House of Burgesses (New Virginia)

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House of Burgesses
Burgesses logo.svg
Type
Type
Lower
History
Founded20 August 2020
Leadership
Sir James StewartIND
since 23 August 2020
First Deputy Speaker
Sir Simon White, FDP
since 22 February 2021
Second Deputy Speaker
Cristian DobrevNP
since 22 February 2021
Dame Eryn LewisFDP
since 17 February 2021
Dame Eryn LewisFDP
since 17 February 2021
Sir Bradley van DullahanNP
since 16 October 2020
Structure
Seats13 burgesses
  • 5 municipal burgesses
  • 8 at-large burgesses
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Political groups
Government

Opposition

Elections
First past the post
Last election
7 February 2021
Next election
Must be held on or before 1 March 2022
Meeting place
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.

Etymology

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.

History

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.

Powers

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.

Composition

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
Commissioner Charles.jpg
The Honourable
Sir Charles Kitchen
KSM BP
New Richmond Free Democrats Police Commissioner 23 August 2020
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Lieutenant Colonel
The Right Honourable

Dame Eryn Lewis
DGCSM DNVI BP
Shoreline Free Democrats Prime Minister
Leader of the House
Minister of Defence
23 August 2020
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The Honourable
Sir Riley Kennedy
KNVI BP
Augusta National Party 23 August 2020
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His Excellency
Sir Edward Jacobs
KNVI BP
San Scoglio National Party 23 August 2020
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The Honourable
Sir Bradley van Dullahan
KCSM BP
Helinium National Party Leader of the Opposition 23 August 2020
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The Honourable
Sertor Valentinus
BP
Roanoke National Party 18 November 2020
Cristian Dobrev.png
The Honourable
Cristian Dobrev
BP
National Party Second Deputy Speaker of the House
President of the National Bank
8 February 2021
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The Honourable
Cameron Koehler
MSM BP
National Party Iconographer General 8 February 2021
Citizen-Governor John Brown.jpg
The Honourable
John Brown
MSM BP
Free Democrats 8 February 2021
Rt Hon James Stewart BP.jpeg
The Right Honourable
Sir James Stewart
KCSM KNVI BP
New Franklin Independent Speaker of the House
First Ambassador
23 August 2020
Leon Montan with Six Montan.jpg
The Honourable
Leon Montan
BP
Free Democrats Governor of New Arastraville 23 August 2020
Simon White.jpg
The Right Honourable
Sir Simon White
KNVI BP
Free Democrats First Deputy Speaker of the House
Chancellor of the Treasury
8 February 2021
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Vacant
15 February 2021

See also

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