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« on: December 13, 2006, 07:17:34 AM »

Quote from: New Camedia,Dec 12 2006, 11:31 PM
Itís time for another riveting installment of the Tribune Times.  Todayís primary focus will be on the newly passed Prefecture Representation Act and how such legislation affects your everyday life from a legal standpoint.

To summarize for those who havenít been following the legislation, the PRA has created a new position for members of the Prefectures who do not wish to go through the rigorous Senate application process, but will simply join this Senate as Representatives of their home region.  They may participate in discussions and debates, propose legislation, and vote on most matters.  They cannot stand for election to high office or view any subfora of the Senate which may contain sensitive information.

Thus the most notable legal effect is the influence the new Prefecture Representatives will have in close votes, since, as of the first Prefecture census, we will be having six Representatives join.  It will be important for this Senate to see how issues in which the majority of the Senate has been split of late are resolved by an increasingly potent Prefecture voice.

After passing this Act, the Act was immediately suspended and amended to allow for the timetables by which Representatives are chosen to be manipulated for this first term, so that we could start the term immediately.  Thus Representatives are already trickling in to begin fulfilling their duties and make their regionsí voices heard.

For those who are concerned about the potential outcome of this Act, there are numerous protections within it against abuse by the Prefectures, including strict regulations concerning the timeframe in which Representatives may be selected and limits on the Prefectureís ability to replace their Representatives without time and notice. 

It will be interesting to see how the dynamics of the Senate change with this influx of new blood, which is evidently much needed, given the wide margin by which the PRA was approved.

In other legal news, the Curia Judicialis has been attempting to reform and rework the Court Act without much success.  Discussions were immediately sidetracked due to a partisan conflict over the very idea of having a Court system, which certain groups in the Senate seem to oppose.  The Curia Judicialis will continue to work to improve our system, however, with a particular emphasis on the future of the Courts.  No word is available as to what form these plans will take.

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