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Congress Act 2019

Sponsor: --Maxitaxi-- Introduced: 14/SEP/2019

Committee: Executive, Legislative, and Other

Congress Act 2019

#14091971 #156

An Act to establish the Congress of the Habbo White House.

[09/OCT/2019]

This Act will take effect upon the day of its proclamation.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Habbo White House in Congress assembled,

PART 1: Ranks and Establishment

  1. The Congress shall be comprised of the following chambers and ranks:
    1. A House of Representatives, containing:
      1. A Speaker of the House (4iC);
      2. A Clerk of the House (6iC);
      3. A House Majority Leader (7iC);
      4. A maximum of seventeen (17) Representatives (9iC).
        1. “Representative” and “Congressman” or “Congresswoman” may be used interchangeably.
    2. A Senate, containing:
      1. A President Pro Tempore (5iC);
      2. [P1 - A Senate Parliamentarian (6iC);]
      3. A Senate Majority Leader (7iC);
      4. A maximum of twelve (12) Senators (8iC).
         
  2. Specifics
    1. Each rank shall be assigned tasks and duties by the Speaker of the House;
    2. Each member of Congress shall be assigned a maximum of two (2) committees and an American state;
    3. All ranks 7iC or higher in Section 1 shall be considered Congressional Leadership.

PART 2: Powers to Amend

  1. The Speaker of the House may amend Parts 1, except for their own rank, via order;
  2. All amendments made to this Act by primary legislation must have received the Speaker's consent.

PART 3: Repeal

  1. The Senate Act 2019 (#CONST021) is repealed from its status as statute law.

This bill (in addition to the Congress Reform Bill) is part of the branch reform initiated by the reform group of the 9th Congress. It shall establish the new structure of the legislative branch.

THE TEAM:

--Maxitaxi--, Speaker of the House
Energistics, President Pro Tempore
-Bray.x, Senate Council Chairman
O.Stuart.O, Secretary of the Senate
Haasan, (former) Secretary of the Senate
amazingconnor, Majority Leader
ConstitutionaI, Majority Senator
1300-LORD, Majority Senator
wellio, Majority Senator
peshy07, Minority Senator
HelperJane_, Majority Senator
_nazZ, Minority Senator


Legislative Branch of the White House

At the Forty-first Session of Twenty-Nineteen

To Enact an Act of Law

Be it enacted by the Legislative Branch of the Habbo White House in Congress assembled, that the Congress Act 2019 is enacted.

Approved

October 9th 2019

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Committee Meetings

Committee Host YEA NAY Date
Executive, Legislative, and Other --Maxitaxi-- 5 0 18/SEP/2019

Chamber Events

Host YEA NAY Date
O.stuart.O 6 0 22/SEP/2019
Username Vote Date
amazingconnor Yea 30/SEP/2019
wellio Yea 30/SEP/2019
--Maxitaxi-- Yea 30/SEP/2019
Peshy07 Yea 30/SEP/2019
-Bray.x Yea 02/OCT/2019
jefieldv Yea 03/OCT/2019
-Hasan. Yea 05/OCT/2019
Helperjane_ Yea 06/OCT/2019
_nazZ Yea 06/OCT/2019
O.stuart.O Yea 06/OCT/2019
WH-DeletedUser-63 Yea 06/OCT/2019

Assent

Body/Person Response Date/Time
No assent listed.

Response

Body/Person Response Date/Time
Speaker of the House (--Maxitaxi--)Approve 29/SEP/2019 10:34 PM BST
--Maxitaxi--'s Comments

I consent to this reform!

Amendments

# Title Status
No Amendments.

Repeals

# Title Status
#CONST021 Senate Act 2019 Complete
 The enforced text may differ from this, please always refer to the enforced text.

Congress Act 2019

#14091971

An Act to establish the Congress of the Habbo White House.

