Commonwealth of Dracul Parliament
|Commonwealth of Dracul Parliament |
House of Representatives
|President of the Senate||Stephen Luke|
|Speaker of the House||David McGee|
|President pro tem of Senate||Sarah Estrada|
|Speaker pro tem||Valeriano Anibarro|
|Political groups||Nonpartisan Organization|
|Political groups||Dracul Dragon Party|
|Voting system||Two-round system|
|Last election||7 January 2019|
|Next election||7 January 2021|
|Bran District, Commonwealth of Dracul|
The Dracul Parliament is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the Commonwealth of Dracul, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Parliament meets in the Dracul Capitol in Bran, North Dracul. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment.
The members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms representing the people of a single constituency, known as a district. Congressional districts are apportioned to states by population using the Dracul Census results, provided that each state has at least one congressional representative. Each state, regardless of population or size, has two senators. Each senator is elected at-large in their state for a six-year term, with terms staggered, so every two years approximately one-third of the Senate is up for election.
The Congress was created by the Constitution of Dracul and first met in 2018, creating its first legislative function. Most members are non partisan, not belonging to any political party.
Legislation, Laws, and Acts
There are four types of legislation: bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions.
The principal vehicle employed by lawmakers for introducing their proposals (enacting or repealing laws, for example). Bills are designated S. 1, HR. 2, and so on depending on the order in which they are introduced. They address either matters of general interest ("public bills") or narrow interest ("private bills").
Designated "S. J. Res." "H.J. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction, with one exception it requires the approval of both chambers and is submitted (just as a bill) to the president for possible signature into law. The one exception is that joint resolutions are used to propose constitutional amendments. These resolutions require a two-thirds affirmative vote in each house but are not submitted to the president; they become effective when ratified by three-quarters of the States.
Designated "S. Con. Res." "H. Con. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction is generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, or to create a temporary joint committee. Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the president and thus do not have the force of law.
Designated "S. Res.," "H. Res" simple resolutions are used to express nonbinding positions of the House/Senate or to deal with the House/Senate's internal affairs, such as the creation of a special committee. They do not require action by the opposite chamber.