Senate Act Debate Begins

One of the major goals of the colonies in Amerada, well most of them, was to create a senate where the colonies could sit and have their say in federal bills.

President Washburn, this week, introduced the Senate Act, 2002 for debate in the legislature. However, the colonies will not be permitted to send their governors to sit in the house. Instead, the senate will consist of one member from each official political party in the Amerada federal scene.

According to the Act, the Senate shall have the right to:
1. Keep a public archive of its resolutions
2. In times of national emergency, these resolutions may be kept private
3. It shall be placed in charge of writing a constitution to be approved by all houses
4. All treaties must be approved by the Senate (two-thirds majority)

Amerada has been without a formal constitution since its creation. The Senate would be tasked with this difficult task, and whether or not it would consult colonial leaders for their views of what the constitution should say is unknown. The colonies should also be given the right to accept/reject the proposed constitution in their own legislatures before it moves to the federal legislature. This will be a major recommendation to the Amerada government by the Association of Amerada Governors (AAG).

The Senate will also have the power to manipulate the legislation presented to it from the lower house, which will be a major power for it no doubt. The Prime Minister of Amerada will act as Speaker of the Senate and shall have the tie-breaking vote as needed. In a term of 48 months (4 years), if the Senate should block a bill 5 times, that bill will automatically become law (which reflects on the Canadian Senate system of 3 strike downs by the Senate and its law).
Despite the Senate Act not being what governors in Amerada wanted, I doubt if any will agree that it is bad. The Federal Government, particularly President Washburn, is to be congratulated for finally allowing opposition parties to sit in the federal legislature in a powerful position. If the act should pass, the Senate will be dominated by opposition parties, which will either be bad in sometimes, or will be good in that it may foster a greater co-operation between the DLPA and the rest of Amerada.

The AAG Senate Act recommendation was originally proposed back in 2001, but was quickly shot down by President Washburn. This new act seems to show that he is willing to reconsider the issue some more.

However, even though this act right now is well liked by all parties involved, the debate period is still young, and many changes to the act may still lie ahead.

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