Procedural Rules of the Cynosure Senate Act

Aug 12, 2015 | Procedural

Title

1. This act shall be cited as the Procedural Rules of the Cynosure Senate Act.

Purpose

2. This act shall fulfil the procedural rules of the Senate and shall act as an extension of the Senate Process, as defined in the Constitution.

Senate Procedure

3. Any Senator may introduce a Proposal into the Senate’s Proposal Hall.
(a) Any other citizen may introduce Proposals into the Senate’s Discussion Hall, which may then be taken up by a Senator.
(b) Any citizen may start a discussion thread about a Proposal in the Senate’s Discussion Hall providing one doesn’t already exist.
(c) The Sponsor of the Proposal may choose to withdraw the Proposal from the Proposal Hall before it reaches the Debate Hall.

4. Once a Proposal has reached the Debate Hall, any Senator may register on the Proposal by voting on any motions found in the poll at the top of the thread.
(a) The Sponsor and Co-Sponsors shall be considered registered even if they do not vote on any of the motions of the Proposal.

5. Motions shall include the following, which shall only take effect after the minimum time in the Debate Hall as indicated in the Constitution, and then take effect as soon as the minimum requirement is met:
(a) Motion to Vote, which shall indicate a desire to take the Proposal to a vote in the Voting Hall. This shall require unanimous support from all registered Senators to pass.
(b) Motion to Table, which shall indicate a desire to suspend discussion on the Proposal in debate and to move the Proposal to the Senate Archives. This shall require majority support from all registered Senators to pass.
(c) Motion to Hold, which shall indicate a desire to keep the act in the Debate Hall to allow for further discussion. This shall be the default motion if no other motions pass.

6. When a Proposal moves to the Voting Hall, Senators may cast one of the following votes on the Proposal:
(a) Aye, indicating that the Senator is voting in favor of the Proposal;
(b) Nay, indicating that the Senator is voting against the Proposal;
(c) Abstain, indicating that the Senator is voting neither in favor of or against the Proposal but wishes his or her vote to be recorded.

Senate Manager

7. The Senate Manager shall be appointed by the Senate at their discretion as indicated in the Constitution. Any Senator may introduce a Proposal nominating themselves or another Senator. The Senator nominee shall be required to be a Sponsor or Co-Sponsor on the Proposal for it to move out of the Proposal Hall.
(a) The Senate shall have the power to replace the Senate Manager through this process, or remove the Senate Manager through a Vote of No Confidence.
(b) Any violations of moderation access by the Senate Manager shall count as a violation of the Terms of Use as defined by the Grand Master.

8. The Senate Manager shall have the power to move Proposals from the Proposal Hall to the Debate Hall once sponsorship has been successful, and shall setup the poll at the top to allow Senators to register and motion on the Proposal.

9. The Senate Manager shall have the power to move the Proposal to vote by creating a new thread in the Voting Hall, in accordance with Senate Process as indicated in the Constitution and these procedural rules. They shall setup the poll at the top of this new thread to allow Senators to vote on the Proposal.

10. The Senate Manager shall have the power to close votes and declare the official outcome of votes on all Proposals at vote in the Voting Hall, in accordance with the Senate Process as indicated in the Constitution and these procedural rules.
(a) The Senate Manager shall have the power to leave voting open for votes after official voting has closed.

11. The Senate Manager shall have the power to move all withdrawn Proposals from the Proposal Hall, all tabled and passed Proposals from the Debate Hall, and any completed votes from the Voting Hall, into the Senate Archives.

12. The Senate Manager shall coordinate with Sentinels of the Cynosure Order to ensure all passed Proposals get added to the Law Library as appropriate.

13. The Senate Manager shall have the power to determine procedure related to any matter that is not covered by this Act or the Senate Process as indicated in the Constitution at his or her discretion.

14. Anytime there is not a Senate Manager as appointed by the Senate, the Grand Master shall act as Acting Senate Manager with the full powers of the Senate Manager, and shall have the power to appoint any member of the Cynosure Order as Acting Senate Manager in their stead. The Acting Senate Manager shall have this power until such time as the Senate appoints a new Senate Manager.

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RGP Date

MarĀ 23, 2321