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 Stewart, IND
since 23 August 2020
First Deputy Speaker
Cristian Dobrev, NP
since 22 February 2021
Second Deputy Speaker
James Bornstein, A21
since 28 May 2021
Sir Simon White, FDP
since 3 April 2021
Sir Simon White, FDP
since 3 March 2021
Lord Ellsworth, NP
since 15 August 2021
Structure
Seats12 burgesses
  • 4 municipal burgesses
  • 8 at-large burgesses
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Political groups
Government

Official Opposition

Other

  •      Independent (2)
  •      Speaker (1)
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 four municipal BPs and eight at-large BPs.

Portrait Name Constituency Party Other Offices
Citizen-Governor John Brown.jpg The Hon. John Brown BP Roanoke-at-Large Free Democratic
Jamez.jpg The Hon. James Bornstein BP Vista Alliance21- Green Deputy Speaker of the House
Environment Director
Cristian Dobrev.png The Hon. Cristian Dobrev BP Roanoke-at-Large National Party Deputy Speaker of the House
President of the National Bank
Governor of Vlasia
New Virginian Person Icon.png The Hon. Lord Ellsworth BP New Highlands National Party Leader of the Opposition
New Virginian Person Icon.png The Rt. Hon. James Frisch MSM New Franklin-at-Large Alliance21-Green Deputy Prime Minister
Home Secretary
San Scoglio Arms.png The Hon. Prince Edward KNVI San Scoglio Independent
CameronI-OfficialPortrait-March2021.png The Hon. Abrams Wiucki-Dunswed MSM Roanoke-at-Large National Party Iconographer General
Leon Montan with Six Montan.jpg The Hon. Leon Montan BP New Franklin-at-Large Free Democratic Governor of New Arastraville
Samiliasregina.jpg The Hon. Sammy Pike-Hegar BP Veranderen Independent
Rt Hon James Stewart BP.jpeg The Rt. Hon. Sir James Stewart KNVI Roanoke-at-Large Independent (Elected as Free Democratic) Speaker of the House
First Ambassador
Sertor.jpg The Hon. Sertor Valentinus BP Roanoke-at-Large National Party
Simon White.jpg The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon White KCSM New Franklin-at-Large Free Democratic Prime Minister
Leader of the House
Chancellor of the Treasury

See also

References