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Acts of the New Westphalian Assembly
Acts of the New Westphalian Assembly, or simply Acts of Assembly, in the Republic of New Westphalia are the laws passed by the New Westphalian Assembly, the Republic's unicameral legislature. They are the supreme law of the Republic of New Westphalia and all citizens are bound by them. Acts of Assembly may even be used to amend or overturn previous acts except the Merger of Nations which is regarded as the primary founding document of the Republic of New Westphalia and the basis for all New Westphalian law and legislation.
Procedure and Enactment
Before any Act of Assembly becomes law it must first be introduced to the New Westphalian Assembly, at this stage it is generally referred to as a "bill". The bill will be debated in the Assembly and may be subject to recommendations for amendments or other changes whilst being debated. At the end of the preliminary debate, known as its "first reading" the bill will be voted on by the Archons of the Assembly; if rejected the bill is either dropped or taken away for amendments and may be subjected to another first reading. If the bill, however, is passed in it's first vote it will be sent to the President to be signed into law. At this point it becomes known as an Act of the New Westphalian Assembly and becomes law.
Should the President choose not to accept the bill, it must be sent back to the Assembly for a second reading and vote along with recommendations from the President for changes. The authors of the bill may also consult the Assembly prior to the second vote to consider the recommendations of the President. The bill, amended or not, is then voted on for a second time, if it is passed by a straight majority it is sent to the President for a second time who may reject it only once more should they chose to do so. After a successful third vote a bill must be passed into law. If a bill achieves a majority of two-thirds or greater after a second vote it must also be passed into law.
In the event that the President deems a bill to be unconstitutional (contrary to any of the Articles of the Merger of Nations) he/she has the right to reject it on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. In this event, should the Assembly still wish to push the bill through to become an Act of Assembly, it must be put to a public referendum and achieve a two-thirds majority.
Acts of the New Westphalian Assembly
Listed are all Acts of the New Westphalian Assembly passed to date, along with their date of enactment, author, and President.
First Government of New Westphalia (Provisional Government)
|I||Merger of Nations||Founding Document of the Republic of New Westphalia merging Draega and Strathy||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||First of August MMXIII|
|II||Act on the Creation of the Office of the President of the Republic of New Westphalia||Creation and Definition of the Presidency of the Republic||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Ninth of March MMXIV|
|III||Elections Act||Creation and Definition of New Westphalian Electoral Procedure||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Ninth of March MMXIV|
|IV||Union of the (...) Trystansburg and the Republic of New Westphalia||Unification of Trystansburg with New Westphalia||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Eleventh of March MMXIV|
|V||Act on the Establishment of a New Westphalian Currency||Creation of the New Westphalian Pound and Bank of New Westphalia||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Fifteenth of March MMXIV|
|VI||Foreign Policy Establishment Act||Formalisation of New Westphalian Foreign Policy and Creation of the Foreign Office||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Third of June MMXIV|
Second Government of New Westphalia (LAB/NCP Coalition)
|VII||The Equality Act||Guaranteeing Equality to all citizens of the Republic of New Westphalia in the Law.||The Rt. Hon. Rev. James Howard Whittle||His Excellency, The Rt. Hon. Sir Daniel Morris||Seventeenth of July MMXIV|