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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