It seems very odd that Deputy Ministers are not currently seen as government officials, which appears to have arisen due to people serving as DM and Deputy Speaker. The Constitution allows for exceptions in the Legal Code, to allow people to serve in more than one position and therefore it seems like quite an easy fix to address this. That said, it does raise an issue in my view with the relevant part of the Constitution which is quite poorly worded and doesn't make clear how this should work either. Accordingly I have two linked proposals to address this, the first an addition to the Legal Code to directly fix the issue vis. the deputy speaker and the second a Constitutional amendment to provide clarity over the position of Deputy Ministers or similar. I have streamlined the language here, which maybe reduces the freedom in different appointments - although I don't believe it does, I am a little rusty on what is out there.... It is possible to have a version that sticks with a version of the existing "government officials appointed by government officials" added into Article 7.2 but that just seems messy. Welcome input on this though. Addition to the Legal Code, Chapter 6: Spoiler: Markup Section 6.5: Deputy Speakers 19. The Speaker may appointment Deputy Speaker(s), this will be governed within the Rules of the Regional Assembly. 20. Pursuant to Article 7.10 of the Constitution, appointment as Deputy Speaker does not prevent service as a government official in positions in other categories. Constitutional Amendment, Article 7: Spoiler: Markup Article 7. General Provisions 1. Constitutionally-mandated elected officials are the Delegate, Vice Delegate, Speaker, Justices, and Attorney General. 2. Government officials are the constitutionally-mandated elected officials, any officials appointed by them as permitted by law,any officials appointed by Executive Officers, and members of the Security Council. 3. The executive category consists of the Delegate, Vice Delegate, Attorney General, Executive Officers and any other government officials appointed by them. and government officials appointed by government officials in the executive category. 4. The legislative category consists of the Speaker, and any other government officials appointed by the Speaker. government officials appointed by government officials in the legislative category. 5. The judicial category consists of the Justices, and any other government officials appointed by them.and government officials appointed by government officials in the judicial category. 6. Any temporary replacement for a government official in the case of an absence or vacancy will be considered a government official in the branch of the official being replaced, regardless of the method of their selection. 7. All government officials, with the exception of members of the Security Council, must maintain citizenship while in office. 8. All government officials will swear an oath of office. The content of these oaths will be determined by law and be legally binding. 9. No person may simultaneously serve in more than one constitutionally-mandated elected official positions. 10. No person may simultaneously serve in government official positions in more than one of the executive, legislative, or judicial categories. Exceptions to this provision may be established by law. 11. Candidates in any election must maintain citizenship for the fifteen days before the opening of candidacy declarations and throughout the election. 12. Government bodies may create rules for their own governance subordinate to this constitution and the laws. 13. Procedures to fill vacancies and absences in constitutionally-mandated elected offices may be established by law. 14. No law or government policy may contradict this constitution.