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As does every legislative document after a lot of time expires, the Standing Orders deserves a chance to be looked at and (if needed) fixed. And if nothing else, to remind Magisters some of the important sections and orders that are a part of the Standing Orders that not all of us may know.
For now, here’s the proposed amendment I have to get us started! Since I don’t have much time, this is a very quick draft. If any Magister feels that they wish to make separate amendments, or even an entirely different draft, by all means, please post it here! (Please note I may have not highlighted all the changes, due to mistakes, but I have highlighted all the changes I currently have down.)
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Standing Orders of the Magisterium
SECTION I. ACCEPTANCE OF MAGISTERS
…1.1- Citizens wishing to become Magisters must do all of the following:
…1.1.1- Recite the Magister’s Pledge in the appropriate designated location in the Magisterium sub-forum;
…1.1.2- Be a Citizen of TEP for at least one month prior to application;
…1.1.3- Be a WA Member with their TEP resident nation;
…1.1.4- Supply the name of their resident WA nation, except if their WA nation is involved in EPSA, in which case it may remain classified;
…1.1.5- Complete a Public Official Disclosure Form;
…1.1.6- Have posted at least 10 times in the TEP forum or at least 30 times in the Regional Message Board.
……1.1.7- Have received an endorsement from at least one East Pacific resident in support of becoming a Magister.
…1.2- Citizens wishing to become Magisters must have accomplished at least 3 of the following:
…1.2.1- Endorse the Delegate and all Viziers;
…1.2.2- Comment on, or debate legislation in the Magisterium as a citizen three times;
…1.2.3- Complete a course, practicum, tenure or academic publication in The East Pacific University;
…1.2.4- Contribute to ‘TEP Evolved’ subforum five times and have their contributions verified by a roleplay moderator;
…1.2.5- Join and contribute to an Executive ministry, service or agency, including the EPSA, evidenced by recognition of contribution by an Executive minister or, in case of EPSA, the General.
…1.3-The Magisterium shall, by majority vote, decide whether the new Candidate-Magister will be accepted.
…1.4- Citizens who are denied acceptance into the Magisterium may appeal the decision and demand a referendum from all citizens of The East Pacific:
…1.4.1- The appellant must present a petition for Regional Referendum on Magister Acceptance to the Conclave, endorsed by at least 5 citizens;
…1.4.2- The petition will be reviewed by the Conclave and if valid, the Conclave will schedule a regional election;
…1.4.3- If elected by a majority vote of the citizens voting in the election, the appellant will be accepted into the Magisterium.
SECTION II. LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
…2.1- Any citizen or Magister may propose a bill, resolution, or amendment to the Concordat and the Magisterium shall debate that proposal immediately.
…2.2- The Magisterium shall continue to debate that proposal until a Magister has motioned to vote and another Magister has seconded that motion. Any such motion shall only be valid if 48 hours have passed after the bill, resolution, or amendment to the Concordat has been proposed.
…2.3- A Magister may motion to amend proposed legislation at any time during debate;
…2.3.1- If the author(s) of the legislation accept the amendment upon its proposal, in which case the legislation shall be amended as motioned without a vote;
…2.3.2- If that motion is not accepted by the author(s), yet receives a second, the Magisterium shall vote on the amendment for not less than 72 and not more than 96 hours;
…2.3.3- Were the motion to receive majority support, the legislation shall stand amended as motioned.
…2.4- The same procedure shall be used for nominations by the Delegate as well as motions to overrule a Delegate’s veto.
SECTION III. PROVOST AND DEPUTY PROVOST
…3.1- The Magisterium shall immediately act to appoint a Provost from among its members;
…3.1.1- An election is to be held whenever the position is vacant or at the end of the Provost’s three-month term; to be orchestrated by the previous Provost or a representative thereof.
…3.2- When the position has become vacant, a 48-hour period for nominations is to be held. A Magister may decline nomination for the position of Provost.
…3.3- The Magisterium shall then vote for a period of 72 hours and the candidate receiving the most votes shall be elected as Provost.
…3.3.1- Should the election result in a tie, and neither candidate concedes, all Magisters who previously abstained must cast a vote in favor of a candidate;
…3.3.2- If a tie persists after forced voting, the vote is opened to citizens for 24 hours;
…3.3.3- If a tie exists after the citizen’s vote, the Magisterium may conclude a random selection which grants each tied candidate equal chances.
