REGENCY REFORM ACT 2019
[Passed 8:1 , Royal Assent: 1st Jun 2019]
AN ACT to provide for the expedient creation of Regencies when required, and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
1. SHORT TITLE
This bill may be cited for all purposes as the “Regency Reform Act 2019”
2. PROVIDING FOR THE EXPEDIENT CREATION OF REGENCIES
A. Whenever the Sovereign and Prime Minister shall agree that a Regency should be constituted, the Prime Minister shall lay before His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council an order constituting a Regency lead by a Regent appointed by the Sovereign to exist for a period of time outlined by that order along with any limitations on the exercise of Royal Power which may be sought by the Sovereign.
B. If the majority of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council approves the order and the Sovereign gives his assent to the same, the Regency shall issue at the date and time laid out in that order and persist until the date and time laid out in the same without any further action required on behalf of Parliament.
C. Parliament may, at its discretion, adopt legislation to amend the conditions of the Regency or to terminate it. Parliament may also designate a new Regent through an Act of Parliament.
D. In the event the Sovereign and Prime Minister can not agree on establishing a Regency or any order for a Regency is rejected by His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council or not approved by the Sovereign, an Act of Parliament shall be required to institute a Regency.
3. RESOLVING INCAPACITIES OF REGENTS
A. In the event a Regent shall inform the Prime Minister of their own incapacity, the Prime Minister and Regent shall inform His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council of the same. If the period of incapacity is less than one month, the Counsellors of State shall be empowered to exercise Royal Authority during the period of the Regent’s incapacity within the limitations set out by the Order in Council or Act of Parliament authorizing the Regency. If the period of incapacity exceeds one month, a new regent shall be selected as outlined in Section 3.B below.
B. In the event a Regent shall be found to be incapacitated by a majority of the Counselors of State, the Office of Regent shall be declared vacant and the Counselors of State shall exercise Royal Authority during the period the Regent’s office is vacated within the limitations set out by the Order in Council or Act of Parliament authorizing the Regency.
C. Incapacity shall occur when any Regent is unable to respond substantively to communication from the Prime Minister within 5 days (except during a period of pre-determined incapacity as outlined in Section A above), acts against the laws of the Kingdom of Scone, refuses to carry out the duties of their office, renounces or is deemed to have renounced their citizenship, or when clear information is presented to His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council showing the death of the Regent.
D. Any Regent may contest a finding of incapacity by the Counselors of State by filing a civil suit with the Sconnish Judiciary. During the pendency of proceedings, the Counselors of State shall exercise the Royal Authority unless and until a finding by a Sconnish Court that the Regent is competent to proceed.
E. In the event a Regency is initiated and the whole number of Counsellors of State is an even one or is fewer than three, the Regent shall, on the advice of Government and with the concurrence of the Privy Council, appoint an odd number of Counsellors of State to number no less than 3.
4. REGENCIES DURING THE MINORITY OF THE SOVEREIGN
Upon the succession of a Sovereign under the age of 18 years, His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council shall immediately appoint a Regent by Orders in Council. Such an order shall be approved by the Counselors of State and the said Regency shall come into immediate force upon their assent.
5. FORBIDDING DUAL-OFFICE HOLDING OF REGENT AND MINISTER
No citizen may simultaneously hold the offices of Regent and a Minister or Secretary of State as a member of the Government. In the event an individual is appointed as Regent and accepts this appointment, they shall be deemed to have resigned the relevant office.
This legislation and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.