During the past several months, I have seen some comments about amending the rules of the Regional Assembly. Therefore, I would like to present a draft for consideration as some changes. None are to drastic, but I feel would be beneficial. Spoiler: Marked Up Draft V1 Rules of the Regional Assembly of The North Pacific Section 1. Proposals 1. Any citizen may bring a proposal for discussion before the Regional Assembly. 2. The Speaker may schedule a vote on any proposal being discussed by the Regional Assembly as permitted by law. 2a. For Legislative Proposals, the citizen who introduced the proposal may call for a vote by posting “motion to vote”, or a functional equivalent in the thread. A second is not required. 2b. For Non-Legislative Proposals, any citizen may call for a vote on proposal by posting ‘motion to vote’, or a functional equivalent in the thread. Any other citizen may second such a motion. 2c. For Treaty Ratifications, the Delegate, or the Executive Officer designated by the Delegate to do so, may call for a vote on the proposal by posting “motion to vote”, or a functional equivalent in the thread. 3. If, before a vote on a proposal begins, at least three citizens object to the decision of the Speaker to schedule it, the Speaker must cancel the scheduled vote. 4. If a number of citizens equal to or exceeding one third of the number of votes required to achieve quorum for any legislative vote, including the citizen that introduced the proposal to the Regional Assembly, motion that a vote should be held on a proposal before the Regional Assembly, then the Speaker must schedule a vote on that proposal to begin as soon as permitted by law. Section 2. Voting 1. No more than two legislative votes may take place simultaneously at any time. 2. Unless otherwise required by law, votes of the Regional Assembly will last for a minimum of three and a maximum of seven days. 3. The Speaker will, at the beginning of a vote of the Regional Assembly, decide its duration as permitted by law. 4. If a number of citizens equal to or exceeding one third of the number of votes required to achieve quorum for any legislative vote object to the duration of a vote of the Regional Assembly decided by the Speaker before the conclusion of the vote, then that vote will last for the maximum duration permitted by law. 5. If at the conclusion of a vote quorum has not been achieved, then the Speaker may extend the duration of the vote to the maximum permitted by law. 6. Citizens may vote "aye," "nay," or "abstain," or similar. Any citizen may change their vote before the end of voting by making a new post, or by editing their original vote. If a citizen loses their citizenship or otherwise renounces citizenship during the voting period, any vote they have cast will be invalidated. Section 3. Deputy Speaker and Vacancies 1. The Speaker may, at their discretion, appoint a citizen as Deputy Speaker. The Speaker may, at their discretion, remove an existing Deputy Speaker. There shall be no limit on the number of Deputies a Speaker may appoint. 2. Unless otherwise specified by law, the Speaker may delegate any of their powers and duties to the Deputy Speaker(s). Delegation under this section does not relieve the Speaker of any of their powers and duties. Any provisions of law related to the powers and duties of the Speaker, when exercised by the Deputy Speaker(s) under the provisions of this clause, shall apply to the Deputy Speaker(s). 3. When there is a vacancy or absence in the position of Speaker, the Deputy Speaker with the longest tenure will assume the powers and duties of the office of the Speaker for the duration of the vacancy or absence, respectively. When there is simultaneously a vacancy or absence in the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker(s) is simultaneously vacant, the citizen who is available, has the longest period of citizenship, does not decline the position, and is not otherwise prohibited by law will assume the powers and duties of the office of the Speaker for the duration of the simultaneous vacancy or absence. 4. A citizen's period of citizenship is defined as the amount of elapsed time since that citizen's most recent approved citizenship application without an interruption.