…3.4- The Provost shall name a Magister as Deputy Provost, who shall assume the Provost’s duties temporarily in the case the Provost is absent for more than 48 hours for any reason.
SECTION IV. VOTING
…4.1- When a motion to vote has been seconded in accordance with subsections 2.1 and 2.2, the Provost shall then officiate a voting period of one week, or 168 hours, upon the motion.
…4.2- Each time a Magister votes, they must also explicitly supply their WA nation in the same post.
…4.3- A motion shall pass if a majority of votes are in favour of it:
…4.3.1- This order is notwithstanding any special requirements set out by the Concordat for certain types of votes, and in the case of extended requirement, the quorum shall always be achieved.
…4.4- A vote will be concluded when:
…4.4.1- The prescribed voting period ends;
…4.4.2- The Provost concludes the voting period, given that all eligible Magisters have voted.
…4.5- When a vote has concluded, the Provost shall then proceed as provided by the Concordat, according to the type of vote.
…4.6- Quorum numbers and voting eligibility will apply to the Magisterium size and its members prior to the voting period.
…4.7- Any Magister that was approved during any voting period shall not have their vote counted for that particular voting period.
SECTION V. QUORUM AND UNANIMOUS CONSENT
…5.1- In order for any exercise of the Magisterium’s powers, a quorum must be shown to exist. If the quorum is not achieved, the vote is considered ineffective and may not be acted upon.
…5.2- To achieve quorum, at least 1/2 of eligible Magisters must have made their presence known during a vote, by providing their vote or abstention.
……5.2.1- Notwithstanding subsection 3.3.2 and subsection 5.2, abstentions shall not affect the outcome of a vote.
…5.3- In the case of a vote under section 8 to remove a Magister for inactivity, any Magister who has not logged into their forum account for more than 72 hours may be excluded for the purposes of determining if a quorum exists for that vote.
…5.4- Where a Magister has made a motion on any procedural matter or suspension of procedural rules for the purposes of expediting the conduct of the Magisterium’s business, the Provost may then choose to proceed accordingly, provided there is no objection within 72 hours of the motion being made.
…5.5- Orders 4.1, 4.3, and 4.4 notwithstanding, where the Magisterium is in receipt of an Executive Nomination by the Delegate, a negative consensus voting period of ten days shall be held in which any Magister may object or move for a Section IV vote:
…5.5.1- Should no Magister object or motion for a Section IV vote, the nomination is to be considered accepted by unanimous vote.
…5.5.2- Executive Nominations for Viziers shall be excepted from this procedure.
…5.6- Under no circumstances shall this procedure of unanimous consent be used to pass legislation or exercise any of the Magisterium’s powers beyond consideration of Executive Nominations.
SECTION VI. CLOSED SESSIONS
…6.1- A Magister may move that a matter be considered in closed session, and if the motion is seconded and a majority of votes are in favour of doing so, the Magisterium shall consider that matter in closed session.
…6.2- The Foreign Affairs Committee is established as a committee of the whole Magisterium and it shall always meet in closed session.
…6.2.1- The Foreign Affairs Committee will be chaired by the Provost.
…6.2.2- The Delegate and any minister(s) he/she designates will be ex officio members of the committee without voting privileges.
…6.2.3- The Delegate or the Provost may initiate a meeting of the committee.
…6.2.4- The Magisterium may not ratify a treaty or declaration of war in a closed session of the committee.
SECTION VII. ABSENCE AND REMOVAL OF PROVOSTS
…7.1- If both the Provost and Deputy Provost have been absent for a period exceeding 72 hours:
…7.1.1- The current active, and longest serving, member of the Magisterium shall assume the Provost’s duties temporarily;
…7.1.2- Said member will be recognized as an “Interim Provost” and carry the duties of the Provost until another Provost is selected.
…7.2- Any Magister may move for the removal of the Provost and upon a Magister seconding this motion, the Deputy Provost shall officiate a vote of a period of 72 hours. The Provost may then be removed by majority vote.
…7.3- The Deputy Provost may be removed and replaced by the Provost at any time.
SECTION VIII. REMOVAL OF MAGISTERS
…8.1-The Provost may, from time to time, hold a roll call and require that Magisters respond within 1 week, or 168 hours, to confirm their activity:
…8.1.1-Any Magister not responding to such a roll call may then be eligible to be suspended or removed by a majority vote of the active Magisters.
