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Section 5.5. A submitted bill will be debated in Parliament, and if approved by a majority of those voting, it will be presented to the appropriate committee of Parliament. The committee will conduct hearings, to which representations may be made by or on behalf of all persons or groups interested in the subject matter of the bill. The committee will have the right to subpoena persons, who will be required to provide evidence, under oath.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:43:26

    Section 5.5. Section 5.5. A submitted bill will be debated in Parliament, and if approved by a majority of those voting, it will be presented to the appropriate committee of Parliament. The committee will conduct hearings, to which representations may be made by or on behalf of all persons or groups interested in the subject matter of the bill. The committee will have the right to subpoena persons, who will be required to provide evidence, under oath.

      • pmalloy65

        Section 5.5. I think it would be a good idea to allow the public to vote online on any bill going through parliament. It would not have any actual legal standing but would allow the public to show their strength of feeling and indicate to the members the direction of public opinion. With modern IT systems this should be easy to arrange. This would also help engage the public on issues going through parliament.

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      • pmalloy65

        Section 5.5. All votes should be immediately available to the public via an online system and should show how each member voted.

          • Arfem

            Section 5.5. That’s an interesting idea. I know some MPs show their voting record on their websites. I wonder if this could be achieved as part of a wider accountability process. In 12.18 there is an amendment to facilitate the recall of an MP. This might be replaced with the establishment of a non-party Constituency Association through which communications (as a group rather than as individuals, could hold their MP to account on voting and additionally all sorts of other matters of concern

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      • Miles

        Section 5.5. Affected by my comments made earlier in this constitution exercise.

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