House of Burgesses

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House of Burgesses
Third Terataga
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Type
Term limits
6 months
History
Founded December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) (As House of Prefects)
Leadership
House Leader
Dame Charlotte Baxter-Bray, CBB
since 9 January 2019
Speaker
Nicolás MillánM
since 29 November 2018
Leader of the Lower Opposition
Sir Edmund Howell, L
since 9 January 2019
Elections
Last election
25 December 2018
Next election
15 April 2019
Motto
MISERIS SVCERRE DISCO
Meeting place
De jure: Nicosi City, De facto: Lichingrad, Discord, WhatsApp

The House of Burgesses is the lower chamber of the Terataga, the House of Peers being the upper chamber. Together they compose the legislature of Millania. The House is composed of Representatives who sit in represented groups such as political parties, religious delegations, and indigenous or foreign deleegations. The House is charged with introduction of leegislation known as common acts, and making minor decisions of the state, such as government positions or conflict between ministries. The presiding officer is the Speaker of the House, who doubles as the Lord Chamberlain, who is elected by the members of the upper chamber. Other floor leaders are chosen by the Chamberlain. The House meets in the Palacio de San Millán in Granada Nicosi. The House of Burgesses is open to anyone who attends.

Terms

Representatives and Delegates serve for six-month terms. The Nakjatsa permits either House to expel a member with a two-thirds vote. In the history of Millania, only one member has been expelled from the Terataga. The House also have the power to formally censure or reprimand its members; censure or reprimand of a member requires only a simple majority, and does not remove that member from office.

Comparison

As a check on the popular and rapidly changing politics of the House, the House of Peers has several distinct powers. For example, the "advice and consent" powers (such as the power to approve treaties) are a sole House of Peers privilege. The House of Burgesses and House of Peers are further differentiated by term lengths and the number of districts represented: the House of Peers has shorter terms of six months, fewer members (currently five), and (in all but one delegations) larger constituencies per member. The Housee of Peers is informally referred to as the "upper" house, and the House of Burgesses as the "lower" house.

Checks and balances

The House of Burgesses may propose a "vote of no confidence" by a simple majority vote; however, a supermajority is required for impeachment in the House of Peers. A convicted official is automatically removed from office and may be disqualified from holding future office under Millania. No further punishment is permitted during the impeachment proceedings; however, the party may face criminal penalties in a normal court of law. In the history of the Millania, the Terataga (Parliament at the time) has impeached one official.