Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir published the results of the August Clark yesterday. 16 out of 19 MCs cast votes in the Clark, with MCs Eovart Caçeir (Progressive), Daniel Candee (Socialist) and Moritz Iesu Preiria Fernaodescu (FDA) failing to vote their combined 24 seats. In the Senäts, only Txosuè Rôibeardescù of Cezembre failed to vote on the Clark. Questions have however been raised as to whether the Senator actually meant it to be understood that he wished to vote Për on all bills “unless told otherwise” by the citizens of Cezembre.
The government easily survived the Vote of Confidence with 107 votes Për, 69 Contrâ, despite the absence of S:reus Preiria and Caçeir, with four and twelve seats respectively. This was thanks to the support of Gaglhen Fotaleça (TSP) and Nicholas Hayes (Independent), whose combined eighteen seats votes easily compensated for the absence of the errant coalition MCs. The entire RUMP parliamentary group voted no confidence in the government, alone among the parties represented in the Cosa.
Three bills, The Nobody Feels Like Writing Acts Just to Fix Typos Act (48RZ5), the 48th Cosa Budget Act (48RZ7), and the National Census Act (48RZ10) all passed both houses of the Ziu. By contrast, the controversial Office of Dynamic Data Records Bill (48RZ9) was defeated in both houses. The We Need A Phoole Bill (48RZ6) was narrowly passed in the Senäts but heavily defeated in the Cosa. The Electoral Commission Reform Amendment (48RZ8), an Organic Law amendment, was passed in the Senäts but failed in the Cosa, where it did not attain a two-thirds majority.
Proposed by Ian Plätsisch MC (MRPT), 48RZ5 gives the Scribe the authority to correct any grammatical or orthographic errors he identifies in any laws passed by the Ziu, subject to there being no objections from MZs to the revision. The Act was approved in both houses of the Ziu, with 87 votes Për, 62 seats Conträ, and 23 abstentions in the Cosa, and 4 votes Për, 2 Conträ and 1 abstention in the Senäts.
48RZ7, outlining the government’s spending priorities for the 48th Cosa was proposed by the Distain, Senator Lüc da Schir. The Act was not notably controversial, and passed the Cosa with 111 votes Për, 50 Contrâ, and 11 abstentions, even if RUMP leader Sir Alexander Davinescu MC expressed some scepticism about the determination of the government to see their plans through to completion. In the Senäts, the Act passed with 6 votes Për, and 1 Contrâ. (Read ETT’s analysis of the budget announcement here).
48RZ10 also won a high level of cross-party consensus. The Act establishes a National Census process as an alternative path to retaining citizenship, which at the moment is subject to a compulsory voting requirement. The Bill was proposed by Senator Schivâ of the FDA. Sir Alexandreu Davinescu was officially listed as a co-sponsor, despite his demurral of any such intention and his prominent role in the Hopper in arriving at the final language of the Bill.
48RZ9 was proposed by the Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir. The bill would have established a new office of the Royal Household, that of Royal Data Clerk. This official, who would have been none other than the Secretary himself, would be head of the Office of Dynamic Data Records, and would be responsible for the maintenance of the official state database. This database was created by S:reu Furxheir and is presently managed by him as a private venture. On passage of the Bill, S:reu Furxheir would have transferred ownership of the records to the newly created office, and thus they would become property of the Kingdom. Concern was expressed by some MZs at the strict terms by which the Royal Data Clerk could be removed from office, and more generally at the perception that the Secretary was attempting to legislate an office and title for his personal benefit. These criticisms were met with open dismay by the Secretary, who insisted that he was attempting to create the conditions for an orderly nationalisation of the database, which has been unsuccessfuly proposed by several governments. Ultimately the bill failed to win the support of either house of the Ziu. In the Cosa the bill was heavily defeated, with 31 votes Për, 108 Contrâ and 33 abstentions. In the Senäts the bill received 2 votes Për, 3 Contrâ and 3 abstentions.
48RZ8 was also proposed by the Secretary of State. The amendment proposed to clarify the procedure surrounding the validation of the election results calculated by the elections database, which is currently the responsibility of an Electoral Commission made up of Justices of the Uppermost Cort. Criticised for increasing what was claimed to be an already high level of complexity in the Organic Law, the amendment failed to convince the Cosa. It failed to reach a two-thirds majority in the house, with 89 votes Për, 72 Contrâ and 11 abstentions. The amendment found more favour with the Senäts, where it passed with 5 votes Për, 1 Contrâ and 1 abstention.
48RZ6 was the second bill on the Clark proposed by S:reu Plästisch. The primary aim of the bill was to grant citizenship to prospective citizen Ann Elisabeth Shapera, a professional entertainer (a “Phoole”) who has been Milwaukee’s Official Jester since 2004, and who has expressed the ambition to become official Royal Jester of the Kingdom. S:reu Plätsisch’s bill attempted to simultaneously grant D:na Shapera citizenship, a move uniformly welcomed, and to create a new post in the Royal Household, that of Phoole, which generated far less consensus. S:reu Plätsisch has himself publicly acknowledged that he may have been guilty of overconfidence in attempting to marry these conflicting aims. The widespread unease about the creation of the post of Phoole led to the defeat of the bill in the Cosa, with 52 votes Për, 90 Contrâ and 30 abstentions. The bill actually passed in the Senäts, with 3 votes Për, 1 Contrâ, and 3 abstentions.