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« on: September 18, 2021, 02:25:23 PM »

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Activity Enforcement Amendment

To the end of the Lincoln Constitution, add the following new Article:

Article VI - General Court Automatic Recalls Due to Inactivity

1. Notwithstanding any other part of this constitution, if a Deputy of the General Court misses 4 consecutive final votes, they shall immediately forfeit their office.
---a. This shall be interpreted to include veto override votes, confirmation votes, and votes for Speaker, along with final votes on legislation and constitutional amendments.
---b. However, this shall not be interpreted to include bill amendments, tabling motions, points of order, motions for a final vote, or other procedural matters not covered by a.
--c. However, this shall not be interpreted to include any votes taken while the deputy was on a publicly announced leave of absence, provided such leave was announced in the Atlas Fantasy Elections, Atlas Fantasy Government, and/or Regional Governments (Sub-)board(s), and such leave has not yet exceeded 504 hours.

2. Notwithstanding any other part of this constitution, if a Deputy of the General Court misses 8 final votes in any session, regardless of whether such votes are consecutive, they shall immediately forfeit their office. The definition of final vote shall be the same as established in 1.

3. Any vacancy created by 1. or 2. shall be filled via a gubernatorial appointment, which shall be from the same political party as the incumbent who forfeited their office. If the incumbent was an independent, or their party has ceased to exist, or their party is not a major party for census purposes, the governor shall not be restricted by party in making an appointment. No special election shall be required.

4. If the governor cannot make an appointment within 168 hours, the seat shall go to a special election, which shall begin on the first Friday after the expiration of the 168 hours, or if such time expires on a Wednesday or Thursday, on the second Friday after the expiration of the 168 hours. If such special election would be concurrent with or later than the next general election, it shall be cancelled and the seat will be vacant for the rest of the term.

Sponsor: Dwarven Dragon

I request that the sponsor advocates for their bill, a practice that will be requested of all Deputies who sponsor bills from now on.
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2021, 07:50:36 PM »

This amendment to our constitution will force activity from the members of the GC by expelling those who repeatedly miss important votes. A version of this was in the Philadelphia Plan, and while it was removed during repeal to make repeal as clean as possible, it has become clear that this type of requirement is still needed given the slew of inactive deputies that have existed so far.

In accordance with attempted negotiations during a previous session, I have retained an exemption for those on LOAs of reasonable length.

This previously failed due to opposition from an individual no longer on the GC. With the current composition of the GC, I believe the 2/3 vote to pass this now exists.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2021, 08:14:15 AM »

I'd like to request our fellow members to give their thoughts and possible amendments, otherwise I'll initiate a vote within the next 24 hours.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 12:17:42 PM »

While activity is down across the board, people should be held accountable to do the job they were elected to do, so this bill should pass.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2021, 05:58:16 PM »
« Edited: September 21, 2021, 06:01:42 PM by RC »

Excellent, the vote is open, 24 hours to post your vote. I'll close the vote on September 22 at approximately 7:00 PM EST.

Aye.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2021, 06:21:22 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2021, 06:43:46 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2021, 08:53:15 AM »

Aye
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2021, 06:23:14 PM »

All votes are counted, the tally is as follows:

Aye - 4
Nay - 0
Abstain - 0

The bill passes unanimously and is sent to Governor KaiserDave to be signed into law.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2021, 08:15:51 PM »

All votes are counted, the tally is as follows:

Aye - 4
Nay - 0
Abstain - 0

The bill passes unanimously and is sent to Governor KaiserDave to be signed into law.

This is a constitutional amendment - goes to a referendum next
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