House of Burgesses (New Virginia)
|House of Burgesses|
|Founded||20 August 2020|
First Deputy Speaker
Sir Simon White, FDP
since 22 February 2021
Second Deputy Speaker
|First past the post|
|7 February 2021|
|Must be held on or before 1 March 2022|
|None de jure|
New Virginian Discord server de facto
The House of Burgesses is the lower house of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of New Virginia. It is comprised of various burgesses (or BPs) elected to represent the municipalities (known as municipal burgesses) and the cantons at-large (known as at-large burgesses) by the first-past-the-post method in general elections held no sooner than four months and no longer than one year following the previous election. The House is presided over and represented by its Speaker, currently The Rt. Hon. Sir James Stewart KCSM; an at-large burgess for the Canton of New Franklin.
The House of Burgesses is currently in its second session following the 2021 general election.
The New Virginian House of Burgesses is named for the defunct sole chamber of the Dominion Assembly of the Dominion of New Richmond, which is considered the direct predecessor of the defunct Duchy of New Virginia. The Dominion's House of Burgesses was the first legislature of a Austenasian Crown Dependency in the history of that nation, and marked a stark contrast from the contemporary status quo of governing commissioners ruling autocratically.
The House of Burgesses was established with the enactment of the Constitution of New Virginia on 31 July 2020, however it would not assemble until the first general election was held three weeks later on 22 August 2020.
The House of Burgesses is typically understood as the lower house of the New Virginian Parliament, with vast legislative authority and oversight of the Government. The House has various powers under the Constitution and law, including:
- The power to enact bills by simple majority vote, which upon their promulgation by the President become Acts of Parliament.
- The power to promulgate bills which the President has withheld their signature from by a vote of seventy-five percent.
- The power to enact resolutions relating to the internal governance of the House.
- The power to establish committees and sub-committees.
- The power to impeach the President by a simple majority vote.
- The power to nominate the Prime Minister for appointment by the President.
- The power to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, any minister or the Government as a whole through a motion of no confidence.
- The power to grant consent to the appointment of ordinary senators.
- The power to remove senators from office for misconduct by a vote of seventy-five percent.
- The power to grant special dispensation for non-citizens to be appointed as ordinary senators.
- The power to approve constitutional amendments by a vote of seventy-five percent.
The House of Burgesses is comprised of municipal and at-large burgesses, or BPs. Every city and town elects one municipal burgess, and every canton elects one at-large burgess for every eight citizens residing within the canton. At present, there are five municipal BPs and eight at-large BPs.
|Portrait||Name||Constituency||Party||Other offices||In office since|
Sir Charles Kitchen
|New Richmond||Free Democrats||Police Commissioner||23 August 2020|
The Right Honourable
Dame Eryn Lewis
DGCSM DNVI BP
|Shoreline||Free Democrats||Prime Minister
Leader of the House
Minister of Defence
|23 August 2020|
Sir Riley Kennedy
|Augusta||National Party||23 August 2020|
Sir Edward Jacobs
|San Scoglio||National Party||23 August 2020|
Sir Bradley van Dullahan
|Helinium||National Party||Leader of the Opposition||23 August 2020|
|Roanoke||National Party||18 November 2020|
|National Party||Second Deputy Speaker of the House
President of the National Bank
|8 February 2021|
|National Party||Iconographer General||8 February 2021|
|Free Democrats||8 February 2021|
Sir James Stewart
KCSM KNVI BP
|New Franklin||Independent||Speaker of the House
|23 August 2020|
|Free Democrats||Governor of New Arastraville||23 August 2020|
Sir Simon White
|Free Democrats||First Deputy Speaker of the House
Chancellor of the Treasury
|8 February 2021|
|15 February 2021|