[09/OCT/2019]

This Act will take effect upon the day of its proclamation.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Habbo White House in Congress assembled,

PART 1: AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION ACT 2019

  1. General
    1. In any Act where the word “Senate” appears, it shall be appropriately replaced with a reference to the Congress, or read as such in accordance with the Constitution.
  2. The Legislation Act 2019 (#CONST015) is amended as follows:
    1. Any reference to the Senate shall be replaced with a reference to the Congress, and all reference to Senators shall be replaced with a reference to Members of Congress;
    2. Revise Part 1, Section 1(3) to state:
      1. "The third highest status of law is secondary legislation"
    3. Revise Part 1, Section 1(4) to state:
      1. "The fourth highest status of law is common law, as determined by the Court"
    4. Replace Part 2 with Schedule 1 of this Act.
    5. Revise Part 3 to state "Part 3: Voting" and insert a new Section 1 (adjusting subsequent sections accordingly), to state:
      1. "The President Pro Tempore shall put legislation at Stage 3A up for vote unless they decide to hold the legislation from vote;"
    6. In Part 3, replace every reference to "SCC" with "PPT";
    7. Strike Part 4;
    8. In Part 5, Section 1, strike ", or a bill which is to commence upon a specific moment as written in said bill";
    9. Insert a new section under Part 5, to state:
      1. "If the President chooses to veto a bill, they shall send the bill back to Congress along with a written explanation outlining their objections, after which the Congress may choose to override the veto."
    10. Revise Part 8, Section 1(2), to state:
      1. "The nullification resolution must be supported by at least five (5) other verified members of Congress and must contain a detailed explanation as to why the order is being annulled."
    11. In Part 8, Section 1, insert a subsection to state:
      1. "No order nullification resolution may be posted until a detailed explanation is provided."
    12. In Part 8, insert a new section to state:
      1. "The Supreme Court may overturn an order nullification conducted through resolution via a majority vote, but must provide a detailed explanation for doing so."
    13. In Part 11, strike Section 1(4), Section 2(7) and replace any reference to "SCC" with "PPT";
    14. Replace Part 12 with Schedule 2 of this Act.
    15. Revise Part 13, Section 1 to state:
      1. "Resolutions may only be posted by Senior Congressional Leadership (6iC+);"
    16. In Part 13, insert a new section to state:
      1. "All resolutions must have their “detailed explanation” attached to the summary, should the resolution be one of the following;
        1. Order Nullification;
        2. Veto Override;"
    17. Replace Part 15 with Schedule 3 of this Act.
    18. Insert a new Part between Part 18 and Part 19 (adjusting subsequent parts accordingly), to read as prescribed within Schedule 4 of this Act.

PART 2: AMENDMENTS TO THE HEARINGS ACT 2019

  1. The Hearings Act 2019 (#CONST013) is amended as follows:
    1. Revise Part 1, Section 1(3), to state:
      1. “The Congressional Committee must have a panel of no less than three (3) members, including the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson as presiding officer.”
    2. In Part 1, Section 4(1), replace "The OoLA" with "Congressional Committees”.
    3. Insert a new clause under Part 2, Section 1(1), to state:
      1. "Order a person to answer questions in writing" 
    4. Revise Part 2, Section 1(2), to state:
      1. “Only the Chairperson of a Congressional Committee, or the Court has the power to issue a subpoena under this Part.”
    5. Revise Part 2, Section 2(1)(6) to state:
      1. "This framework may be altered for subpoenas regarding documents, evidence and/or written questions"
    6. Insert a new section under Part 3, to state:
      1. “The Speaker of the House may amend Part 1 of this Act via order.”

PART 3: COMMENCEMENT PROVISIONS

  1. This legislation shall not come into force until enacted by the Speaker of the House via order.

 

SCHEDULE 1: NEW PART 2

Part 2: Process of Legislation

  1. All primary legislation shall be split into the following stages:
    1. Stage 1 - The legislation has been introduced to the Congress;
    2. Stage 2 - The legislation has been referred to a committee for deliberation;
    3. Stage 2B - The legislation has been tabled by a committee via majority vote;
    4. Stage 3 - The legislation has been marked up and reported for general debate;
    5. Stage 3A - The legislation is eligible for voting;
    6. Stage 4 - The legislation has been reported for general voting and is being voted upon;
    7. Stage 5 - The legislation has been enrolled by the Congress via majority vote;
    8. Stage 5F - The legislation has failed the Congress via majority vote;
    9. Stage 6 - The legislation has been signed by the President;
    10. Stage 6V - The legislation has been vetoed by the President, and is not law;
    11. Stage 7 - The legislation has passed a Judicial Review;
    12. Stage 7F - The legislation has failed a Judicial Review, and is not law;
    13. Stage G - The legislation has been sent to the graveyard;
    14. Stage R - The legislation has been repealed.
       
