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Motion to Change Commons Procedures
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Motion to Change Commons Procedures
Be it resolved that the current House of Commons Code of Conduct and Procedure be repealed. The following shall be the new House of Commons Code of Conduct and Procedure:

  1. All debate shall be directed to the High Speaker. Members of Parliament shall not be permitted to directly speak to each other in any but the third person during official debate in the House of Commons.
  2. In official debates all statements made must be germane to the subject, bill, or proposal being debated. Failure to be germane during debate shall be grounds for dismissal of the offending Member's vote on the bill that was the subject of the offender's non-germane statement(s).
  3. On the floor of the House of Commons all Members of Parliament shall be addressed as "The Honourable" followed by their name. No Member of Parliament shall be addressed in any other manner than has just been stated.
  4. Members of Parliament shall be required to be dressed in business-formal attire at all times while on the floor of the House of Commons. Failure to abide by the dress code will result in expulsion from the Chamber.
  5. No Member of Parliament may be in any way charged with a crime or have a civil suit brought against them for statements made in the House of Commons, either in the Commons Chamber or in a Committee of the Commons. This protection shall also extend to statements made by individuals called to present testimony to the Commons in either the Commons Chamber or in Commons Committees.
  6. Upon submission of the votes of a majority of the Members of Parliament a bill or motion may be passed or rejected immediately based on the votes submitted without being required to wait for all the remaining Members to vote or for time to expire for voting. Should the remaining votes be necessary to resolve a question fairly then this rule may not be invoked. Necessity to resolve fairly shall be defined as stating that the remaining votes that have not been submitted may swing the vote for a bill or motion in any direction. In the event that a bill is resolved under this rule then the votes not submitted shall count as abstaining votes.
  7. In the event of a tie in the vote on a bill the High Speaker of the House of Commons alone shall have the power to cast the tie-breaking vote.
  8. Any Member of Parliament may request an open vote. An open vote shall be a vote were the Members of Parliament shall vote publicly (by posting their vote as a reply on the thread for a bill) rather than privately in a forum poll. For a vote to be open the motion to have an open vote must be seconded by another Member of Parliament.
  9. The use of profane language will not be permitted on the floor of Parliament. The definition of profane shall be determined by the High Speaker of the House of Commons.
  10. The High Speaker of the House of Commons shall have the power to punish any Member of Parliament for breaking decorum on the floor of Parliament. Punishment may range from not being allowed to vote on a bill to not being allowed to propose bills for a set period of time. Expulsion from the House of Commons shall not be a possible punishment.
  11. At the start of every work day, the Serjeant-at-Arms of the Parliament shall place the Mace of the Commons on the Table of the Commons. Following this the Commons Chaplin will lead the House of Commons in a prayer to offer guidance for the coming day (any Member of Parliament may abstain from attending the prayer for religious or ideological reasons if they so desire). Following the morning prayer the High Speaker of the House of Commons shall call the House of Commons to order and begin the official daily work of the House of Commons. At the end of the work day the Serjeant-at-Arms shall announce the end of the day, ensure that all Members of Parliament leave the House Chamber and then remove the Mace of the Commons for storage until the next work day.
  12. Should any Member of Parliament feel that any other Member of Parliament has failed to abide properly by the rules set forth for the procedure of the House of Commons they may call a point of order against the offending Member of Parliament. In the event that a point of order is called the High Speaker of the House of Commons shall render their opinion on the issue and either punish the offending Member of Parliament if protocol has been breached or dismiss the point of order.
  13. The House of Commons shall reserve the right to alter these procedures in the future. Any future amendments to these rules must be passed with a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the House of Commons.
  14. The procedures of the House of Commons shall not be considered under the purview of the Crown and as such approval from the Sovereign shall not be required to amend, alter, or establish rules regarding parliamentary procedure.
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I call for an open vote. Open vote is approved.

I vote Yes

All the votes having been cast in favor of changing the Procedures the Procedures are changed.

Final Vote: 1 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain
28-09-2011 12:38 PM
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