Originally posted to http://www.talossaonline.com/30.1136.0.html , the following is the amended Standing Orders, prepared by Dp. Miestrâ Schivâ in temporary lieu of it being done by the Secretary of State.

Until otherwise noted, this shall be the official text of the Standing Orders of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Talossa.

-GV, Speaker - 31 January 2007


1. Any Deputy may propose a draft of a bill or of a resolution to the Chamber, and leave it for discussion for as long as they want, revising it as often as they want. A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or for an amendment to an existing law; a Resolution is a simple statement of the views of the Chamber with no legal effect.

2. Once they like it, they submit the draft to the Speaker for official publication. An officially published draft of a bill or of a resolution shall be denoted by the word “PROPOSAL:” at the beginning of the subject line.

3. Once officially published by the speaker, deputies have 7 days to officially publish an amendment to the bill. The Bill may go directly to a FINAL VOTE if all deputies indicate that they have no amendments for the bill in question. Any amendment shall be published in the same thread as the original bill, and be denoted by the word “AMENDMENT:” at the beginning of the subject line. Seven days after publication of the draft, voting on the amendments shall begin, and last for seven days.

4. Once all of the amendments have been settled and applied, the Speaker calls for a vote on the final version of the bill, which lasts for 7 days. A final call for a vote shall be denoted by the word “FINAL VOTE.” at the beginning of the subject line. At the end of the seven days, if more për than contrâ votes have been recorded, the bill or resolution shall be passed. If the same number of për and contrâ votes have been recorded, the bill or resolution shall not be passed.

5. In any voting phase, all the votes of the Deputies shall be open and public. A Deputy may change his or her vote at any time up until the final voting deadline.

6. Votes of Confidence, as provided in Constitution 2.3.6, shall proceed in the same way as resolutions, except that there shall be no amendment phase, and a Vote of Confidence shall proceed directly to a final vote (as in section 4 above) as soon as it is published by the Speaker. Votes of confidence shall end as soon as all deputies have cast their vote or seven days, whichever comes first. Votes of confidence may contain no provisions not directly related to confidence in the official in question.

7. Once a bill has been passed, the speaker shall submit it to the President of the Republic for promulgation as law, in accordance with Constitution 2.2.30. A resolution does not need to be presented to the President.

8. Any Deputy may propose a question for formal answer to the Seneschál or to any other Minister. Such a question shall be denoted by the word “QUESTION” at the beginning of the subject line. If the member of the Government so addressed is a Deputy, they shall reply personally within seven days; if not, then the Seneschál shall transmit a reply on their behalf.

9. The Speaker (Túischac’h) is responsible for enforcing these Standing Orders, and for keeping a civil and appropriate tone of debate in the Chamber.

10. All Deputies shall address their statements in the Chamber to the Túischac’h.