Creation of Legislation

The total weight of a legislature is the number of citizens eligible to vote for a representative in that legislature.

A representative can sponsor debate on up to one bill a week but not more.   Sponsoring representatives can submit for debate and voting any bill for which they have collected the sponsoring signatures of greater than 10% of the total weight of the legislature (the sum of the representative weight of each signatory, divided by the total weight of the legislature, multiplied by 100%, must exceed 10%).   The signatures do not bind the subsequent votes of the signatory representatives, since it is debate that is being sponsored, and amendment is part and parcel of the debate process.   Within each series of twenty days of full meetings of the legislature, a representative can consume as he desires, an amount of speaking time before the full legislature equal to his weight (as a fraction) multiplied by the total amount of time of full legislative meeting included in those twenty days, which must be at least 100 hours.   Time not consumed thereby is consumed by the president of the house, who can at his discretion put the legislature in recess in lieu of consuming the time.   Time is consumed by speaking (often as part of debate) by the controller of the time, or by assigning it (with the possibility of reclaiming remaining time when and as desired) in whole or in part to other legislators or providers of testimony.

A legislature approves a bill, making of it a statute, if the vote-weights cast for less the vote-weights cast against exceed 50% of the total weight of the legislature.   The bill must then pass court review, wherein a majority of the judges of the highest court within the scope of the legislature is capable of rejecting the bill by formally explaining how it violates existing law - necessarily including a violation of the requirements of § Consistency of Legislation and § Rationality of Legislation.   If it is not vetoed by this court, then after a one week period wherein citizens can view the final bill and vote for or against the bill; if the votes against less the votes for exceeds 25% of the registered voters within the scope of the relevant legislature, the bill is scrubbed by popular veto.   If it is not scrubbed by popular veto, the bill then becomes a statute and must be enforced.

A citizen can through any cryptographically accountable logistical means empower legislation of his own creation.   There is no limit to the number of bills a citizen can at any particular time be working to pass.   If the votes for exceeds 62.5% of voters registered to vote within the scope of the relevant legislature, and the bill passes court review, the bill becomes statute.   An identical process can be used to repeal or amend standing statutes.

When a member of a legislature votes to create, empower, or enrich a state position, he cannot himself occupy that position until at least two years following departure from membership in said legislature.

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