** TEXT CURRENT AS OF 16TH JUNE 2020 **
Constitutional Convention Act (2018)
UNDERSTANDING the need for occasional region-wide discussions about our government, culture, and future.
NOTING that there have been a number of times in history where organized discussions of these natures would be preferable to Senate debate alone.
BELIEVING that we should have legislation to establish the baselines of how such a discussion would transpire.
HEREBY enacts the Constitutional Convention Act (2018)
(1) This Act may be cited as the Constitutional Convention Act (2018)
Convening a Convention
(2) A Constitutional Convention may be convened by a majority vote of the Senate, with the President assenting. Without the President's assent, a 2/3 supermajority shall be required to convene a Convention.
(3) The Speaker shall then appoint a Senator to serve as the Convention Chairperson, who will serve for the duration of their Senate term.
Procedures of a Convention
(4) All citizens are eligible to register and fully participate in a Convention.
(5) Participating in the Convention shall require registration as outlined by the Chairperson.
Powers of the Chairperson
(6) The Chairperson shall be the chief moderator of the Convention.
(7) The Chairperson has the authority to call votes lasting no less than 24 hours, set reasonable limits on discussion, and organize debate.
(8) The membership of the convention may, with a simple majority of all registered participants in the Constitutional Convention, overturn any ruling or decision made by the Chairperson.
(9) The Chairperson may delegate their powers to any deputies that they see fit. By default, all sitting Senators shall be registered as outlined in s5, and shall serve as the primary deputies to the Chairperson, but the Chairperson may endow any citizen of Europeia with specific powers they lay out.
(10) The Senate may, with a 2/3 supermajority vote, dismiss the Chairperson for inactivity.
(10a) The membership of the convention may, with a simple majority of all registered participants in the Constitutional Convention, remove the Chairperson.
(11) The convention shall have the full authority to issue recommendations to the executive, judicial and legislative branches.
(12) The membership of the convention may, with a simple majority vote, close the Convention either with or without recommendations.
(13) The Senate may, with a 2/3 supermajority vote, close the Convention.