Noting the lack of procedure in Parliament
Be it resolved that Parliament shall accept the following rules for activity inside Parliament:
- All debate shall be directed to the Speaker. Members of Parliament shall not be permitted to directly speak to each other in any but the third person during official debate in Parliament.
- On the floor of Parliament all Members of Parliament shall be addressed as The Right Honorable followed by their name or noble title. No Member of Parliament shall be addressed in any other manner than has just been stated.
- All Members of Parliament shall be required to wear black dress gowns at all times while present in the Parliament Chamber. Failure to wear the proper attire is grounds from expulsion from the Chamber at the most and refusal to be acknowledged by the Speaker at the least.
- In the event of a tie in the vote on a bill the Speaker of the Parliament alone shall have the power to cast the tie-breaking vote.
- Any Member of Parliament may request an open vote. An open vote shall be a vote were the Members of Parliament shall vote publicly (by posting their vote as a reply on the thread for a bill) rather than privately in a forum poll. For a vote to be open the motion to have an open vote must be seconded by another Member of Parliament.
- The use of profane language will not be permitted on the floor of Parliament. The definition of profane shall be determined by the Speaker of the Parliament.
- The Speaker of the Parliament shall have the power to punish any Member of Parliament for breaking decorum on the floor of Parliament. Punishment may range from not being allowed to vote on a bill to not being allowed to propose bills for a set period of time. Expulsion from the Parliament shall not be a possible punishment.
- Members of Parliament shall be exempted from the Sedition Act while debating bills on the floor of Parliament.
- Any person who is called to testify before a committee of Parliament shall be exempted from the Sedition Act during the time in which they give their testimony to Parliament.
- At the start of every work day, the Serjeant-at-Arms of the Parliament will introduce the Speaker of the Parliament and the Prime Minister, should the Prime Minister be a Member of Parliament, with full titulary. The Serjeant-at-Arms of the Parliament shall then place the Mace of the Parliament on the Table of Parliament. Following the official introduction of the Speaker of the Parliament and, if they are a Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister the Parliamentary Chaplin will lead the Parliament in a prayer to offer guidance for the coming day (any Member of Parliament may abstain from attending the prayer for religious or ideological reasons if they so desire). Following the morning prayer the Speaker of the Parliament shall call the Parliament to order and begin the official daily work of the Parliament. At the end of the work day the Serjeant-at-Arms shall announce the end of the day, ensure that all Members of Parliament leave the Parliament Chamber and then remove the Mace of the Parliament for storage until the next work day.
- Should any Member of Parliament feel that any other Member of Parliament has failed to abide properly by the rules set forth for the procedure of Parliament they may call a point of order against the offending Member of Parliament. In the event that a point of order is called the Speaker of the Parliament shall render their opinion on the issue and either punish the offending Member of Parliament if protocol has been breached or dismiss the point of order.
- The Parliament shall reserve the right to alter these procedures in the future. Any future amendments to these rules must be passed with a two-thirds (2/3) majority of Parliament.
- The procedures of Parliament shall not be considered under the purview of the Crown and as such approval from the Sovereign shall not be required to amend, alter, or establish rules regarding parliamentary procedure.
His Imperial and Most Serene Majesty Brayden I, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of Kirkland, King of Kirkland, Grand Duke of Alovia, Duke of Valoria and Symphona, Marquess and Head of the Most Noble and Ancient House of Drown, Earl of Drakon, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Golden Eagle, Sovereign of the Noble Order of the Blue Garter, Sovereign of the Most Honorable Order of the White Stag, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of Saint Michael, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the Silver Horn, Sovereign of the Distinguished Order of Merit, Knight of the Golden Eagle, Knight of Saint Thomas