The Speaker Accountability Act

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  1. BMWSurfer

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    Hi all!


    I have always struggled to know what the speakers staff does, and we seem to be focusing a lot on accountability recently. Therefore, I have come up with an addition to chapter 6 of the legal code.



    This should provide the RA more info on what their speaker is doing on a regular basis. This may also help with engagement in the RA and recruitment to the speakers staff.
     
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  2. Sil Dorsett

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    Oh come on...

    I think we all know what you're doing here, and it ain't funny.
     
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    I cannot help but feel this legislation borrows heavily from a certain other piece of legislation currently under deliberation. That being said I think it is fair and just that all servants of the region report to the bodies and people that they serve so I support this legislation 100%.
     
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    Then just do it, Wonderess. No need for legislation for this.
     
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    I think I will. I plan to get it done by the new year.
     
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    I thought it was funny.
     
  7. BMWSurfer

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    I mean, I actually don’t know what the speakers staff does on a regular basis. I can think of one occasion where speaker accountability would have been helpful in this term.


    It may be seen as a statement, but it is based in fact.
     
  8. Xyre

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    I think that this doesn't need to be legislated. Surely this is a recommendation that the office itself could take up and act on.
     
  9. TlomzKrano

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    I don't see an issue with this. Bi momthly press releases couldn't hurt
     
  10. Dinoium

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    As a long time member of the Speaker's Staff, that is what I can say. Speaker Staffers are trained to become future speakers. We do have duties we have to do assigned by the Speaker. It used to be a group led by the Speaker to be trained to be future Speakers and do the RA Digest.
     
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    Furthermore, I've been trained in how speaker checks work and how to produce and publish the RA digest, should it ever be revived.

    I don't feel the need to legislate every single tidbit of information out there. I know as well as you do that through this bill's press releases that we're going to be calling for the next Speaker's head by February.
     
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    I don't really think this legislation is necessary, though there isn't much harm in it either. While it does add some work to the Speaker's Office, it also adds some additional modicum of transparency.
     
  13. Syrixia

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    I smell an unnecessary, immature, and borderline petty attack on Wonderess meant to blast his legislation when in reality it's well-intended and all it needs is some tweaks allowing more flexibility for it to work. I'm very disappointed.

    As someone running for Delegate, you should know better. I'd consider this a PR blunder on your part.
     
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    I have always found these lines of argument confusing. It is quite easy for someone to run for the Delegacy.

    I hardly see what running for the position of Delegate has to do with proposing legislation to better understand what the Speakers' Staff does.
     
  15. Syrixia

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    I can't tell if you're being technical for the sake of it or just being snarky and snickering behind the screen. Either way, we both know what this legislation really is, so you can knock it off now.
     
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    I am being completely and utterly serious. I plan to remain involved in the RA despite your preference for me to not.

    If this proposal is bad, why can it not be evaluated on the text and the implications?
     
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    The topic of transparency has been a focus recently, and so it seemed like an appropriate time to propose this. Wonderess himself had commented that he didn’t always know what the executive was doing, and I realized that this was an issue for me as well (just with the speaker instead of the executive). I have also acknowledged that this is similar to Wonderesses proposal, and it is similarly well-intended.


    This would also be a strange way to attack Wonderess, as he supports this idea.
     
  18. Syrixia

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    @Praetor:

    XD


    Alright, we're gonna be that way. Got it. It's not that the proposal is bad. It's good for the same reasons why Wondo's proposal is good. It's the circumstances and context behind this proposal that are the problems. I can't support it in that respect because if I do, we're setting a dangerous precedent.

    Happy? :P
     
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    Actually, that was much better. :P

    I personally disagree on this proposal. I believe the first clause is already covered under some legislation somewhere (idk) but the main part for me is the second clause. I think two weeks is too frequent were it to be implemented. Second, I would appreciate voluntary reporting to come from the Speaker and become part of our culture similar to how the Delegate's WA vote being determined by the region is.

    However, I think if there is a recent push for accountability and transparency (the Delegate's Advisors bill, or a previously mentioned revised FoIA) it does not make sense to start excluding certain branches unless there is a reason for it.
     
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    Article 9 of the Bill of Rights.
     
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    Personally, I enjoyed this.
     
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    I propose the following amendment to this bill.