciating,
Fulfilling,
Noting with regret,
Approving,
Fully aware,
Noting with satisfaction,
Aware of,
Fully alarmed,
Noting with deep concern,
Believing,
Fully believing,
Noting with approval,
Bearing in mind,
Further deploring,
Noting further,
Cognizant,
Further recalling,
Observing,
Declaring,
Guided by,
Realizing,
Deeply concerned,
Having adopted,
Reaffirming,
Deeply convinced,
Having considered,
Recalling,
Deeply disturbed,
Having devoted attention,
Recognizing,
Deeply regretting,
Having examined,
Referring,
Deploring,
Having heard,
Seeking,
Desiring,
Having received,
Taking into Account,
Emphasizing,
Having studied,
Taking into Consideration,
Expecting,
Impressed by,
Taking note,
Viewing with appreciation,
Welcoming

70 OPERATIVE CLAUSES are set out to achieve the committee's main policy goals on the topic.
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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