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A RESOLUTION to amend the Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scone


WHEREAS, This Parliament on November 16th, 2015 passed a resolution creating Standing Orders for the dispatch of business.

WHEREAS, Section X, Rule 1 of the Standing Orders allow for amendments to be made by passage of a resolution of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scone.

WHEREAS, it has become necessary for several amendments to be made to the Standing Orders to help secure the orderly dispatch of business.

WHEREAS, a series of amendments to the Standing Orders have been proposed to by adopted by Parliament and affixed in the schedule hereto.

Now therefore, be it RESOLVED, that this Parliament amends the Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scone as laid out in the schedule hereto for this and all subsequent Parliaments with immediate effect.

SCHEDULE:

  1. AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE KINGDOM OF SCONE:

Section I, Rule 5 is amended to read as follows: “5. Following the nomination and appointment of a Prime Minister, the Prime Minister shall lay out the government’s legislative agenda. The agenda will then be open to a debate and vote by Parliament. If Parliament rejects the agenda, the Government shall present a new agenda until approved by Parliament.

Section II, Rule 4 is amended to read as follows: “4. After balloting has concluded, the Election Moderator shall tally the votes and report the result to Parliament. Should a member have received a plurality of votes for the office of Prime Minister, the Woolsack will, in the name of Parliament, recommend to His Majesty that the member elected be appointed to the office of Prime Minister.”

Section V, Rule 2 is amended to read as follows: “2. Members may vote “AYE”, “YES”, “NO”, “NAY”, “PRESENT”, or “ABSTAIN”. Votes that do not subscribe to this format will be disregarded by the Woolsack.”


Section V, Rules 8 and 8a are stricken in their entirety. Section V, Rule 9 shall be renumbered to Rule 8.

A new Section VI, Rule 6 is created to read as follows: “6. Any member may offer an amendment of a clerical nature to correct spelling, grammar, or formatting. Such an amendment does not require a vote and is automatically adopted so long as it does not make any substantive changes to the bill. A member may challenge whether or not an amendment is clerical in nature by making a point of order that an amendment is not clerical in nature. If the Woolsack rules that an amendment is not clerical in nature, it shall follow the normal amendment process.”

Section VII, Rule 9A is amended to read as follows: “9A: A Motion of No Confidence is only in order if made 60 days or more prior to the scheduled dissolution of Parliament as defined by law.”

Section VII, Rule 10 is amended to read as follows: “10. Adjourn: Parliament may vote to adjourn for a period not to exceed four weeks. When moved, the mover must specify how long the adjournment is to last. The motion is debatable and follows the same debate and voting rules as any other motion. While adjourned, Parliament is not in session and no legislation, bills, motions, or speeches may be considered unless an order to recall Parliament from adjournment is made by the Woolsack or His Majesty in Council for some urgent reason, after consultation with the Government.”

A new Section IX, Rule 7 is created to read as follows: “7. The Woolsack shall have the power to remove any observer in the Parliament group who is not a citizen or Member of Parliament on their own authority in the event of disorder.”


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