  2. Rules
    1. All legislation shall be submitted on the website.
    2. All legislation in Stage 2 shall be subject to committee deliberation in accordance with the provisions of Part 12 of this Act;
    3. All legislation in Stage 3 may be subject to general debate in accordance with the Congressional Standing Orders;
    4. All legislation in Stage 4 shall be voted upon by members of Congress only, except in cases where the Vice President is casting a tie-breaking vote.

SCHEDULE 2: NEW PART 12

Part 12: Committees and Rules

  1. Establishment
    1. There shall be four (4) standing Joint Committees of Congress:
      1. The Joint Committee on Government and Oversight;
      2. The Joint Committee on the Judiciary;
      3. The Joint Committee on Ways and Means;
      4. The Joint Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations;
    2. Each standing committee shall specialize in affairs indicated by portfolios maintained by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore, and in any dispute about committee jurisdiction, the SoTH and PPT shall make the ruling;
    3. Select committees for specific purposes may be established by the Speaker of the House via resolution.
    4. Each committee shall be presided over by a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson appointed by the President Pro Tempore;
      1. Each committee shall contain a maximum of 10 members of the Legislative Branch.
      2. Members may be part of at maximum two (2) committees, but if they hold either a Chairperson or Vice Chairperson position in one committee, they can only be a member in the other.
         
  2. Deliberation and debate
    1. Each piece of legislation introduced to Congress shall be assigned to the appropriate committee, and it shall be subject to one (1) week of deliberation starting from the first monday after it was submitted;
      1. Committees may bypass this rule and mark up bills earlier via majority vote.
    2. During deliberations, committees may discuss legislation and hold legislative hearings.
    3. At the end of each deliberation, the assigned committee shall submit a report containing conclusions, recommendations and any additional opinions on each discussed piece of legislation;
      1. The report shall be available for public viewing.
    4. Committees may block a piece of legislation via majority vote, but the block can be appealed in accordance with the provisions of Section 3. 
      1. Committees shall only block legislation that meet the following requirements;
        1. Contains constitutional errors;
        2. Meeting a graveyard requirement set out in PART 11, Section 2;
    5. In case the piece of legislation has been marked up earlier than the end of the deliberation period (Part 12, Section 2, Subsection 1(1)), the legislation shall move to Stage 3A at the end of the week.
    6. In case the piece of legislation has been marked up at the end of the deliberation period, it shall either move to Stage 3A or be up for general debate for a maximum period of one (1) week, designated by the committee’s majority recommendation.
       
  3. Committee block override
    1. Upon request by the author after a committee block, the PPT shall create a resolution for the overriding of the committee block containing the following information;
      1. The bill in question;
      2. Committee voting records,
      3. Author written testimony in the summary of the resolution;
      4. Chairperson testimony in the summary of the resolution;
    2. If the result is majority YEA, the bill shall proceed to stage 2;
    3. If the result is majority NAY, the bill status shall remain unchanged;
    4. Bills that fail committee overrides shall not undergo another overriding resolution.

SCHEDULE 3: NEW PART 15

Part 15: Standing Orders

  1. The Congressional Leadership shall be charged with keeping a document which lists the procedures and instructions for chamber activities called the Congressional Standing Orders (CSO) which shall be available for all employees to view;
  2. If the CSO is amended, the Congress and the OoLA shall be informed with details about what changed;
  3. The CSO shall be considered law, but breaking it shall not result in a punishment outside of in-chamber restrictions or being removed from the chamber, unless the member has also broken another law;
  4. The Speaker of the House may amend the CSO in consultation with Senior Congressional Leadership.
    1. Any member of the Congress may also propose an amendment to the CSO, but the amendment shall require the approval of a majority of Congressional SHR.

SCHEDULE 4: NEW PART 19

  1. No individual may use any Congressional Chamber to host any kind of formal or informal event without prior written authorization or invitation from the Speaker of the House;
    1. “Congressional Chamber” meaning any room designated for Habbo White House Congress proceedings, by the Board of Trustees.
  2. Breach of this Part shall be a Class C offense.