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Deputy Speaker Act

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A couple of amendments. At present, there is no position of Deputy Speaker, something I'd like to change. All other Ministers can appoint deputies to aid in their work, yet the Speaker cannot. The position, however, is a very valuable one - it provides an office for the Speaker to delegate to, creates a position to fulfil the Speaker's duties should the Speaker be on an LoA, and provides valuable experience, essentially giving someone the skillset required to be the next Speaker.

The following documents shall be amended as follows:

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Hall of Nations 

1. All citizens will be allowed one vote in all governmental referenda and elections that are brought before the Hall of Nations.    

2. The Hall will elect a Speaker who will represent the Hall of Nations in discussions with the Guardians or Delegate.    

3. The Speaker will serve a three-month term.    

4. The Speaker may designate a Deputy Speaker as needed to fulfil the duties of the position 

5. All votes unless otherwise noted will be decided by a simple majority of voting nations. There will be a three-day public discussion thread on all voting. It will be followed by a three-day voting period. All elections for officials will have a three day standing period, followed by a three day voting period.   This six-day period shall be referred to as the election cycle. The Speaker will moderate all votes unless they concern the Speaker, in which case a member from the Hall of Nations will be appointed to moderate the vote.    

6. The Delegate may ask the Hall for opinions and votes on various NS related topics and events as they occur in the region. Any citizen may also bring legislation to vote in the Hall which may not infringe the rights and responsibilities of the Delegate or the Guardians as realized by the in-game mechanics and/or listed in this document.  Once a legislation has been called to be voted on, there will be a seven day discussion period followed by a seven day voting period.    

7.  The Hall may propose changes to The Manners as they see fit via a vote.  However, only the Delegate may make any changes.    

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(2)  If the Speaker is unavailable, the Deputy Speaker will act as Speaker until they become available.

The first amendment merely allows the Speaker to appoint a Deputy, and is pretty self explanatory. Same scenario as deputy ministers. The second amendment is a more significant change. At present, the Delegate is responsible for the business of the Hall if the Speaker is unavailable (i.e. on an LoA). Naturally, the Deputy would fill their superior's role though, and be in the ideal position to do so.

Discuss. 

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Other deputies are elected. Why not this one? Hold the election the week after the Speaker election and have the job end with the Speaker's term.

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A little late to the party, but another thing that should be changed is this part in section 5.

On 8/12/2017 at 5:05 PM, Drall said:

The Speaker will moderate all votes unless otherwise noted or unless they concern the Speaker, in which case the Deputy Speaker will moderate the vote.   

The "otherwise noted" referring to if the Speaker is away, or if for some other reason the Speaker has the Deputy moderate the vote.

Edit: As a side note, the Etiquette should also be updated to reflect these and other changes we've had recently.

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On 8/12/2017 at 6:05 PM, Drall said:

All other Ministers can appoint deputies to aid in their work, yet the Speaker cannot.

Actually, that's not true unless it's been done in an unofficial capacity.

The Manners only mentions deputies for the Delegate-appointed positions. MoIA, Recruitment and Citizenry, and World Assembly Affairs all do not have deputies.

I don't have any problem with this amendment, but maybe we should address it for all ministries, not just the Speaker.

All you have to do is observe workloads to see the usefulness of an appointed deputy in any of those ministries compared to the Speaker.

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1 hour ago, Fujai said:

A little late to the party, but another thing that should be changed is this part in section 5.

The "otherwise noted" referring to if the Speaker is away, or if for some other reason the Speaker has the Deputy moderate the vote.

Edit: As a side note, the Etiquette should also be updated to reflect these and other changes we've had recently.

Agreed. 

 

1 hour ago, Lamb said:

Actually, that's not true unless it's been done in an unofficial capacity.

The Manners only mentions deputies for the Delegate-appointed positions. MoIA, Recruitment and Citizenry, and World Assembly Affairs all do not have deputies.

I don't have any problem with this amendment, but maybe we should address it for all ministries, not just the Speaker.

All you have to do is observe workloads to see the usefulness of an appointed deputy in any of those ministries compared to the Speaker.

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4. Any minister may appoint assistants as needed to fulfill the duties of the position.    

Certainly seems to me like any Minister can appoint assistants. I suppose that could be clarified to read "a Deputy and assistants" though...

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Having a Deputy Speaker defined by the Manners still seems like a good idea, considering how different the Speaker and Minister positions are. Deputy Speaker seems less an assistant and more a codified replacement should the speaker be away.

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