House of Councillors (Ebenthal)

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House of Councillors
Câmara dos Conselheiros
5th Konkrëse parliamentary session
Type
Type
Term limits
1 year
History
Founded8 March 2021 (2021-03-08)
Leadership
Wellington Muniz, ND
Vice President
Vacant
Structure
Seats19
Political groups
Government (10):
  •   New Democrats (7)
  •   Movement (2)
  •   Independent (1)

Opposition (8):

Non-voting delegate (1):

  •   Independent (1)
Elections
Single non-transferable vote
Last election
30 July 2023
Next election
30 July 2024
Meeting place
Saxenfurt

The House of Councillors (Portuguese: Câmara dos Conselheiros) is the lower house of the Konkrëse, the parliament of Ebenthal. The House of Councillors is a legislative body consisting of 18 elected members known as members of parliament (MPs) plus 1 appointed non-voting delegate. They represent constituencies through proportional representation and—with exception of the non-voting delegate—are elected through the single non-transferable vote system. Elected members are usually members of political parties, but this is not a requirement for election. Under the Ebenthaler Constitution of 2024, members of the nobility cannot sit in the house. The Archchancellor of Ebenthal is chosen from the major party in the house, although on rare occasions, if the government fails to come up with an acceptable nomination, the Archchancellor may be appointed from among the members of the upper house, while still answering to the House of Councillors.

Origin

The House of Councillors's inspiration comes from the British House of Commons and Brazil's formely monarchical Chamber of Deputies, although in much simpler fashion. Its name was decided following a study into Portuguese legislatures and councils. The coincidence with the former Japanese House of Councillors served as confirmation for the decision to adopt the name.

The creation of the house was first proposed by Gabriela Amorim, 1st Duchess of Guterfolg, who intended on replacing the College of Peers of the Realm with a bicameral legislature. When she achieved premiership, she was able to pass the Bicameral Act which formally establushed the Konkrëse. The name of the lower house, however, was ventured by Raphael Sousa, who, despite not being from the same party as the duchess, was a member of her governing coalition.

Functions

As per the Constitution of Ebenthal, members of the House of Councillors exercise the exclusive functions of choose the Archchancellor, to call for a referendum and to cast a vote of no confidence to the ministerial cabinet, plus the common functions of deaingl with taxation and loans, trade and commerce, conciliation and arbitration when required, to legislate on matter regarding the country's institutions, infrastructure and rules, currency, coinage, and legal tender, immigration and citizenship, among other things.

Procedure

A legislative bill can be formally introduced by any member of both legislative houses, as well as by the Sovereign and the municipal Chief Executive, although it is more commonly introduced by the parliamentary houses themselves. The President of the House read the proposed bill and puts it up to voting. If the proposed bill is approved, it is immediatly sent to the House of Aristocrats for their scrutiny; if they approve, it is sent to the King's cabinet for royal assent or veto. If the Aristocrats reject the Councillors bill, the bill is returned to the lower house and submitted to amends in order to be sent to the Aristocrats again. If a bill fails, it may be debated and voted again in a next session; if it fails again, then the bill is shelved and can only be revived after a month. In this case, revived and approved by the House of Councillors, the bill is sent directly to the King's office, without going through the scrutiny of the Aristocrats.

Composition and seats

The House of Councillors is formed by an unspecified amount of members elected in proportional representation, that is, each municipality elects as many councilors as it has inhabitants. In Ebenthal, for every ten permanent residents, one councilor is elected (the same applies if the municipality has less than ten residents). The election takes place through the single non-transferable vote system in which each citizen votes for only one candidate, and the candidate who receives the most votes wins. Members, often called Councillors or Members of the House of Councillors, represent constituencies corresponding to the country's provinces and their lenght of term is that of 1 year, with possibility of unlimited re-election. Members of the party or coalition with the most seats appoint the Archchancellor, who in turn appoints the President of the House, who in turn appoints the Vice President.

Members

Elected MP Party Province Took office Seat # Notes
Elected
Edgar Oliveira National Party Erzfelsen 5 May 2024 1
Rodrigo Falcão New Democrats Erzfelsen 12 October 2022 2
Daniel Vilela New Democrats Erzfelsen 12 October 2022 3
Wellington Muniz New Democrats Saxenfurt 8 March 2021 4 President of the House
Thiago Walker New Democrats Saxenfurt 12 October 2022 5
Átila Carvalho New Democrats Saxenfurt 5 May 2024 6
Bernardo Barcelos New Democrats Aufenbauer 8 September 2021 7 ex officio Archchancellor
Eric de Pádua National Party Aufenbauer 8 March 2021 8
Henri Sãens National Party Lehen 8 September 2021 9 Leader of the Opposition
Alessandro Rosas Republican Lehen 22 January 2024 10 Indirectly elected
Lucas Calixto National Party New Switzerland 5 May 2024 11
Francisco Arrais National Party New Switzerland 8 March 2021 12
Gabriel Carvalho National Party Lüttenhausen 12 October 2022 13
Oskar Andersen Movement Tussen 30 July 2023 14
Gabriel Vitorino New Democrats Grünhufe 5 May 2024 15
Bruno Assaf National Party  Harram 5 May 2024 16
vacant Rotenberg 17 To be elected
Special seat
Lukas Degermark Movement w:Sweden Swedish minority 22 January 2024 18 Indirectly elected
Non-voting delegate
José Peña Independent Süden-Süden 5 May 2024 19

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