…8.2- A Magister may be immediately suspended by the Provost and subject to removal by a majority vote of the active Magisters if:
…8.2.1- the Magister has not logged into the forums for more than two weeks and has not informed the Magisterium of said absence;
…8.2.2- the Magister has not voted or confirmed attendance in at least two successive votes that have taken place at least seven days apart from each other.
…8.3- A Magister will be removed automatically, which shall be published by the Provost, if any of the following circumstances are met:
…8.3.1- the Magister has not logged into the forums for more than four weeks and has not informed the Magisterium of said absence;
…8.3.2- the Magister has failed to vote or confirm attendance in three votes over a three week period to begin on the post date of the first missed vote;
…8.3.3- the Magister is found to have supplied falsified information in their Magister’s Pledge or Public Official Disclosure Form;
…8.3.4- the Magister is found to have supplied falsified information about their WA nation attached to a vote in accordance with Order 4.2.
…8.4- A Magister shall be suspended upon notice by the Provost or Compliance Officer if their resident TEP nation is not a WA member, which:
…8.4.1- Invalidates any vote cast by the suspended Magister during the suspension;
…8.4.2- Shall result in the automatic removal of the Magister if WA membership of their TEP resident nation is not restored within 72 hours of notice;
…8.4.3- Shall result in the automatic removal of the Magister should they be suspended for a second time within the span of thirty days;
…8.4.4- Shall lapse automatically upon restoration of WA membership of the Magister’s resident TEP nation if this suspension has not resulted in automatic removal.
…8.5 - If a Magister is confirmed by the current Overseeing Officer or Delegate to be serving as an active member of the Eastern Pacific Sovereign Army, they are hereby exempt from the World Assembly membership status requirement for Magisters as detailed in Section 8.4.
…8.6- A Magister may resign at any time.
SECTION IX. AMENDMENTS
…9.1- The Standing Orders shall be amended in the same manner as a legislative proposal. Any alterations that conflict with past resolutions shall be remedied.
…9.2- The Standing Orders shall have any headings shown in bold, underlined all-capital text, with the “big” script, (Headings to be known as titles of sections with the numbers immediately preceding them).
…9.3- Any following Order under the Headings shall be removed from the margin by three (3) periods (to distinguish between orders), and shall be notified with the number of the Section and the number of the Order, in bold (example 5.3, being Section 5, Order 3):
…9.3.1- Every Order with no Provisions shall each end with a period “.”;
…9.3.2- Orders with Provisions shall end in a colon “:”, and each consecutive Provision to end with a semicolon “;”, the final Provision ending in a period “.”. The use of the period marks the end of the Order.
…9.4- Any order with necessary addenda shall be added in the form of ‘provisions’, and shall be notified as outlined in the above, but with an added number for the provision. This number may not be bolded, but additionally removed from the margin with seven (7) periods (example 5.3.2).
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1.1.6- I recommend this change because of most activity nowadays is focused on the RMB or Discord than the forums. 10 Forum posts aren’t really enough to show proficiency with the forums, and I can’t see another reason why not to change this (maybe being shortsighted, sorry!). I wish to add Discord activity too somehow but unsure how, if y’all have any suggestions can you post them? This is due to the fact that as of now, TEP Discord is still “unofficial” in TEP law.
1.1.7- As Llo showed us, it’s relatively quick to do the Magisterium application requirements quickly. I’m aware it’s easy to just have someone say “yes, whatever, you have my endorsement.” if/when bothered to do so by a candidate in this scenario. But at least this is a step towards ensuring that Magister candidates don’t rush through the process and look sneaky while doing it. Because it reflected badly on Llo when he did it so fast, even though he’s proven no ill intentions then and even now. This can help provide a small buffer in Magisterium candidates rushing the applications and giving themselves a bad image.
2.1- I think it’s weird how a citizen can’t post Concordat amendments. Many of TEP’s most experiences lawmakers are no longer Magisters. While it is highly unlikely that they will ever do post such an amendment, I’d rather keep an open mind: if some citizen does want to post such a thing, it would be a shame to turn them away based on one word. Either way, I don’t (opinion here) believe it can hurt TEP in the short term or long term.
5.2.1- Attempting to clear up future confusion on whether an absentation counts as a vote. I meant to say that “it does not count as a vote”. If it isn’t worded properly, I’ll accept suggestions (obviously).
Those are all the changes I’ve made! I may have missed one or two (forgetting to highlight them) as I was doing this. If so, sorry! >.<
As I said earlier, Magisters are invited to debate all of these changes, and add their own!