The Aspen Senate is the upper house of the Aspen Parliament, which along with the House of Commons—the lower house—comprises the legislature of the Aspen Empire. The Senate is composed of senators, which are appointed by the provincial governments to serve at the pleasure of the provincial legislatures. the amount of senators is proportional to the population of the province.
The Senate is widely considered both a more deliberative and more prestigious body than the House of Commons due to its manner of appointment and smaller size. Which historically leads to a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere. The presiding officer of the Senate is the Lord Speaker of the Senate. In the Speaker's absence a deputy speaker may Preside.
Legislation, with the exception of money bills, may be introduced in either House. The Senate debates legislation, and has power to amend or reject bills. However, the power of the Senators to reject a bill passed by the House of Commons is severely restricted. Certain types of bills may be presented for the Royal Assent without the consent of the Senate. The Senate cannot delay a money bill (a bill that, in the view of the Speaker of the House of Commons, solely concerns national taxation or public funds) for more than one month. Other public bills cannot be delayed by the Senate for more than two parliamentary sessions, or one calendar year. These provisions, however, only apply to public bills that originate in the House of Commons, and cannot have the effect of extending a parliamentary term beyond five years.
The Senate is further restrained insofar as financial bills are concerned. The Senate may neither originate a bill concerning taxation or Supply (supply of treasury or exchequer funds), nor amend a bill so as to insert a taxation or Supply-related provision. (The House of Commons, however, often waives its privileges and allows the Upper House to make amendments with financial implications.) Moreover, the Upper House may not amend any Supply Bill.
Relationship with the Government
The Senate does not control the term of the Prime Minister or of the Government. Only the Lower House may force the to resign or call elections by passing a motion of no-confidence or by withdrawing supply. Thus, the Senate's oversight of the government is limited. The Senate remains a source for junior ministers and members of government. Like the House of Commons, the Senate also has a Government Chief Whip as well as several Junior Whips. Where a government department is not represented by a minister in the Senators or one is not available, government whips will act as spokesmen for them.
In order for someone to be appointed to the Senate, they must have retained the requisite age of 17 and have been A citizen of the Aspen Empire for a minimum of one year.
Several different qualifications apply for membership of the Senate. Only Aspen or Pazistani citizens may sit in the Senate. Senators must have attained a reasonable age to sit in the Senate.
Removal from Senate membership
In order for a Senator to be Removed from office, they must either resign, die, or be recalled by their state government. Senators may be expelled from the Senate if they are convicted of a high crime or are expelled from the senate with an Act of Expulsion, in which members of the Senate may vote to expel a senator if they have been convicted or there is probable cause to expel them. In order to prevent a conflict of Interest, the Senate must present the evidence in favor of expulsion to a grand jury. If the grand jury believes that the senator may be guilty or there is cause to try him/her, then the Act of Expulsion may proceed.